Laser processing of materials using mathematical tools
First Claim
1. A method, comprising:
 allowing a user to enter and/or change each of a plurality of different parameters;
carrying out a mathematical operation based on said parameters to form values which are individualized for each of a plurality of areas; and
using said values to control a laser to change a look of a textile material according to said values.
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Abstract
A system of forming an image using mathematical tools. The images formed using any of the set of mathematical tools, which can be modular level sets, fractals, or cellular automata, or any other modular level set tool. Whenever tool is used, but parameters associated with the values in that tool can be set. This allows producing a number of different functions. The output of the tool is an image, which each pixel of the image having a color and each color representing some change that is to be carried out to the material being processed. The material being processed can be a textile material or denim for example. The processing device can be a laser which produces an output whose value is dependent on the different colors, with each color representing a power output or energy density per unit time specific to that color.
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1. A method, comprising:

allowing a user to enter and/or change each of a plurality of different parameters;
carrying out a mathematical operation based on said parameters to form values which are individualized for each of a plurality of areas; and
using said values to control a laser to change a look of a textile material according to said values.  View Dependent Claims (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48)


49. A method, comprising:

allowing a user to enter and/or change each of a plurality of different parameters;
carrying out a mathematical operation based on said parameters to form values which are individualized for each of a plurality of areas;
using said values to control a laser to change a look of a textile material according to said values; and
wherein said values represent amounts of change to be caused to said textile material, and are calculated according to said mathematical operation.  View Dependent Claims (50, 51)


52. A laser processing system, comprising:

a user interface, indicating entry elements allowing a user to enter and/or change each of a plurality of different parameters and displaying said parameters;
a processor, receiving said parameters, and carrying out a mathematical operation based on said parameters, and carrying out a mathematical operation based on said parameters to form values which are individualized for each of a plurality of areas and uses said values to control a laser to change a look of a textile according to said values.  View Dependent Claims (53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98)


99. A method of processing a textile material, comprising:

allowing a user to enter parameters to be used as part of a mathematical function;
using said values to calculate an image that is based on said values and that simulates an effect that a laser controlled according to said mathematical function will have on a textile material; and
displaying said image on the user interface.  View Dependent Claims (100, 101, 102, 103, 104)


105. A system, comprising:

a computer;
a user interface which accepts input values and carries out a mathematical function based on said input values and displays a simulated image based on said input values, and produces output signals indicative of said image; and
a controlled laser, producing an output power at different controlled positions which is dependent on values of said image.  View Dependent Claims (106, 107, 108)


109. A method, comprising:

obtaining parameters associated with a fractal function;
using said parameters along with said fractal function to calculate values of picture elements and locations for said picture elements;
displaying an overall image that is based on said picture elements and locations; and
using said values of picture elements and locations to control an automated system to change a look of a textile material according to said image.  View Dependent Claims (110)


111. A method, comprising:

obtaining parameters associated with a modular level set function;
using said parameters along with said modular level set function to calculate values of picture elements and locations for said picture elements;
displaying an overall image that is based on said picture elements and locations; and
using said picture elements and locations to control an automated laser system to change a look of a textile material according to said image.  View Dependent Claims (112)


113. A method, comprising:

obtaining parameters associated with a cellular automata function;
using said parameters along with said cellular automata function to calculate values of picture elements and locations for said picture elements;
displaying an overall image that is based on said picture elements and locations; and
using said picture elements and locations to control an automated laser system to change a look of a textile material according to said overall image.  View Dependent Claims (114)


115. A method, comprising:

displaying a user interface indicative of a plurality of parameters which can be entered as to form a fractal pattern;
at a specified time and in response to a specified cue, forming a display indicative of a simulated image of said parameters forming said fractal pattern on a specified type of material; and
forming an output signal adapted for driving a laser processing unit to produce said fractal pattern on said specified material.  View Dependent Claims (116, 117, 118)

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