Create a personalized leather desk pad with laser engraving in three easy steps. (Image 1)
- Leather desk pad
- Dry cloth (or damp cloth/alcohol-based cleaner)
Step One: Design
Create your own design or download a premade template to import in your graphic program. Adapt the size of the graphic to fit your desk pad.
Step Two: Laser engraving
Place the desk pad into your laser engraver and position the top left corner into the 0/0 point of the engraving or vacuum table.
Using an 80-watt laser with a 2-inch lens, send the job using the following parameters. (Image 2)
Engraving: Power: 60%; Speed: 100%; 500 dpi; Air Assist: ON; Z-offset: 2 mm
The laser beam will be defocused because of the Z-offset of 2 mm, making the lines appear thicker and more intense than they would in focus.
Step Three: Post-processing
Leather is an organic material and tends to burn during engraving or cutting, producing a particular smell. The cutting edges can also turn dark and stain. Most types of leather can easily be cleaned, but you should test the cleaning method on a discreet area. Start by using a dry cloth to remove the smoke residue. If that doesn’t remove the residue, try cleaning the leather with a damp cloth or an alcohol-based cleaner.