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Discover, learn, and teach! AATCC educational programs are designed for all members of the textile community to connect and exchange information and ideas.

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  • Digital Labs

    AATCC Digital Labs are web-based trainings, lectures, and informational discussions that explore textile-related topics with industry experts.

    Live or Archived Recordings <1 year old - Single Session AccessUS$99 (live early registration & archived);
    US$119 (live final registration)
    US$169 (live early registration & archived);
    US$189 (live final registration)
    Live or Archived Recordings - Unlimited Annual Access
    Archived Recordings >1 year oldComplimentaryUS$25
    *If your company is a corporate member of AATCC, please contact Kim Nicholson to register at the discounted member's rate.

    **Recommended for large groups of 23pp+. Available for AATCC corporate members only.

  • Textile Fundamentals

    AATCC and the Zeis Textiles Extension Department of the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University offer online instruction on demand! Textile Fundamentals is designed for everyone wishing to improve their understanding of the technology of the textile industry. Packed with state-of-the-art graphic animations and simulation videos and available online 24 hours a day, Textile Fundamentals eLearning is an invaluable tool to educate new-comers to the textile industry. Topics included provide a comprehensive overview of all major textile processing steps and instill a solid, working knowledge of terminology. Choose one module, or learn the complete series.


    Click to order!Series FeaturesModule Descriptions


    -Fundamentals of Fibers
    -Texturing Fundamentals
    -Spun Yarn Manufacturing Module
    -Fundamentals of Warp Preparation
    -Fundamentals of Warp Knitting
    -Fundamentals of Weft Knitting
    -Weaving Fundamentals
    -Fundamentals of Nonwovens
    -Fundamentals of Fabric Preparation
    -Color and Color Properties
    -Dyestuffs and Applications
    -Printing Fundamentals
    -Chemical Finishing
    -Mechanical Finishing

    -The Entire Textile Fundamentals Series (includes access to all 14 modules listed above)


    – Graphic animations and simulation videos
    – 14 separate modules
    – Tests and exercises
    – Narration text
    – Glossary
    – Detailed index of topics covered Benefits
    – Practical knowledge for the workplace
    – Management decision tools
    – Insight into the entire textile formation chain
    – Learn from the comfort of your office, home, or anywhere internet access is available
    – Learn at your own pace
    – No travel expense; zero nights away from home
    – Certificate of Achievement

    – AATCC members: US$75/module
    – Nonmembers: US$100/module
    – 6-months access

    Computer Requirements
    – High-speed internet to properly access the eLearning products
    – Monitor/screen resolution of 1024 X 768

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    The Fundamentals of Fibers Module presents basic information and terminology related to fiber identification, classification, production, and properties. It introduces the concept of polymerization and explains how the chemical composition and physical structure of a fiber influence its physical, chemical, and comfort properties. You will learn the generic names for fiber classification as defined by the Federal Trade Commission and be able to differentiate between natural and synthetic fibers. Physical, chemical, and thermal properties of many of the natural and synthetic fibers in use today are reported and described, as well as typical production procedures for synthetic fibers. The module will also enable you to be able to relate fiber properties to the resulting fabric properties in the end-use product.

    The Texturing Fundamentals Module will give you an insight into the fundamentals of texturing. Content includes descriptions of the technology of the process, historical developments in technology, and types of texturing currently used are all discussed in detail. Important yarn property considerations, key processing steps and other key parameters for process control are included as well.

    The Spun Yarn Manufacturing Module covers all the processing steps in the production of a short staple spun yarn, beginning with opening, cleaning, and blending and concluding with spinning and winding. The viewer will learn the key objectives of each process and gain knowledge of the many variables affecting yarn quality and production. All major types of short staple spun yarns are included along with their specific properties. Plied yarns and novelty yarns are also presented along with the major yarn numbering systems.

    The Fundamentals of Warp Preparation Module discusses the importance of warp preparation as it relates to efficiency and quality in weaving and warp knitting. The types and applications of warping and slashing equipment are discussed, and the important variables of each are highlighted.

    The Fundamentals of Warp Knitting Module will begin with some key information on warp beam formation and its relevance to the warp knitting machine. The key elements of tricot and raschel warp knitting machines will be presented along with the different types of fabrics that can be produced from these types of machines. Two bar fabrics, open-work fabrics, laying-in three and four bar fabrics, and two needle bar fabrics will be addressed. Examples of knit design notation for different warp knit fabrics will also be presented. Actual fabric swatches are viewed in normal and close-up range for many different knit designs. Videos and animations will enhance the viewer’s understanding and concept of warp knitting.

    The Fundamentals of Weft Knitting Module begins by introducing weft knitting and warp knitting and then proceeds to elaborate on weft knitting. Key machine elements are presented along with important knitting terms and definitions. Single knit machinery and fabrics, double knit machinery and fabrics, and flat-bed knitting are discussed. Different types of knit loops and their influence on the fabric properties are also covered. Actual fabric swatches are viewed in normal and close-up range for many different knit designs.

    The Weaving Fundamentals Module presents the basic motions of weaving, types of shedding, methods of filling insertion, woven fabric production calculations, basic woven design, and woven fabric properties. Derivatives of the basic weave designs are covered along with the different types of pile fabrics.

    The Fundamentals of Nonwovens Module will discuss the major web forming technologies, with an overview of the processes involved. The technologies used for bonding with representative product types and advantages are explored.

    The Fundamentals of Fabric Preparation Module is an overview of major technical processes used on fiber, yarn, or fabric to prepare them for subsequent processes such as dyeing, finishing, printing, and other apparel and non-apparel processes. Chemical and mechanical processes are discussed as related to function and technical procedures.

    The Color and Color Properties Module covers information that will help you gain a better understanding of the variables that influence color perception. Current methods of shade matching and color measurement are presented. The relationship between perceived and acceptable color differences is discussed.

    The Dyestuffs and Applications Module presents the objectives of dyeing and the keys to good quality dyeing. Dyestuff properties and methods of dyeing blends are discussed. Different types of dyeing equipment are reviewed along with advantages and disadvantages of each type.

    The Printing Fundamentals Module presents methods of textile printing and describes the equipment employed with each method. Advantages and disadvantages of each method are also explained. An overview of digital ink jet printing is given with the current systems available.

    The Chemical Finishing Module is a review of techniques used to apply chemical finishes to textile products. The more frequently used chemical finishes for textiles are discussed as related to function and chemistry involved.

    The Mechanical Finishing Module is a review of mechanical processes applied to fabrics that add special surface effects and appearance value. The machines used for modifying textile fabric surfaces are explained.


  • Subject Matter Experts

    Subject Matter Experts are voluntary teachers, regularly participating in AATCC educational activities. To be recognized as a Subject Matter Expert, volunteers must lead at least two Digital Labs and two in-person educational presentations, OR lead at least four Digital Labs; and be a member of AATCC. AATCC Subject Matter Experts are the leaders and innovators of the textile industry. They have a passion and commitment to explore new ideas, solve problems, drive change and most importantly, share knowledge with others. With their help, the future of textiles is bright!

    Get involved and become a SME with AATCC! 

    The views, thoughts, opinions, and advice provided by and/or expressed by a Subject Matter Expert belong solely to the Subject Matter Expert, and not AATCC.  

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