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Imagine making a dress, instead of using the traditional method of cutting out the paper patterns, then laying them on the cloth and pinning them, and then following the lines and cutting your cloth with a scissors, the laser will eliminate all of that. But, before I make it sound too good to be true, there is the matter of creating the pattern file for the laser. We will talk about that in just a little bit.

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