Ponoko

Cardboard - Natural

0.020 inches

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What is it

A light brown, kraft colored, single layer cardboard.

How fast will this material ship?

Orders using this material will ship as fast as same day. Find out more.

Can I get a sample?

You can get a sample here.

Design Notes

This material is made of recycled paper and has a natural matte finish. It may contain flecks of color imperfections.

It holds a fold well, use line engraving to score the surface and control the fold.

Small light pieces can shift or get sucked into extraction during cutting, so provisions need to be made for this at the design stage.

Engraving Cardboard

This cardboard engraves well but line engraving is recommended over area engraving. Dense area engraving will leave a brown residue around the engraved area.

There are 3 types of engraving possible with laser cutting. Area engraving, line engraving and a combination of both.

Area engraving is great it you need to mark a large area on the surface of the material. To specify area engraving set your shapes to have a fill color of black with RGB values of 0, 0, 0. The way this engraving is performed is like an old dot matrix printer except instead of dots of ink it uses pulses of the laser beam. This is a surface finish not deep enough to be used for pocketing or inlays. The depth of the engraving ranges between 0.1-0.5mm.

Line engraving is like a really shallow cut. To achieve this effect the stroke color to red with RGB values of 255, 0, 0 and set the stroke style to a width of 0.01 mm. The laser beam follows along the red lines that you have in your design and marks the surface of the material. The result is crisp but it can be a time consuming technique if you have a lot of small details like text.

Using a combination of both engraving types typically gets the best result. Set your shapes to have a fill color of black with RGB values of 0, 0, 0, the stroke color to red with RGB values of 255, 0, 0, and set the stroke style to a width of 0.01 mm. The line engraving causes the laser beam to trace around the edges of the engraved areas making them more crisp and bringing the details to life.

Construction Techniques

Creating structures from card can be a great way to test out your complex designs. Slotting, stacking and folding shapes all work well to create 3D form.

Typical Uses

Cardboard is typically used for packaging, prototyping, etc

Environmental Information

100% recyclable.

Adhesives, joints and fastenings

Can be easily joined with a wide range of glues and tapes.

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