Machinable Media Selection Guide

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Premium Synthetic Boards

  • Lack of grain permits excellent results when machining and cutting
  • Higher cost

RenShape Modeling & Styling Boards

    • Good to excellent machined surface finish
    • Excellent machinability
    • Good stability
    • Good to excellent durability
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RenShape Tooling & Hi-Temp Work Boards

    • Excellent machined surface finish
    • Good machinability
    • Excellent stability
    • Moderate to excellent durability
    • No Pre-preg cure inhibition (epoxy boards only)
    • Select formulations provide elevated heat resistance
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Freeman Machinable Wax

    • Excellent machined surface finish
    • High-speed machining
    • Moderate stability
    • Low durability
    • Very low wear on cutting tools
    • Self-releasing for tooling plastic duplications
    • Recyclable

Richlite Phenolic Boards

    • Excellent machined surface finish
    • Moderately difficult to machine
    • Good stability
    • Excellent durability
    • High strength

Economical Synthetic Boards

  • Lack of grain permits good results when machining and cutting
  • Low to moderate cost

RenShape Polyurethane Foam Boards

    • Lower quality machined surface finish
    • Lower durability
    • Good stability
    • Light weight
    • High-speed machining

Medium Density Fiberboard

    • Lower quality machined surface finish
    • Lower durability
    • Moderate stability
    • Lowest cost of all synthetic tooling boards
    • Fast machining
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Lumber Products

  • Low to moderate cost
  • Possess grain which causes machining & finishing problems
  • Durability depends on species
  • Easily workable with hand tools or machine tools

Perfect Plank

    • More stable than rough sawn lumber due to uniform drying
    • Four species available
    • Virtually defect-free
    • Available up to 6 1/4 inches thick for larger jobs
    • Surfaced on four sides for ease of use
    • Consistent grain orientation
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Rough Sawn Lumber

    • Lowest stability
    • Widest variety of species available
    • Surface planing required prior to use
    • Several quality grades available
    • Lowest cost