BOSS LASER APPLICATIONS

LASER ENGRAVING FABRIC

Laser Processing Textiles


If you're wondering whether a CO2 laser can 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.

NOTE: The words fabric (or cloth) and textile are often used interchangeably although they're not technically synonymous. Without getting overly technical "textile" is often expressed when referring to the fabric industry in general, but the word is derived from weaving or knitting cloth.

At the same time the more familiar term fabric or cloth usually refers to the appearance or quality of the finished material i.e., its texture or color. But whether you say textile or fabric rest assured that a CO2 laser can be finely tuned to artistically create unique designs and patterns.

CAN A CO2 LASER CUT AND ENGRAVE FABRIC OR CLOTH?

Yes, quite 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 the laser beam to interact with each material to achieve that unique effect you're looking for. No doubt there is a lot of room for creativity between laser marking and completely laser cutting fabric. You can laser mark a subtle, intricate design onto a pair of denim jeans or cut various, random design details throughout. When done right, it gives 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
  • Denim or Jeans
  • Canvas
  • Fleece
  • Felt
  • Kevlar
  • Lace
  • Leather
  • Linen
  • Nylon fabric
  • Suede
  • Silk fabric
  • Wool

Laser Precision


Compared to using tools a laser beam is almost infinitely more precise. The knife's edge can be sharp but slow to make sharp turns. A laser can also replicate that same design more accurately and with greater speed.

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

A laser is also contact-less, which translates to no tool wear. This allows for a consistent cut project after project. When a knife blade becomes dull, the results of each project may vary. Lastly, 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

LASER ENGRAVING POLYESTER & DENIM VIDEO

If you have a unique type of fabric or material that you would like to laser process feel free to contact us for help: (407) 878-0880.  We can process the material for you here on the type of laser that would best suit your unique application.

BOSSLASER - laser-engraving-fabric MACHINES

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    BOSS LS-1416

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    BOSS LS-1630

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    BOSS LS-3655

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    BOSS HP-2440

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