Ponoko

Bamboo - AMBER

0.106 inches

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What is it

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

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

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.

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

Material thicknessPossible Range
inchesmm
0.106” / 2.7mm0.097” - 0.131”2.5 - 3.2mm


Engraving Bamboo

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. We constantly calibrate our laser settings to ensure we’re producing consistent engraving results. However, it should be noted that there may be differences between the bamboo that you receive and the photos shown on this page.

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

Bamboo is commonly used for making jewelry, tableware, electronics enclosures, conference badges, signage, book covers, point of sale displays etc

Environmental Information

Bamboo is 100% renewable.

Adhesives, joints and 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

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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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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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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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