Laser engraving synthetic textiles
Some fabrics such as synthetic leather, fleece or synthetic felt can be engraved with ease. The synthetic material melts during this process and therefore, good contrasts are possible. To achieve a homogeneous engraving, use a Z offset of 1 to 5 mm, depending on the fabric. Use a resolution of up to 500 dpi for the engraving.
Some textiles are not suitable for engraving e.g. thin synthetic fibre materials, as they melt during the process. You can quickly and easily test whether your fabric allows homogeneous engraving using the grayscale matrix.
Laser cutting synthetic textiles
Due to the high nylon content, synthetic fabrics are excellent for laser cutting as the individual fibres are melted and sealed, preventing fraying and making hemming unnecessary which ultimately, leads to time saving.
In order to cut the material cleanly, i.e. clean edges without smoke residue, it is important that the synthetic textiles are not cut with too high power in combination with low speed. When laser cutting synthetic fabrics, we recommend a frequency between 1000 Hz and 3000 Hz.
CAUTION: Some synthetic materials - especially synthetic leather - often contain PVC. These are not suitable for laser engraving or laser cutting. When processing these materials, hazardous gases or dust may be generated, which endanger the laser user or the functioning of the laser machine. Here you will find an overview of unsuitable materials for laser processing.