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Laser cut leather

Leather is a wonderful material - and not just for clothing and fashion accessories!

Our community has used leather to make a huge variety of products to gift and sell.

Showroom

Showroom
Lasercut Cuff
by Cuff Modern
Leather Camera Case
by Chromatophobic
Filleting Knife Sheath
by Rich Borrett

Materials

Upholstery Leather
Mocha

0.039 inches

Leather (Vege Tanned)
Tan

0.098 inches

Leather (Vege Tanned)
Dark brown

0.098 inches

Upholstery grade leather - Mocha

Design notes

A chocolaty brown colored leather that has a full grain leather finish on one side and a suede like finish on the other.

The 'antique' nature of the finish makes the leather look aged and worn in. This includes 'cracking' in the color and color variation. Some natural imperfections could appear on the surface of the leather.

This leather is ideal for interior design applications and a favorite choice amongst Interior Designers.

Typical uses

Upholstery, bags, wallets, clothing.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Rivets and common sewing techniques will work for joining this material.

Hint - Laser cut thread holes and pieces can be stitched neatly by hand.

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Natural, vegetable tanned leather - Tan

Design notes

Tan leather with a smooth finish on one side and a coarse finish on the other. Can be oiled to improve water resistance. Some natural imperfections could appear on the surface of the leather.

Typical uses

Equestrian, tooling, handcraft, belts, picture frames, hand bags, book binding, carving, stamping.

Environmental info

Vegetable-tanned leather is tanned using tannin and other ingredients found in vegetable matter, tree bark, and other such sources.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Rivets and common sewing techniques will work for joining this material.

Hint - Laser cut thread holes and pieces can be stitched neatly by hand.

Order a sample

Natural, vegetable tanned leather - Dark brown

Design notes

Dark Brown leather with a smooth finish on one side and a coarse finish on the other. Can be oiled to improve water resistance. Some natural imperfections could appear on the surface of the leather.

Typical uses

Equestrian, tooling, handcraft, belts, picture frames, hand bags, book binding, carving, stamping.

Environmental info

Vegetable-tanned leather is tanned using tannin and other ingredients found in vegetable matter, tree bark, and other such sources.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Rivets and common sewing techniques will work for joining this material.

Hint - Laser cut thread holes and pieces can be stitched neatly by hand.

Order a sample

Getting started

Latest article about laser cutting

Top Ten Ways to Reduce Laser Cutting Costs ? Tip #9

Material Thickness

How flexible are you on material choice for your design? To cut out a shape, the laser is burning through the material. Different materials burn at different rates, and also the thinner a material is, the faster it will cut. For example, 4mm cardboard cuts very quickly, and 9mm acrylic cuts very slowly.

Choosing the right material can reduce laser cutting costs considerably. If your design allows for it, create prototypes in paper (Tip #2) or cardboard (Tip #3) before moving on to thicker or harder materials. You can then have greater confidence in a successful outcome once you move up to the premium materials for your final design.

Have you had experience where changing the material thickness helped reduce laser cutting costs? Let us know in the comments below.

For more complex designs or projects that have a larger vision behind them, it’s time forTip #10: Ponoko Prime.