Textile laser is a sophisticated embroidery process where a laser cuts or etches directly into the material. Textile lasers are great for complicated appliqué designs as well as detailed laser etching. Laser etching is a process that burns the material, and either cuts all the way through it or only etches partially into it. Textile lasers integrated with an embroidery machine make it easy to do traditional appliqué, reverse appliqué, and etch on a wide variety of products.
Source: Ed Levy