BOSS LASER APPLICATIONS

LEATHER ENGRAVING

Everyone Loves Leathers


Due to its high-end appeal, durability, and versatility leather is still commonly used on fashion and  furniture products as well as for long term functionality.  Whether you want to process synthetic, full grain, or even Italian leather generally speaking leather is a wonderful material for CO2 laser cutting and engraving. In fact you can laser cut, emboss, perforate, mark, etch, or engrave leather. 

The goal when laser cutting or marking leather is for the laser machine is to efficiently process the leather piece both cleanly and professionally with little to no post processing requirement.  I will address how to best achieve this below...

WHAT TYPES OF LEATHER CAN YOU LASER CUT OR ENGRAVE?

Since leather easily absorbs the CO2 laser wavelength it can process about any leather type or hide including:

  • Full-grain
  • Nubuck or Top-grain
  • Genuine
  • Bonded (low-quality)
  • Split leather
  • Deerskin
  • Buckskin
  • Synthetic / faux / man-made
  • Ultrasuede

Synthetic leather is a quite common laserable material due to the various color options available.

The Right Machines For The Material


If you've ever seen leather being processed you know its a tough material.  It can be a difficult, abusive material for traditional tools such as a blade.  Tools that contact leather will inevitably get a lot of wear and tear and need regular maintenance.  Additionally, contact tools also cause deformation to the leather. The alternative is a co2 laser beam. 

The imprint or mark that a CO2 laser produces occurs when the infrared laser burns or evaporates the leather surface.  SInce a laser beam is contact free it leaves you with little to no tool wear or maintenance.  In return it produces a much more precise and detailed sealed edge that often eliminates the need for post processing clean up.

Using a laser cutter or engraver versus a cutting plotter gives you a professional edge that is hard for plotters to emulate.    For thicker or heavier leather cutting you can either decrease the travel speed of the laser head or if speed of productivity is important you can also increase the power. 

The great news is that both genuine and synthetic leather substrates are all very popular and highly receptive to CO2 laser beam wavelength and can easily process:

  • leather bracelets or necklaces
  • leather wallets or bill folds
  • leather purses or handbags
  • leather customized products
  • leather belts or tool belts
  • leather jackets or coats
  • leather shoes or sandals
  • leather briefcases or boxes
  • leather personalized tags
  • leather books and book covers
  • leather DIY crafts (Pinterest)

LEATHER ENGRAVING TIPS:

Laser etching or engraving leather produces a debossed effect and (depending on the color of the leather) offers a noticeably clean, dark contrast to the surrounding leather.  So, if you want a good contrast select a light colored leather such as off-white, light beige, tan, or light brown. Alternatively, chocolate brown or black engraved leather produces a low contrast, understated or cool effect.

Leather Cutting Laser Settings:

You don't need a lot of power to cut leather.  If you want a cleaner cut its best to use a minimum of 65 watts laser power.  At 70 watts a Boss LS-1416 hobby laser can cut through 1/8" (8oz.) veg-tan leather in a single pass.   NOTE: Different leather types or hides react differently to the laser so testing and dialing in your speeds and power levels is critical to achieving your desired result.

Hobbyists and retailers who process leather will significantly up the perceived value of their creatives by offering clients a custom engraved design, logo, or text.  The quality of the final imprint, mark, or cut depends on the quality of the artwork itself. The best formats for leather are vector or a high resolution JPG file.   Unlike the vector-cutting function where the laser cuts the leather in one continuous run, raster engraving works by starting from the top and working down to the bottom of the leather piece before it stops.

Contact or visit us if you have a unique application or material that you would like to see processed on our laser.  We would be glad to help!

BOSSLASER - leather-engraving MACHINES

  • $4,997.00

    BOSS LS-1416

    If you're looking for a professional grade desktop, laser engraving or cutting machine to inspire your small business or DIY projects, then Boss' LS-1416/20 may be the best laser machine under $5K on the market today. Get 4X more speed and 1.5X more CO2 power vs. competing hobby lasers. CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Upgrade to LS-1420 Get a FREE 70W Power Upgrade & Mobile Stand  - $424 Value!

  • $7,997.00

    BOSS LS-1630

    Designed & engineered by Boss the LS-1630 offers a popular 16x30" engraving area with optional Boss X-Series™ 70 or 105W CO2 laser tube. Fastest in Class drive system includes Hybrid Servo Drive™ motors giving you 4X more speed vs stepper motors.  Includes 2021 LightBURN™ Made-in-USA laser software that is both intuitive and feature rich. 

  • $9,997.00

    BOSS LS-2440

    Boss' Industrial laser cutters and engravers start with the LS-2440.  Now features an extended 40" x 24" engraving area.   New! Turbo Drive closed loop servo motor drive system making it the fastest in its class. Upgrade your X-Series laser to 155W of cutting power (includes chiller). Made-In-USA LightBurn offers a simple, All-In-One laser software thats both intuitive and feature rich. 

  • $11,997.00

    BOSS LS-3655

    Boss' industrial grade LS-3655 offers a 14.5% larger engraving area compared to the standard 48"x36" platforms. New available Turbo Drive™ fastest in class closed loop servo motor drive system. Upgrade your X-Series™ laser to 155W of cutting power (includes chiller). Made-In-USA LightBurn™ offers an All-In-One laser software thats both intuitive and feature rich. 

  • $16,997.00

    BOSS HP-2440

    High Power 155W - 24x40" Servo Driven laser cutter delivers the ultimate in material flexibility. Vector cut and raster engrave both metal and non-metal. New Flex™ LIVE reciprocating laser heads. Turbo Drive™ closed loop servo motor drive system makes it the fastest in its class. Includes Made-In-USA LightBurn™ Laser Software.  

  • $18,997.00

    BOSS HP-3655

    High Powered 155W - 36x55" Servo Driven laser cutter delivers the ultimate in material flexibility. Vector cut and raster engrave both metal and non-metal. New Flex™ LIVE reciprocating laser heads. Turbo Drive™ closed loop servo motor drives for up to 5X more speed an acceleration. Includes Made-In-USA LightBurn™ Laser Software.  

  • $18,497.00

    BOSS HP-5598

    High Powered HP-5598 delivers up to 250 watts. Servo Driven with working platform of 4x8'. BOSS designed and engineered dual control technology allows the HP Series to vector cut PLUS raster engrave both metal & non-metal materials! New Flex™ LIVE reciprocating laser heads. Now, includes high speed Turbo Drive™ closed loop servo motors.