Cardboard & Paper

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Cardboard and Paper

Paper does not have good resistance to forces and stress, whereas cardboard is often corrugated and shows good resistance to forces.

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Cardboard and paper

  • Cardboard is often corrugated and shows good resistance to forces.
  • The strength of cardboard allows it to be used to package products and protect them.
  • On the other hand, paper does not have good resistance to forces and stress. However, these can be enhanced with other materials added to paper such as polymers e.g. laminating.
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Foam board

  • Foam board is a common example of combining two materials for a purpose.
  • Foam gives the thickness but is held by two layers of gloss paper.
  • This can then be used for presentation boards as it retains a high quality and professional feel without the weight that thicker boards and cards possess.
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Corrugated board

  • Corrugated board uses waves between two sheets which resists impact and force and so protects the product that it is packaging.
  • Interestingly, corrugated cardboard is used to package paper.
  • Resistance to compression is required when using a paper trimmer to cut through the material.
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  • Lamination can be used to protect and make the work waterproof by sandwiching two layers of clear plastic using heat or cold-based methods.

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1Core Technical Principles

2Paper & Board: Specialist Technical Principles

3Timber: Specialist Technical Principles

4Metal: Specialist Technical Principles

5Polymers: Specialist Technical Principles

6Textiles: Specialist Technical Principles

7Designing & Making Principles

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