Our extensive facilities are a huge part of what makes your experience at PhilaU unique. You will work “hands-on” from your first semester on campus, using equipment that ranges from looms dating back to the University’s founding in 1884; to our ultramodern textile technologies that even make some industry visitors jealous.
Undergraduate textile design students have access to dedicated studio space, including state-of-the-art CAD facilities, work spaces, and various textile equipment.
Students selecting the knit concentration have a designated knit studio and knitted fabric production laboratory including the latest equipment in knit technology.
Screen Print Facilities
Students selecting the print concentration have a designated print laboratory, including the Center for Excellence in Digital Printing, with the latest computer based software, darkroom, and color kitchen.
The Center for Excellence of Digital Inkjet Printing of Textiles
Directed by Professor Hitoshi Ujiie, the center allows students and professors to explore and refine design initiatives based on digital printing technologies including both spot and process coloration.
The center currently has state-of-the art digital ink jet printing equipment from Mimaki Engineering, Mutoh Industries, McDermid Colorspan, Hewlett-Packard, Epson, Roland and EnCad.
Students specializing in weaving have access to state-of-the-art electronic jacquard and dobby looms, floor looms and computerized 1884 dobby head looms to maximize exploration of fine yarns and complex weaves.
Dyeing and Finishing Lab
After a fabric has been created it must be dyed or otherwise finished. Our students gain a thorough understanding of these processes through studying the chemistry and technology involved in their own textile lab. Dyes are studied by their method of application while fabric finishing covers chemical, thermal and mechanical processes.
Testing and Evaluation Facilities
An important part of our program is to understand how textiles perform. Students learn through hands-on experience with over 50 pieces of state-of-the-art industry equipment in the Grundy Laboratory at the Philadelphia University Research Center.