Laser engraving and laser cutting textiles

For laser cutting fabrics such as cotton, silk, felt, etc.

Textile types suitable for laser processing

With a Trotec laser, you can quickly and easily laser cut a variety of textiles to size. Materials can also be given a high-quality finish with a tactile effect. Whether you use it to engrave felt or to cut extravagant shapes out of polyester, lasers offer you incredible design possibilities. Synthetic substances react very well during processing, the laser beam fuses edges on polyester and prevents fraying.

Textile types suitable for laser processing

  • Cotton
  • Felt
  • Silk
  • Linen
  • Lace
  • Polyester
  • Fleece
  • Softshell
  • Jeans
  • Alcantara

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Laser engraving jute fabric

See an overview of possible textile applications

Laser engraving and cutting of fabrics


Application examples for laser cutting textiles


When processing textiles, the laser produces products with precision and flexibility. The laser beam melts the material while cutting and results in clean, perfectly sealed edges. Laser engraving creates a tangible tactile effect. In this way, end products can be given a special finish.

  • Clothing
  • Curtains, drapes
  • Decorations
  • Promotional items
  • Design
  • Arts and crafts
  • Automotive industry

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Why should I buy a laser for textile processing?

Single-layer fabrics can be cut faster and therefore more productively with a laser than with a knife. Laser processing is a non-contact, tool-free process. The textiles and fabrics are not touched during laser cutting; as a result, the material is not warped. The laser beam of a fabrics laser cutter melts the material and the results are clean, perfectly sealed edges.

"I've used the Speedy 400 laser cutter on my Spring 2017 collection, which really allowed me to boost my creativity and create designs that you could never possibly create by hand because they are so intricate. I've used laser cutting in my last 3 collections, now I'm working with gold and glitter foils. I really enjoyed the process of experimentation and discovering what I can do with different materials and how they will work with laser cutting. My experience with laser cutting has been great, the Speedy 400 is relatively easy to use - I've learned to use it in about a day. The machine is really amazing because I've cut so many different materials and it was easy to adjust the machine to different materials. People look at my designs and don't understand how I did it, it really helps express your creativity and makes something that otherwise would not have been possible without this technology. "
- Zoran Dobric - Zoran Dobric Designer -

Function and advantages of laser technology

Perfect sealed edges when laser cutting

  •  No fraying, seams, or post-processing is required with a fabrics laser cutter

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • The high-quality axis drive and intelligent routing of air flow of the Trotec lasers

Accurate contour cutting

  • Accurate cutting of printed materials, such as flags or banners
  • There is no need for positioning because distortions in the printed design are adjusted automatically

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl™ Vision camera system for perfect contour cutting of printed materials

Productive processing

  • Laser cutting is faster than knife cutting
  • Contactless machining puts no resistance on the material

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Speedy series: The fastest laser engravers available on the market with a maximum processing speed of 4.2 m/sec and an acceleration of 5 g

Non-contact processing

  • No time-consuming fixating of material compared to knife cutting
  • No warping of the material

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Multifunctional table concept for easy handling

Simple high-quality manufacturing

  • Designs are created in your usual graphics program and sent via the print command to the laser
  • High quality processing with tactile effects which cannot be achieved through textile printing

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® laser software: Simply intuitive. Work efficiently.

One tool for all shapes

  • The tool's diameter does not have to be taken into account
  • Depending on the lens used, the laser beam is about 0.1 mm wide

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Ideal optics and optimal beam performance

No tool wear

  • No wear of the laser beam from material processing
  • No costs for new tools unlike with milling cutters

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore laser sources with a particularly long service life

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Tips for laser cutting textiles

Can all materials be lasered equally well?

A variety of laser cut fabrics respond very well to processing, such as synthetic fabrics. They often comprise plastics such as polyester. The laser beam melts polyester in a controlled manner, and this provides fiber-free, sealed edges. For organic fabrics such as cotton and linen, a brownish discolored cutting edge is obtained similar to when processing wood. This effect can be partially compensated by selecting the correct lens, laser parameters and using compressed air for your fabrics laser cutter.

Laserflexx – as easy as iron-ons

Laserflexx is a high-quality, multi-layered film that has been specifically designed for laser processing. Enrich textiles with designs of your choice, logos, and lettering with a screen-like finish. Optimal laser settings vary depending on the laser power and the speed of your laser plotter. We recommend processing from the bottom up while using the highest possible exhaust power setting. This way, any dust produced is no longer drawn across the area that has already been laser-processed.

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