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?

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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:)

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making a coffin shaped breather box for my vehicle.would like to put handles on it.looks cool that way

Need ideas as to go about it. needs to be metal if possible around an inch or so in length.small scale.whole thing is around a foot and half long by two or so inches deep.six and half or so at widest point.don't want to weld handles to it because of painting issues[hard to paint around]screws would be fine.just can't figure the best method and material.any and all ideas would be appreciated.thanks

Question by frankentrike   |  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.

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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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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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how to hang fabric

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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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online PCB Fabricaion with shipping to india?

I am looking for a pcb fabriation shop, to design my schematic. Please help me if any online shop available in india or any shops that will ship the pcb to my home(Tamil nadu state, India)

Question by ananth raj 


Looking For Game Show Contestants

DISCOVERY SCIENCE NOW CASTING A NEW GAME SHOW!!! The producers are looking for builders, scientist, inventors, engineers, carpenters, welders, mechanics, architects... who love to invent new gadgets; build robots; racing power tools; weld together bizarre machines that drive, fly, climb, shoot flames or launch projectiles... for a team challenge that will show off your handy skills such as: welding, knowledge of aeronautics, auto mechanics, hydraulics, carpentry, pyrotechnics, thermodynamics, aerodynamics, material science, electronics... If you, or someone you know, is a gonzo engineer/scientist or just a high-energy, creative, fun, builder Then email, your name and contact information to: icnbld@yahoo.com This Game Show is for thinkers, dreamers and doers, who are eager to let their inner Mac Gyvers be seen, and are ready to collaborate with a team of other builders to beat the clock in order to "SAVE" the BIG PRIZE!!

Topic by demolition399 


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.

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What can I use to move a table top across a plane in the x y axes, (ie back and forth, side to side on the same level)?

This is a re-framing of an earlier Q that didn't get any replies :-( Essentially I have a small table top of 30cm2 and I want to move that back and forth and side to side on the same level/height. If you know how to do this please let me know, and shoudl you also know how to make the table rise up and down that would be a terrific bonus! At this point I am actually quite desparate for an answer as my project is held up until I can solve this. Many thanks for stopping by; all thoughts are appreciated.

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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).

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Alternatives to 3d printing for electric violin?

So I have this project that I've really been wanting to start for a while now. Essentially, I'd like to 3d scan one of these: http://musiciansupply.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/zeta-violin-sold-550x280.jpg ...and then have it fabricated with my own customizations implemented. The reason I chose to go the scanner route is because I know nothing about woodworking and I really like this design. I'd like to make some custom modifications to the body on the computer and then have the 3d file fabricated somehow. My question is, are there any good alternatives for fabrication for such replication? I think CNC might be an option, but if I go that route I would assume I couldn't make the instrument hollow. The reason I dont want to do 3d printing is because I want the violin to be made out of 1 solid piece of material which would require a huge build volume, I cant afford a printer like that. Also the prints require too much post production and I want something really polished and professional looking. It it turns out well I plan to make a few of them. I have the electronics already taken care of I just no nothing about instrument making... if anyone could shoot some ideas at me that would be great!

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Making new bench seat

I need to remake the rear bench seat for my boat. The old one is about 100lbs and I would like something a little lighter. I can make a new frame with aluminum, but I am stuck with what to replace the cushions with. Whatever foam they are using is super heavy as well. Is there some way to remake the seat with styrofoam beads beads or something and still maintain form? I considered making a cheap gel seat using a thinned out mixture of silicone, but that wouldn't be any lighter than the original bench and would likely be heavier, actually. I think foam beads would work pretty slick.

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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.

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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)?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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!

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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.

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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

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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?

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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).

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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.

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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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Large Boston-Area Cooperative Fabrication Facility Seeks Members

A friend writes:Need to do some machining? How about electronic assembly? Want to join a community of other people who are doing the same sorts of things?A new collaborative fabrication facility is starting up in Somerville, and it's seeking additional members. This will be a nonprofit enterprise, supporting the rental of space and buying additional high-end tools via memberships. A membership gets you access to three different spaces:o A 2500-square-foot wood- and metalworking shop in Union Square, with industrial-sized table saws, lathes, mills, drill presses, grinders, sanders, MiG and TiG welders, and so forth.o A smaller fab shop in Davis Sq with smaller and/or lighter-duty versions of some of the same tools, for smaller projects.o An adjacent space for hacking electronics, soldering, hanging out, using computers, etc. This space is likely to have a darkroom as well.The current plan is to have the two smaller spaces available 24x7, and the larger space available all day and evening but probably not overnight.This venture is just coming up; the spaces will be available for use around Oct 1, and tours can be arranged beforehand. We've had several introductory meetings to tell people about the space & will likely have another one soon if there's additional interest.We're already mostly at the number of members required to break even; additional memberships will help pay for higher-end stuff like lasercutters and so forth. If this turns out to be so popular that the shops are likely to be too crowded, there will be a waiting list for those who sign up too late.Membership prices currently range from $100/month to $1000/year, with various amounts of storage on-site if desired. Membership prices for those who join after the introductory period will likely be higher, to help support buying more expensive toys.Some early pictures of the larger space are below (taken during a tour a month or so ago); not every tool that might appear in the pictures will be there when it opens, and there will be significant improvements in the space sometime soon, but it should give you an idea. The other two spaces don't have photos available yet (in fact, we're currently doing demolition & remodelling in one this week).http://flickr.com/photos/27076997@N00/sets/72157603801290559/https://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=144093&l;=31aac&id;=769825583More info:http://willoughbybaltic.squarespace.com/http://willoughbybaltic.squarespace.com/new/big-changes-at-wb.htmlTo sign up, go to:https://mgarniss.wufoo.com/forms/member-application/

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Can someone look over my Schematic?

Hello All! I have recently started using Eagle, so please forgive the messy schematic as well as the lack of labeling-I am still trying to learn the ins and outs of the software. So I recently received my raspberry pi zeros after months and months of waiting and have been incredibly satisfied with the size and compatibility. However, the biggest issue is the lack of USB ports, which of course were eliminated on purpose to decrease the weight, size, power consumption, ect. I thought it might be useful to design and fabricate a usb hub shield that follows the form factor of the pi zero. I was searching for information and came across this IC that can serve as a 3-port hub, the TUSB2036. However, it only operates at the USB 1.0 spec. Upon further research, I found that the newer model of this IC is the TUSB2046. I made an attempt to design a schematic off known references as well as the data sheets to form a small hub for the pi zero. Can someone with electrical engineering or circuit design experience please let me know if this would work? I used this schematic as a reference and [attempted] to modify it to accommodate the four port USB 2.0 TUSB2046. One important note, the pin labeling on the schematic follows that of the TUSB2036, as I could not find a way to modify it...Please reference the pinouts in the data sheet for the correct labeling on the TUSB2046. Thank you for all the help! 

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Air Compressor

I just found this site a week ago and thought somebody might like to check out a brand new homemade, and a rebuilt modified. I made the older one for a buddy of mine about a year ago. The new one sports a 12 horse Honda from a generator, a dual stage pump from (Chicago Pneumatics,I think)5hp min., and an old 250 gal. LP gas tank. Havent fired it off yet, but will try to get some video on it when I do. The old one will go from 0-150lbs.,in about 2.5-3min!

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Any tips on some simple fabrication?

I'm trying to plan ahead for October, I work for a haunted hayride. Now my problem is I just purchased a full-face respirator(gas mask) from an Army/Navy Surplus, now I know why it was there. I figured I'd be able to find some accessories on the company website, unfortunately that didn't happen. They've moved on to a different design that makes getting parts for my mask a little difficult(their new design is dual exhalation/single inhalation). My mask is a single exhalation valve(bottom/middle), dual inhalation valve(top/sides) mask, I can attach two filters onto it if I need to. What I want to do is retrofit a hose so that it can screw in to the inhalation valves, where the filters go. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions you might have.

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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