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Laser cut wood

Wood is an incredibly versatile material for laser cutting and engraving. You can use it for jewellery, fashion accessories, ornaments, decorations, custom containers...heck, even furniture!

Almost any wooden item you dream up can become a reality with Ponoko.

Showroom

Showroom
Bamboo Cake Toppers
by Valerie Thai
Castle Under Attack
Toy Model

by Andrea Garuti
Fox And Babies Brooch
by Sally Crossthwaite
Wood Camera
by Christopher Bril

Materials

MDF
Natural

0.251 inches

Bamboo
Amber

0.106 inches

Cork
Natural

0.118 inches

MDF - Natural

What is it

A particle board consisting of fine wood fibres pressed into a panel with the addition of resin and wax.

MDF has a thickness tolerance of +/-10% the stated material thickness.

Design notes

MDF has a smooth sanded finish that is a pale brown color.

Typical uses

MDF is typically used joinery and furniture applications.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Construction adhesives will bond boards well. Follow the adhesive manufacturer's instructions for application processes. Screw joints should be pre-drilled to avoid splitting.

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Bamboo - Amber

What is it

Five layers of bamboo veneer cross laminated to produce a plywood board.

Bamboo has a thickness tolerance of +/-10% the stated material thickness.

Design notes

A golden brown color with a fine grain. The bamboo joints are visible on the surface and break up the grain creating a unique appearance.

Sometimes sheets of this material may not be very flat when we get it from the manufacturer. Unfortunately, this is the nature of material. The inherent tension in the grain of the wood and the way it is constructed means the panels can warp after manufacturing.

Be aware of this when designing for this material. If possible arrange your designs on P1 sized templates.

Grain direction will always run horizontal as drawn on the computer screen.

Typical uses

Cabinetmaking, furniture fittings & linings, Also ideal for commercial and residential interior fittings and linings. Not suitable for exterior use.

Environmental info

Bamboo is 100% renewable.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Bamboo panel can be cut and sanded using conventional woodworking equipment and offers excellent dimensional stability. It can also be glued or mechanically fastened using the same materials and fasteners commonly used with wood.

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Cork - Natural

What is it

Cork is the outer bark of the cork oak tree. Cork is light weight, rot resistant, compressible and recoverable, expandable, fire resistant in its natural state, impermeable, soft, and buoyant.

Design notes

A brown/tan spotty color.

Be aware of this when designing for this material. If possible arrange your designs on P1 sized templates.

Grain direction will always run horizontal as drawn on the computer screen.

Typical uses

Coasters and placemats. Bulletin board material and sectional wall covering. Also ideal for certain gasket applications, shipping and spacer pads, protective backing and numerous other industrial, commercial and hobby requirements.

Environmental info

The cork bark can be 'stripped' off allowing new bark to grow in its place without killing or damaging the trees. This makes every tree a renewable source of raw material.

Adhesives, joints & fastenings

Construction adhesives will bond boards well. Follow the adhesive manufacturer's instructions for application processes.

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Getting started

Latest article about laser cutting

Ideas for Creative Agencies & Brands ? #44

Laser Cut and Etched Family-Centric Promotional Items

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Promotional items that have a personal touch can become valued trinkets for the recipient, and you can’t get much more personal than with a focus on family. The diverse capabilities of laser cutting and laser etching makecustomized family-centric products quick and easy to achieve. As we’ll see in the following examples, materials can range from the familiar to the experimental using a number of different techniques.

Pictured above is a laser cut family birthday calendar from Zetka in Poland, who provide options for custom text and different materials and finishes. The family tree is also a popular theme, with an interpretation in ply from Dansky Arts & Crafts(below, left) and hand-cut paper from Twenty Fingers (below, right).

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Continuing the theme of family connections, the puzzle pendant necklace pictured below from AJ’s Custom Jewelry is hand-stamped, but the same idea will translate nicely across to laser cutting and etching. The focus is all on the names of each generation with Jimagination Creations’ text-based family tree (below right).
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Moving from text to images, the beautifully simple use of silhouettes from Cheek By Jowl are one of many versions on the same theme offered by these clever designers.

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Photographic images can make for striking laser etched family portraits. The engraved wood example from Twiki Concept (below, left) has so much more presence than an everyday photo print, and the set of laser etched leather coasters from Sweenks(below, right) enable the family photos to become a useful everyday product.

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Puzzles are another great way to make use of photos; many print services provide custom puzzles as an option, and it really isn’t difficult to go one step further to make custom laser etched puzzles from family portraits. Pictured below is a puzzle laser cut and etched in ply from Factory eNova.Learn how to make a custom laser cut puzzle with this handy guide.

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The final examplesare a little more experimental. For those with extra time or just the urge to be creative, an organic laser cut puzzle portrait such asthis one from MoaDesu(below, left) lends itself well to being finished with a coat of bright paint or even laser cut from different materials. Food products are not a part of the selection in the Ponoko Personal Factory, but it’s still interesting (and fun!) to see the exploration from Coby Unger(below, right) where famous portraits have been laser etched onto Matzah, a crisp flatbread traditionally eaten at Passover in the Jewish community.

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Adding a personal touch by featuring families and family activities in laser cut products can lead to some really creative outcomes that are more likely to be retained (and maybe even cherished) by the recipient. Let us know if you?ve seen other great ideas for laser cut family themed products in the comments below; and for more ideas for Agencies and Brands, see the other postsin the series.

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