Laser engraving and 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.

With a customised leather engraving machine, you'll be able to simply offer leather a high quality finish. From synthetic leather wallets, alcantara purses, briefcases, suede bracelets, belts or shoes - with a Trotec etching laser leather is etched quickly and simply.

Types of leather suitable for laser engraving

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


Application examples for leather

Leather is used in the production of clothing, gift items and decorations. Laser engraving creates a tangible haptic effect on the leather surface. In this way end products can be given a special finish or customized.

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

Why should I buy a laser for marking plastics?

Leather is tough and offers strong resistance to every tool used on it. The only exception: The laser beam. Laser processing is contact-free. Another positive side effect: The laser produces consistent results, without wear and tear. The laser beam melts the material and the results are clean, perfectly sealed edges.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Perfect sealed edges when laser engraving leather

  • No fraying
  • Post-processing is not required

Advantages of a Trotec laser system

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

Productive processing

  • Laser cutting leather is relatively much quicker than knife cutting
  • Thanks to contactless machining there is no resistance on the material

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

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

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

  • Multifunctional table concept for easy handling

Simple high-quality manufacturing

  • Designs are created within the usual graphics program and sent via the print command to the laser
    Higher quality processing due to the tactile impact, that can't 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
  • 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
  • No costs for new tools unlike with milling cutters

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore laser sources with a particularly long service life
"Our Speedy 300 and SP500 have been vital assets to our small design and manufacturing company. 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) -
"We purchased our Trotec laser machine in 2012, we have made constant use of our product since then. Being leather merchants we have used the laser to create truly unique and incredible products from personalised gift through to mass produced items. The Trotec support team, have been readily available whenever we have had a query about our machine or when we want experiment with a new material."
- Richard Harris, chief executive at - Woodhead's (Cape Town) -
"Trotec is the company that understood our requirements and offered a product that seemed as though that it was designed for our needs. The machine is easy to use. Importantly, we received a service that was not only restricted to the sale of the machine. The machine has been a great success. We now offer a service to our product that is unparalleled in South Africa."
- Bashir Essy, partner of - Timberland South Africa -

Trotec product recommendation

Tips for laser engraving leather

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

No. In laser processing, no pressure is exerted on the fabric. No clamping or alternative form of fixation is needed. simply insert the workpiece and begin lasering. this protects time and money in material preparation.

What should be taken into consideration when processing genuine leather?

Genuine leather is a natural material, and there are unnumbered varieties that respond separately to laser processing. Therefore, it is difficult to work out general rules for processing. Generally, however, the subsequent is said: If real leather is distorted, scale back the laser power. this is often as a result of an excessive amount of heat acts on the material.

Can any type of leather be processed with the leather engraving 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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