Laser Engraving & Cutting Leather

Natural, Suede, Napped, Synthetic, Alcantara, Nubuck & Much More

laser engraving leather

Thanks to Trotec, you can now quickly and easily give leather a beautiful, quality finish. With a laser cutting and engraving machine, leather can be processed for any purpose – wallets, bracelets belts, shoes and much, much more.

Leather Suitable for Laser Engraving:

  • Natural leather
  • Suede leather
  • Napped leather
  • Nubuck leather
  • Synthetic leather
  • Alcantara leather

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Application Examples for Leather

Leather can be used to produce clothing, gifts and decorations. When cutting leather, the laser melts the material, resulting in clean and sealed edges. Leather engravings are extremely tactile, and it is quite easy to customise your jobs and produce interesting products.

  • Bracelets
  • Belts
  • Shoes
  • Purses
  • Wallets
  • Briefcases
  • Clothing
  • Accessories
  • Promotional Items
  • Stationary
  • Crafts

“Why should I buy a laser for marking leather?”

Leather is a tough and durable material. It has a lot of resistance against conventional cutting and engraving tools –but not the laser beam! Laser processing is contact-free, producing consistent and stunning results without having to worry about your ‘tools’ wearing out. The laser beam melts the leather, ultimately producing clean and sealed edges when cutting as well as perfect, contrasting markings when engraved.

Function & Advantages of Laser Technology

Perfectly Sealed Edges

  • The material will never fray
  • No post-processing is required

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Trotec laser machines have a very high-quality axis drive, as well as an intelligent air flow

Productive Processing

  • Leather laser cutting is much quicker than cutting with a knife or a pair of scissors
  • Non-contact processing means there will be no resistance on the leather engraving equipment while it processes

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Speedy series: The fastest laser engravers available on the market with a maximum processing speed of 3.55m/sec and an acceleration of 5g

Non-Contact Processing

  • You will not waste any time having to attach your materials to the processing bed
  • Material will not warp while being processed

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Our multifunctional table concept makes handling your material quite easy

Simple, Quality Manufacturing

  • Designs can be created in your preferred graphics program and sent to the laser using the ‘print’ command
  • High-quality processing with incredible tactile effects is usually unachievable through normal textile printing

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® laser software: Simple, efficient and intuitive.

One Tool for All Shapes

  • The tool's diameter does not have to be considered – a laser can withstand any size
  • Depending on the lens used, the laser beam is only about 0.1mm wide

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Ideal optics and optimal beam performance

No Tool Wear

  • Material processing will not wear out the laser beam over time
  • There are no costs for new tools, never replace a milling cutter blade again!

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore laser sources have a particularly long service life

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Tips for Laser Engraving Leather:

“Is it necessary to fix the material to the working bed?”

Not at all! When using a laser engraver, no pressure is placed upon the material. So, clamping, sticking or fixing your material isn’t necessary. You simply need to place your workpiece into the machine and begin processing! It will save you a lot of time, effort and money in the long run – trust us.

“What do I need to consider when processing genuine leather?”

Genuine leather is a natural, organic material and there are many different kinds. They all respond very differently to laser processing. Due to their individual nature, it can be difficult to determine a general, consistent ‘rule of thumb’ when working with genuine leather. However, if the leather is distorted, you should usually reduce the power – this will avoid over-heating and hopefully give you the best possible result.

We always recommend laser cutting / engraving a sample piece to test the laser’s parameters before diving head-first into your job.

“Can any type of leather be processed with the laser?”

You can certainly process genuine leather as well as synthetic leather (leatherette) with a laser engraving machine. However, please note that some kinds of synthetic leather contain PVC compounds, which can be very dangerous! Harmful gases are released from PVC, so we must advice against cutting, engraving or marking anything that may contain this harmful substance. You may damage your laser machine or possibly even hurt yourself!

“How do I clean a finished workpiece?”

First, you must differentiate between genuine and synthetic leather.

It is hard to recommend any safe cleaning products for genuine leather – if the product is too aggressive, the material can dry out or even form smudges. So really, we would suggest delicately wiping the product with a clean, dry cloth. If you still wanted to use a cleaning agent of some kind, we would recommend testing your choices on a scrap piece of material first.

Leatherette can be easily cleaned without having to worry about material damage. Just use a damp sponge – the shape will not warp, and the colour will not change!