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MDF vs. NEMA Laminate

MDF belongs to the wood-based materials classification, while NEMA laminate belongs to the thermoset plastics. There are 7 material properties with values for both materials. Properties with values for just one material (17, in this case) are not shown.

For each property being compared, the top bar is MDF and the bottom bar is NEMA laminate.

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Material Properties

Compressive (Crushing) Strength, MPa 10
190 to 360
Density, g/cm3 0.75
1.3 to 1.9
Dielectric Strength (Breakdown Potential), kV/mm 0.5
12 to 21
Strength to Weight: Axial, points 6.7
8.3 to 40
Strength to Weight: Bending, points 20
17 to 50
Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS), MPa 18
55 to 260
Thermal Expansion, µm/m-K 12
9.0 to 20