Hardboard - Gloss both sides

0.118 inches 0.217 inches

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What is it

Hardboard is a particle board formed from wood fibre pulp produced by refining wood chips. Wood fibres and bonding agents are hot pressed in sheet form into high density panels.

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

Hardboard is a strong, durable, high density wood fibre panel product with a smooth finish on both sides.

It can be either light brown or dark brown in color. Examples of both are shown in the images above.

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

Material thicknessPossible Range
0.118” / 3.0mm0.106” - 0.130”2.5 - 3.3mm
0.217” / 5.5mm0.195” - 0.238”4.9 - 6.1mm

Engraving Hardboard

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

Hardboard is commonly used for making drones, clocks, tableware, prototyping, furniture, signage, etc.

Environmental Information

Unlike other composite wood panels that utilize formaldehyde based resins to bind fibers together, hardboard only uses natural ingredients which makes it an environmentally friendly, 'green' product.

Adhesives, joints and fastenings

Construction adhesives will bond hardboard well. Follow the adhesive manufacturer's instructions for application processes. Screw joints should be pre-drilled to avoid splitting.

Tips from other designers

Garrett says:

I've used this material many times before. In my most recent experience the parts were very tight fitting when setting slots to 5.5 mm. Previously I used 6 mm with no problems. Digital calipers reveal the material varies in thickness from 5.60 to 5.89 mm (0.220" and 0.232"). The laser offsets lines by about 0.05 mm resulting a 5.6 mm slot. Not enough to account for the variability. I had to sand tabs to fit.

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Patrick says:

Can this hardboard be painted? Will it cause to warp?

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Dayma says:

Hi Patrick,

It would depend how you painted the hardboard, with what type of paint, the size of the part and what thickness you chose. But there would be lower chance the hardboard would warp if painted compared to our other woods. The surface is smooth so you may want to sand it a little first. We'd suggest making a prototype or painting a sample of the material to test it.


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