Most natural and faux animal hides (with or without hair) can be marked by a 10.6µm laser to a very good effect. In all cases it’s best only to produce a light surface mark. Care should be taken to keep the material as flat as possible. In some cases dampening of the hide may be necessary.
The resulting effects of laser marked hide can be fantastic, however, the smells produced during the process are not so good. For maximum contrast choose a light tan colour. Although the contrast of laser marked dark leather is low this can be very desirable where the requirement is to produce a subtle mark.
Most natural and faux animal hides (with or without hair) can be cut by a 10.6µm laser to a very good effect. A very high rate of air assist as well as a very high rate of underside extraction is required when cutting leather. Scorching of the surface can be minimised by lightly applying shampoo or liquid soap to the leather before it is cut, then rinsing it afterwards.