The textile industry has seen numerous changes since its inception, and the integration of new technologies in recent years has made advances in finishing and processing of materials give very innovative results.
The inclusion of laser cutting and engraving machines in the production processes of the textile sector has allowed an endless number of applications for more than 20 years, leaving designers to expand the possibilities when thinking of new collections.
Conventionally, knives were used to make cuts in the material, but these types of tools have limited applications, mandatory constant maintenance such as knife sharpening, and the finish usually leaves unwanted marks. Laser cutting allows perfect finishes to be obtained, avoiding the problem of fraying, especially with synthetic materials such as vinyl. In addition, the use of laser engraving and marking has numerous applications. A clear example where textile laser cutting and engraving machines have made a big impact is in the handling of jeans.
The degradation and wear of jeans through sandblasting is a technique that is costly, polluting and toxic to the operator. The use of laser machines to engrave the fabric allows the same result to be achieved at a much lower cost, reduces production times, is non-polluting and is not toxic to the operator. In addition, more precise finishes and more customized patterns can be achieved.
Another important example in the textile sector is in leather working. More and more leather goods production companies are investing in a laser cutting and engraving machine, as it allows them a much higher degree of precision in cutting than traditional knives. In addition, being an organic material, leather can present defects or stains, which make the work difficult and damage the finish. Laser cutting machines make it possible to visualize the work area before starting to work, and the operator can check if there are such defects in the material and if there are, move the work area in the computer. Shoe companies are among the main ones that have decided to integrate laser cutting and engraving machines, achieving more detailed die-cutting and much faster. You can also customize accessories such as jewelry and others that are included in the pieces of clothing, achieving more personalized and integrated finishes.
One of the machines that has been most demanded for this type of use has been the Galvo 135 PC, mainly for its ability to mark organic materials and its speed of marking. In addition, its registration chamber allows to detect codes that indicate to the machine that the design is going to work on the material.
Laser marking has also yielded results in the automotive textile sector. The seats of the vehicles, the finish of the leather upholstery, among others can be customized with a high level of quality and precision.
Speed is another of the most attractive features of laser cutting and engraving machines in the textile industry. The process itself of the machine is much faster than conventional die-cutting machines, with less waste material and no need to fix the material to the machine as there is no direct contact. In addition, the production line is optimized because pattern changes can be made directly from the computer and information is passed to the machine via a direct connection or flash drive.
Many companies have chosen to offer the textile laser cutting and engraving service and have seen an important return, as this process is increasingly applied in this industry.