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Flexible and Bendable Plywood - Bending Panels

Flexible and Bendable Plywood - Bending Panels

As an engineer working in the construction field, you may hear about the term flexible. The name “flexible plywood” speaks for itself. Flexible plywood sheets are exactly that – ‘flexible’. Otherwise referred to as ‘Bendable plywood’, this high-quality sheet material can bend in all manner of ways and is both moisture-resistant and termite-proof. This duality of resistance ensures it holds up well in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms where exposure to water and humidity is high. Flexi ply gets its innovative pliancy from its multi-layer composition of thin plies.

What is bendable plywood?

Bendable plywood, often called fexible plywood or flexi-ply, is a specialized type of plywood that possesses a unique property: it can be bent or curved easily without breaking or splintering. This feature of flexibility is achieved through its construction and composition, which makes it a valuable material in special applications when conventional standard plywood can’t be used.

Trade names of Bendable plywood: Multiflex, bendy plywood, flexoply, Flexply, bending plywood, bendable ply, curve-ply, wiggle wood, super form,…
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A piece of bendable plywood
A piece of bendable plywood

How is flexible plywood made?

Flexible plywood is made by selecting thin veneer sheets, soaking them to increase flexibility, applying a flexible adhesive like phenolic resin, layering them with alternating grain orientations, pressing them under even pressure in a hydraulic or vacuum press, and curing to set the adhesive. This process allows the plywood to bend without cracking, making it suitable for curved furniture, interiors, and architectural applications.

What is flexible plywood used for?

As its name, flexible plywood is used for a wide range of practical applications, its flexible nature offers a lot of advantages over its other wooden counterparts. Flexible plywood can withstand bending and shaping that would cause normal sheets to split and break. It is mainly used for furniture and decorative accessories.

Furniture

One of the most popular uses of flexible bending plywood sheet material is furniture making. As this flexible bendy plywood sheet curves and can bend with ease, it can be used to make many creative furniture designs.

Decorative accessories

Bendy plywood is ideal for creating irregular and curved designs such as those used in decorative accessories for the home. Flexible bendy plywood can be used to create items such as lamp bases and decorative panels.

But Flexible plywood is used to make furniture more than constructions. Flexi plywood is used in furniture for hard curved structures.

  1. It is used to make the back of the chair.
  2. Modern curved chairs are used to make
  3. MP3 station
  4. Bookcase

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Bendable & Flexible Plywood: Advantages And Disadvantages
Bendable & Flexible Plywood: Advantages And Disadvantages

Is bendable plywood strong?

Of course, the biggest difference between bendable plywood and other plywood is its strong and different rigidity. This is because of the way flexible plywood are manufactured.

What thickness does bendable plywood come in?

Bendable plywood comes in different thicknesses, you can choose your desired thickness during the ordering process, just make sure that the plywood you choose meets your requirement: both the format and the thickness of the material. There are 3 thicknesses available: 5mm, 7mm and 8mm.

What is the minimum radius for bendable plywood?

The recommended minimum bending radius for Flexi Bending plywood is approximately 340mm, while European Bending plywood is approximately 110mm for 8mm sheet thicknesses and 80mm for 5mm sheet thicknesses.

Is Flexible plywood waterproof?

This special kind of plywood can bend in all manner of ways and is both moisture-resistant and termite-proof. This duality of resistance ensures it holds up well in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms where exposure to water and humidity is high. Flexi ply gets its innovative pliancy from its multi-layer composition of thin plies.
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Bendable plywood comes in different thicknesses
Bendable plywood comes in different thicknesses

Is lauan plywood bendable?

Lauan plywood, also known as meranti plywood, is generally not considered bendable in the same way as flexible plywood. It is a type of tropical hardwood plywood that is known for its strength and durability but does not have the same inherent flexibility as plywood specifically engineered for bending.

In Conclusion

Flexible plywood is constructed differently from normal plywood sheets. Instead of creating a short cross grain design by layering veneers at right angles is created by keeping all the grain patterns in the same direction. This makes it so easy to manipulate.

Here at Vinawood, we offer our customers a wide choice of plywood sheets and materials. We pride ourselves on providing an excellent range of FSC certified products manufactured to the highest standard. We are proud to serve both individual and commercial customers and sell every type of plywood. If you are wondering about the appreciated plywood for your project, please contact us to get recommendations you need for your project. We have excellent customer service, we are always happy to assist you. Our fast delivery throughout America is available on items we have in stock. At Vinawood, we offer the best prices possible on our plywood sheet products, including flexible plywood sheets. You can save on your order thanks to our discount offer.
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