The Z Galva Standalone Laser, now offered by BITO, has a laser head with Z-axis movement and a variety of attachments that allow it to be used in a multitude of applications. It can be used for a wide range of textiles, including embroidery appliqué and certain rigid material such as plastics. With higher wattages, it can cut leather, other tough materials, mark wood and synthetics, and other hard substrates. It features an advanced frame design that allows the galvanometric scan head to hover freely over the work area with the ability to rise or drop to accommodate various heights and objects. Attachments can be switched out from the center area of the machine, depending on the application.
Garment decorators can expand their market by offering laser etching and material engraving to their customers.
Today’s advanced materials, mostly used in performance wear; include many fabrics that are ideal for comfort and absorbance but not necessarily ideal for conventional embellishment. By embellishing, we’re referring to traditionally known methods, such as screen printing or embroidery. That’s where an embroidery laser comes in strong. The laser can gently etch such fabrics giving the decorator a unique and subtle look that’s new and fresh. Such decoration is definitely distinctive and can be applied to areas that haven’t been known for embellishment previously, such as collars and plackets.
Using a LaserBridge, it’s possible to create unique applique decoration on banners, tablecloths, bedspreads, curtains and more. Here, you see a finished product, which combines embroidery with laser cutting to create an eye-catching piece.
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With an embroidery laser, you can offer unique, retail looks that are not possible to create any other way. This ladies’ top features a reverse applique that uses intricate cutting to show the details of this heraldic eagle design. Using the same color fabric in a different texture creates a subdued tone-on-tone look.
Photo: Henry Bernstein
In this video, you see the laser move from embroidery head to head and quickly cut the top layer of fabric to reveal the red layer underneath. Cut pieces are quickly and easily weeded from the design.
An embroidery laser can be attached to a singlehead machine, a two-head machine or a four-head machine. Each laser can be programmed to do a unique job. This is the ideal setup when doing personalization in small quantities. Photo courtesy of BITO, Copiague, NY
- What are your options if you want more than a singlehead embroidery laser, but your budget and floor space can’t accommodate a laser bridge over a six-head machine?
Within the singlehead laser category, there are two options. The all-in-one option marries a singlehead embroidery laser with a singlehead embroidery machine. You can still use this unit to do only embroidery, but you can’t remove the laser and put it on another machine. Some manufacturers offer a two-head machine with a laser built into both heads.
In the all-in-one, the laser has to be installed at the factory, and you are limited to the brand of machine the laser supplier offers. You cannot choose an embroidery machine brand and get a laser installed.
The second option is a singlehead embroidery laser that is portable and can be attached to any make or brand of embroidery machine. This type of laser can be moved from machine to machine if needed. You also can purchase a two-laser unit that can be attached to two embroidery heads.
If you want to add lasers to a four-head machine, then you will need two two-laser units to do so. After the initial singlehead laser is installed, add-ons must be in increments of two.
The portable laser comes only in single and two-head configurations. So for a four-head embroidery machine, you would need two units.
A third option is a standalone galvanometric laser. The cost is a fraction of a laser bridge and more or less the same cost as purchasing two two-head embroidery lasers for a four-head embroidery machine.
A single galva laser can be stationed close to one or more embroidery machines, and the operator moves the hoop from the embroidery machine to the laser and back. It is more labor intensive than an integrated embroidery laser solution, but still much faster than any traditional methods of doing appliqué. A galva laser cuts at the same speed as a laser bridge, which is up to 10 times faster than conventional laser cutters.
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Regular cleaning of the laser’s lens prevents dirt from blocking the power of the beam. Photo courtesy of BITO, Copiague, NY
- What kind of maintenance is required and how often to keep embroidery lasers performing at peak capacity?
- For singlehead embroidery lasers, I recommend daily cleaning and lubrication of the embroidery machine’s hook. On the laser itself, you should clean the optical lens daily. Simply use a cotton swab with alcohol and gently wipe it clean. It is easy to reach.
Not performing daily maintenance will reduce the life of the lens as well as weaken its performance. A clouded lens blocks the cutting beam.
For a multihead laser bridge machine, the daily maintenance is the same. There’s more periodic maintenance on a laser bridge because it does a lot more cutting. You want to check once a week that the vacuum lines are nice and clean.
Another area to check is all vent opening and filters for the electronics and cooling fans. Keep these clean so air is not blocked. The system is self-lubricating so no need for oiling. Your electronic boards do not need maintenance, but if you ever are having an issue, it should be one of the first places to check.