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Hey everyone, so while stitching part time i have also been at university studying electronic and electrical engineering, currently in my final year which means Honours Project dissertation woo.

For my dissertation i am designing and building a automatic cutting machine for webbing etc. The features as of writing this is as follows:
Automatic feeding of up to 5" wide material/materials
steady Temperature controlled Hot knife cutting
user selectable cutting temperature
Accurate Cutting to specified lengths (currently increments of 5mm)
Quantity of cuts to 9999
Easy user interface
Cut from user provided file ( see Below)

as well as the above the aim is to make it as small and also as cheap as possible without jeopardizing function or durability.

The final features is to allow the user to create a simple file that has all the cuts for a product place it on a USB, insert into the machine and be able to cut the lengths on the file to the quantity inputted on the machine. this was with a product with multiple lengths in mind like a chest rig to make setting up a production run of cutting simpler and as the files will be incredible tiny

i was wondering if there is any features you guys like or would like in an automatic cutter or any considerations to take into account, If any of you are interested in the progress i can keep you all updated.

Thanks in advance for any input

Everything else / PALS Adapter Hardware
« on: April 17, 2018, 02:33:45 PM »
We are thinking of producing some PALS webbing hardware and I'd like to hear everyone's thoughts and opinions. We posted these on our social media last week. They are metal buckles that mount to PALS webbing (or slots), and allow various strap attachment options. These prototypes pictured are machined from 6061 T6 Aluminum and are Cerakoted black. The production versions would be anodized, like our slider buckles. They are 1/8" think and weigh only 6g. Comparatively, an ITW G-Hook weighs 10g. Our initial vision for these was as an attachment buckle for our single point Rig-Mounted Sling. We had two types made up; one with a centre slot and one with side slots.

Centre Slot

- Arguably stronger
- Mounts to only one PALS channel
- More difficult to install
- Allow for horizontal webbing attachment to either side bar

Side Slots

- Possibly weaker
- Mounts to two PALS channels, straddling the bar tack
- Easier to install
- Possibly attach horizontal webbing to centre bar

So far I think I like the centre slot better, but the slot will need to moved to the opposite side, possibly closed up slightly. I think it has a cleaner look, potentially stronger (no way for us to quantify this), and the fact that it only needs one channel of PALS is nice. The other style does have the potential to act as a "link" between two sewn webbing loops, although I can't think of a specific application for that. The two slot design also does look "flatter" when installed.



That was the joke, sorry if I got your hopes up.

Tutorials and techniques / Found a youtube channel
« on: January 28, 2018, 05:58:50 AM »
Was browsing youtube and found the channel “proper fit clothing co.” They got some some neat how to’s. They also apparently sell their patterns on their website.

Platforms / Practical Integrated Modular Platform, Scalable
« on: December 12, 2017, 02:05:08 PM »
Practical Integrated Modular Platform, Scalable.  10.4oz / 296g.  Laser cut from 500D ACRONYM.  Optional SaDDle Bags sandwich between base and accessory panel.

Thank you, JTT-

Asset exchange / Re: WTB spring loaded buckles
« on: November 28, 2017, 08:42:48 AM »

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Here's a chart with bobbin style/dimensions. You can measure yours and look for a match, then shop for that style.


Introductions / New position
« on: November 21, 2017, 02:02:40 PM »
Just wanted to update you guys on my new position, so that we follow the guidelines of full disclosure. I recently started in a position as a Product Technician at Norrøna here in Norway. It's a ~13 month mat.leave position. Basically I assemble prototypes and samples by sewing, gluing, taping and other processes that are common in high-end clothing.

I'm not killing off my other projects, but they'll take the back seat for a while.

Vendors and sources / Re: Is anyone having trouble with Texcel right now?
« on: November 08, 2017, 05:45:36 PM »
Status update: They had been really backed up since mid 2016 so they opened up a second plant in North Carolina just to keep up, and they produce and ship webbings out of both plants. I told them the situation and they are willing to waive the shipping charge and consolidate future orders so everything will go out at once. CB will not be shipped until another week or two but all in all very happy that I'm not getting charged multiple times on shipping.

Overall very happy that the situation got resolved, but consider having them consolidate your order so everything goes out all at once and expect at least 1-2 weeks lead time from now on since they are so backed up now. 

Vendors and sources / Pre wound bobbins
« on: November 02, 2017, 05:57:11 PM »
Hey guys I just wanted to share my new source for pre wound bobbins.
I met the crew at GSI recently and they gave me their literature, so I put together a small stocking order to bring them in.
I have been using pre wound bobbins in my bar tacker for years, and honestly it's a huge time saver.
Full disclosure, I paid full price for these, and I wasn't asked to promote them, I am just passing on a good source.

Platforms / Modular Gun Belt Prototype
« on: October 19, 2017, 07:40:42 PM »
This is an amalgamated design from our Renegade Belt, which was a standard rigger's belt, and elements of the previous belt system. Two belt system, although there is only one belt shown. Same concept as a some others on the market, but instead of folded 1" webbing tacked on for reduced width PALS, we are using laser cut Cordura laminate, in this case, Whiskey Two-Four's ACRONYM material. The design of the slots enables the user to weave MOLLE accessories on using the top and bottom narrow sections, or attach directly to the larger centre section. Instead of using regular Hook along the inside, we're testing out a hook/loop hybrid that will grab either. So far it's working quite well.

More info on the website:

Concept, design, and engineering / Re: PALS Strap
« on: October 04, 2017, 02:16:08 PM »
Update: Here's some installation pics from the first batch.

Some small minor tweaks, but I've been running the originals on my gear for quite some time with no issues. We've also got some short ones for testing.

Here's some shorties

Tutorials and techniques / Re: Cordura Pouch Flap construction technique
« on: September 18, 2017, 02:02:52 PM »
Alright, sorry for the slow response to this. Here's my method of making pouch flaps:

1. Cut your material and sew wrong sides together with whatever SA you like and whatever shape you like. Just remember to clip corners to allow angles to turn out cleanly.

2. Turn right side out and push out corners. For pouch flaps I usually do this fairly quickly with a piece of dowelling that has been rounded off. Manipulating the finished corner in your fingers does help make them look crisp. You can see my other corner tool that I tend to use in stubborn areas. Be careful not to stab right through the corner!

3. I then use a plastic insert/jig to flatten out the flap and force out the seams. Once it's inserted, it helps to drag it across a blunt table edge to really crease the edges.

4. I use a plastic mesh inside flaps to help give them some body. This is easily inserted while the jig is still in place, then the jig can be slid out. Still looking for a better option to the mesh, but its good for now. You could omit this step as long as you really make sure the edges are creased with the jig. My mesh does help keep the pouch flat while sewing the top stitch.

5. For a real clean run of stitching, I use a zipper foot and a magnetic guide. This makes the top stitch a breeze. After that, sew on your PALS, Velcro, labels etc.

Tutorials and techniques / Re: Cordura Pouch Flap construction technique
« on: September 05, 2017, 10:32:37 AM »
Thanks. I've got a few pouch orders to do, so I'll make a point of snapping some photos of my method and put a little tutorial together.

Tutorials and techniques / Re: Cordura Pouch Flap construction technique
« on: September 04, 2017, 12:26:03 PM »
Best/cleanest method I've found:

- Cut two equal size rectangles
- Sew together insideout. I use 3/8" SA.
- Trim any angles correctly, so they turn out properly
- Flip right side out and push out corners. I use corner pushing tool for this.

After that, I insert plastic mesh for added rigidity, using a premade LDPE jig. This REALLY helps create clean edges. As a rule, the jig and any insert you use should be 1/4" narrower (1/8" on each side) than the space you left between your stitch lines, to allow for some fitting room. For example, a 4" wide piece of raw material sewn with 3/8" SA on each side will leave you 3-1/4" space. A 3" wide insert would be used, making a finished pouch flap that is approx 3" wide. I've found that insideout seams eat up about 1/8", maybe slightly less with thinner material.

Once everything is flattened and the insert is in place, we top stitch, using a magnetic guide and a zipper foot, to keep the line perfect and consistent.

Finished Product

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