Gersthofen, 20th October 2014. In only a few years, sedak has become the trailblazer of finishing glass and stands for exceptional quality and extreme pane sizes in the international architecture. On occasion of this year's glasstec, the market leader for large-size panes presents a further milestone of finishing glass: a laminate with the measures of 3.2 x 14m having been finished with the ceramic-ink digital print technology.
Since the beginning of the year, sedak has been operating the worldwide largest flatbed printer for ceramic-ink digital print and thus, offers a completely new scope for design: the new technology delights ever more architects and facade constructors with high precision in the print quality and maximum flexibility in the design of the motive. Due to the digital print technology, the facade becomes a large-size canvas for creative designers.
The print subject is designed at the computer. Modifications are made easily. The design can be reproduced any time. “Motives are defined directly at the computer, processed as requested and sent directly from the computer to the printer without any long and expensive arrangements,” explains Bernhard Veh, CEO of sedak. After the printing, the ceramic inks melt permanently with the glass at 600 degrees Celsius in the ESG-furnace.
The new print technology for large-size formats opens up several possible applications. After having been burnt in the furnace, the pane can be processed further to VSG (laminated safety glass) or insulating glass. The inside as well as the exterior can be designed totally different.
Besides the designing of facades and roofs outdoors, large-size designed panes are used for hotel lobbies, malls or glass floors. Architecture and ambience close ranks.
Due to the extremely resistant print, the digital print technology is also suitable for anti-slip effects on glass floors.
Now, at the special exhibition “glass technology live”, the worldwide largest ceramic-ink digital print can be admired. The exhibit is supposed to not only fascinate because of its size. There is a lot to discover in the print’s design. It is supposed to invite to pace off the pane in its entire size, to test the proximity effect and the long-distance effect.
However, it also shows the role the element “glass” will have for architecture in the future. It will not only be just ornamental art but an integral component of the overall system “building” with its functional scope of design. Logically, sedak’s unicum shown at the “glass technology live” has been developed in cooperation with an architect. Christian Tschersich of LAVA created the screen based on a computer-aided, generative technology.
Glass as a part of the overall design
Analogous to the parameterized architecture, the appearance of the scene orientates itself towards the installment location, the position, the size or the cardinal direction. Bernhard Veh explains the exhibit: “More than ever, it was our aim to make glass an organic component of the overall design. The density of pattern repeat, colors and transparency are created in dependence on the architecture. The building and the design become an intelligent, connected unity.
In the comprehensive view, the motives created with the sedak technology stand out due to a coherent design and at the same time, have a strong performance-based variability. The back of the glasstec exhibit also shines out with an impressive motive: it shows a work by Hubertus Hamm, a photographer from Munich. The photo has been alienated due to the interaction with the parameterized design of the front.