How Our Laser Etching Process Works

Monkey In A Dryer MascotSo, we all get excited about the newest new and most interesting design techniques, right? Or that just may be me, but even if you don’t share the passion for customized apparel like me, I think you will still appreciate this awesome technique called laser printing. While laser printing has been around for quite some time, it is now starting to gain more popularity. I always thought laser etching was something reserved for glass, resin, or other hard materials. But as it turns out, you can get t-shirt laser prints, as well as virtually any other type of clothing.

The process is pretty cool to watch, and they produce extremely precise results. Basically, a laser removes a thin layer of fiber or dye from the fabric of your choice. Don’t worry about holes forming in your apparel—the laser is so accurate that it doesn’t go through the fabric. Instead, it creates cool textures that are perfect for company logos, your favorite sports graphics, or even simple portraiture. The best thing about it is that unlike embroidery or screen printing, laser etching can go over plackets, zippers, and seams to create a complete image anywhere on your clothing.

Choosing the Right Color and Fabric for Custom Laser Printing

For the best results in anything, you need the right tools. This of course means having the laser to do the designs, but the types of materials used is also very important. While laser etching can work on many different fabrics, the best fabrics to use are fleece, napped fabrics, denim, microfiber poly and silk, and polyester performance wear. Fabrics like terry cloth and plush materials should be avoided, as the laser does not work as well with these.

The colors also make a difference. Mid-tone colors really make the images pop, although you can get some cool effects with other colors. If you want your custom laser printing to go on black or white fabric, it will end up looking almost like a hologram because you’ll only be able to see the picture from a certain light angle.

Contact us today to learn more about our laser etching services. We are based in Hopkins, Minnesota, and proudly serve all of the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and ship products to customers nationally and all over the world.