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DIY laser cut patches?

Discussion in 'Do-It-Yourself & Gear Modifications' started by toemke, May 31, 2017.

  1. toemke

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    A friend of mine has a laser cutter, so thought I could try making some custom patches for myself out of nylon/cordura and SOLAS tape, similar to this. The big question is, how could i get the nylon to stick to the underlying layer of SOLAS tape permanently?
     
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  3. toemke

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    Interesting. Would it work well with cordura/nylon fabric?
     
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    If it doesn't have to flex much (tho a bit should be no issue) then two-component polyurethane glue will be hard to beat. Mix the components up with correct color dye for best effect.
     
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    Yes, I have used it to bond 500 denier fabric and cuben fiber, but will not stick to Hypalon type of fabrics.
     
  6. toemke

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    I doubt the two component glue could be used precisely and mess-free for what i intend.

    Meanwhile i did some more research. Would Heat'n Bond work? I was thinking of ironing it onto the cordura, then cutting it with the laser cutter, and finally ironing the cut pattern onto the SOLAS.
     
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    I should work if you use as for final assembly but if you heat it twice it tends to loose its adhesion.
     
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    No personal experience with that exact brand but i have used stuff like it and i found that it eventually wears out especially if its on an item that gets washed frequently (even on not too high temperatures). Also, they tend to work a factor better on cotton than they do on slick polymer based fabrics.
     
  9. toemke

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    Hm, most tutorials I saw heated it twice (once to apply to the patch and then a second time to apply to the fabric). I guess I have to experiment around a bit.