MCX Matter: 6 New Materials That Multitask with Ease
Whether slick synthetics or cozy naturals, the library’s newest materials multitask with ease.
1. Material: Designs FRP Panels from Crane Composites.
Composition: Fiberglass-reinforced plastic.
Standout: A continuous laminating process bonds fiberglass pieces to polyester resin, forming panels that resist moisture, mold or mildew, and mild chemicals.
2. Materials: Ecopanel Décor and AcouSoft from Feltech Manufacturing.
Composition: Thermo-bonded PET.
Standout: Choose solids, geometrics, faux wood grains, or stone effects for these impact-resistant acoustical panels, suitable for multi-use or walls.
3. Material: Alpilignum from Alpi.
Composition: Reconstituted wood.
Standout: Forest Stewardship Council–certified logs are rotary-skinned to yield thin layers for bonding into fully customizable blocks, minimizing waste and labor.
4. Process: GB Mesh from GB Light.
Composition: Glass and polymers.
Standout: Tiny beads are laminated between mesh and a solid backing to form retro-reflective textiles that can be customized with colors, patterns, or graphics.
5. Material: Graffiti Shield.
Standout: Self-adhesive film simulates metallic, mirrored, or glass finishes while remaining impervious to defacement, even acid-based etching techniques.
6. Materials: Grit Curve and Grit Line by Naturtex.
Composition: Wool felt and waxed cotton.
Standout: Circles or squares, woven or stitched from shoelaces and backed with felt, combine to create floor coverings that resist both heavy abrasion and fire.