How to cut paper pattern
and why relying on a
flatbed cutting machine
Paper Pattern: what it is and what it is used for
At the very core of clothing there is always a pattern: whether it is a dress, a sleeve or a shoe, this support is necessary to have the right size and shape of the object, since the pattern faithfully reflects the physical measurements of a garment.
The pattern is the representation on paper of the various parts that make up a model to be cut and then sewn and tailored to a garment.
The paper pattern is therefore a fundamental component for a good result of the garment and, therefore, it must be carefully cut.
If, for example, the insole constitutes the support base of the foot, the pattern will replicate the measurements of the foot and shoe, it will have to seek the satisfaction of the consumer who will always expect comfort, ease of walking and safety. of use.
The materials used to make the paper patterns
The most commonly used materials in the market are fiberboard and rigid cardboard.
These cellulose-made high-density materials are very resistant, with variable thickness between 0.7 and 2.5 mm and available in various shades and colors.
Making of paper patterns by resorting to
digital cutting machines
Functionalities and advantages
Nowadays, the use of digital cutting in the paper pattern field is growing more and more.
Many model makers have chosen CAD design software with different levels of functionality for the definition of the lines that make up the vector file, the virtual prototyping of the model, series development, production management.
CAD systems make designing operation ever faster, as well as in the realization of multiple jobs all at once.
Saving time is another factor to consider when switching from manual to digital cutting
WHICH ACCESSORIES TO CHOOSE FOR CUTTING
AND PLOTTING OPERATIONS
Valiani cutting machines can provide two distinct devices for cutting needs.
A tangential head, ideal for cardboard and fibreboard, and an oscillating head for cutting complex shapes on fibreboard and more.
The same head, thanks to the high oscillation frequency, is also a perfect tool for working materials such as leather and fabrics, if you also want to create a kind of prototyping of the product.
When it comes to writing devices, Valiani can offer a pen plotting tool, on which simple ballpoint refills can be mounted, with which to insert text, signs and numbers directly on the material in the phase prior to cutting.
Cutting plotter or laser?
Which one to choose
The truth is that the cutting plotter brings with it a cleaner finish, evidenced by the fact that the laser can cause the cardboard to burn, stain and sometimes cause smoke.
That’s why rigid materials such as fiber require a blade rather than a laser.
Software that simplifies your work
In the market you can find many CAD solutions, where the term CAD identifies a program for the design and on-screen design of (in this specific case) digital paper patterns.
These applications allow you to view the final result of the design (render) before creating the model. The basic units are the individual pieces of the model.
Once drawn, these pieces are imported into the software. The great advantage of creating a model in a digital environment is the speeding up of all those operations that would take a lot of time done manually: such as the exact duplication of the pieces, the modification of the shapes, the insertion of seams, steps, notches respecting the relations and proportions between the various parts, the calculation of sizes, sending the model to the cutting room.