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A laser cutter will do a good job when cutting felt but there are significant drawbacks to that technique. Synthetic felt will form a small melted bead along the cut edge, and wool felt singes and smells like burned hair. There's also a limit to the thickness of the felt you can cut with a laser. If you have access to a waterjet cutter, it's a great alternative, and can easily cut through thick, dense felt. The finish on the cut edge is excellent.

I stacked and glued the parts I made with this technique to make a vase out of industrial felt. In this Instructable, I'll show you how I made the sliced form and used a waterjet to cut out the parts. Assembly instructions will follow in a separate Instructable.

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Step 1: Create Layout

I designed a vase-like object in Fusion 360, exported as an STL file, and opened it in123D Make.

  • In "Manufacturing Settings," I created a profile called "industrial felt 60 x 12 x .5" and set the parameters for my material.
  • For "Construction Technique" I chose "Stacked Slices" and played with the Slice Direction until I found an arrangement that looked interesting.
  • Finally, I clicked on "Get Plans" to generate a cut sheet.
Would it be possible to cut tiny holes in a slipper top for precursor sewing holes?
<p>That's awesome - probably the easiest way I've seen it done. Plus, no burned edges, hooray!</p>
<p>cool great if you have access to this kit and interesting to see something very different. Thank you.</p>

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