CTR Lasers - Materials-Fabrics And Textiles

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Materials-Fabrics and Textiles


Using a CTR laser cutter machine for quick and simple cutting of a wide range of fabrics and textiles as the laser produces “sealed” seams/edges without fraying. Multiple layers of fabric can be laser cut into designs that are impossible to achieve with traditional cutting methods. Fabric can also be laser engraved to produce unique effects.

Fabrics and textiles suitable for laser cutting include

  • linen
  • cotton
  • denim
  • satin
  • silk
  • felt
  • lace
  • leather
  • suede
  • polyester
  • Kevlar
  • synthetic & technical textiles
  • fleece

How does laser cutting and engraving textiles work?

Laser engraving removes a fine layer of material from the surface which unlike with printing or other older methods you will find laser engraving can produce a very tactile feel to your pieces. Particular benefits of working with the laser machines on fabrics are speed and flexibility.

Are there any advantages compared to more conventional processing?

As there is no physical contact between the laser and the textiles / fabrics, there is no chance of them becoming warped. The laser simply cuts the material and the result is clean and perfectly sealed edges, with no fraying of the end product.

Will I need to fix/clamp the material in the working area?

Not at all. There is no physical contact between the laser and the material whilst being processed just place the material and start the laser process. For really light materials we have the option of installing a vacuum bed.

What sort of edge finish can I expect on the textiles when using a laser?

Synthetic materials which often contain polyester or nylon react very well to laser cutting as the laser melts the edge ensuring non-fraying edges.

Laser cutting organic materials (e.g.cotton or linen) can produce some brown discoloration on the edge. This can be reduced and possibly eliminated by the use of compressed air.