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Plywood - Birch

0.016 inches 0.060 inches 0.125 inches

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What is it

A high grade, multi layer, birch plywood.

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 samples here.

Design Notes

Birch plywood has a high grade appearance and is consistent in thickness. Laser cuts with a dark edge and engraving does not go through the veneer.

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

The manufacturers tolerance for the thickness of the materials is as follows:

Material thicknessPossible Range
inchesmm
0.016” / 0.4mm0.014” - 0.017”0.3 - 0.5mm
0.060" / 1.5mm0.053” - 0.065”1.3 - 1.7mm
0.125” / 3.2mm0.113” - 0.139”2.8 - 3.5mm


Engraving Birch

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 0.1-0.3mm.

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.

Typical Uses

Birch is commonly used for making scale models, jewelry, model boats, model airplanes, product housings, drones, clocks, prototyping, signage, etc.

Adhesives, joints and fastenings

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

Tips from other designers

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Brian says:

I am patiently waiting with extremely high hopes that larger sheets of 1.5mm thick birch will be available. Is there anyway to look for a source? I know this typically only comes from Finland, but there are a couple of sources on the east coast that import it.

Plywood & Door
1435 Morris Ave
Union, NJ
908-687-7890

Or

North American Plywood
3510 Manhattan Ave.
Jersey City, NJ
800-759-6606

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Angry says:

Curious, I get the same machining cost for 1.5mm and 3.2mm thick plywood. I get the difference in material price, but 1/2 the thickness should be less dwell time on the laser, right?

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Dan says:

Hi! On the thinner materials our machine hits a maximum speed which we've determined to give the best quality. Pricing is based directly on how long it takes us to cut your design, so yes they do price up the same. Generally the mark is around 3mm and if you choose something thicker than that you'll notice the price change as cutting time differs.
Hope that helps.

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Gustavo says:

Can the .4mm birch plywood be used as a veneer? It's about the right thickness but I'm wondering about its flexibility.

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Dan says:

Hey Gustavo - Without knowing the details it's hard to say, however the .4 birch is pretty flexible. You could easily wrap it around a (rounded) corner without any breakage. Hope that helps for starters!

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Baxter says:

i want to make very small(roughly 8mm dia) veneer tags to apply/glue to other tiny work. would the .4mm ply be ok for that?

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Dan says:

Hey Baxter - 8mm should be OK with the .4mm ply. As long as your parts are larger than 5mm sq. dia you should be good to go :-)

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Jill says:

Can you raster engrave the .4 mm birch plywood? Seems kind of thin.

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Evelyn says:

How large is 'P1'? Is it a Canadian paper size?

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Dayma says:

Hi there,

Jill - Yes you can still raster engrave on .4mm Birch. As long as the area of engraving isn't too large which will force the wood to warp.

Evelyn - A P1 is 181mm x 181mm of usable area for laser cutting.

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Matthias says:

Are there plans for thicker Plywood - Birch material? I would need 10 mm

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Dayma says:

Hi Matthias,

Right now there aren't any plans to stock thicker birch plywood. Our thickest birch is veneered on MDF - http://www.ponoko.com/make-and-sell/show-material/84-veneer-core-birch

If you wish to add these materials as a suggestion for future additions to our catalog you can do so here - http://support.ponoko.com/entries/45318794

Thanks.

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