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Advanced Textiles

Advanced textiles are constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of law enforcement, outdoors enthusiasts, athletes, designers, and more. The vast array of advanced, technical, and engineered textiles, and their many applications, means that manufacturers are looking for flexible cutting solutions.

While industrial fabrics may have been utilized solely in highly technical applications in the past, they’re now used in products ranging from personal recreation equipment to transportation-grade upholstery. If you’re cutting textiles for outdoor furniture, fabric architecture (such as awnings), outdoor gear (including backpacks, tents, and inflatables), military and law enforcement equipment, or marine- and transportation-grade upholstery and carpet, traditional cutting methods likely aren’t precise, powerful, or efficient enough.

Eastman Machine Company’s application specialists advise companies working with these materials and others like them:

  • Canvas
  • Coated Fiberglass
  • Elastic
  • Mesh (various types)
  • Naugahyde
  • Neoprene
  • Nylon (including coated)
  • Polyester
  • PVC
  • Ripstop Nylon
  • Rubber Backing
  • Screen
  • Urethane
  • Vinyl
  • WeatherMAX
  • Webbing
  • Brand names
    • CORDURA®
    • Hypalon® (CSPE)
    • KYDEX®
    • Nafion™
    • Nomex®
    • Sunbrella®
    • VELCRO® Brand

CORDURA® is a trademark of INVISTA., Hypalon® is a trademark of DuPont de Nemours, Inc., KYDEX® is a trademark of SEKISUI KYDEX, LLC., Nafion™ is a trademark of The Chemours Company FC, LLC., Nomex® is a trademark of DuPont de Nemours, Inc., Sunbrella® is a trademark of Glen Raven Inc., VELCRO® is a registered trademark of Velcro IP Holdings LLC.

Customized Cutting Solutions

Your advanced textile cutter should be tailor-made to your specifications. Eastman’s cutting and handling solutions are completely customizable. Cutting tables are available in a range of widths and lengths. Your tool head can be outfitted to your needs as well, with round knives, drag knives, punches, lasers, and marking options. Our cutting surfaces are available in multiple debris-free materials and are compatible with a vacuum hold-down system to suit your specific technical textile(s) and cutting method.

Eastman’s automatic fabric-cutting machines are computer-controlled for accuracy and repeatability. We offer a variety of software to improve productivity and eliminate waste—both essential when working with expensive specialty materials. All of our software integrates seamlessly with major CAD formats. This allows for almost instantaneous implementation of design changes on the cutting room floor.


Save time and reduce errors—even when cutting pattern pieces longer than your table. Our InMotion™ software allows your conveyor cutting system to cut fabrics continuously while conveying. 


This design and nesting software is a valuable tool throughout the manufacturing process. Draft, edit, finalize, and arrange patterns in a single interface. Multiple add-on modules increase the capabilities and compatibility of patternPRO

Screenshot of patternPRO software

Awning Designer

Software for Fabric Awning Design & Patterning. A powerful, yet easy-to-use wizard interface guides the user through each aspect of designing a fabric awning. Simply follow the step-by-step tabs to develop your project. Select a frame design, set parameters, add fabric, add a valance then create, nest, and export panels for plotting/cutting. All of this without any CAD system or drafting experience required and all in minutes.

Eastman’s manual cutting tools can also be configured to cut an array of advanced textiles.

When you choose Eastman for your textile cutting machine, you’re choosing more than just a piece of equipment. Our machines come standard with a knowledgeable sales team and ongoing technical support. We’ll help you find the right cutting, handling, and software solutions for your specific materials and end use. Our hands-on process includes test cuts using your materials. We encourage you to contact us directly to discuss your unique application requirements.

Industry Approved

Eastman works with thousands of international technical textile facilities, customizing cutting solutions to fit their unique requirements. Contact us for more information about how Eastman can transform how you cut industrial fabrics and technical textiles.

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The accuracy of every cut is spot on.

Carl Pellegrini, SeaCanvas

Read more about the S125 at SeaCanvas in Township, NJ.

Product Videos

Watch as Eastman’s automated solutions cut common industrial fabrics.

Static Table – Trivantage Sunbrella

S125 Trivantage Sunbrella

End Cutters

End Cutters

Hornet Rotary Shear

Hornet Rotary Shear

Static Table – WeatherMAX 80, with marking

S125 WeatherMAX 80

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Our global team is ready to answer your pre- or post-sales questions. You can reach the experienced professionals at Eastman by calling +1 716-856-2200. To have one of our team members contact you, use the button below.

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