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Shore Hardness Chart

The hardness of polymeric materials such as rubbers and plastics are usually measured in shore A or D scales. Shore hardness of a material is the measure of resistance of the material to the penetration of a spring-loaded needle like an indenter on a device called a Durometer. The measuring device and the actual hardness…

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Storage & Material Information for Counterforce Making Products

All uEmboss Counterforce and Duplicate making materials are made to a very high-quality standard and stocks must be rotated so older materials are used first. Technical datasheets include storage information and shelf life for every product. If not stored properly, the product will not perform to its optimum and or may not work at all….

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Relief Compensation Notes

Substrate thickness between 240 to 260gsm engraving should be 0.4 to 0.6mm. Depending on the surface finish on the substrate, engraving depth of 0.7mm can be achieved. The counterforce can be face routed to allow for the substrate to emboss deeper and stops the substrates constantly getting stuck in the die (trappage). The surface finish…

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JetStream Release Spray

JetStream Release Spray is an excellent colourless release spray for counterforces of all kinds, as well as metals, rubber, plastics and other materials. JetStream Release Spray is the release agent of choice for counterforce making. It also is suitable for other demoulding applications as well so an ideal release agent to use all over your…

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Fibreglass Based Backing Boards

In order to succeed in today’s markets, manufacturers must produce end products and systems that are lighter, stronger, more durable and more reliable. This consequently drives the demand for thermoplastic solutions with higher stiffness, longer-term retention of performance and aesthetics in different environments and a wide range of conditions (temperature, humidity, stress…). In this context,…

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Epoxy Crystallization

Technical Data Sheet All Epoxy resins, under certain conditions, can become solid or have a slush like appearance. This is called crystallization and it is where some component parts of the epoxy resin form a crystal-like structure. The crystallization of an epoxy is completely normal and is very similar to water freezing in that it…

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How to Make Embossing Dies In-House

Technical Data Sheet A quick and low cost solution to making Embossing dies is by using Photopolymer Plates. Being able to make Die’s and counterforces inhouse can make life easier and reduce cost, especially when short runs and quick turnarounds are concerned. Photopolymer plates are a useful option that can be used to solve a…

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How to Handle Epoxy Resins

Regardless of which Counterforce System you plan to use or are currently using, the way you handle¬† the resins is the same. If the fibreglass backing board is prepared correctly you will get an incredibly strong bond between the two. Working in a clean dust free area helps. The Epoxy Counterforce Systems are two-part systems…

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Laying Backing Material onto Resins and Putties

Laying backing sheet or board on the counterforce materials needs to be done correctly or you will encounter numerous problems with air bubbles and voids. This will weaken the bond strength between the backing materials and Counterforce materials. Below are examples of different ways of doing this. Photos are taken using the Ultra Counterforce system…