Customize Textiles & Apparel with a Laser Machine

Textiles such as fleece, denim, and leather are exceptionally popular materials for laser customization, in both the cutting and direct-to-garment realm. Because of their incredible precision, lasers can cut even the most intricate of patterns into a variety of materials. And although they may seem delicate, many different fabrics can actually be directly engraved without diminishing the durability of the material.

Engrave leather bookmarks with a personal message, cut out appliques to make one-of-a-kind patches, and brand your company apparel with ease. Whatever application you have in mind, an Epilog Laser machine can help take your fabric or textiles project from concept to reality.

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What Can You Create?

Fabric is a great material for laser engraving and cutting and the possibilities of what you can create go on and on. Whether you’re customizing leather wallets, cutting heat-transfer material for personalized t-shirts, or etching fleece pullovers for a company retreat, Epilog systems are ideal for a myriad of applications involving fashion, fabric, and apparel.

The Power of Versatility

Since so many fabrics and textiles are laser-friendly, incorporating this medium into your current product line can help open up new revenue streams. A laser machine will allow you to cut and customize leather coasters, etch canvas tote bags, and personalize fleece blankets, hoodies, and hats. Not only can you directly engrave a variety of fabrics, but you can cut them as well! An Epilog Laser machine allows you to quickly and easily laser cut twill appliques, leather hat patches, pvc-free heat transfer material, and so much more!

Create Striking Graphics

When laser engraved, many fabrics produce a great color contrast. Fleece and micro-fibers typically produce a darker look, while denim and sturdy cottons tend to result in an almost bleached appearance. We recommend experimenting with a variety of fabrics and settings to find out which looks you like best!

Combine Cutting and Engraving

Many fabrics lend themselves to both cutting AND engraving. For example, leather patches can easily be engraved with the laser and then cut to a specific size to fit on hats, backpacks, purses, etc. Heat transfer material is also a popular substrate that can be both engraved and cut. Engraving heat transfer material eliminates the need for weeding and lets you create very intricate designs.

Explore

From leather to twill, cotton to fleece and so many materials in between, fabrics and textiles are quickly becoming a popular material to customize with a laser. Make sure to check out our Sample Club, which features an array popular substrates (including fabric), where you can find free design files and step-by-step instructions for working with textiles!

Work with Heat Transfer Material

In addition to directly engraving fabrics, a laser can also be used to engrave heat transfer material for a faster, cleaner, and less expensive alternative to silk screen printing. Watch the video below and check out the sample club page to read more about how we did it.

Simple to Use

It's as easy as 1-2-3. Since our laser machines work pretty much like a standard printer, they keep your workflow simple.

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Design

Create a new page in your graphic software. Import or create your own custom design.

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Setup

Send your design to the laser. In the print driver you’ll select the laser parameters you want to use, or select a preset material setting from Epilog’s extensive database.

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Laser

Select your file at the laser, put your engraving material in the machine, shut the door, and press GO. The laser will do the rest!

Machine Recommendations

Need to work with large cuts of fabric? How about individual small items? Whatever it is you need to laser, we have a machine to fit your application. Consider these machines for your fabric engraving needs, or take a look at our full product line.

What else can a laser do?

Lasers are versatile machines that work with many materials and can be used to add a unique touch to nearly any project. Take a look at some other popular laser applications.

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