Laser engraving on leather allows you to create original and artful products made of natural material or faux leather.

Advantages of laser engraving on leather: 

  • efficiency: you can apply a drawing  in 10-20 minutes;
  • low production cost compared to embossing especially when ordering medium and large runs; 
  • non-contact machining, which prevents damaging the material;
  • ability to create complex images with fine details;
  • large area of applied images (up to 300 x 600 mm), thanks to which the creation of large items is possible.

Features of laser engraving on leather 

A laser machine for leather creates an image by burning out the top layer. It exposes a bottom layer that determines the color of the image. As a rule, the natural leather bottom layer is dark, so the final image has a dark-brown or black hue. It looks the most impressive on light-colored leather.

Laser equipment easily handles engraving on leather despite the heterogeneity of the structure of this material. The applied image is clear, and the smallest details are well drawn.

When is a laser machine more suitable than embossing? 

Leather engraving can easily replace the embossing when: 

  • it is necessary to produce a large number of items;
  • it is little time for engraving leather: a laser machine performs the task several times faster;
  • the leather is thin or the chosen area cannot be embossed;
  • it is necessary to apply the image that is larger than the working area of the embossing machine.

Thus, a laser machine for cutting and engraving leather most often is superior to the embossing equipment.

Test sample

Before starting the leather engraving or cutting process on the laser machine, experts recommend making a test sample.

It helps to assess the hue of the final image and how detailed it will be. If necessary, the settings of the laser machine should be changed.

Necessary conditions for laser cutting and engraving of leather

Because smoke and bad smell are emitted during machining leather, it is necessary to use an exhaust system of the laser machine. When engraving and cutting of faux leather is performed, harmful for human’s health stuff, hydrogen chloride, evolves. Inhaling of this gas can cause serious harm and even death.

That is why, all this stuff should be immediately removed by an exhaust hood. Moreover, the lack of effective removal of waste products during cutting and engraving on the laser machine leads to rusting of the machine’s parts, and the equipment fails.

To prevent overheating of the laser tube, a cooling system should operate properly. Also it is necessary to clean lenses and mirrors regularly to ensure the positioning accuracy of the laser head.

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Features of laser engraving and cutting of leather

Natural leather is an organic material. A laser beam does not affect the leather itself but substances, tannins and dye staff, that it is cured with. The better the pretreatment, the better will be the result obtained with the laser machine.

Quality of engraving and cutting of leather is also determined by how properly the parameters of power and speed are set up. If the settings are not correct, leather can flame up or shrivel. The quality of processing on the laser machine affects how long the result remains intact.

Faux leather engraving and cutting

Faux leather can be cut and engraved on the laser machine. However, it is not recommended to perform deep engraving. When the depth is too big, the material starts to fringe, crumble, and its particles come off. Even if the product looks nice immediately after the treatment, it will wear out quickly.

When choosing parameters for engraving on faux leather, it is recommended to make a sample item first. Set up the minimal power of the laser machine and gradually increase it until you get the desired result of engraving or cutting.

Top laser machines for leather

Modern laser equipment of the world-known manufacturers help to get the best results of engraving and cutting leather. Below, you can see the list of the most popular Wattsan laser machines for cutting and engraving of leather and leatherette. The Wattsan 0203 is a laser machine for leather that is intended for production of small batches of items and hobby. The working area is 20×30 cm, which allows you to process small workpieces. Due to its compact size (810х500х260 mm), the machine can be placed on a normal desk. The weight of the equipment is 28 kg, and you can manhandle it. The 40 W laser tube with the service life of 1500 hours is sufficient to process both leather and faux leather. The sturdy, stable gantry with pressure rollers ensures high precision of engraving and cutting.   

Wattsan 0503

0503
Work area 500 x 300 mm
Tube power 60W
Max engraving speed 700 mm
Dimensions 650 mm * 1040 mm * 575 mm
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is a laser machine for leather, wood, rubber, acrylic, cardboard, paper, plywood, for cutting fabrics and fur. The power of the machine combined with the size of the working area (30×50 cm) allows you to start serial production in a small workshop. One of the main advantages of this model is a through table, which allows you to process material of any length. A frame design with 2.9 mm metal walls reduces vibrations during operation. This has a positive effect on the quality of the final product: the image is fine and clear. High precision of leather machining is also ensured by the use of three-phase motors in combination with ¼ belt gearboxes. The Fotek inductive sensors prevent collision of gantry parts when engraving and cutting leather. A clean cut is achieved by using a nozzle with a reduced cross-section, which is especially important when processing leather.

Wattsan 6040

6040
ST
Work area 600 x 400 mm
Tube power 80-90W
Max engraving speed 500 mm
Dimensions 765 mm * 1165 mm * 600 mm
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Mini laser cutting and engraving machine

is a model with an 80 W laser tube and a 60×40 cm working area. The laser machine for leather is suitable for small and medium-batch production. The main features are a frame design, a reinforced body with 2.9 mm metal walls, 3-phase steppers with ¼ belt gearboxes with extended service life, Fotek inductive sensors, and a reduced nozzle for engraving or cutting leather. The laser tube is attached with special fastenings, which provide easy and fast replacement of the tube and adjustment of the machine. A through-cutting function increases the speed of engraving and cutting leather and faux leather.

Wattsan 6090 LT

6090
LT
Work area 900 x 600 mm
Tube power 100-120W
Max engraving speed 700 mm
Dimensions 1030 mm * 1490 mm * 670 mm + 315 mm (if on its wheels)
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laser cutter engraver wattsan

is a medium-format laser machine. The working area size is 60×90 cm. Due to the frame design combined with a thick-walled metal body, 3-phase steppers, and ¼ belt gearboxes, the highest precision of cutting and engraving is ensured. The machine comes with 3M belts that significantly increases the service life of belt gearboxes. A through-cutting function is also available. The machine is equipped with Fotek inductive sensors that are on at the distance of 5 mm, which prevents collision of gantry parts and its damage. Like on other Wattsan CO2 laser machines, polyurethane air hoses are used. The working pressure is up to 6 bar, and the bursting pressure is up to 8 bar.

Wattsan 6090 ST

6090
ST
Work area 900 x 600 mm
Tube power 80-90 W
Max engraving speed 700 mm
Dimensions 1030 mm * 1490 mm * 670 mm + 315 mm (if on its wheels)
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laser cutter engraver wattsan

is a laser machine for leather with a working area of 90×60 cm and an 80-90 W laser tube. The frame of the machine is fired to ensure accuracy of operation for a long period. It is equipped with 3-phase steppers and ¼ belt gearboxes. A nozzle with a reduced cross-section allows you to perform the fines pattern.  The use of the Fotek inductive sensors with a sensing distance of 5 millimeters provides full protection against collision and displacement of metal elements of the gantry. Due to the universal mountings for laser tubes, the alignment can be done quite easily and fast.  

Wattsan 1290 LT

1290
LT
Work area 1200 x 900 mm
Tube power 100-120W
Max engraving speed 700 mm
Dimensions 1410 mm * 1790 mm * 670 mm + 315 mm (if on its wheels)
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laser engraving machine

is a laser machine with a large working area (120×90 cm), which allows machining large workpieces. A high power laser tube (100-120 W) increases the speed of operation. Thus, the machine can be used for mass production of leather items. A through table allows working with the material of any length, which also increases productivity of the equipment. The frame design in combination with a thick-walled metal body, asynchronous engines (load up to 80 kg), 3-phase steppers, and ¼ belt gearboxes ensures high accuracy of the machine. A nozzle with a reduced diameter allows you to create a minimum spot area of a laser beam that is necessary for performing the finest patterns.

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Summary

When you choose the Wattsan laser machine for leather, you get reliable equipment that allows you to create high quality products from leather and faux leather. 

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