3D sheet metal panels
Rubber pad–based metal forming is a technique developed by the aerospace industry. Metaalwarenfabriek Phoenix applies this technique to manufacture double curved sheet metal products for a variety of markets and industries. The advantage of rubber-pad forming is that only one mold is required, since the rubber pad assumes the function of the counter mold and sheet metal holder combined. As a result, tooling costs are only 10–25 percent of those for traditional deep drawing. No-Limit Panels may be used for exterior and interior design applications, and a wide variety of patterns are possible using the rubber-pad forming technique.
Contact: Metaalwarenfabriek Phoenix BV, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
For more information, see Transmaterial 3: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment