Footwear Design & Development Institute popularly known as FDDI is rated among the premier Design and Management Institutions in the world. It is widely recognized as a centre of excellence. The Institute conducts wide range of professional programmes in the area of Retail Management, Footwear Design & Production Management, Fashion Design, Merchandising, Marketing, Creative Design & CAD/CAM and Leather Goods & Accessories Design etc. The long-term programmes are of two to five years duration. All programmes offered by the Institute meet the international standards
FDDI was set up by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India in the year 1986 with an objective to provide human resource and technical services to the industry. In just a span of two decades FDDI has evolved from being India's premier Institute to a notable international training Institute. FDDI is among the first Institute in the world to get prestigious ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification.
FDDI campuses are equipped with modern facilities and latest technology and tools to offer our students top-class learning environment and facilities for their overall grooming and professional growth.
FDDI has a distinct presence not only in higher education but also in the spheres of Industrial Consultancy, Research and Development and Training of Active Industry Professionals The syllabi, training software and teaching materials of FDDI are prepared by the renowned international experts and organizations such as Southfields College-UK, PFI-Germany & senior professors of IIM- Ahmedabad and FMS-New Delhi.
The Institute's strong alliance with leading international institution / organization such as LDT, Nagold-Germany, ARS Sutoria-Italy, University of Pirmasens & PFI-Germany etc. ensures international level of training in the campus and extends the scope of Student / Faculty exchange programme.
Our versatility consists in regularly upgrading our syllabus and training programmes to meet the latest requirement of the industry. The Institute has an impeccable track record of 100% placement for all its pass outs in major Multinational and Indian companies. FDDI alumni include VP's and CEO's of some of the renowned companies. FDDI students have been placed globally in countries like USA, UK, Germany, Hong Kong, Egypt, China, Singapore, UK, Middle East, Sri Lanka, South Africa etc.
Product Development Center
The Product Development Center (PDC) creates a design data bank based on the latest fashion information, lasts, soles and leather. These designs are kept for display at FDDI premises so that the footwear industry can avail the latest fashion information. To make this facility more effective, FDDI’s PDC uses its most sophisticated software systems, such as,
■2D & 3D CAD Systems
■CAM Systems, NC Machining
■Surface Modelling Systems, to provide end-to-end solutions
PDC develops the designs for the industry as per their specific requirement keeping in mind the targeted market segment. The services of our PDC are not only availed by Indian industries that includes, major export houses but from various companies overseas from U.K., Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, South Africa, Bangladesh, etc.
■Shoe Designing & Pattern Cutting
■CAD / CAM
■Sole Designing & Mould Making
Shoe Designing & Pattern Cutting
The PDC develops its own design collection (Last shape, concept on design, material, color and accessories along with the prototype samples) for the industry on demand.
The Design Center also provides its customers with new original and exclusive sketches and design development on request order meet the international standard requirement. Design Center also develops its own design collection for Display at various fairs and exhibitions, for that all necessary information sourced by our Designers.
The information are collected from study of International trend Magazines, Designers, Fair visits, Market research and traveling by our Designers from time to time In case the customer provides the sketches, photographs or shoes in that case design center provide the pattern cutting services.
CAD / CAM
FDDI’s PDC is well equipped with modern software for last modelling. The software used are one of the most advanced software in the field of last modelling and uses the latest techniques for generating the last data from the actual foot scanning. The accuracy can be rated up to 100 per cent. Besides using this software for the style last designing for the domestic as well as export market, this will prove a blessing for the people who are having foot deformities and are not able to get a proper pair of shoes which can fit their feet.
FDDI provides the grading services to the industry through its well-equipped CAD Center. Besides the Indian market FDDI is providing its grading services to various other overseas companies based in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal etc.
The Design Studio is backed by the services of well-equipped sample room. Designs developed by the design studio are tested for its fittings, aesthetic taste, proportions, leather qualities and other costing aspects and finally handed over to the customers. The sample room also provides sampling services to those entrepreneurs who do not have in-house facilities for sample developments.
Development of Rapid Prototyping technologies, 3 D printing and advances in CAD and design methodologies led to a revolution in product development strategies. Today, India is second to none when it comes to developing innovative, new products. In this success, advanced CAD and 3D printing / Rapid Prototype are playing an increasingly important role.
FDDI has the distinction of introducing the latest 3D printing technologies in the service of Indian footwear industry. This is first installation of its kind in India. It can produce a model within 3 to 4 hours with high accuracy and smooth finish for which other Rapid Prototyping machines may take 3 to 4 days for printing.
The question may arises where will it improve the business and how? The answer lies in these four semi sentences,
■To prove the product
■To sell the product
■To make the product &
■To reduce the cost and lead-time
The foot scanner scans the foot up to the leg height in all the 3 dimensions and thus gives a proper fit and comfort for the user of the shoes developed on the so developed lasts. The last can be generated from the scanned cloud data and milled out on a tabletop milling machine. The process is too fast and cut the lead-time down as well as cost effective.
Sole Designing & Mould Making
Sole designing and sole mould designing, till recently was non-existent in India. 20 to 25 per cent of the total foreign exchange earning from the footwear industry was plaguing back to the suppliers of the sole and sole mould. FDDI has taken a big leap in the direction and installed the most sophisticated and is one of the most advanced software for sole and sole mould designing. These software systems takes the care of surface modelling of the sole and hands over the data to a Milling system, which can use the surface modelling data for the CNC use and thus complete the sole mould designing.