CUSTOM PATTERN MAKER - Introduction - pg 1
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The design of Custom Pattern Maker software was begun in 1986 under the instigation of Stephanie Schoelzel who was, at that time, the faculty Scenographer at the UCLA Dance Department.  Through a grant program at the university intended to encourage the development of computer applications for “the arts” and as “teaching tools for the arts” a determination was made that AutoCAD should be used as the underlying software.  A workstudy student from the Film Department named Jim Pickrell was assigned to that program as it’s resident computer technician.  Jim became intrigued by the project and agreed to take on the challenge of developing the code needed to generate the basic block patterns and otherwise develop the programing with Stephanie’s guidance.

The original goal was to create software where all one needed to do is type in measurements and it would automatically draft a very accurate fit pattern that could be plotted out life size.  The fact that it turned out to be a complete tool for flat patternmaking was wonderful extra gravy.

    The important pattern generating code, based on a drafting method used by Stephanie to create very accurate fitting basic fit blocks, and the special arch functions that accommodate the special curves used in armholes, necklines etc. and the cut function developed by Jim are still the foundation for the programming code used in the current version.

    Over the years Stephanie has endeavored to create a customized user interface that facilitates the pattern making process work-flow.  She taught the use of it for 3 years. This meant that it was fine tuned on a broad range of people with varied learning styles. Most of them were from all around the world and English is their second language. This made it possible to fine tune this  instruction manual also. Bit by bit she has fine tuned the MENU with special adaptations of commands combined with LISP programming to automate many functions that make the work process easier and faster.

    Through dogged determination and the wisdom of the management at AutoDESK, the company that produces AutoCAD®, C.P.M. is now available as an “OEM” product. AutoDESK determined that they would use a licensing program that would make it possible to “small” applications that needed AutoCAD® to run would be able to license the parts of the AutoCAD® programming needed to run their special application and sell the combined product as software.  Their thinking was that this would help support applications with a small audience and/or businesses with a small amount of capitol for buying new equipment.

    This means that C.P.M. is available as a stand-alone software.  You no longer need to also have AutoCAD to run it.

    It has been found that the use of C.P.M. cuts the patternmaking process time by at least 1/3.
It is no longer necessary to create “muslin mockups” which then get radical alterations done to them in the first fitting which require a major remake of the original pattern.  This is true for even radically misporportioned bodies and radically odd postures. With a pattern created in