Thursday, March 5, 2009

Application Newsletter – Laser Cutting Natural Leather

Laser cutting of natural leather is now widely used in the shoe and garment industry, as well as many other industries. The high flexibility and affordability of a Laser Photonics' CO2 laser system enables dramatic cost reductions in these industries with less waste. Speeds are very high and the cut quality, including edge smoothness, far exceeds that which can be achieved by previous techniques, as there is less material distortion and discoloration.

Leather markings can also be produced with fantastic results thanks to advancements in Laser Photonics’ CO2 laser systems. This application is experiencing a strong development, especially in the clothing, footwear and bag industry. High quality production is now available to better produce designers' creations.

Application Details:
Blue leather with 3-mm thickness was marked and cut by a 10 watt CW CO2 laser with 3.75-inch focal length lens. The speed of 50 mm/sec was used for etching surface with one pass and the speed of 10 mm/sec was set for cutting through the sheet with three passes. Total cycle time for cutting and marking whole part took 6 min 40 sec. For reducing the cycle time, the higher power CO2 laser was recommended to be used in the application.

The SBM 1200M Co2 Laser Cutting and Engraving Machine
The SBM 1200M laser cutting and laser engraving machine comes equipped with CO2 laser combining flying optics with a precision Direct Drive motion system. CO2 laser equipped system provides highly accurate cutting, welding, engraving and marking capabilities for multiple materials.

About Laser Photonics*
Developing laser marking, laser cutting and laser engraving systems for precision material processing industries, Laser Photonics is leading the way with innovative fiber laser and CO2 laser systems. Our laser machines are used by manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, industrial, defense, electronic and medical industries around the world. For more info visit or call 407-829-2613.

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