GENERAL TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
LIGHTBLOCKS materials transform any space from ordinary to WOW! Capturing light and color in illuminating ways, LIGHTBLOCKS empowers artistic expression and transforms space from inspiration through project completion with guidance and expertise from our resident experts.
LIGHTBLOCKS general technical speciﬁcations manual provides guidelines for use and technical information to be considered in the design and fabrication of LIGHTBLOCKS products. All technical information is applicable to LIGHTBLOCKS Acrylic products. Where noted, information may be pertinent to Polyester or Poly-carbonate products only. Please consult one of our Project Developers for special applications not covered in this guide or for application in special uses. We are here to support your vision.
Not only are our products RECYCLABLE ,
our products contain
20% of RECYCLABLE materials!
FIRE RATED (FR) TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
LIGHTBLOCKS Fire Rated Architectural Resins — [FR] offer architects and designers more creative freedom to transform space in a variety of venues where fire rated materials are required for finish surfaces and decorative elements. Wall coverings, wall panels and wall partitions, as well as ceiling elements, may be fabricated in luminous, colorful and exciting finishes for a wide variety of interior designs.
CALL or Email us for the correct Fire Rated Technical Specifications Document for your project.
DESIGN TOOLS Our tools are your tools
We put our expertise and experience at the service of your dream on a daily basis. We have the tools, you have the vision-let's get them together to complete your project beautifully.
Tools in the Box include: Design Partnerships [DP], Hardware, Illumination, Fabrication, Engraving, Forming, Laminating, Sign Lettering, and more...
•Physical & Mechanical Thermal & Flammability
•Sheet Size, Thickness & Weights Impact Resistance
•Expansion & Contraction Thermal Expansion Comparison Cold Bending Radius
•Sound Transmission Data
•Cutting: Sawing, Routing, Laser
•Holes: Drilling, Tapping & Threaded Inserts
•Forming: Cold Forming Thermoforming & Line Bend Adhesives: Gluing
•Sheet Adhesives Graphics
•Attachment: Point Fastening, Framing
HANDLING & MAINTENANCE
•Cleaning & Maintenance Table & Countertop Care Scratch Removal & Repairs
Custom color for any size job at no extra cost. We will match anything from
Pantone to a paint chip to a stain on your tie, and the amount of translucence is up to
you as well.
Our custom samples are shipped to you fast, usually within 5 days of request. We
will make prototype fabrication samples as well so you can see the effect you have
specified. If you need samples quickly, checkout our Designer Studio Standards or
Palette Studio Favorites colors for in-stock samples.
Our superior craftsmanship makes it possible for you to dream big. Our motto is
“YES.” Get our team of project developers on board early in your design process and
let us share our years of experience and invention.
We will fabricate your components and ship them with installation advice, confer with
your on-site contractor and stick with the project through completion.
Any optically clear polymer can be used as a base for WallXtreme brand products
so you are not limited in your design. All our brand products are made with safe
industrial standards in practice.
We can help you choose the greenest polymers for your project, including polymers
with recycled content, and we can recycle the finished components when the end of
their design life has been reached.
We have recycled more than 1,000,000 pounds (454 metric tons) of scrap back into
useful products. All WallXtreme brand products are 100% recyclable.
WallXtreme renewable surface technology makes designing the luminous beauty
of WallXtreme brand products into high-traffic public spaces possible.
The color and durability are there to stay. Casual wear may be touched up quickly
with a 3M Scotch Bright® pad, and even serious damage by vandals is no problem.
WallXtreme surface is 100% renewable.
DESIGNING WITH WALLXTREME
NOMINAL VS. ACTUAL THICKNESS
Industry standards for polymer sheet thickness are nominal values with a variation in thickness
within a single sheet or across a casting or
extrusion of multiple sheets all of the same “nominal” thickness. It is best to make sure that
connection channels and mountings have room to allow for this quality.
Polymers are more flexible than glass and must be supported at closer intervals. Check with our Project Developers or your rep to get deflection data specific to your project.
Mechanical fasteners—nuts and bolts, cables and standoffs—are all acceptable methods of installing polymers. Rubber washers and collars are useful to hold parts firm while allowing for expansion and contraction. WAllXtreme offers a full range of hardware both standard and custom to complete your design.
LIGHTBLOCKS can provide you with CSI-formatted specifications for your use in specifying LIGHTBLOCKS brand products in your project. Using this text in your specification guarantees that all aspects of the application, including correct products, colors, materials, handling, installation, and maintenance, are properly specified, resulting in a successful project.
DESIGN PARTNERSHIP [DP]
WallXtreme engineers and designers are ready to work with you to explain the details and
EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION
Polymers expand and contract with heat, cold and moisture. Allow for this quality in your designs by incorporating reveals between panels and in your attachment methods, channels, frames, etc. We can specify the amount of space to allow for each polymer.
FORMING AND CURVES
Thermo-forming: This is done by placing flat sheets in a heat controlled environment over a wooden form and heating the polymer till it relaxes into the shape of the form. The sheet must be cooled very slowly to retain the shape. A too rapidly cooled sheet will continue to tighten its radius over time. Cold forming: As polymers are flexible, some materials may be safely forced into a curve by clamping the sheet along two sides. Each polymer has its own maximum safe bending radius per thickness.
Polymers may be cut and assembled with adhesives and mechanical fasteners, heat formed and surfaced into many finished design elements. WallXtreme invisible seams for countertops and tables highlight the incredible depth and beauty of a completed design. Fabricated components, including display fixtures, lighting lenses, drop edges, integral sign graphics and etching, are all possibilities to create a unique and compelling component for your space.
WallXtreme Designer StudioStandards and a selection of Palette Studio Favorites samples are readily available for same or next-day shipment to you. Custom color and custom translucency samples are also available upon request and usually take less than 5 days to process. We are happy to provide samples until we achieve the color you are looking for (within reason). We can also provide larger samples, custom fabrication detail samples, or prototypes for a small fee.