Laser Finishing of Textile Materials: Developments at ITMA 2019

Traci A. M. Lamar


This paper focuses on developments in laser systems designed for textile and product finishing and embellishment that were shown at ITMA 2019. Though lasers for finishing also commonly have cutting capability, they excel in rapid and flexible distressing and embellishing offering fast and precise engraving and marking effects. At ITMA 2019, most laser finishing system concepts introduced focused on design capability, productivity and a systems approach to sustainability, particularly in denim processing. Lasers also have the capacity to produce an extensive range of finishing effects that would otherwise require the application of multiple chemical and mechanical finishing processes using several different pieces of equipment, making them versatile as well as eco-friendly.

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