CO2 laser machines are ideal for processing textiles. Both natural and synthetic fabrics can be cut and engraved with lasers. Polyester, nylon, cotton, felt, woven, non-woven and glass fiber fabrics, as well as heat resistant and other technical textiles have been used for laser cutting.
Detailed graphics and intricate designs are now possible with laser engraving and cutting which was otherwise not possible with traditional methods.
The thermal laser process ensures the cutting edges are automatically sealed when cutting textiles, therefore ensuring no rough edges or fraying during the process. The non-contact laser processing, deformation-free cutting and high precision are also highlighted advantages for using laser technology in textiles processing.
CO2 laser cutting machines can work on any type of textiles. There is a list of common fabrics and textiles that would work well with laser cutting technology:
What types of textiles are ideal for laser processing?
What are the benefits of laser cutting and engraving of textiles?
Laser processing available on textiles and fabrics
With laser technology, cutting, marking and engraving can be performed in a very fast and repeatable way, saving time and reducing costs. As a result, laser solutions have higher productivity and flexibility.
The main advantages of using lasers in the textile sector are:
Clean and perfect cutting edges
Textile finishing by laser engraving
Capable of laser cutting small holes
- No fraying, or post-processing will be required
- Textiles are processed without distortion
- Possibility to carry out complex drawings
- The laser beam is unaffected by wearing from material processing
Highlights of Golden Laser’s CO2 laser machines for textiles and fabrics processing:
Gear and rack drive
High speed and acceleration, and can maintain long-term stability
Spot size up to 0.1mm. Perfectly handling angles, holes, and complex graphics
For the fully automated laser processing directly from the roll
Automatic roll feeder
With tension correction function, ensuring continuous and accurate feeding
Maximizing material utilization thanks to nesting software
Inkjet printer module and Ink marker module are available.
Multiple power options
Various CO2 laser powers from 65 watts to 800 watts are available
Variety of table sizes
Working table formats can be customized, even ultra long and wide table size
Double laser heads or multiple laser heads are available for productivity improvement
Camera recognition systems
For the laser cutting of printed fabrics or embroidered labels
Automatic sorting system
Automatic laser intelligent manufacturing solution for Industry 4.0
Typical applications for processing textiles with CO2 laser machines from Goldenlaser
Filters - filter cloth, filter mat, filter material - laser cutting PP, PA, polyester, nylon fabric and fiberglass media
Insulation Materials - heat protection fabrics, thermal insulation fabrics, woven heat shrinking protection sleeve laser cutting
Air Dispersion Ducts - fabric air duct (air socks, soxduct) laser cutting and perforation
Automotive & Aviation
1) Airbags - laser cutting automobile airbags
2) Interior upholstery - laser cutting car seat covers, car mats and sunshades
3) Thermoelectrically heat car seat - laser cutting car seat heater
4) Aircraft carpet laser cutting
Outdoors & Sporting Goods - tents, sails, parachutes shading fabrics laser cutting; Marine mat laser engraving (marking)
Active Wear & Sportswear - Contour cutting of sublimation prints; Laser perforation of apparel fabric; Precise cutting lettering, numbering on uniforms…
Upholstery - curtains, sofas, cushion materials, pillows, floor and wall coverings, furnishing fabrics laser cutting and engraving
- Made to measure, ready-to-wear, haute couture - fabrics laser cutting, engraving and perforating
- Applique, embroidered badges, patches, labels, woven labels laser cutting
Textile printing - laser cutting printed polyester fabrics of banners, flags, soft signage