Material In Depth: Poplar Plywood

Laser Cutting Poplar Plywood
Laser cutting plywood

Our light coloured Poplar Plywood offers excellent surface uniformity, and is FSC certification together with E1 or E0 certified emission.

Structural integrity Poplar plywood is light weight, natural light coloured, durable and strong material. Plywood is a sheet material that is glued together with thin layers of wood veneer, each layer with grain in the opposite direction for strength. It is an affordable option, and although not as structurally stable as premium birch, it can hold its own structure.
Flexibility Not flexible.
Cost $ - Low
Engrave quality / legibility Engraves very well, engrave colour is a reddish brown, produces a fine dust.
Score quality / legibility Scores very well with a clear result.
Material burn Burn is visible, can be sanded off or can be decreased with the use of transfer tape. Burn is a yellowish colour.
Transfer tape recommended? We recommend using our low-tack transfer tape on one of both sides when cutting poplar ply to lessen burn. Although transfer tape does not completely prevent burn marks, it can decrease them by 90%.
Example uses Poplar ply is affordable and often used for architectural model making and signage.
Residue / handling No issues.
Lifespan / longevity No issues.
Moisture Does not repel moisture.
Post production options Can be finished with timber varnishes, stains, paints etc.
Thicknesses available 3mm, 6mm
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