Introduction: Wooden Textile Bracelet

What do you need:
veneers
textile (denim)
woodglue + brush or paint roller
vacuum press
laser cutter (trotec speedy 100)
rhinoceros
4 buttons (for cling sealing)
rivet gun for buttons

Step 1: Connecting Textile and Wood

How to do:
Connecting fabric and wood 1. Cut your fabrics and veneers in nearly the same size

2. Brush one side of the wood with the wood glue and put it on the fabric (ensure that the fabric is flat). For a better result we recommend, to do it with the paint roller, so that the glue is very thin and evently distributed

3. Now, place the two materials into a vacuum press and wait until the materials are connected and dried

Step 2: Preparing the Lasercut

Preparing the Lasercut
Meanwhile you can create your File for the laser cut. You can do that in Adobe Illustrator (save as DXF) or directly in Rhinoceros. The lines should be colored red for cutting. You have to think about how you want to connect the bracelet (we choose the buttons). Our Example, you can download here.

Step 3: Laser Cutting the Wooden-textile

Laser cutting the wooden-textile

1. For a good result (only the wood gets cut) you need the right power and speed for the laser cut settings Here you can see some examples made with the Trotec Speedy 100:

01 1.5mm wood + denim Power:70 Speed:3
02 1 mm wood + denim Power:50 Speed:4
03 0.5mm wood + synthetic fabric Power:50 Speed:5
04 1mm wood + synthetic fabric Power:50 Speed:4
05 1mm wood + very thin synthetic fabric Power:57 Speed:7

2. First do the engraving (the pattern), then the cutting part (the shape) 3. For cutting you just have to put the power to a higher value ( f.e.: 50 > 90)

Finishing Now you can finish your piece by attaching the buttons to the blacelet. For that you just need the appropriate rivet gun or tool.

Comments

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longtolik made it! (author)2016-07-08

Hi, there is the whole branch in design.

Please, take a look at this site:

wood-skin.com

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nqtronix made it! (author)2016-07-06

What a fantastic idea! I can imagine this will be become a fairly popular technique for wearables as soon as laser cutters hit the mass market. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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kenyer made it! (author)2016-07-05

The more of this cool projects I see, the harder it is that I still have to wait half a year for my glowforge lasercutter...

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Raitis made it! (author)Raitis2016-07-05

Does it look like they are going to deliver more or less on time? We considered backing them, but being an amazingly overfunded kickstarter raised some red flags.

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kenyer made it! (author)kenyer2016-07-05

They are already half a year over, but that is expected with crowdfunded startups.

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