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Efficient Fabrication of Double Curved Surfaces

Research conducted by Elena Vazquez and James Coleman.

The Zahner R&D team recently wrapped a productively spent summer. Intern Elena Vazquez, a Master of Architecture candidate and Fulbright Scholar from Penn State University, joined the team for 10 weeks to conduct research on how to efficiently manufacture double curved metal surfaces. With the uptick in demand for gracefully curving architectural forms, R&D lead engineer and researcher, James Coleman, challenged Vazquez to discover a novel and cost-effective way of fabricating the designs our clients develop.

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From the use of aerospace engineering of curving facades to developing and applying patented technologies, innovation is at the core of Zahner. The museum-level craft and engineering that Zahner consistently provides can be found in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

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ZEPPS is a patented prefab building system to streamline complex structural forms. Zahner provides the system as a comprehensive solution, inclusive of the design-engineering, manufacturing and installation.

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Zahner has a rich history of materials. From aluminum to zinc, cast glass and ceramic bodies, Zahner engineers and fabricators interface with a wide range of materials. The company is a recognized expert in the metal industry, having written the textbook on architectural metal. Learn more about the materials that can be used with Zahner.

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Zahner research and development is focused on developing art and science-based innovations with sustainable environmental practices. New patina process development takes place in our award-winning, EPA compliant facility, ensuring that the art and technology of tomorrow benefits us all.

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