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When using Eloquent leading zeros are removed from integers data types. This is a problem when you want to display zero numbers in cases such as order numbers like 0034.

To achieve this in your model create an attribute filed, give the attribute a different name to the column in the database.  Note attributes are prefixed with get and end with Attribute.

Using str_pad to zero fill up to x zeros by passing the column to return an the number of digits wanted in total.

function getOrderNoAttribute() {
    return str_pad($this->id,4,'0',STR_PAD_LEFT);

Then when displaying the data reference the attribute

$model = Model::find(1);