Laser cutting application - softshell laptop bag

Softshell laptop bag

Create a unique laptop bag using softshell material

In this tutorial we used a laser machine to cut and engrave softshell material to create a laptop bag. 


Preparation

Materials required:

  • Softshell or other synthetic or semi-synthetic fabric, minimum 800 x 400 mm dimensions
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Eyelet set (available from a DIY superstore or crafts store)
  • Elastic band

Laser machine used:

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

Any Speedy laser engraving machine is suitable for producing this sample. 

Tips:

Create a personalised product by experimenting with different designs. 


Step by Step

Step 1: Design

Begin by importing the design file. You can create your own or use our ready made one. Our file is suitable for a 14" laptop, but you can easily adapt it to any other size.
The design consists of two parts: The outer part with pattern; and the inner part with outside contour and marking for the seam.

Send the job to the laser using the below printer driver settings:

Print Settings:

Standard 500 dpi none
Process mode Resolution Cut line
Colour Optimised geometries, inner geometries first
Halftone Others

Step 2: Laser engraving and laser cutting process

Please test the material before you start laser engraving the bag.

Position the fabric into the laser with the inside down and start with the first graphic. You can personalise the bag prior to this stage. Once you have cut out the laptop cover, turn the material and use the laser to mark the seam line (if required)

Adjust the parameter settings, which will differ depending on your laser machine and the available laser power. Please note: the parameters for black are only necessary for laser engraving the material.

Optional Laser Parameters (laser engraving):

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

 Laser Cutting Parameters:

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: Post-processing and finishing

Insert the eyelet before you close the lateral seam. Please ensure you follow the instructions provided with the eyelets.

Close the seam on the left and the right side of the cover. The scratching lines help you to use the correct position for the seam.

Now insert the rubber band, tie it together and your laptop bag is ready for use.



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