According to its developers, P+P Holzbau GmbH, the Vectogramm Form Liner produces photo-quality, continuous-tone images arising exclusively from the play
According to its developers, P+P Holzbau GmbH, the Vectogramm Form Liner produces photo-quality, continuous-tone images arising exclusively from the play of natural light and shadow on concrete surfaces. Through a combination of the Reckli system and patented Vectogramm technology, a three-dimensional surface pattern is created, the relief of which varies from fine to course depending on the resolution of the original photograph or artwork. This image is incorporated onto the finished concrete surface by using the Reckli Formliner system.
The Vectogramm process is a computer-based method for transferring image data onto sheet materials by means of milling technology. First, an image template is scanned and converted into 256 grey scales. In order to transfer the image onto sheet material, a machining file that includes milling commands for a special CNC [computer numerical control] milling machine is generated from the identified grey values.
The milled model then serves as a master for casting the elastic Reckli formliners. Their elasticity, quality and reusability contribute to the aesthetics and economic efficiency of the process, Reckli technicians note, making it possible to transfer the image to the concrete surface. Applications are nearly unlimited, they add, because almost any image Û either a black-and-white or color photograph Û in standard graphic format can be used as an image template. Accordingly, Vectogramms are suitable for fa¡ade design on buildings of all types, as well as creative elements for noise barriers.
The templates are scalable, which allows the production of Vectogramms in any size. Although the maximum size of a sheet is 4 ft. _ 8 ft., partial images can be joined together to form a complete representation.
Laval, Quebec-based Distrimat is the exclusive distributor of Reckli products in North America, 866/918-0002, www.distrimat.ca