Materials and Components

Carbon fibre

Glass Reinforced Plastics (GRP)

Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF)


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Carbon Fibre

  • High tensile strength
  • Easily mouldable
  • Very lightweight
  • Available in many colours
  • Doesnt degrade
  • High cost
  • High cost manufacture method
  • Unuseable after impact

Glass Reinforced Plastics (GRP)

  • Made from thermosetting plastic resin and very fine glass
  • High tensile and compressive strength
  • Resistant to corrosion
  • Brittle and can shatter
  • Can give off toxic fumes during manufacture
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Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF)

  • It is made from wood waste
  • Made using synthetic resins which bind the wood
  • When machining fine fibres and dust are produced so good extraction and ventilation should be installed
  • It has no grain so there is no danger of splittign or warping
  • It can be laminated to improve strength


  • Like MDF wood particles are glued together under heat and pressure
  • If wet it swells and breaks down
  • Used in kitchens with a venir
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