Smart Glas solution for architecture and design
In the case of ETTLIN lux ® Smart Glas, the three-dimensional light effects are created by embedding a light technical fabric into laminated glass (Float glass or tempered safety glass). The special effect glass that this creates can be processed like standard laminated glass, and is available in custom sizes. Pre-coloured Smart Glas varieties and different fabrics with the different effects clear, diffuse, colourful and extra long, open up additional room for designers to experiment. The material is suitable for indoor and outdoor use, as well as for the production of insulating glass.
The possible applications for the new Smart Glas solution are almost unlimited. Here are a few examples which illustrate the creative potential of the new material for architecture and design:
Decorative fabric for three-dimensional light design
The ETTLIN lux ® Decolux decorative fabric combines the light technical characteristics of the ETTLIN lux ® fabric with the aesthetic and haptic advantages of good quality contract fabrics. In terms of its optical and haptic characteristics and colour scheme, the fabric is no different than standard contract fabrics. However, once the lights are turned on, its decorative design appears in the background supporting an ambient lighting design. At the same time, when used as fabric covering for acoustically effective modules, the material can optimise the room acoustics in open-plan offices and communication areas such as bars, restaurants, seminar and event venues.
Possible areas of application
ETTLIN lux ® Decolux is available in a wide range of coloured décor sets with striped effects, blends or structured surfaces. More than 50 available colours allow for maximum freedom in designing. Furthermore, the choice of type, number and positioning of the light sources behind the fabric allows you to create entirely customised light groups.
At the same time, this produces a special side-effect: because it concentrates energy as heat, the laser cutting produces a melted seam on the cutting edge which can be more or less pronounced. With regard to further processing, this can offer some beneficial characteristics: No fraying, clearly defined cutting edges or seams, and lint-free.
Thanks to the range of customers who use textiles for a variety of applications, technology in this sector is constantly being refined. Particular attention has been paid in this to the development of automation functions to make the processing more effective, and thereby more economical. Various feed systems enable fully automated processing of the textiles direct from the roll. Unwinding, cutting, winding and software driven optimisation are now standard. Modern nesting functions enable savings in material of up to 25% through careful placement of the individual cutting patterns. This fully automated process means that production can continue around the clock, seven days a week, and the full potential of the laser cutter be exploited.
Benefits of laser cutting
eurolaser tested the suitability for laser cutting of the following Ettlin materials:
About the company
ETTLIN AG was founded in 1836 as one of the first German joint stock companies in the textiles industry. Today the company researches, develops and produces mainly technical textiles which are used throughout the world in, among others, the abrasives and automobile industries and in the field of textile architecture.The independent research and development of textile products and key technologies within the framework of international research consortia plays a central role at ETTLIN. One result of this development work is the completely new light technical special fabric ETTLIN lux ®, which is distributed by the newest branch of the company, ETTLIN Lichtstrukturen, as a system supplier for 3D light design.