Making prototyping easierYou may have noticed that we updated the material thickness information for most of the materials in the US catalog recently. We did this to more accurately reflect the real properties of the materials we offer.
Previously we had based the data on the information we received from the supplier. Over time we noticed the stated thickness did not reflect the actual thickness and many of you queried this as if affected the outcome of your prototypes. So this change should make it easier for you to create awesome designs and reduce the number of prototypes that need to be made.
Note: the materials themselves have not changed at all, just how we label them. So if you have prototyped a design in a material and have the design files just perfect, everything will still work fine.
It is possible there will still be some variation in the thickness of the materials. This thickness tolerance cannot be avoided. The general rule is +/- 10% of the materials thickness. Check out our previous posts to help you design for this by using nodes and to know how much material the laser burns away.
You may also be interested in this article about the role of prototyping in developing a design. This goes to show that being able to physically touch and experience the materials enables a deeper understanding throughout the design development process.