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Recemat foam


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Recemat has a cellular structure and is produced from metallised organic foam. The base material for the metallisation is nickel. The material has an extremely open cell structure. The cavities make up more than 94% of the total volume. This results in a very low weight-to-volume ratio compared to the solid, yet with a far higher rigidity and strength. For applications requiring even higher strength and rigidity the base foam has to be chromed and heat-treated. Recemat is a versatile material that can be applied to many branches of engineering or design. It can be machined with appropriate conventional tools or, if more precision is needed, modern laser cutters are used.

The material’s rigid and lightweight structure makes it suitable for a wide range of applications. It can easily be (spray) painted, and it is conductive and electromagnetic. It has a high melting point and a very high capillarity. It is available in sheets of 900 mm x 500 mm. Standard colours are either silver or grey-green. The silver variant is flexible and mouldable, while the grey-green product has a higher rigidity.

Common uses for Recemat are as a decorative construction material, gas diffuser, filter material or, based on its strong capillarity, as a passive humidifier.

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