mHouse Project

My son-in-law is a psychiatrist. My daughter is a clinical psychologist. Between them I get plenty of analysis, whether I like it or not. At dinner a few weeks ago I was explaining the progress of the mHouse Project, the stress, the challenges and the surprises we faced, but also the enjoyment of seeing it all come together. I told my son-in-law that I often wake up at 4:00 am and think I am crazy for embarking on such an aggressive and risky project.

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Great Possibilities

Advanced manufacturing engineer Jame Earle recently said to me, ”What is great about young engineers is that they do not yet know what is impossible. So they do not create and solve to preconceived limits.” Earle works with Local Motors (page 28), a company dedicated to using digital technology and micro-factories to bring new vehicle designs to market more quickly, inexpensively and efficiently.

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Environmentally Safe and Technologically Advanced Solutions for Powder Coating MDF

Solvent-free and energy efficient are important features for the high-quality coatings used in high-end furniture or kitchen surfaces. A new and highly reactive powder coating provides safe processes and environmentally friendly coatings for thermally sensitive wood substrates.

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Advances in Coating Technology

Inert coating technology. The name sounds rather unassuming, but the implications for this relatively new process of sealing composite wood panels are pretty exciting. In the most practical sense, inert coating equipment offers considerable cost savings and efficiencies when compared to traditional roll coating lines. Yet the process, which can impart texture, is also an elegant way to prepare a board for digital printing. Last year Cefla introduced inert coating technology to North America as a solution particularly well suited for manufacturers of wall paneling, ceilings and flooring.

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CT Design: Accuracy and Versatility

CT Design’s relatively small facility is a testament to the variety and volume of products that can be manufactured with state-of-the-art panel processing equipment, software and engineered materials

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mHouse Rising

The team behind Surface & Panel magazine has a fanatical dedication to create a beautifully designed magazine with interesting, compelling editorial. This dedication is owed not only to the readers, but also to the advertisers Surface & Panel is privileged to serve. We at Surface & Panel don’t take this task lightly and try our best to continually improve. We know we are only as good as our last issue.

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Finding the Sweet Spot: Update on Lightweight Panel in North America

Lightweight panel (sometimes called lightboard) is an ingenious concept: A thick panel built by sandwiching a paper honeycomb core between two thin sheets of particleboard, MDF or HDF. Within certain criteria, the lightweight panel offers many advantages. Impressive strength-to-weight ratios allow for finished products that achieve big, bold aesthetics while components remain easy to transport, assemble and install.

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