Has anyone cut cloth?

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Has anyone cut cloth?

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Thinking outloud.....

Has anyone cut cloth using a drag knife or something else? The world needs masks; could we produce the cloth part faster and in quantity, than people doing it by hand?

I'm going to give it a try using the vacuum on my table and see if it will hold any kind of cloth and then try the knife.

Thoughts?

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Please post the results.
It should be interesting.
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How will the vacuum hold? You are cutting cloth which is going to be a mask that people breath trough. Seems like the vac will fail or do you have a work around?
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J-Tech told me I could cut cloth with the 4.2W laser I bought from them. The ladies at church making the masks decided to do it themselves. So I've started making "fun" for me project instead. I've left the offer to do the cutting for them but nope.
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I cut cloth with my measly 2.5w laser. Obviously with the laser there is no need to hold it down. But a vac table underneath is handy for getting rid of the smoke. Cloth can really stink.
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One other thing, that knife better be a scalpel. . . .

The "big boys" that cut cloth for suits, etc used to use CO2 lasers to cut a stack like 1 inch thick all at once. Even had special software that aligned patterns in the cloth. Pretty specialized stuff.
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Well, gave it a couple of tries. Not too bad. I believe if I spend more time with hold down on the edges, perhaps a piece of 1/4" MDF with cutouts for the cloth.

It may end up being one of those things that I can do with the CNC, but is it actually productive to do it with the CNC. At least I'll learn something on the path. Alas, I have a video of the cut, but apparently it's against the rules to post a video.

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Jim,
Just thinking while taking first sips of coffee, but would adding a piece of paper(or such) on top of the cloth... help hold the cloth firmly using your vac table?
Just thinking.
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What about using a rotary blade? These work similar to a drag knife.

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Post by rig gap »

I cut vinyl decal material with my CNC and drag knife...I hold the material with a backer made for a "Cricut" machine...it has a slightly tacky surface so the vinyl sheet lays/stays flat...put the backer on the CNC machine with strips of masking tape and cut...should work with cloth...the backer can be bought at any fabric store that sells the Cricut or Amazon.

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Check out Gerber Scientific CNC cutting machines. After producing some of the first CNC Routers for sign work, They advanced into fabric and leather cutting specialist..
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