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Automation By Computer When Using A Plotter

Updated: Dec 9, 2023

Tracing Patterns onto Fabric getting ready to Cut out

Patterns by paper

A pattern serves as a guide for tracing and cutting out the parts of a garment before assembly. Typically made of paper, patterns can also be constructed from stronger materials like paperboard or cardboard for increased durability during repeated use. 

Traced Patterns on Fabric Ready to Cut Out

Manually Marker Making

After creating the pattern pieces, they will be transferred onto a handmade marker, ensuring that they are placed as closely together as possible. This marker will then be used to efficiently cut the fabric, maximizing the yield and minimizing waste.


Starting with the Automation Process

Camera Digitizing Image

The Velocity V Shoot digitizing system eliminates the need for calibration, which sets it apart from other digitizing camera systems. This feature is crucial for a digitizing camera.

Camera Digitiizing System

Eliminate the need for a digitizer and cursor with this advanced system. Simply use one camera and click to digitize your pattern piece, capturing notches, drill holes, and grain line. Additionally, you can easily smooth out and make edits to the piece.

The system does not require a service contract or an annual fee. It is fully compatible with popular CAD programs such as Audaces, Gerber AccuMark, Lectra, Optitex, Tukatech, StyleCAD, PAD System, AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, and VectorWorks.


There are two options available for marking making: sending your digital patterns to a service or using your own CAD system.

Marker Created on a CAD System

After converting your pattern pieces into a digital format, you have the option to either send them to a service that can create your marker or use your own marker making software/system.

Markers serve as a guide during the cutting process. They are long sheets of bond paper that contain all the pattern pieces needed to create a specific style. The configuration of the marker is designed to minimize fabric waste and includes all sizes required for the style. Computer-generated markers are commonly printed using a plotter. Cutters then use the marker as a template to cut out all the pieces simultaneously.

The image below showcases a computer-generated marker created in a CAD program. Although not perfectly made, this marker represents a simple bodice with facings and a short sleeve in five sizes ranging from XS to XL.


Once a CAD system completes the marking process, the marker is prepared for plotting on a plotter.

Velocity Four Head Plotter
Setting the Traced Paper on top of the fabric

The tracing of pattern pieces required for a particular style is known as a marker, which serves as a guide for cutting.

Cutting Out the Patterns From the Fabric

Once the fabric is spread out, the cutter will position the marker over it and proceed to cut out the pieces using the vector lines. This can be done manually with an electronic cutting machine or automatically with an automatic cutting machine.

Velocity Automatic Single Ply Cutter

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