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Chair made with Airex T10 sustainable core material

News International-French

13 Feb 2020

The prototype PEER Chair Basic shortlisted for the JEC Innovation Awards 2020, is the first 1:1 realization based on the seating furniture Edition PEER, which includes five furniture types made with the Formcore technology and Airex T10 PET sustainable core material. Valentine Troi, Formcore Project Lead, designed the Chair to prove the Formcore concept flexibility on the furniture scale.

Chair made with Airex T10 sustainable core material
The Formcore technology is based on core material plates with a unique slit pattern concept, that enables the production of free-formed sandwich elements without using molds or tools, so the output of single items or a small number of pieces gets economically feasible. Since a Formcore slit pattern has no "useless" slits, up to 20% of resin, and up 12% weight can get saved up into the final composite sandwich element.

The scalable complexity of the production processes for composite elements, especially regarding Formcore technology, enables architects, designers, and manufacturers to produce with composite technology. The possibility for moldless production is primarily a benefit for architecture and design applications, where single items are often required.

Further value by working with composites in creative sectors like architecture and design, where Formcore is focused on, is the variability regarding the materials – the more diverse the object or project requirements are, the more diverse the material availability for composing a sandwich is.

Valentine Troi, Formcore Project Lead said:

“Working with Airex PET-based core material brought my Formcore project to the next level. The unique balance between the high technical performance and material sustainable impact, enables me to design and construct not only high performing composite-oriented designs but also responsibly, PET is a sustainable material and potentially recyclable or reused”

Eric Gauthier, CEO of 3A Composites Core Materials said:

"We are very proud to be nominated JEC Innovation Award Finalist with Formcore. At 3A Composites we welcome innovations in favor of creating sustainable solutions in the industry. Formcore and Airex T10 can serve the architecture segment in the most efficient and environmentally-friendly way. We are looking forward to bringing sustainable innovation to the architecture community"

The Formcore project idea was born during an informal discussion at 3A Composites Core Materials stand at JEC Paris 2016; Valentine Troi, the former CEO of superTEX composite components, discussed the challenges of pushing lightweight composite material into the high-end architecture segment. Today's world-leading architecture projects are free-formed. The conclusion was the primary concern to the little use of composite elements in free-formed architecture projects was the exponential costs driven by the massive need of molds – for every façade panel one mold, every façade panel has a different geometry.

Chair made with Airex T10 sustainable core material

Valentine Troi left her company superTEX composites in 2017 to found her development company troi.composite components and lined up the Formcore project together with several corporate partners: Q-Biq, Format Engineers and i.sd_structure and design (Department of Design at the University of Innsbruck).

The result of the first development phase was the Formcore patent application in 2018 and a first façade prototype mounted on the "Neuschneewolke" in Lüsens/Tyrol. The content and goals of the second development phase were defined in close collaboration between troi.composite components, 3A Composites Core Materials and Gaugler & Lutz oHG, these comprised the development of marketable Formcore production processes for different scales and applications and launching the innovation at the JEC World 2020, PEER Chair series, which is now nominated JEC Innovation Award Finalist 2020.

Chair made with Airex T10 sustainable core material

The JEC Innovation Award 2020 voting process is now open to select the general public favorite innovations.
Go to vote for your favorite JEC Innovation Awards: https://bit.ly/39wBFKe

3A Composites Core Materials will be at JEC World Hall 5, Booth G27.