Laser welding – a brand new technology
Leister Corporate, Leister Technologies, Plastic Welding, Technical Textiles & Industrial Fabrics
Hot air and ultrasound welding are joining methods that have been known for decades. Laser welding on the other hand is a brand new technology that is not yet being used for industrial manufacturing in the field of apparel production.
Leister has extensive experience with the welding of thermoplastic synthetic materials and has now developed a textile laser welding machine that works similar to a normal sewing machine. This high-end piece of equipment is currently being used for the production of apparel prototypes.
Laser-welded seams are extremely flat, elastic, and skin-friendly. Since laser welding does not require adhesives of any kind, it is also especially environmentally friendly due to the recycling process.
The target group could be athletes who put a premium on comfort and performance, but also other customers who want to enjoy ultimate wearer comfort. Next to the classic clothing industry, the field of wearables may also be Laser welded seam important in the future. In this market segment in particular, a secure connection is becoming more important than ever before for the production of hybrids, for example when sensors or other technical components have to be integrated into clothing.