laser cutting laptop bag

Laptop Bag made of Softshell

Create a custom softshell laptop bag using your laser engraver

Your laser can be used to cut, mark or engrave textiles. For this example we used Softshell material to create this customised laptop bag.


Preparation

What you will need:

  • Softshell or other synthetic or semi-synthetic fabric, minimum 800 x 400 mm
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Eyelet set (can be sourced from local DIY stores or creative shops)
  • Elastic band

Trotec Machine used:

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

Any laser machine from the Speedy laser engraver series can be used for this example and others.

Idea:

Using this inspiration, play around with various more engravings and designs for a customisation.


Step by Step

Step 1: Creating Your Design

Download this template or redesign your own. These guidelines are suitable for a 14" laptop, however this can be easily adapted to any other size.
The design consists of two parts: The exterior with pattern; and the interior with outside contour and marking for the seam.

You may now direct the job to the laser with the following printer driver settings:

Print Settings:

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

Step 2: Engraving and cutting process

It is important to first test the material before you begin the engraving process.

Start by positioning the material into the laser with the inside down and start with the first graphic. We would recommend that you personalise the bag before hand to give it that ulimate look you require! Now cut out the laptop cover, turn it and using the laser engraver, mark the seam line.

You can now adjust the parameter settings. Bear in mind that the parameters may differ depending on your laser machine and laser power available. (Remember: for the colour black, parameters are only necessary if you also want to engrave on the material.)

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

Always insert the eyelet before closing the lateral seam. Remember to follow the instructions provided with the eyelets.

You may now close the seam on the left and right sides of the cover. The scratching lines should help you get the positioning right.

Lastly, insert the rubber band, knot it together and your laptop bag is ready to sell or gift!



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