Plywood is a sheet material composed of thin layers of wood glued together. Each sheet is rotated 90 degrees so that wood grains do not line up. The Idea Shop stocks plywood in following thicknesss:
- 0.0625" (1.5mm)
- 0.125" (3mm)
- 0.25" (6mm)
Working with Plywood
Engraving is the process of incising small groves of patterns or shapes onto a hard surface. This process can be used to easily personalize items and imprint a specific drawing or sketch on an acrylic item. The easiest way of engraving is using the laser cutter, since it is designed for engraving and cutting material. In order to engrave your parts, open your geometry in AUTOCAD and select the desired areas. Next, in the layer selection menu, select raster (represented by red color) and follow the rest of laser cutting process, explained here.
Plywood has a high chance of burning. If there is a small stationary flame, stop the laser and blow out the flame. Make sure the settings are appropriate, and ask a lab worker if you need any assistance.
There are may ways of cutting plywood. For assistance deciding how to work with your plywood, consider the size.
- For a cut length that fits inside a 24" by 18" box
- The Laser Cutter is the ideal tool to use. Be sure to select the appropriate material settings to achieve the desired cut.
- The Bandsaw is also a good alternative when the laser cannot be used.The band saw can follow almost any cut geometry, ideal for small parts. Note that the band saws cut quality and accuracy depends on the user; the laser cutter is the most accurate choice.
- If the cut length is bigger than 24" by 18" then there are a couple of options listed below
- The Panel Saw is only ideal to make straight cut lines.
- Any Saws in the lab can easily cut plywood.
- If the part you are trying to cut also has intricate geometry, consider the ShopSabre.
Wood Glue is required if you are attempting to adhere sheets of plywood. After applying the glue, use clamps to keep the pieces together and wait for the glue to solidify.