Laser engraving heat transfers for T-shirts
CO2 laser technology finds a host of innovative applications across the fashion industry. For example, CO2 laser cutting machines can create designs on heat transfer films that are used to decorate T-shirts and other fabric garments. In this case the laser doesn’t cut the clothing. Instead, the laser engraves a type of laser-friendly transfer film, removing excess material and leaving only the required design intact.
The design is then transferred to the garment using a heat transfer press. Fully engraving the film has the advantage that the transfer does not require “weeding” before use – this is the time-consuming process of removing small pieces of waste material from the design, which would be left by simply cutting the profile out. With an engraving process, all of the waste is removed by the laser, reducing the total process time significantly.
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Could a laser be used to improve your manufacturing process? We can help you to find out by testing samples of your material or product in one of our applications labs. Our applications lab facilities are open to both new and existing customers and OEMs. Our laboratories are well equipped to carry out a range of processes including cutting, marking, engraving, drilling, scribing, ablation and more. We offer rapid sample turnaround times, detailed application reports, and complimentary advice from our experienced applications engineers. Whatever your process, we can help you to determine the best laser for your application.