1. How does Nissiwood differ from paper?
Nissiwood sheets and cards are made from real wood and as you can see the wood and feel the wood it has a totally different feel to paper. It is still soft to touch and won’t give you splinters. Further to that it is much better for the environment as discussed in FAQ 9
2. What are the different types of Nissiwood materials you manufacture?
We manufacture 400 and 600 microns stickers (plain on one side so they are printable with permanent as well as removable adhesive backing), 250 and 450 microns paperbacked 1 side wood (extremely thin wood that can only be printed on one side), 350/ 450 microns 2 side wood (perfect for digital printers), 600 microns 2 side wood (great for screen and engraving) and 800 microns and 1600 microns (great for screen printing, laser cutting and etching or other applications that need a thicker wood). In flexi series, we make 600, 900 and 1200 microns sheets for box making.
3. How thick are the Nissiwood sheets?
Paperback veneers are 0.25mm/ 250 microns/ 0.01” and 0.45mm/ 450 microns/ 0.018”, stickers are 0.40 mm / 400 microns/ 0.016” thick and 0.60 mm/ 600 microns/ 0.024”, 2 side wood come in thicknesses of 0.35mm/ 350 microns/ 0.014” and 0.45mm/ 450 microns/ 0.018”, 0.60mm/ 600 microns/ 0.024”, 0.80mm/ 800 microns/ 0.03” or 1.6mm/ 1600 microns/ 0.06”
4. What species of wood do you use?
There are more than 15 varieties of exotic wood species from different parts of the world. All of our species are listed on the website.
5. Are Nissiwood sheets smooth enough for printing?
Nissiwood sheets are carefully manufactured so that they are consistent and smooth throughout each piece which makes them perfect for printing. So long as your printer is able to handle the thickness of the stock (350 microns is basically equivalent to 280gsm paper), they print beautifully. Our stocks have been heavily tested on various printers with fantastic results.
6. Does each wood card look the same?
Since wood is a natural substance, and not manmade, every card from even the same timber would look different, hence adds to the aesthetics. That is the beauty of working with wood. 2 cards from the same tree will still have slight variances. Slight variance creates anesthetically brilliant finished product.
7. Does Nissiwood break in use?
Nissiwood are processed in micro thicknesses and pasted together to attain strength and avoid breakage. Our manufacturing process seeks to create veneers that are strong and that avoid chipping or breaking. Under normal use, they do not break. Should you try bending them, they may snap.
8. Does Nissiwood warp?
In environments where humidity tends to vary such as in an air-conditioned room where micro thin wood tends to become dry and can warp if kept open assembled. Once the humidity returns to within a normal range the sheets could return to their natural shape. Reason being, wood gives out moisture in dry atmosphere and contracts and may go out of shape. We recommend that the micro thin wood are stored covered in paper as that reduces and even stops warping.
9. Is this printable Nissiwood eco-friendly?
Yes, Yes, absolutely. Our veneers contain far less chemicals than a paper equivalent which is full of chemicals such as bleach. As our veneers are real wood, they are biodegradable and compostable.
10. Is this Nissiwood sourced from sustainable sources?
Nissiwood does not use any trees from non-harvesting areas such as Indian tropical forests. Our trees are grown in small plantations and in backyards which means it is simply too expensive for any regulatory body to certify they as sustainably sourced. However, we employ sustainable practices in the way that we plant trees and are working with regulatory bodies to ascertain certification. At Nissiwood, we respect trees and do everything within our power to ensure that we practice sustainable practices including ensuring that almost our entire factory is solar powered.
11. What are the different types of printing suitable for Nissiwood?
Screen printing, digital printing, laser engraving and cutting and foil embossing are all effective and possible.
12. How can I cut Nissiwood sheets?
These sheets can be cut using any regular paper cutter.
13. Any recommended layout for wood grains for printing?
If sheets are to pass through a printer with curved passes, then short grain sheet is a must.
14. Any recommended layout for wood grains when making cards?
Cards are always to be made in long grain or else they feel flimsy and are not strong.
15. What direction the grains come in Nissiwood?
Nissiwood comes in both long and short grain sheets.
16. Any color recommendations for printing on Nissiwood?
As you don’t need to enhance wood using color as you do on paper, simple prints with 1 color work extremely well. The rule of thumb is to respect the wood and not cover it too much. Depending on the print process and design, anything can look fantastic printed on wood from simple text to full colour photos.
17. What are the recommended printing machines?
18. Are all printers suitable for Nissiwood?
Not all types of sheets are suitable for every printer. Please refer to the above chart and contact us if you have questions.
19. Does screen printing look good on Nissiwood?
Appearance of screen printing seems to give the best appearance on wood. The colours are strong and bold and do not seep into the wood.
20. Can Nissiwood be folded?
Yes. Our cards can be folded along the grain easily. Crease cutting is required across the grains. You may need to score the cards first for best results. 600 microns veneers perform particularly well as folded cards.
21. What are the recommended colors to be kept in mind while designing on Nissiwood?
Every wood offered are of different shade and one could use hex color site to find match seen in this link http://www.2createawebsite.com/build/hex-colors.html
22. What about laser engraving on Nissiwood?
Laser engraving or cutting looks amazing! You can engrave elements of a card, or the whole thing. Laser engraving will make your cards unforgettable.
23. What about laser cutting on Nissiwood?
Laser cutting through and through on a wood card looks amazing. One could combines laser engraving and cutting on the same card.
24. Are all Nissiwood types of materials recommended for laser engraving?
Some like Red Cedar, Mahogany, Cherry, Kpla are exceptionally good for engraving, while cut through is good for all.
25. How to preserve Nissiwood sheets and cards?
Nissiwood sheets and cards are to be covered in paper cartons for long storage to maintain its freshness and to avoid moisture instability. This will stop them warping during storage.
26. What are the sizes available?
We offer standard sizes including A4, A3, SRA3, A2 13×19” and American equivalent sizes like 8.5×11”, 11×17”, 22×24” for almost all the species.
27. Can I buy sheets cut to a custom-size?
Nissiwood can make almost any custom sizes (depending on volumes).
28. What is the minimum order quantity for sheets?
Our minimum order is equivalent to 20 A3 sheets. Nissiwood encourages the purchase a mix of species for new customers to try.
29. Does Nissiwood provide samples?
Small samples are provided in business card sizes free of cost by normal post. We can provide trial samples but will require a nominal payment depending on the sample size request.
30. What is the normal delivery time of Nissiwood products?
For orders of less than US$ 3000 can be dispatched in 7 to 10 days depending so long as your requested species is available.. Please ask us for an estimate before you order.
31. How do you ship the products?
We primarily ship using DHL and find that transit time is between 4 to 5 days internationally.