LASER PROCESSING TEXTILES


If you're wondering whether a CO2 laser can laser cut, engrave, or mark different types of fabric then this article should answer that question along with providing some different options and tips to laser processing fabric or textiles.

  • laser cut denim jeans
  • laser marking design onto shirt

NOTE: By the way the words fabric (or cloth) and textile are often used interchangeably although they're not techinally synonomous. Without getting to technical "textile" is often used in a general sense when referring to the fabric industry in general but the word is actually derived from weaving or knitting cloth. Whereas fabric and cloth are used when referring to the quality of the finished material i.e. its texture or color.

 

Can a CO2 Laser Cut and Engrave Fabric or Cloth?

Yes, quiet easily. A CO2 laser wavelength (10.6 microns) is well absorbed by most organic materials especially fabric. In fact by adjusting the laser power and speed settings you can manipulate how you want laser beam to interact with each material to achieve that unique effect you're looking for. No doubt there is a lot of for creativity between lightly laser marking and completely laser cutting fabric. You can laser mark a subtle, intricate design onto a pair of denim jeans or cut various custom details throughout. Either give you the ability to enhance the finished products perceived value.

 

What Fabrics Can a CO2 Laser Process?


Here is a list of the most popular textiles to process with a CO2 laser:

  • - Cotton fabric
  • - Polyester or synthetic fibers
  • - Demim or Jeans
  • - Canvas
  • - Fleece
  • - Felt
  • - Kevlar
  • - Lace
  • - Leather
  • - Linen
  • - Nylon fabric
  • - Suede
  • - Silk fabric
  • - Wool

 

What are the Advantages of Processing Textiles with a CO2 Laser Cutter?


Compared to using tools a laser beam is almost infinitely more precise. I knifes edge can be sharp. But the a laser beam measures only 10.6 microns (a micron is one millionth of a meter). The laser can also replicate that same design more accuaretly and with greater speed.

Depending on the fabric the laser will often produce cut and seal preventing any frayed edges.

A laser is also contact-less which translates to no tool wear and tear and consistend cut quality. Since materials don't need to be pinned down there's no risk of fabric distortion.


What Are the Common Textile Application Examples for Laser Processing Fabric?

  • -Decorating Ideas
  • -Clothing Design and patterns
  • -Upholstery modifications
  • -Customizing fabric toys

If you have a unique type of fabric or material that you would like to laser process feel free to contact us for help.  We can process the material for you here on the type of laser that would best suit your unique application.