The College of Textiles at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, N.C., is one of the largest learning centers for textile design and manufacture. The college recently upgraded its technology by implementing the Vector cutting system, produced by Lectra, headquartered in Paris, France. Lectra makes hardware, software and CAD/CAM programs for working with soft fabrics, leather and composite materials. The Vector cutter works with Lectra’s software for design, pattern-making, marker-making and collaborative product development, which are already used at the college. The Vector’s high speed, accuracy and flexibility allow students to experiment with a range of materials and complex patterns.