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Any ETA on when the Black will be in stock? Have emailed you but no reply.



Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Machine Lighting
« on: January 16, 2017, 02:51:40 PM »
I use a mixture of LED strip and a small flexible lamp. The strip lighting is great. Just get warm white, cut it to length and stick it on, hook it up to a 12v source and your done.

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Hi there,

A second hand Siruba PK 533-M2D Electronic tacker has come availible locally. Just wondering if anyone has used or had any experience with one?

The two years I have been operating there has only been one other electronic tacker available second hand in New Zealand. I'm going to have a look at it tomorrow so will see what its like then.



Asset exchange / Re: WTB: visibility orange Cordura - Europe
« on: October 12, 2016, 01:44:20 PM »
I too would be keen on some 500D Orange, pretty hard to find it seems. I have got 1000D from Rockywoods in the past but would really prefer some 500D.


Service exchange / Re: OEM laser cut fabric shapes
« on: October 10, 2016, 07:36:25 PM »
Hi WhiskeyTwoFour,

I sent you an email last week, and the week before about some laser cutting. Have you received the emails?



Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Making molds
« on: April 15, 2016, 07:34:39 PM »
I use 3mm MDF to make my patterns. Easily workable with woodworking tools. Can pick it up from most wood places as it is used for packing on plywood, well here it is anyway.

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probably you already know but on there are some good cordura sellers with cheap prices, hope it can help you.

Yep, been looking on there and have contacted a few sellers to try get combined shipping prices but haven't heard back from any.

Thought I may as well try here too.


Asset exchange / WTB 5-10m 500D Cordura OD Green and/or Tactical Khaki
« on: April 08, 2016, 04:07:44 PM »
Before I purchase a full 75 yard roll, would anyone be willing to part with 5-10m of OD Green or Tactical Khaki, or any similar colours? They are not colours that I would use a lot of but want to have the option so would rather buy 10m than 75 yards! I could buy it from Rockywoods but it is almost the same price to buy 10m from them as it is a 75 yard roll.

Shipping would be to New Zealand. Could pay via paypal.



Materials science / Re: 500D vs 1000D
« on: April 06, 2016, 01:43:00 PM »
Thanks for all the reply's guys. 

Some good reading there. Its definitely hard to try compare the lab results to what you think your product will be subject to.

I think I will most likely end up going with 500D. Easier to work with, less weight (makes a difference when you are shipping 75 yard rolls from the US to NZ), marginally cheaper and I think it should be durable enough.

AtypeEffect, care to share which mills you are talking about? I have searched high and low but everyone I have found mainly does 1000D. Brookwoods, who I am currently looking at placing an order with has about 60 colours in 1000D and about 10 in 500D.


Materials science / 500D vs 1000D
« on: April 04, 2016, 06:29:24 PM »
What is everyone's thoughts on 500D vs 1000D cordura?

I recieved some swatches today from Brookwoods. There are so many colour options in 1000D! There are probably only 6-7 colours that I would buy in 500D vs about 20 in 1000D, If I could afford it that is.

For my application, I definitely like the feel and look of 500D better but not sure how it would hold up to long term use. Most of the damage to the fabric that may happen I would think would come from the inside, for example pots, stoves, basically any hard objects. Any wear areas on the outside I just reinforce with 1000D.

I know of one other bike bag maker that uses 500D, who is pretty well regarded, other than that most people use X-pac which I think is excessive and way to expensive for me to get here in NZ.

So does anyone have any experience with wear from the inside out?

Thanks, Mike

Vendors and sources / 500D Cordura in colours!
« on: March 29, 2016, 05:44:24 PM »

I have searched this forum and cant seem to find any specific supplier that has a good range of colours in 500D Coated Cordura.

I'm looking to purchase some full rolls and have them shipped to me in NZ. I have brought some Multicam prints from Rockywoods before but with their high prices and shipping it ended up being super expensive.

I have contacted Brookwoods and they have about 10 colours availible in 500D and heaps in 1000D, they are sending me some colour swatches to look at. The price from them is pretty good.

I have looked at most of the other suppliers listed on the Material supplier page (Gerald Schwartz, PK, MMI) but cant seem to find anyone else who really stocks 500D.

Doing some googling I found Eastex Products Inc, who do Slipnot as well as what looks like a good range of 500D and 1000D. I contacted them but have not heard anything back yet. Has anyone had any experience with them?

Anyone have any other places I could try? Or is 500D not really a common choice.

Thanks, Mike

Vendors and sources / Where does everyone get woven labels from?
« on: March 20, 2016, 01:18:26 PM »

Looking for a supplier of woven labels. Have used Worldwide Label before but they don't go big enough for a new label I want.



Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Fabric Cutters
« on: March 14, 2016, 02:01:33 PM »
Cheers Dave, I will take any tips I can get!

Yea will try to make it a bit bigger next time. Made a new cutting table which can fit at least a 1.5x1.5m lay if I wanted. Will try cutting on the same lines too, I regretted that after doing it as it was a pain trying to cut 5mm off.
How many staples would you suggest putting in? And do you use staples that go right through the lay? Mine were protruding out the bottom about a millimeter and I think they were getting stuck on the cutter somehow.

Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Fabric Cutters
« on: March 13, 2016, 05:30:00 PM »
So I ended up getting a Mercury 8 inch straight blade cutter. Got it super cheap brand new so worth a shot I thought.

Did a cut of 12 Layers of 600d PVC coated polyester. Went okay for a first go I think. Had a bit of trouble pushing the machine round, not sure if I was getting caught on staples or something but meant it lightly fused together in a few places. All the pieces turned out usable which is good.  Think It would be better doing more layers next time.

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Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Fabric Cutters
« on: February 21, 2016, 01:19:23 AM »
Thanks Dave! A whole lot of great information there. Appreciate you taking the time out to share.

I have watched that video a couple of times before, I searched around for a cutting one I thought you may have done too  ;). Good to know they would be able to cut what I'm wanting to cut.

I can't imagine needing to do more than 10 layers at a time, not in the next year or so anyway, sometimes it may even be a push to do 10. There is a 8 inch Protex straight blade available second hand for $150 currently - would 8 inch be to big considering I currently would only be cutting 10 layers max?

The fabric weights you use, are they just mini sand bags you have made up?

Thanks again,


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