Laser engraving and
cutting leather

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

What are the types of leather suitable for laser engraving?

Laser engraving leather is an easy and efficient way to customize a variety of leather goods including shoes, belts, purses, wallets, and much more. Give your items a unique and high quality finish with any of our CO2 Speedy laser engravers.

What are the types of leather suitable for laser engraving?

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

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

Personalize wallets, belts shoes and other accessories.


What are some examples of leather applications?

Leather is used in the production of clothing, gift items and decorations. When cutting leather, the laser is melting the material. This results in clean and perfectly sealed edges. Laser engraving on leather creates an incredibly tactile effect, making it easy to customize or give a special finish to the end product.

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

Why should I buy a laser for marking leather?

Leather is strong and highly durable, offering high resistance to every processing tool with the exception of a laser beam. Since laser cutting and engraving are contact-free processes, they produce consistent results without manipulating the material. The laser beam can also create highly detailed markings and engravings that can be difficult to achieve by other processing methods.

What are the functions and advantages of laser technology?

Perfectly 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 and more consistent than knife cutting
  • No resistance on the material due to contactless machining

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Speedy laser engravers are the fastest flatbed lasers on the market with a maximum engraving speed of 140 in/sec and 5g acceleration

Non-contact processing

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

Advantages of a Trotec laser

Simple high-quality manufacturing

  • Create your designs in your preferred graphics program and then simply send them to the printer via the printer command
  • Higher quality processing with incredible tactile effects unachievable through textile printing

Advantages of a Trotec laser

One tool for all shapes

  • The tool's diameter does not have to be taken into consideration
  • Depending on the lens used, the laser beam is about 0.1 mm wide

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Ideal optics and optimal beam performance

No tool wear

  • No wear of the laser beam from material processing
  • No costs for new tools unlike milling cutters

Advantages of a Trotec laser

"Our Speedy 300 and speedy 500 have been vital assets to our small design and manufacturing compaSy. Whether it's cutting 1/4" thick hardwood or engraving intricate artwork into wood and leather, our Trotec lasers have provided high quality and consistent results over the years."
- Joe Mansfield, - GroveMade (Portland, OR) -

Trotec product recommendation

Tips for laser engraving leather

Is it necessary to fixate the material on the working surface?

No. In laser processing, no pressure is exerted on the material. No clamping or other type of fixation is required. Simply insert the workpiece and start lasering. This saves time and money in material preparation.

What must be taken into account when processing genuine leather?

Genuine leather is a natural material, and there are countless types that respond individually to laser processing. Therefore, it is difficult to determine general rules for processing. Generally, however, the following can be said: If genuine leather is distorted, reduce the laser power. This is because too much heat acts on the material.

Can any type of leather be processed with the laser?

You can process both genuine and synthetic leather, aka. leatherette, with the laser. Note, however, that synthetic leather often contains PVC compounds. Such materials must not be processed with the laser. There is a danger that harmful gases may be released.

How to clean a finished workpiece optimally?

One must distinguish between genuine leather and leatherette here. For genuine leather, we unfortunately cannot recommend any cleaning agents. Too aggressive cleaning agents can dry the material out or form spots. If you still want to use a cleaning agent, please try this on an inconspicuous area or even better on a test strip. Leatherette, by contrast, can be easily cleaned with a damp sponge without losing its shape.

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