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MDF - Natural

0.120 inches 0.240 inches

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What is it

Medium density fiberboard (MDF) is a particle board consisting of fine wood fibers pressed into a panel with the addition of resin and wax.

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

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

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

Material thicknessPossible Range
3.0mm2.6 - 3.4mm
6.0mm5.4 - 6.6mm


Engraving MDF

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 0.2-0.5mm.

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.

Typical Uses

MDF is commonly used for making drones, clocks, prototyping, furniture, signage, etc.

Environmental Information

Compliant with the California Air Resources Board Phase 1 Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Hardwood Plywood (HWPW), Particleboard (PB), and Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)

Adhesives, joints and fastenings

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

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