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Suggestions for Engraving Leather
« on: June 05, 2016, 05:54:45 PM »
Hi Everyone!

This is my first post on the forum.  I just got a A5 5.5W Laser Engraver from Gearbox.  It arrived yesterday and after 5 hours of trying I managed to get it together and looking nice.  Took another 5 hours to learn about GRBL and get a firmware that worked with my controller and to learn how to control the intensity of the laser. I burned a hole through the card table I had it sitting on.

I work for a small leather shop that is Amish ran.  I am the only non-Amish working there and they asked me to try to set up something that will let us personalize leather wallets and belts with laser engraving ( so here I am ). So my question is this.  I am using Zax's T2Laser Software.  Does anyone have any experience laser engraving leather and what sort of settings seem to work best?

Thanks!



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Re: Suggestions for Engraving Leather
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2016, 06:16:38 PM »
Welcome Mason...!!!
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Re: Suggestions for Engraving Leather
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2016, 05:43:16 AM »
Welcome, and thank you for your support!

I've done some leather engraving and thin leather cutting too, one thing is it stinks, but that's probably not news to you. If you can get over the burning flesh smell the results are pretty good.

Similar to engraving on denim, it bleaches out the tanning/stains so darker leathers work the best and you don't need much power or it will deteriorate the leather strength.

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Re: Suggestions for Engraving Leather
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2016, 09:00:28 PM »
Doing leather is the reason I bought my engraver. Only had it about a week. I did a leather case for en external battery I carry for a gps unit. My alignment was off but it seemed to work okay. I used the standard benbox and everything seems to work.

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Re: Suggestions for Engraving Leather
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2016, 09:22:15 PM »
Another example. The x alignment is off but that was my fault. I set the center of the pic at 50mm offset instead of 60. Good burn it looks like.

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Re: Suggestions for Engraving Leather
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2016, 09:40:54 AM »
Those look great!

(leather works well in these machines but can smell pretty awful)

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Re: Suggestions for Engraving Leather
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2016, 04:15:19 PM »
Welcome to the forum, Mason. I am also a newbie. I make cell phone wallets out of leather as one of my distractions. They hold currency, credit cards, driver license, etc. a pair of "pen" (pencil thick) reading glasses or an actual pen or pencil, plus your cell phone (via adhesive Velcro pads). They also have an old school hidden compartment to stash a $20 bill or whatever for extra safekeeping.

The main thing is, they are great at protecting the phone if you drop it. I've used this design for three years, keep improving them and am on my third wallet. Dropped them many times, never had a phone damaged. My kids are envious.

Anyway, I am currently using a nice medium brown fake Alligator embossed cowhide and the engraving looks great.

I think you are on the right track. Me? I love the smell of burning flesh in the morning!
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Re: Suggestions for Engraving Leather
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2016, 10:26:33 PM »
Doing leather is the reason I bought my engraver. Only had it about a week. I did a leather case for en external battery I carry for a gps unit. My alignment was off but it seemed to work okay. I used the standard benbox and everything seems to work.

Do you remember what speed and resolution you used for those?
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Re: Suggestions for Engraving Leather
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2017, 10:02:49 AM »
ok well a coworker who makes leather western gun holsters, belts, and wallets gave me some good quality scrap leather for testing purposes.  I will report back on what settings i like and results.
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Re: Suggestions for Engraving Leather
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2017, 10:11:08 AM »
Tanned leather engraves great, thin leather can be cut too but "oh that burning flesh smell".

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Re: Suggestions for Engraving Leather
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2017, 10:19:50 AM »
Does cutting or engraving leather give off a bad smell?

I didn't quite get that from Zax's posts... :P

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Re: Suggestions for Engraving Leather
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2017, 10:58:33 AM »
do you have any good starting numbers for engraving zax?
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Re: Suggestions for Engraving Leather
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2017, 11:25:27 AM »
Tanned leather engraves great, thin leather can be cut too but "oh that burning flesh smell".

Are you a vegetarian?  ;)
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Re: Suggestions for Engraving Leather
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2017, 12:22:24 PM »
You may be a vegetarian after cutting it a while, which is why I stopped  ;D) .

Engraving with a 2.5W, try speed 500 as a start. No bad smell engraving either.


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Re: Suggestions for Engraving Leather
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2017, 12:29:54 PM »
really that slow huh.  cool I'll see what happens
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