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Fabrication Companies?

Lets say I have an idea and it would be extremely difficult to make myself so I want a company to do it for me.  Does any such company exist and if so, what are they called?

Topic by Ethanal    |  last reply


Inflatable Fabrics

Out of curiosity - does anyone know what kind of fabric is used for inflatable structures... like inflatable kites? At the same time -- how is it sewn to hold pressure? I'm curious because earlier I was thinking why inflatable tents (for say: camping) are not too common. I mean, it seems like a good idea. No poles and such to worry about -- just inflate and go. Any thoughts?

Topic by trebuchet03  


Drawing on Fabric?

I have volunteered to make 3 quilts for my son's school auction.  I will have 65 children drawing on a muslin square to be incorporated into the quilts.  I have used paint before but did not have as many children (not to mention the mess!)  Each child has their own supply of colored pencils.  I've read so much on the Internet it's overwhelming and I don't have time to try each option.  Has anyone used colored pencils (or #2 pencils) to draw on muslin?  What is the best way to accomplish this without a lot of time/frustration?  Thank you:)

Question by snookes    |  last reply


What have you done to upgrade/improve your projects' professionalism? Answered

I was thinking aloud that while my projects work well, they do have the professional look of Michael Jackson's nose. Now that might be fine for Bubbles, but I feel that I need to make my work look like it was produced professionally. As a general roundabout - what have you done to improve the look of your project? If possible I'd be very interested in how you fabricated metal and plastics to a high standard that didn't break the bank - I'm still trying to do stuff on a small-ish budget. Thanks for reading me; keep well ;-)

Question by kevinhannan    |  last reply


how to hang fabric

What is a simple way to hang fabric from bedroom ceiling?

Topic by pvt    |  last reply


SETTING FABRIC DYES?

How do I set dyed fabric that has been batik so I won't loose the brilliant color?

Question by lb250a    |  last reply


Colour changing fabric?

I want fabric that changes colour with heat or after washing, does anyone know where I can get samples from ?

Question by claree23  


Permanent fabric pictures?

How can I make fabric copies from my printer permanent? Do I need to treat the fabric before I print or can I treat it after?? What do I need to use to keep the fabric pictures from washing out? Help - I need this information as soon as possible.

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fabric & freezer paper?

Does this also work with Terrycloth? And is vinegar the best way to make it color safe? Thanks

Question by Success24    |  last reply


Survey for personal fabrication

I am doing a short survey on personal fabrication envisioning a future where things are made to order. Please participate in this survey and provide feedback to improve the survey. The survey link is shown below- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18SDwD7EK_wzyIPEL4e71U8fMA3GHM-nfdWt052mM-R8/viewform

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Glow in the dark fabric

I dunno if u've seen the glow graffiti but it think its an awesome idea but not worth $50 http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/lights/b5ba/i just wanna take some fabric or canvas and make it glow in the dark... anyone know how i can do this?

Topic by orsinichris    |  last reply


Steel Fabrication Resources

I'm building pedals, a control stick, and collective lever for a helicopter simulator. They need to be extremely robust. I'm looking for resources for perforated steel plate, ball bearings, etc. that I could build my own (think oversize erector set) or a steel fabricator that could create pieces to my specification.

Topic by davedev    |  last reply


Survey for personal fabrication

I am doing a short survey on personal fabrication envisioning a future where things are made to order. Please participate in this survey and provide feedback to improve the survey. The survey link is shown below- https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18SDwD7EK_wzyIPEL4e71U8fMA3GHM-nfdWt052mM-R8/viewform

Topic by 3dgeek    |  last reply


HELP - Tacky Fabric?

I'm trying to find out the best method to make a cotton fabric somewhat sticky or tacky ... perhaps the best example of what I am trying to achieve are the identical properties of a 'Football Receiver Gloves'. Criteria:1. Should wash ok without losing its tacky quality. 2. Adhere to itself while avoiding picking up lint or dust. 3. Allow a fabric such as soft cotton to remain soft and pliable.Any help / direction would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance."In a sticky situation"

Question by masotomagic  


inexpensive conductive fabric

Any suggestions on how to get or make relatively inexpensive conductive fabric?I'm considering a project that would use soft-switches like these, but much larger. But the Shieldit Super that's linked to in places can get real expensive real fast at $7 / ft. Any suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated!T

Topic by t0nes    |  last reply


Shock absorbing fabric

I'm doing some research and trying to see if there is anything out there that's a shock absorbent fabric type material. Unfortunately, i've only been able to find sorbothane (which isn't a fabric type material). The usage is going to be an adjustable cover that can wrap around whatever i'm covering and allows impact protection.

Question by themandrius    |  last reply


Fabric spray paint

Has anyone used this stuff before? I found some at autozone and it would be awesome to custom color old couches.

Topic by bronevaya    |  last reply


Laser Cutting Fabric

I study product design and I'm designing a home craft laser cutter machine, I was hoping anyone who has experimented with laser cutting fabric/ clothing/accessories could share what tips they found made the process easier or the problems that occurred whilst doing this. I would appreciate if you could help me with a few questions  I have :) What did you use to keep the fabric straight whilst laser cutting? What would be the best material to put in between the fabric to prevent cutting through for example both sides of a t shirt, plastic sheet or cardboard or.. ? Would you find it beneficial if you could have a small machine to cut out smaller sized fabric to attach for dresses, tops etc of for accessories? If there is any aspect of the process that you think would benefit from being made simpler what would it be? Thank you for your time Any feedback would be much appreciated Kelly-Ann Moore Staffordshire University Student

Topic by kelly569    |  last reply


Making Shulk's Monado

Hey all,         Thank you for checking out my question. My oldest son wants to be Shulk from Super Smash Bros Wii U this year for Halloween and I am trying to figure out how to make the sword for the character. Its called the Monado. Its huge and it has 5 different symbols that each light up a different color in the clear circle part of the sword. I'm thinking of fabricating it from foam like others have done with fabricated weapons on here. I need to figure out what I can use for the clear circle part. The cheapest option. And how to make it light up and be able to change the lights and have the lights coordinate with the symbols. I'm thinking RGBs and an Arduino Uno could do the job. If I had a matrix of them and code to light them up in the pattern of the symbol in the correct color. Im wondering id this is the cheapest and best solution to the problem and if it will work. And if so, I'm not really sure how to make my own matrix and I'm having trouble finding an instructable that dumbs it down enough for me. Then I need help with the code for it, or to be pushed in the right direction with some started code and a working understanding. The sword is supposed to open and a blade extend but I am not planning on making that part work. Thank you for any help or suggestions you may have. I am having trouble with the uploader to add photos.

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Painting on Fabric - What type of paint works best on fabric?

We are making backdrops for our school play. We put together a 30 foot framework out of PVC pipe and now are attaching the fabric. What is the best (yet relatively inexpensive) type of paint to use? The fabric is actually king sized flat sheets (200 thread count if that matters).

Question by mperrin    |  last reply


Help finding a fabric type

I have been wanting to make this cosplay forever. But I can’t seem to find the right fabric. It’s the knit/woven fabric that I need. See image.

Question by Gaiajuliacaesar    |  last reply


Spray On Clothing, fabric in a can?

Anybody have ideas for DIY spray on/paint on clothing/fabric along the lines of fabrican? Even a fabric that would be impossible to wash or even take off the model without destroying would be a cool start. It could be used for visualizing dress sculptures or something along those lines, at the very least.

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Found-Fabric suggestions for napkins? Answered

Wanted to make napkins and dish towels for new home.  Probably will try to reuse fabrics from local thrift stores / salvages. Since I haven't invested yet, I can go with guidance- if anyone has fabric suggestions for what works well.

Question by CrLz    |  last reply


Fabrics coming off, help!!!?

I tried to make a fingerless gloves with a sweatband by cutting the seam and it was good. However it has a logo on it and it was too long (i only want it to cover the palm and a bit of the fingers and wrist) so I had to cut both ends. And now the fabrics keep coming off, i tried using a lighter but it didnt work cuz the fabrics dont stick. what should I do? (sorry for the bad English)?

Question by pl4eva    |  last reply


Using Old Upholstery Fabric

I have recently gotten hundreds of upholstery fabic samples. Each sample is about the size of a placemat. I think I could do something really cool with them but not sure what. Any ideas?

Topic by dorcaslee    |  last reply


how to upholster a shelf with fabric?

I have a 96 inch long by 18" deep and 1/2" thick piece of plywood that i want to cover with fabric using a staple gun..how do i do the corners so they're not thick?

Question by jodij    |  last reply


fabric glue and gore-tex?

Greetings all, I just aquired a rather expensive hat,however, being the kind of person who reads instructables on a regular schedule, I want to improve it by adding several pieces of velcro, that I may attach various useful or decorative objects to it.I don't wish to sew it because,A: I'm terrible at sewing.B: the hat has an inner lining, and I don't want to attach both layers together.so this leaves glue, I was wondering if there were any experts on here with knowledge of fabrics and fabric glue.what kinds are there?what kind should I use?will fabric glue makegore-tex melt? catch fire? acquire magic powers and cause amphibians to sing?

Topic by srunner    |  last reply


Need idea for fabrication contest

Anyone got any ideas for the fabrication contest currently going on? Something simple that can be done in a few days... I have drawn blanks so far in terms of ideas. Any ideas would be great, but just an fyi, I am interested in arduino, apple, and have an iphone (accesories?). Just not sure what to make I have access to multiple mills (Techo X3, multiple HAAS models, etc), as well as a rather large (36x24 bed space if I remember right) laser cutter.

Topic by astroboy907    |  last reply


Medium weight quilting Fabric

Hello Everyone, I'm new to this type of project but I was looking to make a knife roll for a friend who will be starting culinary school soon. The one she bought for school is kind of dumpy and while it does the job we had found some great looking roll up ones online they were just kind of expensive. So i figured I could make her one for half the cost. It all seems doable. The wall I'm running into is the majority of my sewing experience has been stitching hems for Halloween costumes so my familiarity with fabric types is minimal at best. I wanted to make her a roll out of a fabric with a print on it and and finally finding the right one, at a good price point, I find myself worried the quality of the fabric may not be what I'm looking for. Basically what I found was described as "medium-weight quilting fabric 100% cotton" another one was called "broadcloth." I, however, have no idea what they are. The majority of no leather knife rolls we did find were made of canvas so I was hoping to make one of similar durability. To sum it all up I'm just wondering if this "medium-weight quilting fabric" is anything like twill, canvas, linen or musslin. I feel like those fabrics, especially the first two, would be quite durable for some like a chefs knife problem is the pattern I'm looking for isn't on those types of fabrics. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

Topic by geekluve    |  last reply


Cork Leather/Fabric Upholstery?

Can't find much information on this material, so I figured I would ask here. I'm rebuilding my motorcycle and was playing with the idea of upholstering the seat with cork leather/fabric. Has anyone here had any experience with it? Would it be durable enough for daily use? Is there any particular product I could use to seal it, possibly with a gloss finish? I appreciate any information you can provide. Thanks.

Question by mrtnm13    |  last reply


hang fabric to hide a wall?

I want to drape out the walls in my living room to hide them for a party...don't want to damage my walls or ceiling. Is there some sort of pole situation that can be used..help please

Question by luvmibug    |  last reply


Patchwork fabric paving concept.

On Freshome, via NOTCOT; Juliana Santacruz Herrera decided the streets of Paris were too gloomy and needed a little fresh touch. With these in mind she came up with the concept of decorating the potholes of the city using colorful strips of fabric. These were placed randomly in shallow breaks and cracks, creating a fun and colorful change in the landscape. The artist’s visual intervention brings a happy touch to the gray streets of Paris and creates a fun and appealing contrast with the dark cement. But what if we were to take this idea further? If you like how this photos look, perhaps you could use them as a source of inspiration when it comes to patching up your own courtyard, patio and so on. Sounds practical? So, how could it be made (reasonably) practical? Maybe a pourable clear or translucent resin?  What do you think?

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


Fabricating advice (Knuckle dusters)

I want to create some knuckle dusters, heavy duty ones that could pack a punch (I will not be hurting anyone, just for fun and martial arts self-defence :-P). However I have almost no metalworking tools such as a welder, drill press, bandsaw (or other electric saw that cuts metal). The tools I do have are: Mitre saw Normal drill (Variable speed) Hacksaws Scroll/fret saw Table saws Sanders, planers, circular saws. Heavy duty desk vices Any tips would be greatly appreciated. They dont need to look amazing, I like 'rustic' weapons (Like 'improvised' weapons).

Topic by Hiyadudez    |  last reply


Krylon Spray Paint on fabric?

I have heard that Krylon spray paints can be used with stencils on T-Shirts. In fact their website even has a few project ideas along those lines. What I'm wondering is, how permanent is it? It seems so much easier to do than making silk screens and buying special paint, almost to easy....which makes me wonder if it dries really stiff and cracks.

Question by norsehorse    |  last reply


Dust 514 Scout fabrication

Hello I am new here and this is my first undertaking but ever since i saw these i knew for a fact i wanted one of these suits they are on  game called Dust 514 they are kind of the infiltrators and stuff the secret behind the lines type of soldier. anyways i want to fabricate one of these suits that is useable and look almost just like it it NEEDS COOLING but that will be a pain i want fans in my helmet and liquid or air cooled main body... i want to be able to use this, go to a theme park and have people take pictures of me XD of course there is easier ways to do this but i really want one of these and i am not sure where on earth to start so any type of help well... helps i would like mine grey and black and the lighting isn't very important

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Custom Metal and/or Plastic Fabrication

I am trying to find an online supplier of custom metal or plastic parts. I built a nixie clock and would like a custom machined metal case for it. I know I've seen places online that you can send CAD drawings and specify the material and they will custom make the part. I'm pretty sure I've run across a site that uses software that will give you a quote right away. I can't remember any of the names of the sites and recently lost my bookmarks please help!

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How to modify airsoft mask? Answered

Knowing that there are many fabricators on instructables, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas how I could modify an airsoft mask to look like the picture shown. I have one where the part beneath the lenses is detachable, and I really only need to modify the lower half, but would like to make a copy of that lower half and work on the copy rather than the original part. If anyone has any ideas at all, let me know. Especially with making the copy of the lower half.

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is this a good way to stain denim fabric? Answered

I plan on submerging blue jeans fabric (Denim) in hot black coffee in attempt to stain the fabric. if i do this would it ruin the fabric? and is it a good idea?

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Is there any way to glue plastic to fabric?

I want to glue a plastic ziplock bag to cotton/spandex fabric, is there a particular glue that will do the job or any other method anyone can suggest?

Question by nigelwclifford    |  last reply


EMF [electromagnetic field] shield fabric?

Does anyone know how to make EMF [electromagnetic field] shield fabric?

Question by lindaoak    |  last reply


how to make flowers out of fabric?

I am attempting to be crafty and want to learn how to make easy flowers and roses out of fabric...different types like silk, cotton etc.

Question by Calliejo    |  last reply


One Step Closer to Personal Fabrication

Http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/product.do?vertical=TOOL&pid;=00921754000&adCell;=P3&BV;_UseBVCookie=YesFeelings?It's not a real fabricator.... but perhaps this means manufacturer's know we want these things?

Topic by trebuchet03    |  last reply


can you stencil on fleece fabric?

I made the 5 min five dollar fleece hat and want to design it can i stencil it

Question by lunarman52    |  last reply


Is medium-weight quilting fabric durable?

Hello Everyone, I'm new to this type of project but I was looking to make a knife roll for a friend who will be starting culinary school soon. The one she bought for school is kind of dumpy and while it does the job we had found some great looking roll up ones online they were just kind of expensive. So i figured I could make her one for half the cost. It all seems doable. The wall I'm running into is the majority of my sewing experience has been stitching hems for Halloween costumes so my familiarity with fabric types is minimal at best. I wanted to make her a roll out of a fabric with a print on it and and finally finding the right one, at a good price point, I find myself worried the quality of the fabric may not be what I'm looking for. Basically what I found was described as "medium-weight quilting fabric 100% cotton" another one was called "broadcloth." I, however, have no idea what they are. The majority of no leather knife rolls we did find were made of canvas so I was hoping to make one of similar durability. To sum it all up I'm just wondering if this "medium-weight quilting fabric" is anything like twill, canvas, linen or musslin. I feel like those fabrics, especially the first two, would be quite durable for some like a chefs knife problem is the pattern I'm looking for isn't on those types of fabrics. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

Question by geekluve    |  last reply


Gluing and weatherproofing fabric on painted metal?

I'm getting a cargo trike soon that I'm going to heavily customize (picture of model linked, but mine is new) Thing is, I don't want the usual spray job on the cargo trunk that I'm going to do on the rest of my trike. I want prints on the outer cargo trunk, and I was wondering if it is feasible to spray adhesive some fabric on, and then clear coat it a few times? I'm wondering if anybody know if the fabric would stay on and if it'd be weatherproof? (I'm from the tropics so it's rain, shine, mud and humidity) Also, do I have to prepare the metal beforehand? Scuffing etc Thanks in advance for helping out~

Topic by maruneko    |  last reply


projecting images onto fabric or membrane

I Have a BIG project that I need help on! I have to fill a pavilion with images and other information on the Moon. I have to have this done for a festival and I have less than a month. I want to project images of the moon either static or moving onto loose hanging fabric around the pavilion. I saw a remarkable Cirque de Soleil traveling venue (see photo below) where they projected images on to translucent fabric which allowed the performers behind the projected images to appear to interact with them. This interaction is not necessary for my use but it was fascinating. (I have no idea how they accomplished this or how much that equipment costs) I will be most grateful for any and all suggestions that can help me with this project! Blessings to you all!

Topic by addinar    |  last reply


Carbon Fiber over Fiberglass for fabric

When making a composite anything, what is the advantage of having carbon fiber instead of normal fiberglass? I was wondering because at US composites, the carbon fiber is almost 9 times more expensive that the fiberglass.

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Fabric remnants+my dogs=happy? Answered

My awesome aunt got me some fabric remnants from her local craft store, and I have NOTHING to do with them. Here are the descriptions: Black/White polka dot flannel: 5" Lavender cotton: 9" by 21"  Black music notes on cream cotton: 1/4 yd. Baby blue spirally pattern on cotton: 1/8 yd. Blue Sunglasses on baby blue cotton: 1/8 yd I have two boy dogs, a Beagle and a Basset, so if you have any toy/item ideas for them, it would be very welcome (They don't have many toys or bandannas or anything)

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handwoven blacklight fabrics - FASHION SHOW!

I know you wonder what I make with some of my instructables.These pics from Monday night's fashion show fundraiser for the Denver Public Library will illuminate the question.yeah, i geek out on their superduper patent search tools and help them raise money with my art. Gotta love your library!

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