Material of the Month, September 2014: Vault Structuring Paper

Material of the Month, September 2014: Vault Structuring Paper

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Vault structuring is a process that demonstrates fascination with nature by mimicking a cell-like structure using a hexagonal pattern that is applied to the surface of paper and metal sheets.

What is Vault Structuring Paper?

Inspired by cell structures found in nature, the Vault Structuring technique produces a continuous 3 dimensional uniform structure that offers high stiffness at low wall thicknesses and weight. Unlike the rolling or hydro-forming techniques used to impart surface structure, there is no direct contact with forming tool, meaning that the surface of the material will be preserved. High quality surface finishes including anodizing, painting or marking can be applied to the metal surface before processing as a result.

Compared with press formed structures, the process increases strength without surface damage and pre-finished surfaces remain unchanged during forming. Structure pattern is limited to 3 varieties – hexagonal and cuboid, various scales available however. This forming technique can be applied to any of the alloys of aluminium, magnesium or titanium, as well as paper and card.

What is Vault Structuring Paper Used For?

These papers are mainly used for decorative purposes or to add structure. Its aluminium counterpart however, is used to reduce weight and increase strength in areas of architecture, automotive and consumer electronics.

Vault Structuring Paper

Vault Structuring Paper

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