Laser Cutting, Engraving and Perforating of Textile Fabric

Laser Solutions for Fabric and Textile

Goldenlaser designs and builds CO2 laser machines specifically for cutting, engraving and perforating of fabrics and textiles. Our laser machines have the ability to cut fabrics and textiles into sizes and shapes efficiently and sustainably on large cutting scales, as well as cutting complex internal patterns on smaller cutting scales. Laser engraving textiles and fabrics can achieve incredible visual effects and tactile surface structures.

Applicable laser processes for fabrics and textiles

Ⅰ. Laser Cutting

Normally a CO2 laser cutter is used to cut the fabric into the desired pattern shapes. A very fine laser beam is focused on to the fabric surface, which increases the temperature substantially and cutting takes place due to vaporization.

Ⅱ. Laser Engraving

Laser engraving of fabric is to remove (engrave) the material to a certain depth by controlling the power of the CO2 laser beam to obtain contrast, tactile effects or to perform light etching to bleach the color of the fabric.

Ⅲ. Laser Perforation

One of the desirable processes is laser perforation. This step allows to perforate the fabrics and textiles with a tight array of the holes of the certain pattern and size. It is often required to provide ventilation properties or unique decorative effects to the end product.

Ⅳ. Laser Kiss Cutting

Laser kiss-cutting is used to cut the top layer of material without cutting through an attached material. In fabric decoration industry, laser kiss cut makes a shape cut out of the surface layer of the fabric. The upper shape is then removed, leaving the underlying graphic visible.

Benefits from laser cutting fabrics and textiles

clean and perfect laser cutting edges

Clean and perfect cuts

laser cutting polyester printed design

Exactly cut out the pre-printed design

polyester precise laser cutting

Allows for intricate, detailed work

Clean cuts, and sealed fabric edges with no fraying

Contact-less and tool-free technique

Very small kerf width and small heat affect zone

Extremely high precision and excellent consistency

Automated and computer-controlled processing ability

Quickly change designs, no tooling required

Eliminates expensive and time-consuming die costs

No mechanical wear, hence good quality of finished parts

Highlights of goldenlaser's CO2 laser machines
for the processing of textiles and fabrics

Thanks to the high-performance conveyor system, the fabric is automatically unrolled and transported onto the laser machine for continuous and automatic laser processing.

Automatic rectifying deviation and tensionless feeding and winding systems facilitate laser processing to be efficient and accurate.

A variety of processing formats are available. Extra-long, extra-large table sizes, rewinders and extension tables can be customized on request.

Multiple types of lasers and laser powers are available from 65watts ~ 300watts CO2 glass lasers, to 150watts~ 800watts CO2 RF metal lasers and even 2500W ~ 3000W high-power fast-axial-flow CO2 lasers.

Galvo laser engraving of the entire format - Large engraving area with 3D dynamic focus system. Engraving format up to 1600mmx1600mm at one time.

With camera recognition, laser cutters accurately cut along the contours of digital printed fabrics, dye-sublimated textiles, woven labels, embroidery badges, fly knitting vamp, etc.

The optimized mechanical drive structure and optical path structure allows for more stable machine operation, higher speed and acceleration, superior laser spot quality and ultimately enhanced production capacity.

Two laser heads, independent dual laser heads, multi-laser heads and galvanometer scanning heads can be configured to increase productivity.

A simple guide to textiles
and the relevant laser cutting and engraving techniques

Textiles refer to materials that are made from fibers, thin threads or filaments which are natural or manufactured or a combination. Basically, textiles can be classified as natural textiles and synthetic textiles. Main natural textiles are cotton, silk, flannel, linen, leather, wool, velvet; Synthetic textiles mainly include polyester, nylon and spandex. Almost all textiles can be processed well by laser cutting. Some fabrics, such as felt and wool, can also be processed by laser engraving.

As a modern processing equipment, laser machines have grown in popularity in textile, leather and garment industries. Laser technique, is entirely different from traditional textile processes, as it is characterized by the accuracy, flexibility, efficiency, ease of operation and the scope of automation.

Common laser processable textile types


• Polypropylene (PP)

• Kevlar (Aramid)

• Nylon, Polyamide (PA)

• Cordura fabric

• Spacer fabrics

• Glass fiber fabric

• Foam

• Viscose

• Cotton

• Felt

• Fleece

• Linen

• Lace

• Twill

• Silk

• Denim

• Microfiber

Typical applications of laser processing of fabrics

Fashion and clothing, embroidery, woven labels

Digital printing - apparel, sports uniforms, tackle twill, banners, flags

Industrial - filters, fabric air ducts, insulations, spacers, technical textile

Military - bulletproof vests, ballistic clothing elements

Automotive - airbags, seats, interior elements

Home furnishings - upholstery, curtains, sofas, backdrops

Floor coverings – carpets & mats

Large objects: parachutes, tents, sails, aviation carpets

Recommended laser machines for cutting and engraving fabric

Laser type: CO2 RF laser / CO2 glass laser
Laser power: 150 watts, 300 watts, 600 watts, 800 watts
Working area: Up to 3.5m x 4m
Laser type: CO2 RF laser / CO2 glass laser
Laser power: 150 watts, 300 watts, 600 watts, 800 watts
Working area: Up to 1.6m x 13m
Laser type: CO2 RF laser / CO2 glass laser
Laser power: 150 watts
Working area: 1.6m x 1.3m, 1.9m x 1.3m
Laser type: CO2 RF laser
Laser power: 150 watts, 300 watts, 600 watts
Working area: 1.6m x 1 m, 1.7m x 2m
Laser type: CO2 RF laser
Laser power: 300 watts, 600 watts
Working area: 1.6m x 1.6 m, 1.25m x 1.25m
Laser type: CO2 glass laser
Laser power: 80 watts, 130 watts
Working area: 1.6m x 1m, 1.4 x 0.9m

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