Bamboo - AMBER

0.106 inches

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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.

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


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.

Bamboo is a natural material with natural variation, one of the big challenges is that as we burn off a layer of the material - the nature of the layer below it can vary. Sometimes that next layer comes through very dark and sometimes it comes through lighter - or even banded due to the grain differences.

If you wish to have raster engraving on this material, we only recommend using HEAVY RASTER engraving (black fill) or medium raster combined with a vector engraving outline (gray fill with a red or green outline).

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.

Tips from other designers

dickson says:

This Amber bamboo material is actually much closer to 2.9mm - 2.98mm rather than 2.7mm. Compared to the Blonde 2.7mm bamboo side by side, this is noticeably thicker.

The colour in the photos are pretty close to the actual material.

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James says:

Don't forget to think about the grain direction! I did, woops! Grain runs horizontal as mentioned above.

FYI The pieces I received measure 2.8mm thick with my digital calipers, dimensions may vary slightly it seems.

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Spencer says:

if a heavy raster is put into this material at 2.7 mm thickness, would it be easy to "snap" along the scored lines?

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Josh says:

Hello! It's best to consider all of our engraving types to be merely surface etching. Depth is minimal - it is for look rather than practicality. As such, I very much doubt that heavy engraving would enable the ability to easily snap these sheets. I hope that helps to clarify!

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Caroline says:

When engraving text, make sure that the font size is large enough, the above example cannot be relied upon. My text which was 16pt (so not that small!) and American Typewriter condensed did not show at all using the light raster and barely at medium raster.

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Dan says:

Thanks for the tip!
We always recommend using black for your text color unless you use a vector outline as well. Find out how to improve engraving results here - http://support.ponoko.com/entries/491242

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Faith says:

What are the units for the P1 181.0 x 181.0? Is this in mm?

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Dan says:

Correct, which is about 7.1"x7.1".

You can read more about the template sizes here - http://www.ponoko.com/starter-kits/adobe-illustrator#starting-your-design

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William says:

This material is currently running 3.1 mm thick, not 2.7 mm. Plan accordingly!

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Dan says:

Hi William - Thanks for the heads up, we'll be updating our bamboo material pages shortly. Cheers!

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Andy says:

Yep, I got 3.15mm. I wish I had scrolled down before I sent my file.

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W. Aaron says:

I just had a cut made with this. I'm very happy with the final result. As of 12/10/15, the material is coming out at exactly 3.0mm. (This is a bonus for me!) Also, the engraving is light, so make sure to do a vector engrave outline to better see any engraving areas - with this outline, everything pops really nicely, but I would have been disappointed without it.

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Dan says:

@W. Aaron - thanks for the feedback and tips!

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