Regretfully Just Add Sharks Ltd has closed at the end of September 2017. Over the last year Just Add Sharks Ltd has faced challenges with the vanillabox crowdfunded Open Source laser cutter project and with leads times from their suppliers. Demand for low cost laser cutters has outstriped the supply. Lack of timely supply causes delays and disappointments to customers. This is further exasperated by the drop and fluctuating value of pounds sterling. Just Add Sharks Ltd will honour all customers manufacturers warranties.

Customers should continue to email their requests for technical support, software support, spare parts and warranty enquiries to or using the contact form below.

Laser cut garments

Inspired by Japanese papercraft, artists Amy Karle and Michael Koehle were inspired to create intricate clothes patterns using algorithmic software. It's a fairly inolved process, but the results are worth it!

To start, you need the 3D geometry of the person you are creating the pattern for. Ideally, you would want to use a 3D scan of the person, but if this is not possible there are plenty of free 3D models you can download online and alter to fit your measurements. You will then need to sculpt the shape of the item you wish to create (corset, dress, trousers etc). Once this has been made you can then feed the model through Pepakura. This software is usually used to flatten farily simple 3D models into 2D plans for paper folding. When you feed a more complex model into the software it can generate some pretty amazing results.

Once you have generated a pattern you are happy with, its time to cut your fabric in a laser cutter! It's a good idea to cut a test piece out first to check for fit and make any changes or alterations before moving on to your final fabric.

When you're happy with your final design, all that's left to do is put your fianl material through the laser cutter (Amy and Michael used leather, backed with silk) and then assemble the garment.

To learn more about the design process and how to create your own, head over to the Instructables page here.

Amy Karle is an artist who creates art connecting physiology and conciousness with technology. You can check out more of her work over on her website, and you can like her on Facebook to keep up with her latest work.

Michael Koehle is a mixed media artist, you can check out more of his work over on his website.

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  • 19th July 2016
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