laser cutting laptop bag

Softshell Laptop Bag

Create a laptop bag using softshell material

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You can use your laser machine to cut, mark and engrave textiles. Here, we used softshell material to create this beautiful laptop bag. 


Preparation

You Will Need:

  • Softshell or other synthetic or semi-synthetic fabric, minimum 800 x 400mm
  • Sewing needle & thread
  • Eyelet set (available from DIY superstores / craft stores)
  • Elastic band

Machine Used:

  • Speedy 400, 120w
  • 1.5" lens
  • Honeycomb cutting table

You can use any machine from the Speedy series of laser engravers to create this sample. 

Tips:

You can always try experimenting with different engravings and artwork for a personal, customised effect.


Step by Step

Step 1: Design

Feel free to import the template we have provided, or you can try your hand at creating your own! The file we have provided is suitable for a 14" laptop, but you can easily adapt it to any size you need. The design consists of two parts: The outer part with the pattern, and the inner part with marks and contouring for the seam.

When you're ready, send the job to the laser machine using the following driver settings:

Print Settings:

Standard 500dpi None
Process Mode Resolution Cut Line
Colour Optimised Geometries, Inner Geometries First
Halftone Others

Step 2: Engraving & Cutting Process

Please remember to test the material before you begin engraving the bag.

Place the fabric into the machine with the inside down. Begin with the first graphic. Of course, feel free to personalise and individualise the bag before that. Once you have finished cutting out the laptop cover, turn it over and use the laser to mark the seam line (if required).

Remember, you may need to adjust the parameter settings - the parameters may differ depending on which machine you are using and its available laser power. (The parameters for 'black' are only necessary of you also intend on engraving the bag). 

Laser Parameters (Optional):

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Black Engrave CO2 80 30 500
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 ON - -

 Laser Parameters (Cutting):

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 10 1.5 1000
Blue Cut CO2 7 2 1000
Colour Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
Red 1 ON - -
Blue 1 ON +3mm -

Step 3: Finishing

Remember to insert the eyelet before you close the lateral seam. Follow the instructions that will be provided when you buy the eyelets.

Close the seam on the left and right sides of the cover. The scratching lines should help you get the positioning right.

Finally, insert the rubber band. Knot it together and your laptop bag is ready for use!



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