Ponoko

Bamboo - BLONDE

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 yellow 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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Brian says:

Warps easily - for designs requiring gluing parallel boards, try to lay out parts cross-grain to each other and make sure to weight down wood pieces to flatten.

The light color of the wood can look a little smudgy from smoke damage when getting a lot of burned design work nearby. Also picks up dirt easily without a finish.

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Melissa says:

Some of the fibers peeled off when I removed the tape backing, creating some splinters and an uneven surface. The side without tape doesn't have this problem, and it was easy to sand down, but something to be aware of. The side with the tape won't be as pristine.

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Taylor says:

Dan, can you tell me about where the bamboo is sourced from? Is it ethically produced / sourced?

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Dan says:

Hi Taylor -

Our Bamboo is Forest Stewardship Council certified and is 100% renewable. In terms of the source, our bamboo (as well as most of the bamboo being used commercially) comes from sustainable plantations in China.

I hope that helps for starters. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any other questions, or things we can assist with. Thanks!

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