Material overview

We’re able to work with a wide variety of materials, including: linen, leather, silk and cotton, silk and chiffon, cotton, nylon, denim, dark felt natural and polyester. A summary of each material’s properties follows:

Linen: Linen is manufactured from the fibres of a flax plant.

Leather: Leather is incredibly tough, whilst also being flexible. It comes from the tanning of animal rawhide, typically collected from cattle.

Silk and chiffon: Silk is a natural protein fibre which is then manufactured into a woven fabric. It lacks strength, and is considered to be a delicate, yet aesthetically unique material. The finish shimmers – reflecting light.

Cotton: Cotton is a natural form of fibre woven from the fibres of a cotton plant.

Nylon: Nylon is a thermoplastic fabric with excellent pliability and a smooth, silk-like finish. Alongside these qualities, it is also light, strong and robust.

Denim: Denim is a form of cotton twill textile; generally it comes in a blue hue, although it can be dyed to any colour, in many pattern effects.

Dark felt natural: There are two core types of high-grade natural wool felt – industrial/SAE felt and completely, 100% natural wool felt that is used for purposes such as crafts.

Polyester: Polyester is strong, durable and highly resistant to damage – such as shrinkage, stretching and wrinkling. It can be woven with many other fabrics to achieve set outcomes.

Common applications

Fabrics can be used in an extensive array of products – from clothing, to furniture, to crafts.

Laser cutting

Linen - All natural fibres can suffer from a slightly singed appearance when laser cut, which becomes more apparent the thicker the material.

Leather - Leather is better cut when the fabric has a protective backing or a mask that is applied to both the front and back – this minimises any face burns.

Silk and chiffon - Silk can typically be laser cut free from suffering burn marks.

Cotton – When cotton is laser cut, there may be some slight marks left behind, generally of a pale brown hue.

Dark felt natural - Dark natural felt, like all naturals, will likely be left with a slightly noticeable brownish tinge post-laser cut; the lighter the tone material used, the more noticeable this will be.

Polyester, denim and nylon - Laser works well with all synthetic materials, cutting precisely and leaving few scratches or surface marks behind.

Please note: Due to the laser cutting process, all fabrics can have slight marks left behind on the bottom side of the material.

Cut edge

Our laser is used to seal edges and avoid fraying; felts that have synthetic materials in their mix may be left with a gloss-like edge, and may also have a melted appearance. Here’s what type of finish to expect when we laser cut the edges of each fabric...

Linen - The edges are left with a brownish/orange hue, those with higher percentages of synthetics tend to have a melted appearance in a light tone.

Leather - The edges of cut leather will be notably darker than the leather surface; the thicker the leather, the darker this will be.

Silk and chiffon - Silk can be sealed with no discoloration.

Cotton – The edges of cotton can be sealed with little noticeable change in appearance.

Nylon - The edges of nylon are left with a slightly melted appearance, without discolouration.

Denim - The edges of demin may have a lights brown tone.

Dark felt natural - The edge finishing process for dark felt can leave a slight brownish appearance.

Polyester – Cut edges of polyester can have a slight melted appearance.

Laser engraving

Linen - Engraved linen will have a brown to orange tinge; the lighter material we work with, the more notable the contrast will be.

Leather – With leather, we’re able to work with deeper engraving than our usual settings, should you so wish. However this requires more laser power, as well as a slower manufacturing process. Please also note that engraved leather can have subtle variations in tone, density and varying flatness.

Silk and chiffon - Not recommended.

Nylon - Not recommended, as it can warp. However we can work with nylon in relatively small areas, and the resulting appearance will be glossy and dark.

Denim - Laser engraved denim will achieve a lighter contrast to the remaining material.

Dark felt natural - The majority of felts can be engraved, leaving a brown tinge. The deeper the hue, the deeper the engraved finish.

Polyester - Not recommended, although it is achievable when working with a small engraved area – the result will be glossy and darker than the material surface. 

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