Laser Engraving Leather
The process of engraving or etching leather results in a debossed effect and, depending on the surface of the leather, produces a noticeable and clean contrast. Light-colored leathers produce significant color contrast, whereas engraving darker leathers results in a more subtle contrast. If you need a dynamic color contrast, go with a tan, beige, or light brown leather.
Your engraving results are mostly dependent on the type of leather used as well as your laser speed, power, and frequency settings. As with any material, we always recommend testing different parameters until you achieve your desired results.
Benefits of Cutting Leather with a Laser
There are several benefits to using your laser to cut leather. First, the laser provides sealed cuts that won’t fray or otherwise deteriorate. Secondly, unlike manual leather cutting tools such as utility knives and rotary cutters, cutting leather with a laser is incredibly fast, precise, and perhaps most importantly, consistent. Additionally, cutting with the laser eliminates warping that can sometimes happen with hand tools.
When using the laser to cut leather, there is no part-to-part contact, which means there are no blades or costly parts to replace. Lastly, there’s no time wasted clamping down leather for processing. Simply insert the sheet into your laser bed and engrave or cut your desired pattern.
What kinds of leather products can you laser engrave/cut?
Because leather is so abundant and versatile, the possibilities of what you can cut/engrave are almost endless! Here is a list of just some of the beautiful leather creations you can make with your laser.
Briefcases & portfolios
Purses & handbags
...and so much more!