Ponoko

Composite - Vulcanized Fiber

0.031 inches 0.091 inches

Fiberboard-100_large
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What is it

With a high strength to weight ratio, vulcanized fiber is an excellent choice for designs that need good mechanical properties.

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

This material is made of cotton fabric that’s been treated to make it hard and dense.

Engraving Cardboard

Vulcanized fiber engraves well retaining crisp details.

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 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 0.1-0.5mm.

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 crisper and bringing the details to life.

Construction Techniques

Creating structures from vulcanized fiber 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

Insulating material for electrical applications, washers, covers, insulating plates, eyelet boards

Adhesives, joints, and fastenings

Mechanical joints work the best.

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