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Matte Black M/M High Impact Polystyrene Sheet

Our supply: Special order material
Thickness: Available in 0.5mm only
Sheet sizes: 1245×660mm only
Your supply: You can also supply your own Hips up to 5mm in thickness and any sheet size up to 2400×1200mm

Black M/P High Impact Polystyrene Sheet also available in other thicknesses.

See the drawing guidelines for more on setting up a file using the drawing templates.»

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Material properties

Black High Impact Polystyrene Sheet is an impact resistant plastic with a Matte finish on both sides. Hips has a low melting point meaning intricate laser cut details are not advised.

Typical applications

Art, display, engineering and robotics, model making, products prototypes.


Matte face on either side and is supplied with protective plastics film on one side only. This is because for most applications just one side will be visible and requires protection. The side that is not protected will usually have slight surface markings / scratches. Styrene is quite static meaning dust particles can stick to exposed face quite easily. These can be cleaned with warm soapy water.

Laser cutting

As a standard, we apply protective paper backing to the side that is supplied with no protection to help minimize heat marks. You will need to peel this off when you receive your job.

Cut widths & Kerf

As a benchmark, we recommend that minimum cut widths be no smaller than 2mm on the Matte white Hips. Any smaller and your design will burn away completely! If your minimum cut widths can be larger than 2mm it is advisable.

Hips has a tendency to heat up when being cut which can cause the sheet to warp during the cutting process. Make sure you leave lots of space between each component when nesting. 5mm is a safe distance.

Cut edge

Hips laser cuts with a highly polished edge. We achieve this using a high laser frequency (ppi. pulses per inch ) that melts the edge as it cuts. If you look closely it is not entirely smooth and is made up of lots of tiny vertical lines. This is caused by the pulses of the laser.

Raster & Vector engraving

Because Hips has a low melting point raster engraving for ‘appearance’ isn’t very crisp. Marking Hips with vector engraved score lines is advised. Raster engraving is not advised on Matte white hips as it will cause the sheet to warp when being engraved.

Vector engraving

If you just require vector engraving / scoring and cutting, we engrave through the plastic film into the Hips surface. This helps to protect the top and bottom surface from heat and scratch marks when cutting also. Vector engraving is usually advised over raster engraving for component labelling and identification purposes.