Adapting CAD and visualization skills learned through AutoCAD(R) to an industrial apparel design system

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Mathur, Deepti
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Computer technology is one of the factors that can be credited with the rapid changes occurring in the apparel industry. These factors are affecting the jobs of apparel designers which in turn impact the type of education required to prepare apparel designers to enter the industry. Due to financial constraints, majority of universities offering apparel design programs have been found to be using AutoCAD(R) for teaching CAD skills (Wimmer & Giddings, 1997). On the basis of the review of literature, two alternative hypotheses were formulated. Hypothesis 1 stated that students with experience in AutoCAD (R) learn industrial CAD systems more efficiently and expeditiously than students with only patternmaking skills. Hypothesis 2 stated that students with experience in AutoCAD(R) have more enhanced visualization skills than students with only patternmaking skills. Results of the quantitative analysis demonstrated no significant differences in the mean test scores between the CAD and the No-CAD groups at the significance level of 0.05. It was determined that subjects in both groups had similar visualization skills and the participants in the No-CAD group were able to learn Lectra Systemes software as expeditiously and efficiently as the CAD group. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)