AMDT design students, testing different fabrics, and power levels using the Full Spectrum Laser. In this case, the fabric used is denim with a power level of 15% and 100% speed of the laser. This project takes about 2.5 hours to complete with a 15 min set up time. Students are excited to incorporate laser cutting and printing into their designs.

A Note from the Designer

The design being etched into the denim is for my sustainability project in AMDT. My design is called Lost in Debris Mermaid, spreading awareness for water pollution in our oceans.

Fabric DesignAfter my visit to Cotton Incorporated’s headquarters, I was inspired by the way they used their laser cutter to etch different designs into denim. Once I arrived back into Pullman I created the pattern in Adobe Illustrator with the help of my professor Dr. Hwang and brought the file down to the design studio.

At the design studio, I received additional help from the students working in the lab to make the pattern come to life on the denim. I couldn’t be more pleased with how the etching turned out. Make sure to get your tickets for the Mom’s Weekend Fashion Show in April for the possibility to see this design walk down the runway.

—Katie Ellis

Work in Progress

Laser Cutting in Progress
Laser Cutting in Progress
Finished Laser-Etched Fabric
Finished Laser-Etched Fabric


AMTD 411: Advanced Apparel Assembly


Chanmi Gloria Hwang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles




  • Retina Engrave
  • Adobe Illustrator CC


24″ x 16″ 90 Watt Full Spectrum Laser

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