Mirror, Mirror

Since we were little girls, we watched Snow White and know the story behind the words Mirror, Mirror.

As we got older, the mirror began to say words similar to a song by M2M:

Mirror Mirror lie to me
Show me what I want to see

Well the reason we want to mirror to lie to us is probably due to its lighting and how it makes us look when trying on clothes in a fitting room.  And nothing is more frustrating than trying on an outfit in a fitting room only for it to appear completely different when you wear it again at home.

Waterjet - The Science Behind the Magic

As a figure skater’s skate cuts into the ice during the perfect sit-spin, the waterjet has a similar motion as it cuts using a small stream of water to erode material along a predefined path to create eye-catching shapes.  Both earning the perfect “6” from the judges. 
At the last Glass Build America show, I thought it was very interesting that not many attendees knew Stylmark had a Flow Mach 3 4020B with Dynamic XD (4m x 2m) waterjet and is one of the few manufactures who can waterjet aluminum and anodize that same material all under one roof.   And not only does the waterjet cut aluminum but a host of other materials including:
•    Steel
•    Brass
•    Glass / Mirrors
•    Plastic
•    Titanium
•    Fiberglass
•    Granite

Stylmark’s waterjet cut accuracy and work envelope encompasses:
•    Materials up to 1” thick cut with 0.001” to 0.003” tolerance
•    Over 1” cut with 0.005” to 0.010” tolerance
•    Cut up to 7” thick
•    Work envelope of 80” x 158”
•    Can cut intricate parts with tight radius
•    Bevel cutting using Dynamic XD, head can tilt 60 degrees each direction from vertical axis

Stylmark can cut logos and anodize them out of aluminum to match the rest of the store décor including showcases, light boxes and fitting room systems creating a unified brand message.   Or for example, if you are having your log cut out of granite, Stylmark can work with you to find an anodized aluminum match for your other store elements. 
 

Color Anodizing and Branding Store Design

Color Anodizing and Branding Store Design

 

Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish.  Anodizing is a “Conversion Coating”, and is very different than paints, plating and other common coatings on metal. While paints and plating sit on top of the surface of the aluminum, anodizing converts the outer layer of aluminum to aluminum oxide, so the coating is fully integrated with the aluminum substrate. Therefore, anodizing doesn’t chip or flake like paint, it is a completely integral with the underlying metal.  The anodized aluminum process typically includes the following steps: cleaning, pre-treating, anodizing, coloring, and sealing.