A technique using the photothermal properties of the CO2 laser has been developed, allowing three-dimensional moulding of synthetic fabrics without the use of pattern moulds. This technique allows designs to be ‘set’ on synthetic fabrics using the laser, resulting in three-dimensional forms on the surface of the cloth.
This technique provides potential for surface design or moulded patterns. Designs are created digitally and can be changed effortlessly. This method allows decoration to emerge from the structure of the cloth without contaminating the mono-material fibres. This in turn allows the cloth to be recycled easily and adheres to a closed-loop system for a sustainable textile lifecycle.