Neatform Product Specification
Neatform is available in Long Cut and Cross Cut versions: the board is grooved in one direction to enable – for example – a tall column or wide counter-front to be produced.
There are un-grooved border edges, approximately 25mm wide on the two edges running parallel with the grooves. This un-grooved edge protects and makes the product more stable when being handled.
The standard specification physical properties of the MDF
used to manufacture Neatform are:
- Moisture content
- Density 750 Kg/m3 / 47lb/ft3
- Thickness Tolerance
±0.15 mm / ±0.006"
The typical minimum bending
radius obtainable using 6mm Neatform is 150mm / 6". If
a tighter radius is required it is best to test before proceeding,
because although Neatform will bend with ease, the grooves
may “telegraph”, particularly if excessive pressure
is applied to the bend or the material has been badly handled
or stored. Bending capabilities of Neatform vary with the
moisture content and temperature of the MDF and, because it
is manufactured from natural raw materials, it may vary slightly
from one batch to another. Long sections are trickier to fabricate
and may require a fixture or second pair of hands to form
and secure. As with many products being used for the first
time, it is worthwhile planning out a programme of work and
testing critical areas before proceeding with your main project.
WATER & FIRE
Neatform is not made from fire resistant MDF nor is it recommended
for wet applications.
The bending characteristics of Neatform and other materials
such as laminate vary with temperature. Care must be taken,
especially in cool conditions, that the materials do not become
too brittle to work with.
Neatform should be acclimatised the same as the surfacing
material, adhesives, paints or lacquers to be used. If available
refer to the fabrication guidelines for the surfacing material,
adhesives, paints or lacquer.
Care should be taken when handling Neatform Bendy MDF. The
size, weight and flexibility of a full sheet will generally
require two people to ensure that the material is not over-flexed
Neatform should be stored flat in such a way that both surfaces
are protected. Store in a dry area and avoid direct contact
with the floor.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
When working with any timber based product including MDF it
is important to take health and safety seriously. Protective
goggles and a dust mask are essential. MDF must be cut in
a well-ventilated area and all machining tools should be fitted
with dust collection systems. We recommend that you ask your
supplier for a copy of the Material Safety data sheet / COSHH
Sheet or visit the Material Safety Data
section of our web site to download a copy now.