Floating faucet

Faszinierende Illusion – ein Blickfang für die Besucher

The principal of the “floating faucet” is based on an optical illusion. In a transparent tube, water is pumped into the faucet. The water flows and then, falls back down on the outside of the clear tube. Because the transparent tube with the water intake cannot be reflected in the “waterfall”, the impression is created that the water comes out of nowhere.

The floating faucet is an eye catcher for waterworks and gas- and water installation companies. The coated item costs 6800€ plus value-added tax (VAT).

For the building material dealer, MeckRohr, we designed by means of CAD, an oversized fibreglass outlet valve, made of hard foam and covered with 2 mm thick fibreglass laminate. Subsequently, the outlet valve was finished with an acrylic varnish.

Den schwebenden Wasserhahn können wir in folgenden Ausführungen anbieten:

 

Wasserhahn “MODERN” für einen Messestand, im Auftrag von Firma Scarso:

Wasserhahn “ANTIKE” für den Baustoffhändler MeckRohr:

 

 

 

Fibreglass Multi-Function Tables

At the IAA 2009 in Frankfurt am Main, the AUDI brand presented its booth with four multi-function tables that were made of glass fiber reinforced plastic (GRP).

Each of these fibreglass tables were positioned on the customer-provided steel support frame. The hand-made tables, using the lay-up method, have a matte lacquered surface in traffic white (RAL 9016). A steel support frame was mounted inside.

The exhibition booth:

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The implementation of this project, as well as the professionally taken booth photos, were carried out in collaboration with our partner, the company Metron:

Mirrored Spherical Lamp;⌀1.25m

Enlightening Moments With a Mirrored Spherical Lamp

The Fritz Gruber place in Cologne shines from now, on in a whole new light: ACCENTform created a mirrored LED spherical lamp according to the design specifications of the lighting designer Burkhard Wand from Hamburg. The lamp was processed by Carl Petersen / Hamburg and precisely positioned.

Hanging high above the street, the spherical lamp, made ​​of stainless steel «lights up» accented the public space and creates an impressive evening shadow-play of people, trees and other movable or immovable “characters”.  In a simple way, this creates temporary pictures and makes the place an ever-changing work of art.

ACCENTform manufactured the fibreglass sphere of 1.25 meters (4 feet) in diameter and about 5 mm (1/5 inch) thick.   The light-ball illuminates an exactly predetermined square area using high performance LEDs.  This fibreglass object includes inside mounting lugs and rotary flanges in order to increase the rigidity and yield a precise cutout in the spherical shape.

 

For the mirror-like glossy surface ACCENTform used a special metal coating from VeroMetal. In contrast to conventional chemical mirror-like finish coating processes, the stainless steel jacket was applied by means of a 95% metal powder content in a 1.0 mm (.04 inch) thick layer. Due to this rather «thick» metal coating, the surface ensures a very high weather resistance. Accurately smoothed by hand and extensively polished, the impressive spherical lamp provides not only enlightening moments, but also tends to overshadow the conversation.

 

Spiegelkugel – ILA Berlin

Mit einem Kugeldurchmesser von 3 Metern hat ACCENTFORM die weltweit größte einteilige Spiegelkugel für die Ausstellung ILA in Berlin hergestellt. Die Idee war, einen spiegelbildlichen und verzerrten Schriftzug an der Decke der Ausstellungshalle so durch die Spiegelkugel abzubilden, dass der Schriftzug auf der Kugel gerade erscheint, während alle anderen Abbildungen in der Kugel verzerrt erscheinen.

Die Herstellung von verspiegelten Objekten erfordern hohe fertigungstechnische Aufwendungen und ein sehr exklusives Know-how. Verspiegelte Oberflächen verzeihen nicht den geringsten Fehler. Jeder Pickel, jede Unebenheit wird durch die Spiegelwirkung sofort sichtbar. Deshalb erfordert jeder Fertigungsschritt zur Herstellung der verspiegelten Kugel höchste qualitative Ausführung.

Zuerst wird die 3m – Kugel aus zwei Hälften mit einer Wandstärke von ca. 4 mm in glasfaserverstärkten Kunststoff laminiert. Anschließend werden die beiden Halbschalen zu einer Kugel zusammengesetzt. Um die Nahtstelle dauerhaft und sicher zu verbergen, erhält wird der Bereich von der Außenseite eingeschliffen und mit einen zusätzlichen GFK- Laminat ummantelt. Anschließend wird die rohe Kugel über Stunden bei ca. 75° Grad getempert. Durch das Tempern (Erhitzen über einen längeren Zeitraum) dehnen sich die im Laminat eingeschlossenen Luftbläschen aus und zeichnen sich an der Oberfläche der Kugel ab. Diese Fehlstellen werden während der Temperung aufgestochen und ausgeschliffen. Anschließend werden diese Fehlstellen gespachtelt. Durch die Temperung findet gleichzeitig eine „Nachhärtung“ statt. Durch die hohen Temperaturen werden die nicht vernetzten Moleküle angeregt sich zu verbinden. Der Anteil der chemisch nicht gebundenen Moleküle im frischen GFK- Laminat kann bis zu 3 % betragen. Nach der Temperung ist das Laminat soweit ausgehärtet, dass auf Dauer keine Verformung durch „Kriechen“ mehr stattfinden kann. Erst jetzt ist die Grundlage geschaffen, kleinste geometrische Unebenheiten durch spachteln und straken zu egalisieren. Anschließend erhält die Kugel einen Füllerauftrag, der eine erste Barriere zwischen den GFK- Laminat und der späteren Verspiegelung darstellt.

Die weitere Bearbeitung der Mega- Kugel erfolgte dann bei der Firma Blach in Ansbach. Die Firma Blach ist seit Jahrzehnten darauf spezialisiert, Oberflächen von Kunstwerken, Fahrzeugen und Luxusprodukten zu verspiegeln. Produkte die mit einem chemischen Spritzverfahren verspiegelt werden, müssen während des Verspiegelungsvorgangs vollständig mit einer wässerigen Lösung umspült werden. Somit musste die Kugel mittels eines überdimensionalen Spießes aufgenommen und gedreht werden.

Als erster Schritt erfolgt eine Vorlackierung um eine glatte Oberfläche zu erreichen. Diese vorlackierte Oberfläche wird nochmals nass geschliffen um kleinste Unebenheiten und Einschlüsse zu beseitigen. Anschließend erfolgt der Auftrag eines Grundlackes, der eine brillante Oberfläche bewirken soll. Darauf wird die chemische Metallisierung mittels Silber- Kolloiden aufgebracht. Die Silber- Kolloide bestehen aus kleinsten Silberplättchen die nur wenige Moleküle dick sind. Diese Silberplättchen scheiden sich an der Oberfläche des Grundlackes ab und bilden die eigentliche Spiegelfläche. Jegliche Verunreinigungen und Störungen an der Oberfläche bewirken, dass die Silber- Kolloide sich nicht eben ausrichten und dadurch die Spiegelfläche matt wird. Diese Fehler sind nicht mehr zu korrigieren, als Folge muss das gesamte Bauteil nochmals abgeschliffen und einen neuen Grundlackaufbau erhalten. Nach der Verspiegelung erhält die Oberfläche, die aus reinem Silber besteht, einen Klarlackauftrag. Der Klarlack soll das Silber vor Korrosion und mechanischen Beschädigungen schützen. Die Kosten von verspiegelten Oberflächen können bis zu 1.500,- €/m² betragen.
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Blowfish – Peking Auto Show

Blowfishes for the Motor Show

For the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2011, ACCENTform was tasked by the Wolfsburg-based company VOLKE Communication Design to make models for futuristic design concept at the 1:1 scale in only 8 weeks time.

All models were hand-made, using the lay-up method, and provided with a simple chassis. The main focus was laid on the brilliant surface, which was painted in a jazzy and high-gloss blue.

 

This design received some unique and special characteristics:  the model “Sphere” adorned with its wheels´ has a diameter of 1.10 m (3.6 feet), or the 1:4 design model “Blowfish” with its dynamic shape and spines.

The transport to China took place on a specially chartered cargo airplane.

Diamond-Shape Artwork – Audi

Artwork for Audi at the Design Miami / 2013

The Audi exhibition stand at the Design Miami / 2013 is dedicated to the Audi Sport. Two super sports cars, well lit, were presented in front of the ACCENTform manufactured red diamond-shaped backdrop.

The artwork consisted of nearly 30 different sized diamond-shape elements, from 50 x 74 cm (19.7 x 29 in) up to 2.40 m x 2.07m (8 x 6.8 feet) in size.  These pieces, were made of a fibreglass sandwich panel in order to improve their rigidity. One diamond-shape element (sidewalls and cover) was produced by us utilizing manufacturedmolds. Then, all the produced parts were assembled and smoothed to remove all appearance of seams.

All elements were coated with a high-gloss finish in the typical Audi Sport colour- red.

The three-dimensional installation plays, in visual way, with the diamond-shape objects, the symbol of Audi Sport. These rhombi were hung on the wall, glued together to form a column, and suspended from the ceiling.

The main challenges in this project were the complexity of the shape and the surface treatment of the rhombi. All these elements were made with mirror-like surfaces.  This  called for an extremely high level of care.

We also made remarkably stable transportation racks, which were air and sea cargo worthy, to protect the sensitive surfaces during transport.

We were able to achieve the level of perfection as required by Audi.

We cooperated closely with our client and we would like to thank Expotechnik GmbH for its terrific cooperation.

The result was a very impressive, click here to see the video on YouTube: Audi Germany Video

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Donation Funnel

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Donations in an Entirely New Form

 

Thanks to the unique donation funnel from ACCENTform, a few Euro coins will get your fundraising project rolling: visually conspicuous by its unusual form, the fibreglass donation funnel is a real eye –catcher for a good cause. With its diameter of 1.7 meters (5 ½ feet) and a height of 80 cm (31 ½ inches), it is highly variable and due to its discreet design and its high resistance to weather it can be set up in many places without problems. Whether at the zoo, trade shows, museums, shopping centers, or at train stations: Children and adults alike, will be fascinated by the donation funnel and will be encouraged to make numerous donations. Due to the simple design, the money reaches the bottom directly and without making any unnecessary detours.

Because of the high corrosion-resistance of the fibreglass reinforced plastic, its high durability can be guaranteed and the installers save maintenance costs.  With a weight of only 40 kg (88 pounds), the fibreglass funnel donation is extremely light and provides high elasticity and stability at the same time. Being chemical-resistant, anti-magnetic, and electrically isolated, this fibreglass object complies with the highest safety standards.  Due to its good load capacity; is easy to install in indoor and outdoor locations.


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In this gravity using device, the donation funnel, the Euro coins move in circles around the center of the funnel – like the planets around the sun. This looks fascinating, funny, and especially you’re your fundraiser rolling: and always for a good cause!

Advantages of Fibreglass:

  • Corrosion resistant
  • Lightness
  • Secure
  • Extreme durability
  • High elasticity
  • High stability
  • Does not rot
  • Maintenance-free
  • Chemically-resistant
  • Antimagnetic
  • Electrical isolation
  • High load capacity

Globe & Showcases

The Whole World Is/Eats Chocolate!

For the promotional tour “Chocco’lissimo” ACCENTform made ​​a 2m (6 ½ feet) wide, electrically driven globe, including stalls, showcases, and multimedia displays.

To reflect the theme of “Chocco’lissimo”, the displays were produced in the form of a chocolate bar and laminated with a realistic printed lacquer film. The elegant displayfeet were coated in gold metallic, to complete the classy appearance of the displays.

The hand-made fibreglass globe, using the lay-up method, was finished with a lively airbrush painting. Then the colored continents were covered with Ritter Sport Minis.

GRP Shower Gel Bottle

The AXE Effect – With us, even in oversize

To increase the publicity of the various AXE Shower Gels to the intended younger target market, the Doyko agency set up eight 3.5-meter (11 ½ feet) high shower gel bottles as shower cubicles at the open-air festivals.

ACCENTform developed these large items ready for shower use. In planning, design, choice of materials, construction, labeling, installation and transport logistics, the Dokyo advertiser could fully rely on ACCENTform GmbH with its broad experience in custom fibreglass design.

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For a realistic construction, our technical product designers scanned an original bottle by means of an area laser and then developed not only the geometry of the half shells, but they also shaped the corresponding transportation racks. Thus, these original showers, along with the festival music, could be sent on tour to various locations in Germany.

As always, the adherence to delivery dates and strict budget compliance by ACCENTform were commended by the client.  This allowed the Doyko agency to concentrate on other promotional activities. To the production connoisseur, you may have noticed that while everything appears to be from a single casting, the shells were produced by ACCENTform in much more efficient process – utilizing the hand lay-up method.

Highlight Wall For BMW

Two Brand New BMW Cars Were Presented in Front of the Highlight Exhibition Wall

The two BMW cars “drive” between our two-part exhibitions’ highlight walls in the spotlight of the “Auto Salon” in Geneva. The highlight of this extravagant background is the 183 diamond-shape light cutouts. The wall had the shape of two spherical sections and the corresponding sphere had a diameter of 16 m (17.5 yards).

One wall section was approximately 5.3 x 12.0 m (5.8 x 13.1 yd)and consisted of six single parts linked to each other. For the production of these parts, a large production mold of approximately 2.7 x 5.0 m (3 x 5.5 yd) in size was used. For the light cutouts – 183 molds. Through an economic, efficient, and computer-aided design, efforts spent on this production were reduced to a minimum. The light molds modeling board material were made by our five-axis industrial robot.

Due to precise positioning of molds on the production form, the wall sections were made geometrically accurate. In order to increase the rigidity of the wall elements, the honeycomb-shaped bracing was installed on the back of the wall.

The collaboration with our client ensured a smooth installation on the customer’s steel frame. For the job itself, we would like to thank the company Winkels Messebau.

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