Initial samples

The initial samples explored cutting through the pre-felt at various stages of felting to find a balance between being felted enough to give crisp edges but not too much so as to lose some softness and the technical ability for it to felt together as a fabric. The laser cutter has 3 variations to consider; the speed of the laser, the power of the laser and the frequency of the laser in relation to the speed. To reduce the flame and smoke the power needs to be reduced which restricts the depth of the cut. Each piece needed five to six passes at four to five minutes a go, to cut through each piece of felt. This made it a lot quicker and more accurate than by doing it by hand but was not as quick as I would have liked in terms of potential mass production or churning out samples.

Tests
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Author: feltlikeit

Artist & Lecturer

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