Here’s a use for Makelangelo plotters that I never considered, offered up by Discord member Jolo: Sewing patterns!
It turns out that there’s many free pattern sites. Here’s just one example of a hoodie:
I used Freesewing.org to get a pattern for a hoodie and then chose export pattern > SVG and saved to my desktop.
In Inkscape I opened the file, set the document size to A2, and used that as a guide to split up the file into sections that fit on the paper for the Makelangelo. Just to be cautious I used Object > Ungroup and Path > Object to Path to prevent any import questions. (These might not be necessary, but I do them with my laser cutter and it’s a habit now)
I had to delete everything except the part on the paper for each export. Then I used Save As > DXF R14. Yes, Makelangelo understands most SVGs. Another habit from my laser cutting work.
(this post was not paid for by Big Laser – Ed)
Then I loaded it into Makelangelo software and drew it just like any other drawing.
Do you have other great uses for a large plotter? Share with us and we’ll share it with the world!
You might also get a kick out of open source, parametric pattern design app callled Seamly.