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(Active) MATTER Box: 2017: Volume 8, Issue 1

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Active Matter Volume 8 Issue 1

Tiger Imports Group, LLC
MC 7331-06

European cowhide that has been embossed to resemble reptile skins. This leather has been chrome tanned and aniline dyed for ultimate resilience and longevity. This tannery sources the animal skins as a byproduct of the beef industry and never strictly harvests for hides. Various elements contribute to the material’s environmental profile, including biodegradable wetting agents for soaking, reduced sulfide processing, optimized dye stuffs, and improved finishing systems to reduce waste. This manufacturer’s tannery has a chemical-physical purification plant that performs a pre-treatment of the waste waters before re-introducing them into the management system. In addition, they recycle the chromium salts used in the tanning process. The tannery is ISO 9000 and ISO 14001 certified for responsible manufacturing and practices. This hide has been tested for lightfastness of 5 (EN ISO 150-B02) and flammability in accordance with NFPA 260A, passing class 1. The average hide size is 50 sqf (4.7 sqm) with 1.0 – 1.2 mm (0.03 – 0.04 in) thickness. There are ten colors available, and they can find applications in footwear, accessories, upholstery, and fashion goods.

AND/OR rubber cork
Capri Cork
MC 6027-05

A unique rubber cork composite material for floor and wall covering applications. It is made with 34.9% pre-consumer/post-industrial recycled content and offers a subtle texture by combining rubber granules with cork dust. The rubber used in this blend is an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), a synthetic, organic elastomer that, when cured, features qualities equal to or better than natural virgin rubber, and the cork comes from pre-consumer/post-industrial cork dust. The composite offers great slip resistance, good sound and shock absorption, can handle heavy rolling loads, is durable and is easy to clean. It requires finish coats for all floor installations. For vertical applications, it can offer wall protection and can be used as a tackable surface. It comes in two finishes: Hilway direct mop on acrylic and Capri UFF urethanes, with options to customize color, designs and logos printed on the surface. Available in 3.2, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 12 mm (0.13, 0.16, 0.24, 0.31, 0.35, and 0.47 in) thicknesses on rolls 4 in (101.6 mm) wide and 24 in x 24 in (609.6 mm x 609.6 mm) and 12 in x 24 in (304.8 mm x 609.6 mm) tiles. It is FloorScore certified for indoor air quality and can contribute to LEED for recycled content. It is suitable for a variety of installations in retail, healthcare, sports facilities, corporate, recreation, education, libraries, churches, daycare, eldercare, hospitality and industrial settings.


MC 7397-03

Thin, flat wood planks made from reclaimed wine barrel oak. These planks are 100% FSC® recycled, made from regional materials, and are assembled in the U.S.A. This material is unfinished in its original sawn texture, and is naturally tinted from red wine. Each plank features two adhesive strips on the backside for easy ‘Peel and Stick’ installation. This material should be adhered on clean, dry, primed, or painted wall surfaces. To install using the ‘Peel and Stick’ method, remove the paper adhesive liner, then gently press the plank to the wall. It takes very little pressure for the plank to stay in place. In the end, aggressively apply pressure to the planks with a 3 in (76.2 mm) wide rubber roller, paying special attention to the edges and ends. This material emits no VOC’s, is lightweight, and the manufacturing processes leave virtually no waste. The manufacturer uses the trim, core, and face of every piece of wood and sends the sawdust to a biomass facility. Customizations include printing and the option for a Class A fire treatment. There is only one color available, ‘wine barrel oak’, and it may vary in shade and tone depending on wine type. Materials are available in measurements of 2 in (5 cm) wide, 29.75 in (75 cm) long and 0.2 in (5.1 mm) thick. Applications include wall paneling, backsplashes, counters, and doors.


MC 7768-01

Down fill from the Eider duck sourced only from Iceland. The down feathers are exceptionally soft, lightweight and cushioning, and have improved insulation properties compared to down from other ducks. Only about 2000 kg (4000 lbs) of the material is available in the world each year, originating directly from Iceland. The eider duck plucks its own down from its breast to feather its nest, and it is this source, from abandoned nests rather than from commercial harvesting, that is banned. The feathers are collected and cleaned by hand. The down feathers feature interlocking hooks that cause the clusters of feathers to cling to one another, increasing the loft and insulative performance. This also means that it does not shift in a product to one corner or side, maintaining good coverage. It is naturally gray/brown in color. It is used primarily for bed comforters and pillows.


MC 6673-04
Plywood featuring a decorative slate surface for use in high-heat areas. This natural slate and wood panel is bonded using a thin layer of resin with added fiberglass for strength. Exposing the material up to 120° C (248° F) results in no formaldehyde, isocyanates or biocides emitted into the air. This water-resistant panel emits less formaldehyde than solid-non-glued wood even at high temperatures above 120° C (248° F). Several stone options are available including ‘cliff’, ‘rock’, ‘stone’ and ‘glacier’. The panels are relatively lightweight at 8.5 kg/sqm (201 lb/sqf) compared to solid natural stone. The standard size for the slate is 2500 x 1250 mm (8.2 x 4 ft) and 2500 x 1830 mm (8.2 x 6 ft) with a thickness of 16 mm (0.7 in). The durability of the bonded material has been tested in accordance with DIN EN 204, for a rating of D4 for classification of thermoplastic wood adhesives for non-structural applications. When tested over a period of a few weeks, this material resulted in significantly lower formaldehyde emissions than the given threshold for saunas (in accordance with Austrian standard O¨NORM M62191). Applications include saunas and spas, infrared and heat cabins, ovens, wall and ceiling, cladding and various interiors.


Fiber Fill
Thread Inc.
MC 7668-01

100% post-consumer recycled polymer flakes that are responsibly-sourced from Haiti or Honduras and processed into fibers in the US for filling applications. These fibers are made of recycled polyester from plastic bottles collected in Haiti, implementing sustainable practices to minimize the use of water and energy while creating new income opportunities to help support local communities and businesses in Haiti. Villagers collect plastic bottles and sell them to a local collection center where they are sorted, de-labeled and then sent to a manufacturing plant to process them into transparent flakes, which are then shipped to the US to make fibers and finished products. This completely traceable and transparent Ground to GoodTM supply chain generates revenue at each step of the process from cleaning the neighborhoods to exporting the flakes as a valuable raw material for villagers. The fibers are lightweight, offer thermal insulation, come in natural soda-bottle green color and can be dyed to any color. Applications include filling for pillows, animal toys, upholstery and apparel requiring cushion and insulation.


Spectro Coating Corp.
MC 7757-01

A series of smooth, soft, durable pile fabrics for decorative transportation, commercial, and packaging applications. They are made by attaching nylon (3 denier) fibers to a woven backing using water-based, non-toxic acrylic adhesives. All raw materials are sourced locally when possible. The fabric backing can be osnaburg, a blend of 65% polyester and 35% cotton, foam, plastic, or even paper. It is not only easy to sew, but also simple to clean and maintain. It exceeds 50,000 double rubs, is fire retardant, and machine washable. The material is available in Plain, Crush, and Swirl patterns in 13 different colors, creating a luxurious look and feel. It is sold by the yard in 54 in (137.2 cm) wide rolls and weighs 7.2 oz/sqy (244.1 g/sqm). Customization is possible for colors and fabric; however, it will increase the minimum order size. It is used in a variety of applications including upholstery, automotive interiors, lining for music cases, jewelry packaging, displays, apparel, consumer products, and retail space.


High Temp
MC 7304-06

A photopolymer resin that is designed to produce high-temperature-resistant plastic parts for different industrial applications. It is the stiffest engineering resin from FormLabs with low thermal expansion and high tensile modulus. It has a heat deflection temperature of 289 °C (552.2 °F) at 0.45 MPa (65.27 psi), which is the highest value yet reported for 3D printing materials. It is intended to be used only with Formlabs stereolithographic 3D printers. The resin is available in 25, 50, and 100 micron (0.98, 1.97, 3.94 mil) layer heights with different surface finish quality. It can also be used for various production processes such as injection molding, casting, thermoforming, as well as for mold prototyping and vulcanization. The resin must be post-cured (ideally at 365 nm) for at least one hour in order to achieve its high temperature properties. It is recommended to print parts with supports. According to ASTM testing by the manufacturer, the post-cured printed parts have a tensile strength of = 51.1 MPa (7410 psi); a flexural strength of = 106.9 MPa (15500 psi); and a flexural modulus of = 3.3 GPa (478 ksi). The resin is suitable for applications requiring the part to sustain high temperatures with minimal loading. Applications include rapid prototyping of functional parts for industries like automotive and aerospace, for heat-resistant fixtures, and for encapsulation of electronic components.


MC 0243-01
A recyclable solid surface material composed of a composite of natural minerals and PMMA (polymethyl methyacrylate). The color and patterns (more than 90 available) run all the way through where the material will not delaminate. The seamless appearing joints are impermeable. It can be thermoformed (shaped and curved using heat), backlit, sandblasted,routed, carved and patterned. Applications include furniture, lighting, worktops, wall cladding, tabletops, columns, store fixtures, countertops, shower and bath surrounds, bar tops, vanities and sculptural forms.


PowerFilmSolarMPT6-75 OEM Module
Power Film Inc.
MC 3475-02
Flexible, lightweight, portable solar panels for custom solar power solutions used in both indoor and outdoor settings. The panel is made of 36% amorphous silicon, 36% polyolefin, 18% polyester, and 10% tinned copper. The core material is produced through vacuum deposition. A bus tape is then applied with a machine. The material is then laminated, die-cut, and tested for full functionality at full and quarter sun. Its paper-thin profile makes it very light and allows easy mounting on different flat and curved surfaces and devices. Amorphous silicon performs better in low light conditions and functions closer to set specifications in high-temperature applications and environments compared to other technologies. Using low-cost manufacturing and installation, these solar panels can be integrated seamlessly with existing products and building materials. The panels are highly durable, shatterproof, and perform even when scratched, punctured, or at lower light levels. The standard panel thickness varies from 0.008–0.012 in (0.2–0.3 mm). The manufacturing versatility allows custom module design to match specific needs of voltage and power. A variety of sizes, backing materials, laminations, and UV-resistant encapsulation are available depending on application. Applications span across consumer, OEM, and military markets.


Fortuny Inc
MC 7747-01

Wallcovering of fabric-covered mosaic tiles for mural installations that add a textural depth to any interior project. Soft fabrics are treated to remain neatly un-frayed on each mosaic chiclet. Use of printed cotton offers colorful texture along with sound diffusion properties to create unique interior spaces. They are delivered in sheets of tiles on thermoplastic backing for easy wall application. Each installation is completely unique. Available in 1 cm and 2 cm (0.39 in and 0.79 in) tile formats in 36 fabrics with an option to customize the fabric. They can be applied to flat as well as curved surfaces. Mosaic tiles are custom designed for installations such as walls, ceilings, or panels.


MC 7503-05

A fiber composite optimized for finish, performance and compatibility for architecture, product design, and engineering 3D prints. It offers ease of printing similar to PLA, but is stronger and tougher than standard PLA and can be heat treated to retain more stiffness at higher temperatures. It uses plant fibers for a specific texture, sheen and performance and can be used for both artistic and technical parts with no special hardware (wear-resistant nozzle) required. The plant-based fibers improve adhesion of glues and coatings, resulting in enhanced bonding strength and dimensional stability compared to high temperature PLA (HTPLA). The suggested print temperature is 190-230 oC (374-446 oF). Printed parts have a low luster and textured surface, which creates a highly desirable contrast between light and shadow. They can be smoothed or weathered with paint for different aesthetics and can be shaved/carved with a sharp blade for a smooth finish. For best mechanical properties and print results, dry filament and high temperatures are recommended. The filament offers a designer matte finish with superior performance and is available in white (reminiscent of ceramic), blue, green (reminiscent of turf), red, black (reminiscent of carbon fiber), and gray colors. Applications include additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping for architecture, sculpture, industrial and product design.


XTB-820 Thermoplastic SyntacticEngineered Syntactic Systems
MC 7759-01
A tough, lightweight engineered plastic composite, ‘Syntactic’, that can be easily machined for making tools. It is composed of 50% hollow glass filler and 50% engineered plastic by volume. The material is cast into sheets (or rods) and then machined to a final dimension. Unlike other engineered plastics, it offers superior toughness at low density and ease of machinability compared to thermoset syntactic system. This dimensionally-stable polymer system is 1/3 to ½ the weight of traditional plastic materials and 4–5x tougher than other epoxy based syntactic systems. It comes in a standard 24 x 48 in (61 x 121.9 cm) sheets and the thickness can vary from 1 to 6 in (2.5 to 15.2 cm) at 0.5 in (1.3 cm) increments. It is possible to customize the density and color. It can be used for applications that require dimensionally stable polymers, as well as tooling materials and for marine applications.


HOLOPRINTING- Packaging Labels
Holo Technologies Inc.
MC 7687-01

A printing process that combines micro-embossing with precise color registration to produce unique packaging labels on different substrates. It can create realistic three-dimensional sculptured effects, which can be viewed in normal light, at any angle. In this process, first the hologram master board and printing master board are produced followed by color printing of the hologram on a plastic film (PET or oriented polypropylene (OPP), 25-250 µm (0.001-0.01 in)). The printed plastic film is then metallized and after applying an adhesive to the film, the label is die cut to form the final product. It is also possible to demetallize parts of the film where metallization is not necessary, creating transparent regions. It can print at least 6 to 10 colors at a time. All the hologram and printing master boards can be customized according to clients’ design requirements. The holoprinted product creates an illusion of 3D metallic effect in different design elements, promoting brand value by improving packaging aesthetics. Applications include packaging labels for beverages, consumer goods, and medicine containers.


MC 5153-05

Solid surfacing material composed of inorganic materials including silico-aluminates, amorphous silica, crystalline silica, zircon and pigments. The proprietary sintering and compacting process used to create this material is comparable to the metamorphic process of creating volcanic rock and results in a material with zero porosity and one which is dimensionally stable, has a high flexural strength, and is resistant to heat, freezing, impact, abrasion, scratching, stains, microbes, weathering and discoloration. It does not contain resins or binders nor is it coated. In addition, the material has a 25 year warranty and requires little maintenance. A wet grinding process combines the various raw materials and reduces the particles to a specific size; the mix is then colored and dried to obtain a specific granule shape, size and moisture content. The granules are distributed on a belt in a predetermined pattern depending on the desired effect, and either just on the surface or throughout the entire slab. The various layers that make up the slab are compacted at very high pressure, and then subjected to high temperature to create the reactions that will fuse the particles together. Depending on the application, the slabs can be mounted with anchoring systems or an adhesive that complies with EN 12004 can be used. The panels are available in a standard slab size of 3200 x 1440 mm (126 x 57 in) in thicknesses of 8, 12 and 20 mm (0.3, 0.5 and 0.8 in). A variety of solid colors, effects, and surface finishes are available some of which mimic natural materials such as marble or granite. The material has been tested for a variety of properties according to ISO and ASTM standards such as flexural and bending strength, and resistance to abrasion, impact, chemicals and stains; and the material has been Greenguard certified. Applications include interior and exterior vertical or horizontal surfaces such as counter and tabletops, backsplashes, wall paneling, cladding, flooring, and building façades.



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