Ponoko

Matboard - Gray

0.050 inches

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What is it

These boards consist of a 4-ply core with a colored surface paper on 1 side that is highly fade and bleed resistant. The white core is made of unprinted, reclaimed wood pulp fibers and, along with the backing paper, is buffered and acid free.

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

Matte cardboard finish that may have a slight texture.

Due to the thickness and ply core, the surface layer will tear when folded. Use a dashed cutting line to control the fold line or try a living hinge.

Small light pieces can shift or get sucked into extraction during cutting, so provisions need to be made for this at the design stage.

Engraving Matboard

Matboard engraves well. Area engraving will reveal the white substrate beneath the colored top layer.

There are 3 types of engraving possible with laser cutting. Area engraving, line engraving and a combination of both.

Area engraving is great if you need to mark a larger 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 0.1-0.5mm.

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.

Construction Techniques

Creating structures from card can be a great way to test out your complex designs. Slotting, stacking and folding shapes all work well to create 3D form.

Typical Uses

Cardstock is typically used packaging, prototyping, architectural models, decorative arts, collage, and craft, etc

Environmental Information

100% recyclable.

Adhesives, joints and fastenings

Can be easily joined with a wide range of glues and tapes.

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