Waterjet cut ceramic tile test at Zahner
Tessellate™ mockup test at Zahner

Research & Discovery

We want to uncover and advance knowledge.

At Zahner, one thing you will find is a desire to learn. Our desire to discover is the backbone of what makes us who we are. Whether it involves digital definition techniques that allow for accurate fabrication and embodiment of a design or how to keep moisture from entering a system under variable ambient conditions. We at Zahner seek out knowledge.

When you arrive at Zahner you will be first confronted with a vast array of different metals. The feeling is you have entered an artist studio combined with an alchemist laboratory. As you go deeper within Zahner you discover the science, project directed design and development. Here we are working to put our knowledge and expertise to work on various projects for designers. 

Applied R&D

Patents

Zahner Patented Technologies

PATENT US 20070175157 A1The Inverted Seam patent is used in a number of Zahner metal products. Primarily used for both roof and wall enclosures, these systems provide an advanced degree of protection from moisture. Inverted Seam roof systems can be installed at near-level pitches because of its sub-surface drainage channel, enabling architects to design for flat roof systems with a uniform metal appearance.

"Iceflow" custom patina on zinc.
"Iceflow" custom patina on zinc.
Dirty Penny patina on copper.
Dirty Penny patina on copper.
Custom mottled patina on zinc.
Custom mottled patina on zinc.
Custom preweathered patina on zinc.
Custom preweathered patina on zinc.
Reticulated nickel and steel.
Reticulated nickel and steel.
Wave-patterned stainless steel panel.
Wave-patterned stainless steel panel.
Patinated zinc with copper reaction.
Patinated zinc with copper reaction.
Mockup testing for Jan Hendrix canopy artwork.
Mockup testing for Jan Hendrix canopy artwork.
Custom patinated copper with custom joinery.
Custom patinated copper with custom joinery.
Custom formed and punched metals.
Custom formed and punched metals.

Leading Edge Technology

We want to create without stifling the art.

Zahner is constantly looking to incorporate technological prowess into the virtuosity of its workforce. Our roots are in generations of highly skilled artisans who understand the traditions of metal craft. We find, however, a deep desire to augment this tradition with cutting edge engineering and technology. This desire — how to incorporate robotics into design for manufacturing, how to connect artistic abilities with advanced spatial characterization are at the heart and soul of Zahner. 

Robotic palm tree fabrication.
Robotic palm tree fabrication.
Detail of the robotic palm tree.
Detail of the robotic palm tree.
Details of the palm leaves.
Details of the palm leaves.
Zahner fabricators assemble trees.
Zahner fabricators assemble trees.
Waterjet-cut terracotta sample.
Waterjet-cut terracotta sample.
Custom cut terracotta.
Custom cut terracotta.
Laser-etched glazing on a ceramic sample.
Laser-etched glazing on a ceramic sample.
Solanum Steel with ceramic nano-coating
Ruby Robot looks at Zahner employees

Applied Research

We provide tools to our clients to make them better at what they do.

Zahner has a long history of developing systems for the architectural market. In 1937, Zahner applied and received the first patent for machine seaming metal roofing. Since then, over a dozen patents or provisional patents have been awarded for unique and novel inventions. All of these had their basis in applied research at Zahner.

Zahner works with metal surfaces to understand their behavior both in a visual and tactile sense as well as long term performance. We work will all metals and understand the thermodynamic behavior of natural materials in the environment. All of our patinas arrive from experimentation and discovery. We ‘push’ the surfaces to levels of natural stability in order to arrive at beauty and predictability. We do this in a near natural way to keep them from having a painted, faux, appearance.  

Collaboration

We work with the best, like-minded individuals and companies.    

At Zahner we seek out relationships with brilliant and diverse minds in the world. From the creative geniuses of Chuck Hoberman, Dr. Jerry Jones, the artist Jan Hendrix, the designer Jonathan Olivares and many more brilliant artists, architects and designers we push into areas of discovery. By association and engagement we strive to expand the knowledge of materials and systems to make the world more interesting and beautiful.  

Inverted Seam®