Embossing is a process similar to pleating – it also changes the structure of the fabric using high temperature. While in pleating and crushing the modification is achieved by folding the fabric, in embossing we alter the fibers using a specially designed mould. We offer two types of embossing:
Standard embossing (debossing)
In this embossing the design is pressed into the fabric using high temperature and pressure. We make use of the structure and the thickness of the fabric in this process, and thus the best effects can be achieved on fabrics with larger weight or distinct structure (e.g. Polyester knitted fabric, polar fleece, 'scuba'). The structure is modified only where the design is present, meaning the rest of the material remains unchanged.
Application: Debossing is possible only on polyester based materials.
Contrary to the previous embossing service in this type we use a pair of moulds – a normal one and a counter part (also called male and female mould). As a result we are able to form the material in 3d without any additional filling necessary. Both Pressure and temperature are still used in order for the material to remember the new shape, so for cotton based materials a special polymer was introduced to provide durability of the effect.
Application: 3d embossing is possible on:
- PA, PES based materials (np. scuba, softshell)
- cotton based materials - using a layer of polymer stiffener
Our machines provide even force distribution on the surface of the entire pattern, so the imprinted pattern is sharp on the edges and its depth is the same thorough the area. We provide high accuracy of pattern position on pre-cut elements, the exact location can be set as desired. We can also produce special types of embossing, such as glued elements - we have many years of experience in this field, and that allows us to offer tailored solutions for every order, regardless of the level of order’s complexity.
Currently, in our database of ready-made designs we have over 150 different embossing patterns - both large patterns, borders and small, individual applications. In the case of 3d embossing, 100% of our designs are custom-made, therefore we do not maintain a catalogue of designs for these types of embossing.
In all types of embossings the design creation process is separated from the production of the embossed elements. This has enabled us to provide embossing services without MOQ.
Where to start
The embossing is highly dependent on the material used - not only its composition, but also the texture and even colour. Before starting the pattern creation process we encourage customers to test the effect on target material, using our ready-made embossing sample patterns.