Laser engraving and laser cutting leather

for natural, suede, napped, synthetic leather, Alcantara, nubuck

Check out how to create unique leather products with a Trotec laser.

Personalize wallets, belts shoes and other accessories.

Laser engraving leather: Suitable material types

When laser engraving leather, you can easily achieve a quality finish on the material. Whether for purses, wallets, briefcases, bracelets, belts or shoes - Trotec laser machines offer quick and easy laser cutting and engraving results.

Laser engraving leather: Suitable types

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


Laser engraved and laser cut leather: Application examples

Leather is used in the production of clothing, gift items and decorations. Laser engraving leather creates a tangible haptic effect on the material surface, while laser cutting the material allows for precise finishing. In this way end products can be given a special finish or customised.

  • Bracelets
  • Belts
  • Shoes
  • Purses
  • Wallets
  • Briefcases
  • Clothing
  • Accessories
  • Promotional items
  • Office products
  • Crafts

Laser cutting and laser engraving leather: The advantages

Leather is a tough material and offers strong resistance to every tool used on it. The only exception: the laser beam. Laser cutting and engraving are contact-free processes. An advantage is that the laser produces consistent results on engraved an laser cut leather workpieces, without wear and tear. The laser beam melts the material resulting in clean and perfectly sealed edges.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Perfect sealed edges when laser cutting

  • No fraying
  • No post-processing is required

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • The high-quality axis drive and intelligent routing of air flow of the Trotec lasers

Productive processing

  • Laser cutting is faster than knife cutting
  • Thanks to contactless machining there is no resistance on the material when creating laser cut leather components

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Speedy series: The fastest laser engravers available on the market with a maximum processing speed of 4.2 m/sec and an acceleration of 5g

Non-contact processing

  • No time-consuming fixating of materials in comparison to other processing methods
  • No warping of the material when laser engraving leather

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Multifunctional table concept for easy handling

Simple high-quality manufacturing

  • Designs are created in the usual graphics program and sent via the print command to the laser
  • Higher quality processing is possible thanks to the haptic effect, which cannot be achieved with textile printing

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® laser software: Simply intuitive. Work efficiently

One tool for all geometries

  • The tool's diameter does not have to be taken into account when processing the material
  • Depending on the lens used the laser beam is about 0.1 mm wide.

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High-quality optics and best beam quality

No tool wear

  • No wear of the laser beam due to material processing
  • Laser engraving leather produces no costs for new tools unlike with milling cutters

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore laser sources have a particularly long service life

Trotec product recommendation

Tips for laser engraving and laser cutting leather

Is it necessary to fixate the material to the laser bed?

No. When laser engraving leather, no pressure is exerted on the material, so clamping or fixing is not required. Simply insert the workpiece and begin laser cutting and engraving. This saves both time and money in material preparation.

What must I consider when laser processing genuine leather?

As a natural material, genuine leather has many different types that respond differently to laser engraving and laser cutting, making it difficult to determine general rules. In the case that the leather is distorted however, it is because too much heat has been applied to the material. In this case the power should be lowered.

Can any type of leather be processed with the laser?

You can process both genuine and faux leather such as leatherette with a laser machine. Please note that faux leather often contains PVC compounds. Such materials must not be processed with a laser, as there is a danger that harmful gases may be released.

What is the best way to clean a finished workpiece?

A distinction between genuine and faux leather must be made. For genuine leather, we unfortunately cannot recommend any cleaning agents. Aggressive cleaning agents can dry the material out or form spots. However, if you still want to use a cleaning agent, please try it on a test piece. Leatherette and other faux leathers by contrast, can be easily cleaned with a damp sponge without distorting.

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