Laser cutting and engraving textiles

For cotton, silk, felt, etc.

Textile types suitable for laser processing

With a Trotec laser, cutting your fabrics and textiles to size can be done with both efficiency and ease. Laser engraving your materials can provide both a tactile effect and unparalleled high-quality finish. Whether your application is cutting unique and fine detailed shapes out of polyester, or engraving on a wide variety of other materials, laser engraving machines offer nearly endless design possibilities. Even applications with synthetic substances can be laser engraved, as these types of materials react very well during processing. Laser machines are ideal for processing polyester, because they perfectly seal the edges once heat is applied from the laser beam, and the material is left without any fraying. 

Textile types suitable for laser processing

  • Alcantara
  • Cotton
  • Felt
  • Fleece
  • Jeans
  • Lace
  • Linen
  • Polyester
  • Silk
  • Softshell
Laser engraving jute fabric

See an overview of possible textile applications

Laser engraving and cutting of fabrics


Application examples for textile processing


When cutting textiles with a laser system, the laser will process the materials with both flexibility and precision. The heat that is applied by the laser beam melts the materials during the cutting process, resulting in clean and perfectly sealed edges. Furthermore, for textile applications that are engraved, end products can be given a special finish as the laser will create a tactile and visual effect.

  • Arts and crafts
  • Automotive Industries
  • Clothing
  • Curtains/Drapes
  • Decorations
  • Design
  • Promotional items

textiles laser cut

Why should I buy a laser for textile processing?

Laser processing is a non-contact and tool-free process, so cutting single-layer fabrics can be completed efficiently as well as at an accelerated pace compared to traditional knife processing. Fabrics and textiles are left untouched during laser cutting, which eliminates the possibility of the materials being warped. By the laser beam melting the materials, the finished product will have edges that are both clean and sealed.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Edges that are perfectly sealed from cutting

  • No seams, fraying, or post-processing will be required

Advantages of a Trotec laser

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

Contour cutting that is accurate

  • Cutting of printed materials that precise, such as banners or flags
  • Distortions in printed designs are automatically adjusted, so there is absolutely no positioning required 

Advantages of a Trotec laser

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

Productive processing

  • Comparative to knife cutting, laser cutting is more productive and faster
  • Zero resistance is place on the materials since laser machining is contactless machining 

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

  • Time-saving technology compared to knife cutting
  • Materials are processed without any warping

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Easy handling from multifunctional table concept

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

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • The beam provides ideal optics and optimal performance

No tool wear

  • The laser beam is unaffected by wearing from material processing
  • Unlike milling cutters, there is no costs for new tools

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore laser sources with unparalleled long-lasting service life
"I've had my Trotec for 8 years this month with only one day of down time. It's rugged, reliable and fast. It is by far the easiest machine on the market to keep clean. I'm still using my original lens and mirrors. If I buy a new machine it will be a Trotec."
- Mike Null - St. Louis Laser -
"We have a small business and our laser was the first large purchase. Our Trotec Laser has been great for the business. It is a very versatile machine! "
- Eric Larson - Clear Irons, LLC -

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Tips for laser cutting textiles

Can all materials be lasered equally well?

Synthetic fabrics commonly composed of plastics such as polyester, and respond very well to laser processing. The beam melts these fabrics in a controlled manner, resulting in fiber-free and sealed edges. Organic fabrics such as linen or cotton will process similarly to wood, and a brownish discoloration will appear on the cut edge. This effect can be reduced greatly by utilizing the appropriate laser parameters, lens, and implementing compressed air.

Laserflexx – as easy as iron-ons

Laserflexx is a superior-quality, multi-layered film that has been designed specifically for purpose of laser processing. Textiles can be enriched with customized designs, lettering, and logos with a screen-like finish. Depending on the speed of your laser plotter and power, optimal laser settings will vary. For processing Laserflexx, we recommend utilizing the highest possible power setting for your exhaust system, as well as processing the materials from the bottom up. In doing so, any dust as a result from processing is no longer an issue.

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