If you’re in the display or fixture world and you’re looking for an environmentally conscious, cost-effective, and versatile material, consider Xanita board. Xanita is made of post recycled paper products and sugar cane waste. It can come in a variety of standard dimensions and thicknesses, depending on the type of Xanita board you choose.
There are a three varieties of Xanita:
Has a white, printable top and bottom. This board is designed to be directly printed on using a large flatbed printer, ideally using UV inks (but it’s not required). The board is ideal for many applications including short term (0-3 months) displays, medium term (3-36 months) displays, and some long term (>36 months). These include POP displays, brand activation displays, exhibition and event structures, commercial interior fitouts, and 3D lettering and signage.
Has a kraft paper type top and bottom which is more eco-friendly. This board can be used for similar applications as Xanita Print except for the longer term projects.
This is the strongest Xanita board and exhibits many of the qualities that traditional MDF has. The applications for this board are better for longer term applications including flatpack furniture and doors/beams or any displays that are required to last up to 3 years.
Xanita board is fairly straightforward to cut with your CNC digital knife systems, or router system with knife attachment. To cut Xanita board efficiently you’ll need:
- Oscillating knife- This knife is used to cut shapes and to cut all the way through the board.
- V-Groove Tool- This is knife is used to create grooves so that you can fold the board in 90 degree angles. You can also create two v-grooves beside one another to have the board fold-back on itself.
Other useful cutting tools that can help are:
- Straight cut knife- This is for high speed straight cutting.
- Surface cutter- So that you can cut through just the top layer to expose the core underneath.
To program your CNC knife cutter you will first need to design your project in some sort of vector-based illustrator such as Adobe Illustrator. Or if you’re creating 3D projects or displays, you should use a program such as EngView to design your project first, before making the cut file.
When designing your project it’s helpful to first decide on the function, then the approximate dimensions. That will help you decide which kind of Xanita board is best for your application.
After cutting your Xanita board you can add additional features and accessories such as edging. Xanita has created a special PVC-based “C-Edge” which can be easily glued onto your display or project. Edging adds an aesthetic appeal and can increase longevity.
For more information on Xanita board please visit www.xanita.com.