Laser cutting for fashion designers

Refine textiles and accessories with a laser

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Laser machines are becoming a popular commodity among fashion designers and clothing manufacturers. The laser can be used to create almost any design, whether it be engrave velvet or using it to make chic intricate cuts. Due to a faster processing speed, each article can be special and unique even in series production. Imagine how much quicker it is to use a laser machine in order to cut single-layered textiles rather than using a knife or scissors. Using a laser cutter will also melt the edges with synthetic materials which gives a nice clean, perfectly sealed edge. Not only can the laser work leather and textile, but it can also work with wood, acrylic, stone, paper, etc. 

Laser materials for the fashion industry

  • Felt
  • Viscose
  • Lenzing Modal®
  • Tencel®
  • Lace
  • Polyester
  • Polyamide material
  • Fleece
  • Softshell
  • Cotton
  • Silk
  • Linen
  • Denim
  • Alcantara
  • EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate)
  • Leather
  • Fluffy materials (e.g. teddy bear materials, artificial fur)
  • Laserflexx
  • Acrylic
  • Wood
  • Stone
  • Paper

Textiles, more specifically synthethic fabrics, get high quality cuts and engraving with the CO2 laser. The laser melts the synthetic material while it is cutting which stop the textiles from fraying. While it is engraving, the top layer is removed and ahieves a high contrast.

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Examples of applications


Fashion industry applications

The laser can be used for various things in the fashion industry. It is so precise and flexible that it can laser cut specific and intricate patterns in fabrics, which refines garments and accessories. As mentioned prior, the laser will melt synthetic materials when cutting, which will minimize the production of lint and fluffy materials. This offers a clean and perfect sealed fabric. With a laser, the end product can be specially refined. 

Applications:

  • Fashion collections
  • Cutting patterns
  • Textile processing
  • Patterns
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Trousers
  • Blouses
  • Coats
  • Shoes
  • Acrylic jewelry
  • Wood jewelry
  • Acrylic sequins
  • Leather handbags

Industries:

  • Fashion Design
  • Clothing industry
  • Jewelry
  • Prototyping
  • Concepts
  • Design
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Why should I buy Trotec laser for textile processing?

  • Trotec laser cutting and engraving machines are universal tools for various applications
  • Laser cutting gives designers full creative freedom in the and helps their project come to life 
  • Haptic and visual effects, included soft elements, can be created in a few steps
  • Designs can be reproduced easily and with the same high quality as before
  • When laser cutting textiles, the material fuses, resulting in clean, perfectly sealed edges.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Implement complex shape cuts and filigree designs quickly and precisely

  • Tool diameter not needed
  • Depending on the lens used, the laser beam is approx. 0.1 mm wide.

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High-quality optics/lenses and best beam quality

Productive processing

  • Lasering is a lot faster than a knife or scissor cut
  • Laser-engraved designs can reproduced at any time with the same quality and appearance for larger quantities.

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Speedy series: The fastest laser engraver on the market with a max. processing speed of 3.55 m/sec and acceleration of 5 g.

Contact-free processing

  • No time-consuming fixation of material compared to the knife or scissor
  • No material distortion

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Multi-functional table concept for easy handling

Easy high-quality manufacturing

  • Designs are created in the normal graphics program and sent to the laser via the “Print” command
  • Higher quality refinement through haptic effects that cannot be achieved with textile printing
  • Reduction of lint, resulting in reduction of cleaning effort

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® laser software: Simply intuitive. Works efficiently

No tool wear

  • No wear of the laser beam from material processing
  • No costs for new tools compared to the knife

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore laser sources with particularly long service life

Laser parameters included in the software

  • Laser parameters for commonly used materials are supplied and stored in the JobControl® software

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® material database

Perfect sealed edges when cutting synthetic materials

  • No fraying, no seams, no post-processing necessary

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High quality axle drives and intelligent air flow of the Trotec laser

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Can all textiles be lasered equally well?

Synthetic fabrics respond very well to processing. The laser beam melts polyester, for example, in a controlled manner, and this results in fiber-free, sealed edges. For organic fabrics such as cotton and linen, you get a brownish discolored cutting edge, similar to lasering wood. This effect can be partially compensated by selecting the correct lens and laser parameters and using compressed air.