Introduction into the Contour cut laser cutting machines.
Contour Cut – Laser Cutting Dye Sublimation Printed Fabric and Textiles Dye sublimation printing onto large format textiles is now very popular for producing sportswear, flags and banners, due to the printers becoming faster and more cost effective. The only issue remaining is how to cut out the printed parts. Manually cutting each part is too slow, inconsistent and labour intensive.
Contour Cut by CadCam Technology Ltd, automates the process of cutting out dye sublimation printed pieces of fabric or textile both quickly and accurately, automatically compensating for any distortions or stretches that occur in unstable or stretchy textiles – Exactly the type of fabrics that are used in sportswear, for example. Material is automatically unrolled and transported onto the laser cutting machine using our next generation conveyor system.
State of the art camera recognition is used to pinpoint registration marks printed on your material. The marks can be accurately read by our laser system and the position, scale and deformation of the printed material will be compensated due to the intelligent analysis of the registration marks. This means that when the laser cuts your fabric all the pieces will exit the laser cutting conveyor exactly the correct size and shape.
As laser cutting is non-contact, there is no drag on the material and no blades to change. High speed loop servo motors ensure precise camera mapping and accurate cut lines with minimal user interaction. Simply collect the pieces as they exit the machine, this gives the Contour Cut system a major advantage over traditional garment cutting methods.
What Laser do you use?
We use a sealed CO2 air cooled laser, which is a certified Class 1 laser product. This machine is available with a 30watt, 50watt, 100watt and 200watt laser.
What do your machines do?
Contour cut is ideal for laser cutting sportswear in particular because of its ability to cut stretchy and easily distorted materials – exactly the type that you get with athletic clothing (e.g. running equipment, team kits/jerseys, swimwear etc.)
Our laser cutting machines make light work of these types of textiles, cutting them with no issue and making sure that you always get an accurate, perfect cut. In addition to this, once cut, synthetic textiles gain a sealed edge. Meaning that they will not fray, this is yet another excellent advantage over traditional textile cutting methods..
How do you control the laser cutter?
The laser is controlled by the cutting software that is included with this machine. The material manager allows you to store a wide range of materials, so you can instantly change from one material to another. Adjustments may be made to the cutting speed and the power so a fine, clean, accurate depth of cut may be achieved.
When you purchase a laser cutting machine from GS UK Lasers we automatically include delivery, installation and training. Visit our site in Nottingham for a demonstration of our laser cutting machines.