Veneer Core - Birch

0.204 inches

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What is it

A timber core with a 0.5 mm real timber veneer on each side.

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

Birch is best suited to prototypes or designs that will be painted. It usually has 1 good side but the other side can have knots and filler to repair the veneer. This material often has warping issues which may impact larger designs that have lengths over 12”

The laser will leave a dark cut edge. Area engraving does not go through the veneer into the core material.

Grain direction will always run along the long edge or horizontal as drawn on the computer screen.

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

Material thicknessPossible Range
0.204” / 5.2mm0.184” - 0.225”4.7 - 5.7mm

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 product housings, drones, clocks, prototyping, furniture, 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

Bathsheba says:

Occasional voids in the core mean that the edge will not be perfectly uniform.

Added about 7 years ago. ( delete )
Bernd says:

Hmm, I based my design on the new specified thickness of 5.2mm, but what I got was actually very close to 4.5mm. I guess there is just a lot of variation on the supplier side.

Added over 6 years ago. ( delete )
Matthew says:

I had 5mm almost on the dot, so I think I'll end up planning on it being 5mm.

Added about 3 years ago. ( delete )

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