Industry 4.0: Fabricademy à la carte

Explore the cutting-edge technologies from the fashion industry

The Industry 4.0 package is designed for participants interested in exploring new technologies such as (additive manufacturing) 3D printing, parametric design and 3D modeling, as well as subtractive manufacturing, such as CNC milling and laser cutting.

Course Length

4 weeks (2 sessions per week) – From 6th October to 17th November 2020






Fab Lab Barcelona — IAAC

Admission Requirements

Artists, Fashion or Costume Designers, Engineers, Designers or Architects, Bachelor or higher degree from other related professions, PhD candidates in applied research fields.

Are you interested in learning advanced skills offered by Fabricademy, Textile and Technology Academy, but you don’t have the time to attend the full course?

Fabricademy à la carte packages provide participants with a hybrid experience of online lectures and tutorials combined with intense “live” hands-on learning around specific topics.

Choose any of our three packages or create your own combination of weekly modules to enrich your personal journey and learn with us attending the program at one of our Nodes or from your own home laboratory!

About the course

The Industry 4.0 package is designed for participants interested in exploring new technologies such as (additive manufacturing) 3D printing, parametric design and 3D modeling, as well as subtractive manufacturing, such as CNC milling and laser cutting.

Through a combination of 4 different modules, participants learn how to create digital files for apparel, fashion and accessories that are enabling mass customization and reshape the factories of the Future.

Week 1: Circular Open Source Fashion

In this class the lecture will outline the systems behind fashion and the textile industry, focusing on alternative systems such as circular fashion, agile fashion, open value chains. The focus will be on creating modular elements, structures and connections that allow the user to change the shape of a garment, resize it or replace certain elements. Students will publish their creations on open source platforms and learn how to monitor and promote their creations in a distributed network.

Class outline

  • Intro teacher
  • Circular fashion
  • Hacking the fashion system
  • Agile fashion


  • Modular elements
  • Modular seams
  • References


  • 2d drawing software
  • Illustrator, rhino3d & grasshopper, solidworks


  • Laser cutter
  • Openfitlab


  • Sealing textiles, synthetic textiles that melt and seal the edges of the cut outs
  • Vegetable tanned leather (chrome tanned leather is toxic when heated)


  • Felt, natural and synthetic (preferably pla or other biodegardable felts)
  • Neoprene (check for composition that no toxic particle/fumes will be released when heated)

Week 2: Computational Couture

Disciplines as programming and electronics become highly interconnected, blurring old boundaries and merging different fields of knowledge. Fashion has been already affected by this radical change. Therefore, clothes, shoes and other accessories can now incorporate elements of hardware and software, generating a peculiar mix between fashion and computation that is incredibly fertile and inspiring. Data becomes Beauty, Interaction becomes Emotion. As a result, a new aesthetic is emerging. In this class participants will explore computational design methods towards a new reinterpretation of cloths, garments and accessories for fashion design, inspired by a new digital design methodology.

Class outline

  • Introduction
  • Patterns manipulations
  • Box Morphing
  • Loops and iterations
  • Recursive subdivision / localized subdivision


  • Physics and simulations
  • Wrapping
  • Foldable patterns
  • Unrolls and mesh planarization
  • VR representations


  • Rhinoceros 3D
  • Grasshopper

Machines and materials

  • 3D printer FDM
  • (SLA, SLS printer)
  • PLA, ABS, Ninjaflex/TPU spools

Week 3: Open Source Hardware

The class explores the open source hardware field in general and focuses on its potential in the area of textile. How to update obsolete machines for producing textile? How to take advantage of digital fabrication and open source technology to come up with an open source machine for knitting, weaving and invent new techniques.

This class focuses on the importance of the techniques, tools and machines that create traditional fabrics. The lecture will give an overview on the evolution of these tools and how these impact production and manufacturing, with the focus on hacking, both machines and tools, and creating open source accessible machinery for a broader public.

Class outline

  • Intro teachers
  • Techniques & history
  • Knitting
  • History
  • Knitting as first manufacturing home machine
  • Weaving
  • Machines
  • Knitting machines (mechanical, electronic, digital, industrial


  • Looms (mechanical, electronic, digital industrial)
  • Open source machines & hacking machines
  • Knitic
  • Circular knitic
  • Open knit -> kniterate
  • Updating the industry with new tools, democratizing machines


  • Software: CAD / CAM
  • Machines
  • Laser cutter


  • Big milling machine
  • Electronics setup

Week 4: Textile Scaffold

Technical textiles have various applications, among which agrotech, building, clothes, geotech, sports, healthcare. This class broadens the perspective of the techniques, processes and applications of technical textiles with references and inspiration of various disciplines. Students are asked to use textiles and fibers to create a textile scaffold or use textile as formwork for their structures.

Class outline

  • Technical textiles overview and applications
  • Crystallization
  • Textile formwork


  • Concrete casting
  • CNC milling
  • Composites


  • Polyester resin
  • Fabrics
  • Gelatine, cornstarch, agar agar
  • Borax, rochelle salt, potasium sodium, alum
  • Polyester resin


  • Concrete
  • Lycra fabric
  • Wooden block
  • Textile hardener
  • Vaccum bags
  • Bleed fabric

If you’d like to join only for one of the weeks, please let us know when filling the application form


Anastasia Pistofidou

Materials & Textiles Lead

OCT 2020 — NOV 2020

Want to know more about this course?

Luciana Asinari

Education Coordinator
[email protected]