Laser Engraving Bonded Leather

Bob Hagel and his wife Dana own Eagle’s Mark Awards & Signs, offering a full line of personalized products using laser engraving, sand etching, and full-color UV direct print on products. They have offered awards, recognition, and signage products to organizations for more then a decade in the Southern California wine country.

Bonded leather is a ground-up leather held together with a binder. It is likely safe to laser. Understand that most bonded leather that is ground is bonded with a glue that does not have any unsafe chemicals. However, according to scientific sources, some may contain unsafe chemicals as there are binders that have unsafe gases given off during lasering. That issue, as well as others, is why I have decided to only laser leatherette coming from industry sources. It is too difficult to determine what is safe and lasers well.

—Bob Hagel, Eagle’s Mark

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