Can I engrave onto a shirt?

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#1

Curious if I can engrave a logo into a polo shirt or something like that… would be a cool change from traditional embroidery or screen print. :slight_smile:


#2

As far as I have seen a laser engraver should be able to “fade” heavier denim etc. I have wondered if there could be any fabric paint that could be heat set and wash the remainder away, or even as a more extreme thought, say for example layer three colours and burn each away with varying laser power settings. Probably dreaming tho… :slight_smile:
At very least our Glowforge should be wicked for cutting stencils for use on fabric.


#3

I think you pegged it here, I have learned from my CNC router that if you can’t make what you want directly you can always make the tools, templets, or jigs to do it another way.


#4

I definitely plan to use it for stencils. But I
Like the idea of playing with paints! Jacquard and Tulip are the two most popular brands that I’m aware of (I buy Jacquard) but I have no idea if anyone has tried this before.


#5

So what about the image on the web site of fabric that looks like it’s been engraved? I’m wondering if it’s possible somehow to do that to a nice shirt, or even a t-shirt for that matter… maybe some kind of platform to hold the rest of the shirt down while the area to engrave is exposed?


#6

We’ve engraved a denim jacket (in the video) - is that what you mean? I’ve seen a number of fabrics laser engraved by other devices but we’ve only experimented with the denim.


#7

Not engraving but you can cut these thermal adhesives with a laser… (even the Glitter, I had to email and ask for my daughter… honest). http://www.stahls.ca/twill-applique-fabric-material . Obviously stay away from the vinyl section for the laser.


#8

@dan do you know if the laser will cut through something like nylon or polyester and leave a heat-sealed edge? That would be sweet! No more pinking shears!


#9

Shoot, I missed the denim jacket in the video, need to watch again. :smile:

At my day job I do a lot of creating/designing for screen printed apparel and we’ve experimented with all kinds of trick inks and materials. I think the Glowforge might be another neat new way to decorate apparel, if anything maybe just for making myself some uniquely different polos and t-shirts for my other job… a photo studio. :slight_smile:


#10

I wonder if fumes would be an issue if you lasered on fabric paint? Wouldn’t it look cool to have layers of paint and then laser off designs at different depths?