Solution Examples:Leather

On-Demand Foil Printing on Leather Using a Laser Decorator

Screen printing and full-color UV inkjet printing are commonly used for decorating leather materials. On the other hand, there is also a traditional method called "foil stamping," in which a foil film is partially transferred using a stamping die to apply a gold, silver or metallic decoration. For example, it is often used to personalize a notebook cover made of genuine leather or synthetic leather by printing a name or corporate logo in foil.

Today, digital foil printing methods are also being introduced. The LD-300 Laser Decorator enables on - demand digital foil printing. Unlike conventional stamping methods, the LD-300 uses a digitally controlled laser to heat foil, eliminating the need for a brass stamp die, which is required for foil stamping. This means that the lead time required to produce dies can be reduced entirely, and printing can be started immediately upon receiving an order, making it suitable for personalization and in-store decoration services.

LD-300 Laser Decorator

Unlike a traditional foil stamping machine that manually applies several tons of pressure at high temperatures, a feature of this machine is that it is safe and easy for anyone to operate. The product size is small and fits on a desk in a store, kiosk or home.

The product is compatible with a wide range of leather materials, from genuine leather to synthetic leather (*1). Genuine leather goes particularly well with hard, smooth-finished leathers, such as vegetable-tanned materials. On the other hand, grainy leather with a heavily textured surface, like embossed or shrink leather, is not suitable as the foil will not be able to transfer to the grooves between the bumps.

(*1)The degree of quality and adhesion of the foil to the material should be determined by a pre-test.


Material: synthetic leather
Foil: Murata Kimpaku Gleam Foil, SVS
Print condition: Max Power 45, Speed 25mm/sec

Coin purse

Material: Vegitable tanned leather Maya (Italian)
Foil: Murata Kimpaku Gleam Foil, SVS
Print condition: Max Power 45, Speed 25mm/sec Leather craft work with cooperation of Hamamatsu Craft

What you need

  • LD-300 Laser Decorator

    LD-300 Laser Decorator

  • DGSHAPE METAZA Studio Software (included with the LD series)

    DGSHAPE METAZA Studio Software (included with the LD series)

  • Design software such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel DRAW

    Design software such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel DRAW

  • Metallic foil

    Metallic foil

  • Leather material

    Leather material

  • Tools for leather crafts

    Tools for leather crafts

Production Process

  • STEP1

    Design data production

    Lay out the design according to the size of the leather product.

  • STEP2

    Place the leather material on the LD-300

    Affix the leather material to be printed on the table of the decorator.
    Place the foil onto the leather material and cover it with the yellow light-absorbing film.

  • STEP3

    METAZAStudio configuration

    Load the design data into METAZAStudio and set the print settings. Align the placement of the data and the leather by using the laser pointer.

  • STEP4

    Print the foil

    Print the job with the LD-300.

  • STEP5


    Perform the necessary processing according to the final leather product.


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