Laser Cut Fashion 101

Laser cut fashion is becoming a staple technique due to it’s versatility and convenience. It’s more affordable and fast compared to conventional hand cut designs. Not all fabric are created equal. There are some fabric that are not ideal for laser cutting or engraving.

Here are some fabric that is best for laser cutting and engraving:

  1. Cotton
  2. Felt
  3. Silk
  4. Linen
  5. Lace
  6. Polyester
  7. Fleece
  8. Softshell
  9. Jeans
  10. Alcantara
  11. Neoprene

When processing fabric, the laser produces products with precision. 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.

Single-layer textiles can be cut faster and therefore more productively with a laser than with a scissors. 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 melts the material and the results are clean, perfectly sealed edges.

100% cotton with a tight weave produces a subtle but elegant engraving. It’s important to note how close the threads are – the tighter the thread the better the engraving will be. Make sure the cotton is tightly-knit enough to sustain the power from the laser. For an example of this, check out our laser engraved cotton napkins.

The most common types of microfibers are made from polyesters, polyamides (nylon), and/or a combination of polyester and polyamide. It is a durable fabric for laser engraving and produces beautiful results. Using high speed and low power, users can quickly burn away the slightest layer from the top, resulting in an engraving with great contrast.

Fabrics that DO NOT engrave well include terry cloth (robes, towels, etc.) and plush (bathroom rugs, toys, etc.) For the most part, the threads are not tightly-knit and lend themselves to burning as opposed to engraving.

Other fabrics that engrave nicely include fleece, felt, denim and genuine leather.

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