Thursday, April 2, 2009

Architectural Resin Panels

I am sure you have noticed that in many restaurants, bars, and offices there has appeared a new kind of plastic decorative sheeting - filled with patterns and organic materials as well as solid colors. Some of these materials are made with PETG (pop bottle material) both pre and post-consumer based material (virgin and recycled resins). Some others are made from acrylics (Plexiglas). The variety and the applications seem to be endless.

We have been working with theses manufacturers for several years and do a lot of cutting, machining, and forming of these panels to help the interior designers and architects visions become reality.

At the "W" Hotel here in San Diego, we had a chance to create 1" thick panels of 3-Form Chroma material 48"x96" and then engineer the mounting holes and specialized slots for the surfboard fins that are mounted on the panels. The material was given an "aged" look - which we all thought was funny because Plexiglas does NOT yellow - but it looks cool on the wall as you can see in the picture.

Some clients use the materials as Donor Recognition boards - and we CNC cut out the boards to fit the particular look and feel of the installation.

Something new on the market are Architectural Resin Panels from Chrysalis HD - made here in California (hooray) and bringing a new set of patterns and standards to the market. The team behind this product are very creative and driven with backgrounds in design and architecture. The price is substantially less than other similar materials on the market (hooray hooray) which makes it very attractive considering the economic times. Lower price - better product is always welcome.

One of the things we like about the Chrysalis HD line is the formability of the product as most of the interior materials will allow forming (unlike many of the organic materials found in the other manufacturer's sheets). Lead time on getting this material is quick. Distributors should have stock but if they don't, sheets can be manufactured quickly. At my company we offer a "cut sheet" program to allow for designers to achieve their dreams without having to buy the whole sheet.

These are just a few of the 50+ patterns available. Cool!

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