Glossary | Materials


MDF: Medium Density Fiberboard.  An engineered wood product formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibers, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure.


Particle Board/Chipboard:  an engineered wood product manufactured from wood chips, sawmill shavings, or even saw dust, and a synthetic resin or other suitable binder, which is pressed and extruded. Particleboard is a composite material.


OSB:  an engineered wood particle board formed by layering strands (flakes) of wood in specific orientations. In appearance, it may have a rough and variegated surface with the individual strips of around 2.5 x 15 cm / 1 x 6 inch, lying unevenly across each other.


Plywood:  a manufactured wood panel made from thin sheets of wood veneer.


Polycarbonate: a particular group of thermoplastic polymers that are easily worked, molded, and thermoformed.


Acrylic Glass:  a transparent thermoplastic, often used as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass.


Extruded Polystyrene Foam:  Lightweight, low density foam typically used as insulation for buildings.





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