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Backstory: Laser-Based Denim Finishing

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WILLIAM LOCKMAN

Nearly 25 years ago, Icon Laser Technologies, a small startup in Florida, developed and patented (Patent 5567207) the first laser-based color-fading process for dyed denim garments and fabrics. Icon’s color-fading process was based on the vaporization of indigo dye using high-power CO2 lasers, high-speed scanning mirrors, novel beam focusing, and specialized software. Icon’s process was later included in the broad definition of “finishing” in the denim apparel industry, and the process was the first to create graphics, text, photos, and simulated abrasion effects on...Read full article

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