Machinable Media Selection Guide


Design

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Part, Pattern, Tool, or Mold


When choosing your machinable media, consider the following criteria:

  • Detail Requirements (simple or complex shape
  • Ease of Machining and Cutting
  • Dimensional Stability Requirements (part accuracy)
  • Durability Requirements (abrasion & impact resistance)
  • Heat Resistance Requirements
  • Quality of Finish Needed

Please keep in mind that the information on the following page should be considered as guidelines and not rules. The best material for your application will vary depending on the unique characteristics of your project.

 

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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