68331Re: [Z_Scale] Gatorboard & Ultraboard
- Sep 30, 2011Conrad,
Ultraboard is the way to go. I am a product manager and expert in digital graphic printing applications where my customers use these products. The Ultraboard product is simply better because it uses a styrene laminate vs the pulp laminate on Gatorboard or similar Foamcore. That said, it is moisture and warp resistant and cuts better, especially with a thin kerf saw or reciporcating blade. You can use your table saw to cut the material. I have a Dremel 4 inch table saw that works perfect for this product when having to cut small pieces.
In a Commercial Display Graphics print and cut applications, the material is cut out automatically with a precision flatbed cad/camera cutting system. Therefore, needs to be very firm/rigid/flat and cut cleanly when a knife or blade cuts through it. And....the quality of the material needs to be such that the blade does not "wander" as to create an un-uniform edge. Where you'll find this product is sign supply company's, who sell to sign shops, exhibit display company's, screen printing company's.
The use of polyurethane glue such as Gorilla Glue is perfect for this product. Also, you can Dado Router the material to increase it dimensional stability for construction of ribs or vertical and horizontal supports. Super light weight!
Find a Display Graphics company in your area and go dumpster diving. A good portion of the scrap that is thrown out or recycled is very usable for Z-Scale. Good luck, hope this info. helps you out.
From: Conrad S <ckstruckman@...>
To: z_scale <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Fri, Sep 30, 2011 8:48 am
Subject: [Z_Scale] Gatorboard & Ultraboard
I was wondering if anyone had experience with a Gatorboard-like product called
Ultraboard. Some of the posts here have disussed Gatorboard, and the Summer 2011 Layout Design Journal had a couple of articles on
making layout sections with Gatorboard. I was very impressed with the
description of its strength, flatness and water/warping resistance. It's very
expensive, 2-3 times plywood, so I have been calling sign stores in my area to
try and find 4x8 sheets at a wholesale price.
One local print shop said that they have switched from Gatorboard to a product
called Ultraboard because the exterior surfaces are more "plastic" like and they
prefer it for machining. Not clear what that means, but the owner was out so I
will have to call back. Has anyone used Ultraboard?
On paper, website specs look very similar, thought Ultraboard's flatness spec is
+/- 0.030", which is better than Gatorboards" +/- 0.0625".
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