Materials

A look at all the different materials used by Rose & Poppie, broken out by different methods of usage. Some materials may be used by multiple machines, in which case I choose to place them under the "primary" machine they're used in. Many new materials are constantly being tested and introduced as either new products or new options for existing products. Check back often to see what I've added!

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3D Printing

I currently use mainly PLA plastics. PLA stands for polylactic acid. It is what's known as a "thermoplastic" which means it can be heated up to a certain temperature (around 215 degrees celsius) and formed and then when cools becomes solid again. It is the most common filament used in 3D printing. It is resident to warping, but with a relatively low "glass transition temperature" (111 to 145 degrees fahrenheit) it can deform if left in very warm locations (hot car in summer, for example).

Currently I offer PLA in the following colors:

Black Black PLA
Silver Silver PLA
Red Red PLA
Blue Blue PLA
Orange Orange PLA
Marble-Like Marble-Like PLA

The other option I currently offer is one color of PETG. PETG stands for polyethylene terephthalate glycol-modified. It is a semi-transparent copolyester which tends to give 3D printed parts using the filament a kind of "sheen." PETG is a very strong and works great for detailed prints.

I currently offer PETG prints in the following color:

Magenta Magenta PETG

I have several other filaments either on order or under current testing and hope to add both extended color options, as well as some new materials!

Laser Cutting/Engraving

Currently I offer 6 solid wood and 3 plywood with veneer options for laser cut/engraved products. Each of the 3 plywoods has a solid hardwood alternative, The primary difference will be seeing in the edge of the cuts of these options. In the plywood cuts you will be able to distinguish the layers that make up the "sandwich" of the plywood with the two thin layers of veneer acting as the bread and a manufactured wood (think MDF) filling.

I developed a sample coaster that shows off a couple things:

  1. My Logo, converted to 100% black and engraved. This will give you a sense of how the icon style coasters will look on a particular wood.
  2. The word "Sample" rendered in 6 different fonts. This will show you how lines, both thick and thin, will appear on a given wood.
  3. The edge. Being a cut out coaster you can examine the edge. Pay special attention to the plywoods to see the "sandwich" effect. 
Wood Top View Edge View
Maple Veneer Maple Veneer Top View Maple Veneer Edge
Cherry Veneer Cherry Veneer Face Cherry Veneer Edge
Walnut Veneer Walnut Veneer Face Walnut Veneer Edge
Maple Maple Face Maple Edge
Cherry Cherry Face Cherry Edge
Walnut Walnut Face Walnut Edge
Basswood Basswood Face Basswood Edge
Poplar Poplar Face Poplar Edge
Red Oak Red Oak Face Red Oak Edge

CNC Milling

Currently I only use the CNC mill for the milled out coaster holders, though one product in active development will utilize both the CNC and laser cutter. I hope to start using the CNC for many new projects. For now I only use the CNC mill on wood, but that will be expanding (hopefully soon!).

Right now I mill the coaster holders out of the following types of wood:

Wood About Example Image

Birdseye Maple

Bird's eye is a type of figure that occurs within several kinds of wood, most notably in hard maple. It has a distinctive pattern that resembles tiny, swirling eyes disrupting the smooth lines of grain. It is somewhat reminiscent of a burl, but it is quite different: the small knots that make the burl are missing.

It is not known what causes the phenomenon. Research into the cultivation of bird's eye maple has so far discounted the theories that it is caused by pecking birds deforming the wood grain or that an infecting fungus makes it twist. However, no one has demonstrated a complete understanding of any combination of climate, soil, tree variety, insects, viruses or genetic mutation that may produce the effect.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Birdseye Maple
Bloodwood
Heartwood is a bright, vivid red. Color can darken to a darker brownish red over time with exposure to light.

 Grain is usually straight or slightly interlocked. Has a fine texture with good natural luster, and is also somewhat chatoyant.

(Source: Wood Database)

Bloodwood
Cherry

Heartwood is a light pinkish brown when freshly cut, darkening to a medium reddish brown with time and upon exposure to light. Sapwood is a pale yellowish color. 

The grain is usually straight and easy to work—with the exception of figured pieces with curly grain patterns. Has a fine, even texture with moderate natural luster.

(Source: Wood Database)

Cherry
Mahogany (African)

Heartwood color is variable, ranging from a very pale pink to a deeper reddish brown, sometimes with streaks of medium to dark reddish brown. Color tends to darken with age. Quartersawn surfaces can also exhibit a ribbon-stripe appearance. 

Grain is straight to interlocked, with a medium to coarse texture. Good natural luster with a light-refracting optical phenomenon known as chatoyancy.

(Source: Wood Database)

African Mahogany
Maple

 Unlike most other hardwoods, the sapwood of Hard Maple lumber is most commonly used rather than its heartwood. Sapwood color ranges from nearly white, to an off-white cream color, sometimes with a reddish or golden hue. The heartwood tends to be a darker reddish brown. 

Grain is generally straight, but may be wavy. Has a fine, even texture. 

(Source: Wood Database)

Maple
Osage Orange (Argentine)

Heartwood is golden to bright yellow, which inevitably ages to a darker medium brown with time: primarily due to exposure to ultraviolet light. 

Grain is straight, with a fine to medium texture. High natural luster.

(Source: Wood Database)

Argentine Osage Orange
Padauk

Heartwood color can vary, ranging from a pale pinkish orange to a deep brownish red. Most pieces tend to start reddish orange when freshly cut, darkening substantially over time to a reddish/purplish brown (some lighter pieces age to a grayish brown) 

Grain is usually straight, but can sometimes be interlocked. With a coarse, open texture and good natural luster.

(Source: Wood Database)

Padauk
Redheart

Aptly named, in some instances freshly surfaced Redheart can be a very bright, watermelon red—though color can vary in intensity and hue from board to board: anywhere from a light orange/pink, (similar to Pink Ivory), to a darker brownish red. In some cases, it can look quite similar to Bloodwood, though usually with a more visible and figured grain pattern. Redheart’s vibrant color quickly fades to a reddish brown in direct sunlight. 

Grain is usually straight or irregular, with a fine, even texture. Low to medium natural luster.

(Source: Wood Database)

Redheart
Walnut

Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Color can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. 

Grain is usually straight, but can be irregular. Has a medium texture and moderate natural luster.

(Source: Wood Database)

Walnut