CUTE: Material & Manufacture process

Sustainable Materials:

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As we are responsible for our planet, we need to look after it and by using non-renewable fuel and materials; we are causing much more harm than was previously thought. Nowadays, we are more inclined to use materials that are detrimental to the environment. (sustainable materials, 2017)

  1. The Canopy:

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A. The Canopy Slices:

Material:

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Source: http://nocte.in/?product=marine-plywood

Marine Plywood, 0.6 cm thickness, 200 cm long and 20 cm width

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Marine plywood is a grade of wood that has been treated to resist rotting and is similar to a treated 2-by-4 board, for the same purpose. It can withstand rigorous climatic conditions, alternate dry and wet weather. It is dimensionally stable and ideal for long lasting services. It is specially made for those areas where temperature and humidity variations are maximum.

Manufacture:

Steam Bending:

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Source: https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/steam-bending-wood/

Steam bending is a traditional process steeped in history. It was once a vital practice, paramount to the production of weapons, tools and water vessels but sadly, with the advance of technology the practice has become less common. (Tom Raffield, 2017)

Steam bending is also a low energy and ecological method of manipulating wood with no nasty glues and very low levels of wastage. (Tom Raffield, 2017)

Although Tom says: “This technique is perfect for sculptures and one-off pieces but is very time consuming and therefore not commercially viable for large-scale production. It’s really an art process, enabling the artist to shape wood as you might shape clay.” But in my opinion it can be done using the new techniques especially that this process is been used for years to build large wooden boats.

B. The base part of the canopy:8.jpg

Manufacture:

Laser cutter:

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Source: https://www.cut-tec.co.uk/materials/laser-cutting/wood-mdf-ply/mdf-ply/#.WRh00YhJZPY

Laser cutting is possibly one of the most versatile products around. It is applicable to cut components for everything ranging from a stencil to intricate decorative panels.

C: The tent above the canopy:

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Material:

High quality polyester fabric with pvc coating for canopy material

Feature: Waterproof, blackout

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Source: https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/high-quality-polyester-fabric-with-pvc_1429519857.html

Manufacture:

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Source: https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/high-quality-polyester-fabric-with-pvc_1429519857.html

Material 100% polyester
Width 150cm
Weight 160gsm
Technics Dyed with PA/PU coated, waterproof, FR, shrink-resistant, UV, Silver coated, printed and so on.

 

Thickness 0.16~0.60mm

 

2.   The Chair and the Rack

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Material:

Wicker/Rattan

Available in a choice of three distinctive colors and upholstered in complimenting nautical water-repellent fabric.

Available Colors: Mocca | Pebble | Natural Cane

Source: http://statuslondon.uk/product-category/rattan-samples/

Benefits: Lightweight, flexible, comfortable

Wicker and rattan are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. made of plant material such as cane and rattan and it created a comfortable, homey look. Resin wicker is much more durable than the traditional wicker material so look for that if you want long-lasting furniture. It requires minimal maintenance, it doesn’t fade, or crack and is weather-resistant. (home dit, 2011)

Manufacture:

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Source: http://www.switch-asia.eu/news/challenges-and-opportunities-for-indonesian-smes-manufacturing-eco-friendly-rattan-products/

While looking through the different types of rattan materials,

“The rattan weave is made from 3mm round core. It is woven by expert weavers in Indonesia where the skills are passed down from generation to generation. These crafts people are widely recognized as the best in the world market.” (The garden furniture center, 2017)

 

Material:

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Woven from 100% acrylic fibre • Rot and fade resistant for 5 years under normal exposure conditions • Air permeable • Water repellant • Excellent UV – U.P.F 50+/SPF 100 • Market leading quality and durability • Ideal for premium awning, outdoor furniture, cover and shade sail applications that require greater UV protection and will keep looking great for years.

Material:

Plastic:

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(The box is suitable for either planting in it or serving as a storage area)

Benefits: Lightweight, low maintenance, inexpensive, stackable, available in a variety of colors

Plastic is a material consisting of any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic compounds that are malleable and can be molded into solid objects. Plastics are typically organic polymers of high molecular mass, but they often contain other substances. They are usually synthetic, most commonly derived from petrochemicals, but many are made from renewable materials such as polylactic acid from corn or cellulosic from cotton linters. Plasticity is the general property of all materials that are able to irreversibly deform without breaking, but this occurs to such a degree with this class of moldable polymers that their name is an emphasis on this ability.

 

Bibliography:

·        http://www.homedit.com/best-outdoor-furniture-material/

·        http://www.gardenfurniturecentre.co.uk/

·        http://www.switch-asia.eu/news/challenges-and-opportunities-for-indonesian-smes-manufacturing-eco-friendly-rattan-products/

·        http://www.sustainablematerials.org.uk/

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