What’s New

What’s New

Thanks for stopping by and checking out the latest trends, tips and info for using Precision Board HDU.  We’ll be adding links to interesting articles, video clips, highlighting blogs with new or updated information on not only high-density urethane, but the signage and tooling industries in general.  Bookmark this page and check back for updates!

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Looking ahead at composites trends in 2019

CompositesWorld Columnist Dale Brosius predicts 2019 will reveal growth opportunities in infrastructure, wind energy and personal air mobility for composites.

So, what am I watching in 2019? Rather than technologies, I am looking at three key markets for composites, although technology plays a key enabling role in each. First up is infrastructure, especially in the [US]…Next, I think we are moving into a new era for wind energy, which is already one of the largest markets for [composites]…Finally, I predict that 2019 will be a watershed year for demonstration of personal air mobility.

You can read the entire article HERE.

Moving from a 3 axis CNC to a 5 axis CNC

In today’s machine shops, having 5-axis capability is no longer a luxury; it’s a must-have. To price parts competitively, and make a good profit, shops need to have the efficiencies 5-axis provides. Many shops are planning to make this move, so SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Now engaged two experts from Okuma America Wade Anderson, Product Specialist Sales Manager, and Errol Burrell, Product Specialist to discuss how to make the transition from 3-axis to 5-axis CNC machining, in a painless way. In this highly informative podcast they look at how 5-axis machining has evolved from a machine tool user’s perspective, and describe the pulse of the marketplace today.  Listen HERE.

Leveraging composites for space tourism

An interesting article in the December 2018 issue of Composites World talks about how composites are enabling space tourism.

“We probably couldn’t do this mission if we were not building these vehicles out of all carbon fiber construction,” TSC President Enrico Palermo states. “We are leveraging the true benefit of composites in these spacecraft, designing and building structures that are efficient and as a result lighter and therefore need less propulsion to soar into space.”

You can read the full article HERE.

Hogging out Precision Board HDU at a depth of 2.25″ on the First Pass

These videos are so new we haven’t had time to put a blog together yet, but wanted to get the information out to you ASAP!  Jim Dawson with Synergy Sign used X-Edge Tools brand new ball nose router bit (XCT518)to cut some 30lb Precision Board.  His MultiCam CNC went down to a depth of 2.25 inches at 500 IPM and 16000 RPM on the first pass.  The router bit is 1/8″ Diameter 4.0° Tapered angle ball tip with 2.5″ Cut length, 1/2″ Shank and 4″ OAL 3 Flute UpCut Spiral.

Routing Precision Board HDU with X-Edge Latest Router Bits

X-Edge Tools has designed router bits that can rout through Precision Board HDU at high rates of speed without sacrificing edge quality.  They were able to cut our material from 300 IPM all the way up to 1,000 IPM without degrading the edge quality.

x-edge“We could not find a speed fast enough that would begin to show a degrade in cut quality with this tool on your material,” says Leslie Dowson, Director of Sales and Marketing. “You could cut as fast as you want and it did not begin to tear out the material or anything,” she added.

Hit the link to watch videos and get speeds and feeds settings for routing Precision Board HDU with the latest cutting edge router bits from X-Edge.

Laser-Engraving Precision Board HDU

Yes, you can cut Precision Board HDU with a laser!  We had Trotec Laser cut our PBLT-15 material and provide settings information.  You can watch the video below.  More laser-cutting videos are available on our YouTube Channel.

Toxicological Testing of Smoke from Laser-Engraved Precision Board HDU

You may be concerned with the toxicity of using lasers on Precision Board, but you shouldn’t be.  According to a study conducted by Universal Laser Systems on the effluent created from laser cutting several different densities of Precision Board indicated that, “the effluent stream is primarily composed of carbon monoxide, acetone, propene, and acetonitrile.  The concentration of the detected compounds did not exceed their respective OSHA PEL at any level of filtration during this study.”  Permissible Exposure Limits (PEL) are federal regulations that dictate safe chemical exposure levels.  Read more HERE about the testing methods used and see photos of the various densities after laser-cutting.