Laser cutting in the fashion design industry

Laser cutting of textiles and accessories

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Lasers are increasingly gaining popularity amongst fashion designers and reaching more footprint in the fashion industry. Whether engraving velvet or laser cutting textiles, almost any style can be processed with the laser cutting and engraving machine. With quicker processing speeds for individual graphic designs, each item can be distinctive even in series production. Laser cutting single-layer textiles is more productive than cutting with a knife or scissors. Lasering textiles additionally melts the cutting edges with synthetic materials. This results in clean, perfectly sealed edges, in addition to textiles and leather, alternative materials similar to wood, acrylic, stone or paper are often perfectly processed with the laser.

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 (See New Paper by Trotec)

Textiles can be cut and engraved with a CO2 laser system. Synthetic materials (e.g. polyester or polyamide) are very well suited to laser processing. The laser beam melts synthetic substances during laser cutting in a controlled manner, which inturn prevents fraying. During laser engraving, the top layer is more or less removed, depending on the process, so numerous contrasts may be achieved.


Examples of applications


Fashion industry applications

The laser is a very versatile tool for the fashion business. Laser cutting individual patterns in materials, creating patterns, processing finished garments or accessories – a laser scores with precision and flexibility. The laser beam melts synthetic materials once cutting, so lint production is greatly reduced with fluffy materials. The results are clean, perfectly sealed edges. With laser engraving, a additional tangible haptic result can be achieved. this implies end products 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?

  • A Trotec laser engraving and cutting machine is the universal tool for a wide variety of materials.
  • Laser cutting offers fashion designers complete freedom within the development and implementation of their ideas.
  • With laser engraving, perception and visual effects, including the most delicate elements, can be created in just a few process steps.
  • Laser-engraved designs can also be easily reproduced at any time, and always with an identical quality and appearance.
  • When laser cutting textiles, the material fuses, leading to clean, perfectly sealed edges.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Create complex shape cut outs and filigree designs quickly and precisely

  • No need to take tool diameter into consideration
  • 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

  • Laser cutting is faster than a knife 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
  • 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.