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(Active) MATTER Box: 2016: Volume 7, Issue 3

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Active Matter Volume 7 Issue 3

Nile Croc
Sonite Innovative Surfaces Co., Ltd.
MC# 5463-14
Category: Polymers

Decorative mosaics composed of small colored polymer cast tiles that mimic the look of a crocodile hide. They are a lower-cost alternative to either real hide or a ceramic mosaic. The tiles are 100% polyester and adhered to a fabric backing. The 'hides' are 12 x 22 in (30.5 x 56 cm) and approx. 0.06 in (1.5 mm) thick. The mosaics are available in a wide variety of colors and effects including metallic, iridescent and 'animal skin.' The overall dimension of the tile is intended to fit with adjacent tiles, much like a jigsaw allowing for repeating patterns. Upon request, the material can be made flame retardant with the addition of mineral fillers. Applications include wallcoverings, upholstery, furniture, tabletops, ceiling decoration and bathroom tiles.



HuisVeendam BV
MC# 7616-01
Category: Naturals

A natural fiber composite panel produced in the Netherlands using organic fibers and bonded with a potato starch binder. Each year more than one million tons of potatoes are consumed in the Netherlands, resulting in large quantities of potato peel waste. The starch derived from the peels is used as a natural bonding agent. This bio-laminate consists of 2 mm (0.08 in) of pressed organic fibers from plants including grass, onion peel, lavender, tulip leaves and flower petals. The second layer consists of 6 mm (0.2 in) of paper and wood fibers, and the final layer is 6mm of poplar plywood for support. The panels have a standard size of 1020 x 2400 mm (3.4 ft x 7.9 ft) in 14 mm thickness (0.5 in). This laminate is available as a sheet material and is easy to process in applications such as wall coverings, cabinets and tables. It is suitable for indoor use and in dry areas. Flooring is not a recommended application.


Magnetic Leather
​MC# 4708-04
Category: Naturals

Leather wall tiles that are affixed using a magnetic system. The tiles offer a 100% leather surface and a 1/8 in (3.2 mm) magnetic backing that easily attaches to any existing metal surface and provides a sleek profile. In addition, with the use of magnetic paint, wall surfaces can quickly transform into a wall of texture and color. The tiles can be relocated and interchanged to create a custom mosaic. The tiles may be trimmed and adjusted for size in the field with a straight edge and a commercial grade utility blade. They are available in squares: 3 x 3 in (7.6 x 7.6 cm), 6 x 6 in (15.2 x 15.2 cm), 8 x 8 in (20.3 x 20.3 cm), 12 x 12 in (30.5 x 30.5 cm), and 18 x 18 in (45.7 x 45.7 cm), and rectangles: 3 x 6 in (7.6 x 15.2 cm), 3 x 9 in (7.6 x 22.9 cm), 6 x 12 in (15.2 x 30.5 cm), 6 x 18 in (15.2 x 45.7 cm). There are multiple colors and hide types available for use in contract and residential interior vertical surfaces.


Charles Goldman
MC# 7598-01
Category: Cement-Based

Custom-made concrete panel that contains shredded newspaper and junk mail, ground up packing Styrofoam, home electronics wire, credit cards and CDs, salvaged house paint, dryer lint, Portland cement and fly ash. It is non-toxic, insulating, sound absorbing and lightweight. Various waste collected from day-to-day life is shredded and chipped, then mixed together in a cement mixture. The wet cement is either poured into molds or troweled into place. It is offered in three modules: RE>CRETE>BRK, RE>CRETE>BLK and RE>CRETE>ZIG>ZAG and in thicknesses less than 6 in (15 cm). The material is highly customizable and is currently used as a new material for creating art. Applications include sculptures, architectures and furniture.


Flexible Heater
AgIC Inc.
MC# 7649-02
Category: Polymers

Printed, flexible, and portable thin-film heaters that can evenly and efficiently warm surfaces. The heating element circuit is typically printed on polyester (PET), which acts as an active heat source, and is cost-effective compared to a heating system with etched foil or wire elements. The inkjet printing technique allows the quick printing of large but lightweight heaters that can be rolled up for easy transportation and save considerable floor space when used in place of conventional heating systems. The PET (heat resistant up to 105 °C (221 °F)) substrates are typically 0.1 mm (~0.004 in) thin and exhibit good thermal conductivity while serving as electrical insulators. A more durable and heat-resistant ink is used for circuit printing, which can retain its electrical conductivity up to the maximum continuous temperature of 120 °C (248 oF). After circuit printing, a protective coating can be applied to improve the thermal, scratch, and water resistance. A patterning algorithm is used to identify the best circuit design for the given size, voltage, and power, which can be easily modified during manufacturing. Available in all sizes up to 600 x 2000 mm (23.6 x 78.7 in) with minimum pattern width and interval of 0.3 mm (0.011 in). Applications include building heating, food preparation, battery heating, snow melting, condensation prevention and liquid heat retention.


2000 and 3000 "Sound"
MC# 7609-03
Category: Glass 

Silicone coated fiberglass fabric that is specially designed for interior applications where translucency and acoustic performance are required. The glass fabric is coated on both sides with a high-quality silicone elastomer. The material is printable using UV-, latex- and solvent-inks. It is available in a weight of 385 gsm (11.35 osy) and in widths of 200 to 250 cm (78 to 98 in). Applications are for ceilings and light diffusion.


Thai Techno Glass Co., Ltd.
MC# 5498-09
Category: Polymers

Fabric backed with an optically clear polymer sheet for use as decorative film. Unlike traditional decorative films, these films use fabrics and not print to provide the ornate element to the substrate. Use of fabric also provides dimensionality and tactility to the films. The films come in three main formats: silk, cloth and sheer. The material has good resistance to wear and tear and is UV protected. The decorative films are manufactured using a lamination process where the fabric is secured onto a polyvinyl butyral (PVB) film at high temperatures. The film can be fixed on to smooth and polished surfaces by simply spraying some water on the surface, then applying the film and finally by removing the air bubbles using a squeegee to form a uniform covering. This self-adhering property of the material is due to the capillary forces that result from surface tension of the liquid confined between two surfaces. The decorative films are offered in a sheet format with five standard sizes including 0.6 x 1 m, 0.6 x 2 m, 0.6 x 2.5 m, 1.3 x 2 m and 1.3 x 2.5m (1.9 x 3.3 ft, 1.9 x 6.5 ft, 1.9 x 8.2 ft, 4.2 x 6.5 ft and 4.2 x 8.2 ft). The coverings range in a thickness between 1.6 to 2.5 mm (0.06 to 0.09 in). The decorative coverings are available in a variety of colors and patterns. Customization of the decorative film is possible depending on order quantities by specifying fabric (type and color) and size. Also, the material can be cut into different shapes and sizes to fit the desired design or to create custom patterns using traditional cutting tools such as scissors. Applications include interior decoration such as furniture, wall and window coverings.


noraplan® sentica
nora systems GmbH
MC# 6580-06
Category: Polymers

Floor tiles made from rubber that are extremely durable and hard wearing, resulting in a long life expectancy and further conservation of resources. Offering weight, cost and installation time reduction by half, the tiles are a durable alternative in comparison to PVC sheet. This material is resistant to stains, is permanently resilient and shock absorbing. Customizable in 38 colors, it is available in the size of 24 x 24 in (610 x 610 mm) and a thickness of 0.08 in (2 mm). Applications include flooring for areas such as: office, entrance, reception area, cafeteria, laboratory, computer room and corridor.


CoolVisions™ Dyeable
Polypropylene FiberVisions®
MC# 7542-01
Category: Polymers

Dyeable polypropylene (PP) staple fiber that offers a lightweight, durable and stain resistant alternative to polyester fibers. Unlike standard PP fibers, these are dyeable using disperse dyes. This allows for lower minimums than for solution-dyed fibers, where the color is introduced at the fiber extrusion phase. The fibers have lower moisture absorption and lower density than any other standard synthetic or natural fiber. They are bleach cleanable with no loss in color and also offer better stain resistance. The fabrics have a maximum continuous temperature use of 60°C (140°F), and thus cannot be sublimation printed, but can be heat transfer and digitally printed. The supplier works with spinners and weavers and dye houses to produce finished fabrics. The fiber processes efficiently on equipment currently in place in the textile industry. The fibers are available in various deniers including a 1.2, which is the most popular, a 1.5 denier that is typically blended with cotton, and a 2.5 which is 3 in (76.2 mm) long and works best when blended with wool. They are offered in a ‘natural’ off-white hue as well as 23 standard colors, and can also be dyed any color. The fibers are used for apparel textiles, for disposable wipes and diapers, and also as a fiberfill for pillows and comforters.


ARMORTEX® Abrasion Resistant
Nam Liong
MC# 7582-01
Category: Polymers

A series of multifunctional fabrics with Kevlar® fiber reinforcement for high abrasion resistance. These woven or knit textiles are nylon or polyester based, however a variety of materials can be incorporated to produce fabrics for specific applications while retaining abrasion resistance. Fibers and yarns included in this product range include spandex, Cordura®, Coolmax®, stainless steel and Nanobond (a synthetic carbonized fiber used for odor absorbency). These fabrics combine the ability to customize the stretch, grip and color with high abrasion, cut, and puncture resistance. The materials are woven or knit with Kevlar® fiber blended threads. A layer of polyurethane coating can be added to strengthen the overall abrasion resistance and achieve more textural options as well as adding water resistance, though correspondingly reducing breathability. The fabric weights range from light (160 g/m2 or 4.72 oz/yd2) to heavy (1075 g/m2 or 31.7 oz/yd2) and come on rolls between 42 in (107 cm) and 60 in (152 cm) wide and 300 yd (274 m) long. There are 127 varieties in this collection based on type of weave or knit construction and fiber and yarn composition. A range of colors is available, including orange, red, green, purple, and black, however there is some limitation due to Kevlar’s colorfastness (naturally yellow in appearance). Detailed specifications can be submitted for customization. The fabrics have been abrasion tested according to ASTM D3886, exceeding over 400 cycles. Primary applications include protective apparel, gloves, footwear, baggage, and outdoor apparel reinforcement.


MC# 7634-01
Category: Naturals

Cellulose fiber-based sheet that offers comparable performance to plastic films for a range of packaging applications, but is compostable at the end of its life. It retains the aesthetic of traditional paper but with nonwoven-like softness and plastic-like properties such as resilience, stretch and water-resistance and is heat-salable. It offers twice the durability as paper and only has half the weight, and stretches up to 20% compared to 5 to 7% in typical packing papers. This material is manufactured in a wet-laid process (similar to paper making) and is finished by a proprietary foam forming technology. The material can be cut, printed and folded. It is available as rolls at maximum width of 65 cm (26 in), 30 to 200 mm (1.18 to 7.87 in) and in various basis weights from 30 to 150 gsm (0.88 to 4.42 osy). The thickness and weight can be customized per request. Applications include carrier bags, disposable apparel, furniture and interior design.


Kraft Paper Fabric
Goodluckgoods Design Studio
MC# 7508-01
Category: Naturals

Flexible leather-like sheet that is suitable for a range of fashion and interior products. The sheet is stitchable, tackable, and can be laminated to other materials, giving a tear resistant, cushioning and sound-absorbing surface. It is produced from a combination of 50% Kraft paper and 50% polyester felt bonded together by pressure treated glue lamination. The sheets are offered in a standard width of 1800 mm (71 in) in unlimited lengths and a nominal thickness of 2 mm (0.08 in). The kraft paper is only available in brown, but the felt can be one of a large number of colors. The sheets can be used for fashion, accessories, packaging, stationery and home goods.


Elastomeric Bead Foam
Sekisui Plastics Co., Ltd. 
MC# 7461-02
Category: Polymers

A lightweight elastomeric bead foam that can be produced in complex shapes. This 100% thermoplastic elastomer is shaped by filling expandable resin beads into a mold, providing a high degree of design freedom. The molding capability reduces the need for secondary processing to produce shapes. Compared to general bead foam and similar soft foams like EPP (expanded polypropylene), it is lighter in weight (low density), has a higher resilience, and equivalent flexibility. This foam has high shape recovery with 5% or less compression-set ratio. It provides good cushioning for support and offers the highest coefficient of restitution (rebound energy) compared to commercial grade foams. Depending on the request, shape, density, bead diameter and colors can all be customized. Applications include shoe soles, sports equipment and automotive parts.


Syscom Advanced Materials, Inc.
MC# 5452-02
Category: Polymers

Metalized polymer fiber for use as conductive yarns. It is produced using a proprietary process in which poly (p-phenylene benzobisoxazole) (PBO) fiber is coated with metal such as silver, copper or nickel. This material offers lighter weight, greater flexibility and better durability than conventional metal wires. As well, it provides customizable electrical conductivity. The fiber has a tensile strength 7 times stronger than steel, and it is fully compatible with standard braiding equipment. Custom fiber strands are available with any commercially available polymer fiber (nylon, Kevlar, polyethylene, etc.) and customized coating. Applications include EMI shielding, replacement for copper and copper beryllium alloy wires in space and aerospace applications, as a conductive fiber in electronic textiles, and in computing devices.


Vueguard® 801
Performance Coatings International Laboratories, LLC. 
MC# 7547-04
Category: Polymers

A solvent-based, UV-cured, primer-free coating that offers high resistance to scratching and abrasion. It is designed primarily for polycarbonate (PC) substrates, but can be applied on other substrates such as acrylic (polymethylmethacrylate), ABS, polyamide (PA), polysulfone (PSF), polystyrene (PS), polyester (PET), polyethersulfone (PES) and metallized plastic. The material also has high resistance to many chemicals, including diluted sulfuric acid, alcohols, aromatic solvents such as toluene and xylene, trichloroethylene and gasoline. This coating delivers extended service life when compared to uncoated substrates, while maintaining a conventional appearance and high clarity (light transmission from 91 – 92%). It can be used as a topcoat where optical clarity, scratch- and chemical-resistance are required. The coating can be applied via spray (hand or automated), dip, spin, roll or flow coating. It meets the Taber Abrasion standard in accordance with ASTM D-1044 (CS10F wheels with 500g load) and the chemical resistance in accordance with ASTM D-1308. The material is available in water-clear and anti-glare. Applications include lenses, display, gauges, mirrors, furniture, signage, packaging and appliances.



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Rose Orcutt
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