Laser Line

Supported by: The Science Museum (London), VF Corporation (USA), Teijin Fibres (Europe), TFRC (UAL) and TWI (Cambridge).

Dr Kate Goldsworthy’s research into new technologies, which offer more sustainable production and finishing processes, provide the basis for the Laser Line project (2010-ongoing) that proposes a transformative model for garment manufacture.

Garment prototypes have been commissioned by The Science Museum (London) for their exhibition ‘Trash Fashion: designing out waste’, Tilburg Textile Museum (Netherlands) for ‘ReTHINK!’ and further developed as a zero-waste Northface jacket (with David Telfer) for VF Corporation’s ‘Futurewear Summit’ (North Carolina). All prototypes were produced with a new laser technology with the potential to solve multiple sustainability issues in the current textile production and disposal model.

This advanced technology allows the designer to add surface patterning and composite structure to synthetic textile products on a flat bed system in a single process. The end products are constructed from a monomaterial fibre (100% recycled polyester) making them completely recyclable at ‘end of life’

It could also help textile manufacturers to reduce their use of materials, water, energy and chemicals whilst permitting shorter production runs, thus reducing cost and risk of wastage. Potential effects including quilting, flocking, gloss coating and transparency can all be created without added chemicals or adhesives. The technique possesses the advantages associated with digitally driven manufacture by allowing customised production, finishing and construction to occur close to market and in small production runs.

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