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Laser Cut fabric design

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After seeing Jessica Hinel's Laser-Cut Wedding Dress and Vest, I wanted to try out the laser cutting design on fabric. So below are the results from my experiment.

 
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Step 1: The design

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Here's the design I create for laser printing. I've also attached the eps file in case anyone wants to use it.

Step 2: Prepare the fabric for laser cutting

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Here's how I layout my fabric for printing. I used construction tape to taped down the fabric. This way the fabric will stay in place. You should also iron flat the fabric so that there will be no wrinkle when you actually start printing.

Step 3: Laser cutting video


Here's a video clip of my fabric being printed on the laser cutter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqA3mxuk93E
swmwfm7 months ago
Hi ! interesting idea,can you please tell me what fabrics is OK to laser cut ?
Lemonsea (author)  swmwfm6 months ago
Hi,

Any natural fabric should be fine, but you should get one that's thick enough so that it won't burn off from the laser.

Here are some list of materials that are safe for laser cutting:
http://atxhackerspace.org/wiki/Laser_Cutter_Materials
http://bedyna.vwh.net/fabrics-laser-cutter/
davemenc9 months ago
I can't figure out what you did here. To what did you tape the fabric?
Lemonsea (author)  davemenc9 months ago
I sew the fabric to the skirt.

- lemonsea
craftyv3 years ago
Love the whole idea of laser cut fabric. A common method for supporting open spaces in fabric that is delicate is to put a fine net behind it. Either behind the whole fabric after the design is cut out, or in panels behind each cut/block of cut-outs. Hope this helps someone.
scoochmaroo3 years ago
I've also been considering laser cutting for my wedding dress. I know Jessica's dress had troubles with the large areas that were cut out flopping in and out. Can you talk more about your results? And how you might use the motifs you've designed in the finished dress?
Lemonsea (author)  scoochmaroo3 years ago
I also encountered a few problems with printing on laser cutter. A few areas of my fabric got burned off from the printing. And when I washed the fabric, a few corners riped. However, I think these problems were attributed to the fabric material I used; I printed my design on a very thin 100% silk fabric. The floral pattern was also probably designed a bit too tightly together.

I'd originally designed this pattern for a skirt. However, I had to change my design because of the problems I mentioned. Below is the instructable I ultimately created.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-Cutting-Cherry-Blossom-Shaped-Pattern-skirt/

If you want to laser cut your wedding dress, I think you really should because the design effect will be awesome. Just make sure that you use a thicker fabric material and design the pattern so it is not too tightly packed together.
I hope this helps.
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