What CAD Software Do Fashion Professionals Need to Know?

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What CAD Software Do Fashion Professionals Need to Know To Stay On The Cutting Edge?

In the fashion industry technology is always changing. To stay relevant in the fashion industry you absolutely need to stay up on the latest computer software technology in the business. There are different computer software programs used by different people in the industry. I broke down the list of software by industry profession.

Now, you do not need to be an absolute expert at every single computer program. However, the more programs you know the more opportunities you will have. As a result you will find it easier to transition between jobs. First, I suggest to learn at least one program very well. Then it is a good idea to either take a crash course on the others perhaps once a year. This way you are not totally in the dark about how they work. You can take weekend or evening classes or find an online course. There are even some YouTube videos for some of them!


We couldn’t cover every possible angle of technology in the fashion industry in just one post! This article is part of an 8 part Fashion Tech Business Series. If you want to learn how technology is being used to shape the fashion industry and how you can be a part of it you can check out the entire series at the bottom of this page.


Top Computer Software Used By Fashion Designers

Top Computer Software Used By Footwear Designers

  • PowerShape® – CAD software combines the strengths of surface, solid, and mesh modeling to prepare molds, dies, and other complex parts for manufacture. Ideal for use as a modeling companion for PowerMill or FeatureCAM
  • PowerMill® CAM software provides comprehensive milling strategies for high-speed and 5-axis machining. Get tools for manufacturing molds, dies, and complex parts.
  • Delcam’s Shomaker Pro CAD program for the footwear industry that integrates fully 3D designs of lasts, uppers and soles, thus allowing the complete CAD model of the shoe to be developed and visualized in a single system.
  • Rhino
  • Shoe master
  • TBH
  • Adobe Illustrator – Used for vector sketching
  • CorelDRAW® – Used for vector sketching
  • Modo 302 by Foundry

Top Computer Software Used By Jewelry Designers

Top Computer Software Used By Technical Designers/ Pattern Makers

Top Computer Software Used By Product Developers

  • Web PDM
  • PLM system

Fashion Tech Business Series

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If you or someone you know is interested in starting their own fashion tech company you can read the entire series here. Learn what it takes to be a successful fashion tech entrepreneur or just work in the field with the latest and greatest technology.

  1. How Technology Is Changing The Landscape Of The Fashion Industry
  2. Interview with PopMark Co-Founders Soumya Jain & Fletcher
  3. What Software Do Fashion Professionals Need To Know To Stay On The Cutting Edge
  4. Interview with Tycoonapp Founder Jessica Perez
  5. What Software Do Fashion Designers Need To Know To Stay Competitive
  6. Interview with Passport Runway Founder Elizabeth Entin
  7. How To Work With Fashion Technology Incubators
  8. Interview with Patternbank co-founder Neil Elliott
fashion industry, fashion technology, fashion software, computer software for fashion, CAD programs, fashion CAD programs, fashion career, fashion career advise
fashion industry, fashion technology, fashion software, computer software for fashion, CAD programs, fashion CAD programs, fashion career, fashion career advise
fashion industry, fashion technology, fashion software, computer software for fashion, CAD programs, fashion CAD programs, fashion career, fashion career advise

fashion industry, fashion technology, fashion software, computer software for fashion, CAD programs, fashion CAD programs, fashion career, fashion career advise

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fashion industry, fashion technology, fashion software, computer software for fashion, CAD programs, fashion CAD programs, fashion career, fashion career advise
fashion industry, design programs, CAD, fashion skills, computer software
fashion industry, design programs, CAD, fashion skills, computer software
fashion industry, design programs, CAD, fashion skills, computer software