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Laser Cutting Fabric Answered

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



5 years ago

I use a Laser Cutter at work... haven't done much fabric but you should only use natural fabrics such as cotton and silk (you can use wool but makes the thing smell like burnt hair at least with wool felt). to stop the fabric from moving you could use a repositionable spray mount. I would use MDF inbetween the fabric as it will last longer than card and is less likey to set on fire if there is a problem during cutting though this depends on your settings, Plastics can be a bit of a problem as Laser Cutters don't like Chlorine (it eats at the lense) also there could be colour transfer of melting. Hope this helps, good luck!

Penolopy Bulnick

5 years ago

I would say to put it around a board or cardboard like you would if you were going to paint it.