ORLANDO, Fla. — January 17, 2024 — Laser Photonics Corp. (LPC), a global developer of CleanTech laser systems for laser cleaning and other material applications, highlights a key set of applications for its industrial laser systems within the garment manufacturing industry.
“Consumers are increasingly vocal about the negative impacts of the fashion industry on the environment,“ said Wayne Tupuola, CEO of Laser Photonics. “Manufacturers and brands are improving their ESG standards in areas from design to production, which is why the industry has identified CleanTech and other laser systems as a cutting-edge way to reduce pollution and the use of resources while improving throughput and occupational safety.”
Laser Photonics laser systems offer professionals in the garment industry a user-friendly, ethical, cost-effective and time-efficient solution for many garment creation and finishing processes. Laser techniques are entirely different from traditional textile processes, providing flexibility when it comes to design and operation. Other benefits of this technology include a lowered risk of product damage, low consumable use and no problem of toxic byproduct disposal.
More importantly, laser processes don’t expose operators to the harmful substances or inhalants used during methods like abrasive blasting or wet chemical processing, which are proven to strip years from the lives of workers using them. Their toxicity is why they have seen steadily increasing scrutiny from organizations like the EPA.
“In garment manufacturing, lasers have a wide range of successful applications,” noted Rajkishore Nayak and Rajiv Padhye in their article “The Use Of Lasers In Garment Manufacturing: An Overview” in the Fashion and Textiles issue of the International Journal of Interdisciplinary Research.
“Garment manufacturers around the globe should take advantage of laser applications to make products more competitive,” they note. The most important of those applications include:
Laser-Based Denim Fading
The fading of denim to make garments look old or pre-worn is often done using sandblasting. This traditional method is being replaced by laser fading, wherein a laser beam is directed where fading is required. The laser beam decomposes fabric dye, and the resulting vapors are vented away. The material fades only where the beam impacts the fabric without negatively impacting the material being worked on. Laser color fading can create the look of embroidery on a wide range of materials. In contrast, laser burning can create different kinds of distress on denim and be used to create artistic designs on buttons and similar pieces. The desired degree of fade or burn depends upon the wavelength, power density and pulse width of the laser beam. In general textile production, laser processes can be applied to a large and growing set of applications.
Laser engraving equipment allows operators to create any design on the surface layer of any material, making products look high-grade and exquisite. Precise, clean and permanent engravings can be obtained at fast rates. The technology also provides business owners greater versatility regarding material selection, as the process requires no physical contact with the engraved surface, resulting in no wear and tear. Pictures, flower patterns and even personalized signatures can be engraved on denim and leather shoes, bags, wallets, belts and clothes, greatly increasing product values.
CleanTech Laser Blasting Technology
The CleanTech Laser Blasting Technology manufactured by Laser Photonics is eco-friendly, cost-effective and time-efficient. Applications for LPC technology in the textile and apparel industry include garment cutting, leather engraving, laser fading and more. Manufacturing-related applications include rust removal, paint removal, surface preparation and more. This technology is an excellent alternative to traditional methods like sandblasting, dry ice blasting and other abrasive blasting techniques.
Posted: January 22, 2024
Source: Laser Photonics