Laser cutting for
fashion designers

Refine textiles and accessories with a laser


Lasers are gaining in popularity among fashion designers. Whether engraving velvet or making fancy shape cuts, virtually any design can be processed with the laser. With faster processing speeds for individual graphic designs, each piece can be unique even in series production. Laser cutting single-layer textiles is more productive than cutting with a knife or scissors. Lasering textiles also melts the cutting edges with synthetic materials. The results are clean, perfectly sealed edges. In addition to textiles and leather, other materials such as wood, acrylic, stone or paper can be 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

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

Examples of applications

Fashion industry applications

The laser is a very versatile tool for the fashion industry. Laser cutting individual patterns in fabrics, creating patterns, refining finished garments or accessories – a laser scores with precision and flexibility. The laser beam melts synthetic materials when cutting, so that lint production is greatly reduced with fluffy materials. The results are clean, perfectly sealed edges. With laser engraving, a more tangible haptic effect can be achieved. This means end products can be specially refined.


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


  • Fashion Design
  • Clothing industry
  • Jewelry
  • Prototyping
  • Concepts
  • Design

Why should I buy Trotec laser for textile processing?

  • A Trotec laser machine is the universal tool for a wide variety of materials.
  • Laser cutting gives fashion designers complete freedom in the development and implementation of their ideas.
  • With laser engraving, haptic and visual effects, including even 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 the same quality and appearance.
  • When laser cutting textiles, the material fuses, resulting in clean, perfectly sealed edges.

Function and advantages of laser technology

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

Implement complex shape cuts 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 4.2 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

Trotec Product Recommendations

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.

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