Material choice for products and models is very important and we have a sound knowledge of a range of materials’ strengths and weaknesses; what works and what doesn’t. We pride ourselves in being quite experimental and up for a challenge and we are always willing to learn. So if you have a particular material you would like us to look into we will be happy to help.

Here is a list of some common materials we regularly use.

MDFStandard general use sheet material
MediteOutdoor grade of MDF, better edge quality
ValchromatHigh density MDF, very good edge quality
Hardwood plyStandard general use sheet material
Birch faced plyBetter quality sheet material, better edge quality
Marine plyOutdoor use sheet material
Acrylic Extruded / castClear sheet material, good edge polishing
Polycarbonate / PETGFlame retardant clear sheet material, shatter proof
LDPEfood grade material, flexible parts
MDPEGood shock and drop resistance
HDPEVery strong chemical resistant sheet material
NylonBlock moving parts, gears
DibondAluminium Composite Material. A polyethylene core with 0.012″ aluminium faces
AluminiumGood mechanical properties, lightweight and corrosion resistant
Stainless steelRust and stain resistant. Very strong
EPS (expanded polystyrene)Standard carving material available in a range of densities from 10kg/m3 to 40kg/m3. Suitable for large models and plastic coating
Polyurethane model boardsRanging in density from 80kg/m3 to 1600kg/m3. Closed cell structure gives a very fine finish even in the lower densities. Higher densities perfect for display models and master patterns.
TimberSculptures, decorative fixings, engravings.

Machining Step-Overs Visual Aid

Machined PU foam and EPS with exactly the same model but using different tools and different step overs to illustrate the finish straight out of the machine with no hand finishing .

The image and engraved details serve as a quick reference guide for what to expect when discussing finishes.