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Cutting & Digitising Service


cutter prodContender C360 is the innovative automated textile cutting service from Contender UK. Using the very latest in automated cutting technology we provide innovative fabrics precision cut to our customers' individual requirements. We also cut free issue fabrics supplied directly to us by a customer. Our fully vacuumed 16 metre by 2 metre flat bed cutting surface is equipped with both laser and blade cutting gantries, complete with plotting tool heads to provide the most accurate and suitable cutting method for the widest range of materials. We offer a complete cut and plot service.

In addition we offer a complete in house design and pattern digitising service. The use of Rhino and PatternSmith software for design and nesting provides speed and accuracy throughout the process, from digitised design to precision cutting.

Be it sailcloth cutting, PVC cutting, Kevlar cutting, cotton cutting, acrylic cutting, polyester cutting, nylon cutting to felt cutting we are here to help with your fabric cutting and plotting needs. Please contact us to discuss your cutting or design requirements.


rhino screenshotSailmaker Design Partners

With such a wide range of boats, rigs, fabrics and end user requirements to be accommodated these days, sail design continues to be an art in its own right. The advent of independent designers now allows a sailmaker of any size and nature to draw upon the experience and technical resources of these individuals to ensure the end user receives the very best in terms of sail design, fabric selection, cutting and service.  Whilst we do not offer an in-house sail design service, we are able recommend the services of independent sail design partners with whom we can ensure complete compatibility from design to nesting, cutting and plotting.

Hugh Myers Sail Design  Hugh Myers provides a freelance computer aided sail design service to lofts in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.  A former Olympic coach and FD National Champion, Hugh has over 30 years experience in sailmaking and related companies.  With a university degree in Mechanical Engineering and the beginnings of a career in the Aerospace and Automotive industries, Hugh was invited by Olympic Medallist, Keith Musto, to add technical expertise to his sailmaking company, then called Musto and Hyde Sails.  He continued working alongside Edward Hyde for a further 10 years into the era of Hyde Sails.  After a period with Ullman Sails Hugh moved to Bruce Banks Sails where he was fortunate to work with Ken Rose, who was one of the first to bring computing to the world of sail design.  On Ken’s retirement, Hugh became Technical Manager for the Banks Sails group.  Hugh has accumulated years of experience of computer aided design, computer aided cutting and the specification of sails for manufacture. His practical experience extends from simple dinghies to “Maxi” racing and cruising yachts, on the water as well as in the sail loft.  Hugh works with SMSW6 & SMAR Azure sail design software.  Hugh can be contacted on 07711 717599 and at hugh_myers@msn.com

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