17 Oct 2014

Greenweek 2014

Category: News, Sustainability

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We believe that we must be responsible for our products through their entire life cycle, with a diligent focus on the balance of people, planet, and profit.

Our sustainability initiatives:

Zero-waste manufacturing facilities

Carbon neutrality by 2017

Socially and Environmentally Responsible Manufacturing

Transparency Leadership

Employee Engagement

Last week we participated in activities from clearing the parking lot by choosing alternative transportation, retiring a parking space to create another green space for employees, refraining from using any trash cans one day (we hauled our own trash home at the end of the day), and creating short movies to illustrate the life cycle of every day products.

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What have you done this week to be more sustainable?





Learning about 3form materials and solutions is kind of a big deal this time of year for our sales reps.

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As is tradition, our annual national sales conference attendees participate in a service project. This year the service project encompassed creating kits for various groups in need. This year we chose to give back to the military because many of our sales force are or have families in the military. Additional projects were done to support women and children in areas related our Full Circle communities and sick children at a local hospital in Utah.

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The results of this activity yielded big stacks of items to be donated as well as hearts that were warmed by the sheer joy of giving.

Here's what we accomplished: 1000 School kits for students in the Philippines
370 Newborn kits for moms and babies in Zimbabwe
60 kits for active military men and women - additional names were given to some of our representatives for them to send care packages individually
12 fleece blankets for sick children at Primary Children’s Hospital

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The Background

Service recently began in the San Bernardino valley on the first bus rapid transit system in the county. Omnitrans, a public transportation agency, sought Gruen Associates working under Parsons Transportation Group to design and develop stations along the Green Line for the San Bernardino Express (sbX), which connects diverse communities in two cities to centers of commerce, services, and local universities.

The Challenge

Known as an architecture firm that transforms communities, Gruen Associates accepted the challenge. At the most basic level, the stops needed to provide shelter from the strong winds and the California sun. But the designers also wanted to tie the communities together and create a timeless design the residents could be proud of for decades. Gruen worked with Omnitrans and local user groups to develop a design that connects communities metaphorically as well as physically. Designers envisioned shelters that would create a sense of movement while referencing the shapes of the surrounding San Bernardino Mountains with undulating shapes and angles of the shelter canopies.

After realizing the complex angles and compound curves would not be viable in glass, the firm sought a new material and a vendor. On a tight deadline for installation, Gruen reached out to 3form for a strong, formable material that was weather resistant. The complexity of the angles on the canopies required customization and accuracy.

The Solution

Within weeks of obtaining Gruen’s drawings, 3form built 34 custom molds to fit the complex angles on all 16 transit canopies, then the 3form fabrication team extruded 400 custom-sized Koda XT panels, molded custom aluminum channels around each piece to achieve the desired aesthetic and shipped off the panels to meet the tight installation timeline. The new bus stops touch the lives of thousands and create a striking aesthetic throughout the valley. ”We knew that 3form was the right company for this job,” said Jill Wagner, Associate Partner at Gruen Associates. “Working with 3form  enhanced the design process and the end result realizes our vision in a way that added value to the project.”





Community gathering for the opening of the Long Street Cultural Wall.
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Communities once separated by a highway are now reunited through the Long Street Bridge project in Columbus, Ohio, which was opened this week. This Ohio Department of Transportation project features a 240-foot Cultural Wall, made from High Res panels of Koda XT. 3form provided all the lighting and hardware in this Advanced Technology Group complete solution. This visual history tells the story of the rich cultural heritage of King Lincoln and Discovery District neighborhoods. The wall features art by veteran Columbus photographer and artist Kojo Kamau and mixed media artist and wood carver Larry Winston Collins, who is also an associate professor at Miami University of Ohio. The community turned out in droves to see the unveiling of this new public art installment linking the two neighborhoods. More local media coverage here.



18 Jun 2014

NeoCon 2014

Category: Design, News

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We had a blast at NeoCon this year and walked away with two awards!

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Our Pattern+ system took Silver for the category of Architectural & Decorative Glass. This customization system provides designers with control and flexibility over scale, color and pattern through multiple material platforms from Infinite Glass to Varia Ecoresin®.

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Full Circle designs from Ndem, Senegal garnered a Silver award in the NeoCon Surface & Materials category based mostly on the philanthropic story of Full Circle. The dynamic wire patterns are called Dance and Pogo. Rhythmic fabric chains form Tribe, a fresh spin-off of the award-winning Ensign pattern.

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For more information or to see samples of these award-winning new products, contact your 3form sales rep.


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15 May 2014

Meet us at HD Booth 1735

Category: Design

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New products have finally launched! While we've been prepping each new product, we've also been working on the booth for HD Expo. Collaborative efforts of designers, engineers and fabrication teams have pulled in elements reflective of current trends and the newest 3form products. In response to the demand for communal spaces with areas set apart for privacy in healthcare, education, corporate and hospitality segments, we developed a few curved spaces that can be seen at our HD booth 1735. Stop by and visit us or get in touch with your 3form sales rep to see samples of our exciting new materials.

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"What's new?" our clients ask. We respond, "Have you got a minute?" There is a lot this season. We are excited for the birth of these stunning new babies. So, here is a sneak peak.


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We absolutely love laser cut technology! Crisp cuts in translucent flowing fabric opens up a new realm of design possibilities. Suspended in Varia Ecoresin, these fabrics are captured in free-falling motion. A fragile material is showcased with a clean architectural presence.


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Gradient color is downright gorgeous—visually creating flow, shift and transition. We all crave spaces with movement. Areas providing privacy and openness...these two considerations seem to always be at odds. The use of gradients produces appealing visual movement and balances privacy with openness. Jackpot!


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You know we love resin here at 3form. We eat, live and breathe resin. But, we also believe that you need the right material for your application. Sometimes glass is a great solution. This spring we are now offering yet another system to achieve your design intent regardless of the material you need. (Think C3 Color for patterns.)

Check back on May 12 when the full collection goes online. If you can't wait, call your 3form sales rep to request a presentation. You're going to love these new offerings.





We've been busy at Studio by 3form getting ready to launch new products at this year's trade shows that we hope will knock your socks off. Since we are lovers of all things texture, our design team put their heads together to come up with new products in our Poured Glass and Profile offerings that bring unique textural elements to your projects.

We thought you might like to see some inspiration for this year's collection and a few teasers from the big launch available to you on May 12. We hope you like what you see and we can't wait to show you more at HD Expo and NeoCon! If you won't be there, set up a time with your Studio sales rep to preview our new designs.

  Geometric shapes and patterns, layering and subtle depth inspired our newest products.
StudioPinterest   We had a blast getting ready for product launches with our photo shoots and trade show booth build. Here is a sneak peek at our newest product using laser cut textiles in Poured Glass to provide depth and texture.


Studio_Entwineprocess   New Profile designs include options for custom and easy installation, bold colors and striking textures.

Studio_largeplankRay   Find us at HD Expo in Las Vegas in booth #1735 and at NeoCon in Chicago in booth 8-4094. Like Studio by 3form on Facebook Follow Studio by 3form on Twitter

4 Responses to “Studio: Ready for Spring Launch”

  1. Louise Durocher Says:

    I am a sculptor and have a large piece which I was going to have casted in bronze but seeing your new products, I would like to explore this new and exciting laser cutting technology. Where do I start?
    On my website the piece named “Ginger” in plexiglass, can you produce this type of work?

    Sincerely,
    Louise Durocher

  2. Nancy Kitchener Says:

    Hi there,
    I used 3form in a prior installation. They are now finishing a second level of the building. Could you tell me who the rep is for North Carolina? I am located in Raleigh.

    Thanks
    West Side Design
    Nancy Kitchener
    Owner

  3. Pam Says:

    Sorry for the delay. Gail Holroyd is the rep there in North Carolina. You can reach her via email: gail.holroyd@3-form.com or call her at 704-929-7713

  4. Pam Says:

    Hi Louise,

    The best way to find out if our material is compatible with your method of creating art is to talk to a sales person in your area (go here and type in your zip code) or order a panel for your own experimentation from our Reclaim page. Hope that helps!




This Earth Day we chatted via Twitter with Metropolis Magazine editor Susan Szenasy about sustainability, corporate responsibility and our commitment to both. You can see the whole conversation if you search #PathtoZero on Twitter or go here.

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Here are some highlights from the discussion:

At 3form we believe our corporate responsibility is to the earth, to the success of our business and to earth friendly product development.

3form is motivated by the balance of people, planet, and profit.

IMG_3449_cleanup Metropolis: Is 3form sustainability platform, Path to Zero, meant to go beyond carbon?

Path to Zero now includes five core elements beyond carbon neutrality by 2017 (1) Zero waste from manufacturing facility (evolved from zero waste to landfill) (2) Carbon neutrality at manufacturing facility by 2017 (3) Increased recycled content, or total input responsibility in products (4) Continued leadership in marketplace transparency initiatives, like EPD’s (5) Meaningful corporate citizenship and employee engagement in sustainability

dumpsterdive2 Metropolis: How is 3form connecting with and sustaining livelihoods?

(1) 3form employees in manufacturing roles are eligible in tuition programs to further their professional development. (2) Meanwhile, artisans in developing regions are given access to meaningful benefits and wages. (3) 3form is big on meaningful engagement. As employees, we are encouraged to volunteer our time and energy to philanthropy, too.
VIDEO of Full Circle Wire Product Development in Senegal Metropolis: If other corporations asked you about being a responsible corporate citizen, what would your advice be? Be real. Similar to greenwashing, inauthentic leadership rarely leads a company to sustainability initiatives of substance.

ArtisanSewing Metropolis: Social responsibility is fashionable now, how would you make it an everyday practice, rather than fleeting fashion? We feel it’s a state of mind. It is also an imperative that we act. Responsibility, consciousness—these things show in quality, and quality endures the whims of fashion. To us, design is about beauty, thoughtfulness, humanity and positive impact—to the eye and the community.




DanielleGreenhouse1_blog We're celebrating sustainability over the next month with images from our employees who have upcycled or reused our materials in unique ways. This project from one of our engineers really stood out. The roof is built of Struttura Duo. The greenhouse structure is about 20 feet long by 12 feet wide (and maybe 10feet tall to the peak of the roof). They have built it on some raised garden beds to help insulate and heat the structure with the dirt underneath. They created a way to grow food year round with the space they had—genius! DanielleGreenhouse7_blog Here's what our employee had to say about this work in process: I have been collecting the panels for about a year. We have about six more panels in the garage, but not enough to do the walls, so this year we wrapped it in a thick plastic that still allows UV light and heat in, but was easy to install. Maybe next year we will have 3form walls... As a side note, the lighting team was getting rid of some old, outdated lights, so we snatched them up and turned them into a seed starting station to get some light on the seeds. If you want to build your own structure or piece of art with 3form material, check out our Reform program here. DanielleGreenhouse2_blog DanielleGreenhouse4_blog DanielleGreenhouse5_blog DanielleGreenhouse8_blog