LYCRA Uses & Industries
Lycra is a registered brand name for a polyurethane-based synthetic fiber that’s also called spandex or elastane. Though you may think of shiny leotards and biking shorts when you think of Lycra, the elastic fabric is present in many garments and products, including:
- Compression Garments
- Stretch Apparel
- And more!
Because of its elasticity and strength (stretching up to five times its length), spandex has been incorporated into a wide range of garments, especially in skin-tight garments. A benefit of spandex is its significant strength and elasticity and its ability to return to the original shape after stretching and faster drying than ordinary fabrics.
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Lycra Features & Benefits
Lycra fiber is the brand name of the original spandex (elastane) fiber invented in 1958. It is a nearly invisible fiber that improves the characteristics of fabrics. Benefits of Lycra include:
People love fabric with Lycra because it has great stretch factor. It can stretch up to five times its length.
Lycra is often used to make swimsuits and wetsuits, because it dries more quickly than many other fabrics.
A benefit of spandex is its significant strength and elasticity and its ability to return to the original shape after stretching and faster drying than ordinary fabrics.
Q&A for Lycra Laser Cutting
Lycra fiber lasts the life expectancy of the garment as long as you follow its care instructions. Its benefits are permanent and don’t wash out.
If you work with textiles, you know how difficult it is to achieve consistent results when cutting certain materials with conventional methods. It’s almost impossible to cut the same shape every time. Lasers offer precise cuts whether you are cutting 10 shapes, 1,000 shapes, or 10,000 shapes.
Cutting precisely with scissors or blades can be very challenging, especially if high volumes are needed. With laser cutting (even on leather), you can have repeatable clean cuts with a precision unachievable with shears or blades.
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