Lettering and coats of arms in architecture
NOEplast formliners allow individual design of concrete surfaces
Hardly any other material offers the designer so many possibilities as concrete. A particularly convenient option is to apply a pattern or texture to its surface with the help of formliners. Other possibilities include lettering, company logos, coats of arms and much more... all permanently expressed in concrete.
NOE-Schaltechnik, Süssen, manufactures formliners and markets them under the brand name NOEplast to allow customers to have their text, lettering, coats of arms, logos, graphic motifs or even photographs “immortalised” in concrete. To do this usually requires only a little information. For example: the word or group of words to be displayed, the font and font size to be used and the depth of the image in the concrete.
To reproduce coats of arms, logos or graphics in concrete surfaces requires vector-based data. This is usually supplied by the customer. If these data are not available, NOE experts can work up a vector-based design for programming a CNC milling machine to create a 1:1 scale model. From this, a polyurethane formliner is cast, which can then be used on site or in a precast concrete works.
Handling and use
The formliners are attached to the panel system. On site, the formliners need to be glued to the panel system. At the precasting works, it is enough just to place them in the form. To ensure that the formliners can be easily stripped from the concrete, we recommend that the formliners are carefully coated with a special NOE release agent. A form prepared like this is perfect for concreting. After the concrete has hardened, it is stripped and the results revealed. Like here in the entrance area of the primary school on Walliser Strasse in Munich. The name the school, the coat of arms of the state capital city of Munich – the “Münchner Kindl” – and the small coat of arms of the Free State of Bavaria are all formed in the concrete surface.
NOEplast excels not only through its fidelity of reproduction, down to the detail of the motif; it is also extremely durable, so that the formliners can be used and reused up to 100 times. NOEplast therefore offers the user the opportunity to skilfully combine material, function and aesthetics.