There is a quiet change going on in the construction industry today. Building materials are getting smarter, easier to apply as well as more cost effective and energy efficient. Building techniques are improving, including some innovations like 3D printing of poured concrete, lighter and more effective insulation materials and more aesthetically pleasing solutions for the building exterior.
With the increased use of glass in construction, architectural window films are becoming a necessity in order not just to limit the sunlight exposure but to also easily harmonize the incoming light with the surrounding colors. Window films play a guiding role in interior environment control for buildings by limiting heat while increasing energy efficiency, reducing light intensity and blocking unnecessary UV light. Current techniques and technology used in manufacturing architectural window films result in a very thick film that is not UV stable. This means that the film is easily broken down and destroyed by the very thing it is tasked with protecting against – the sun. Spider cracks can form, posing both aesthetic and maintenance problems, while a complicated production process keeps installation and replacement costs high. Use of Crystallin® polarizers in window films can enhance the appearance of the outside environment, cut the UV light exposure and improve the film durability.
Crystallin® architectural film polarizers are easy to coat on glass and are incredibly thin. At a 1 micron thickness, no competing polarizer film comes close. Multiple colors are available because Crystallin® films are spectrum tunable. Films can be created that include both UV and IR blocking additives. The proprietary low-cost slit-coating manufacturing process keeps manufacturing costs low and reduces both the final installed cost and maintenance cost for consumers, creating a more competitive product. In addition Crystallin® products can be coated on curved surfaces, a major industry requirement that competing products find difficult, if not impossible, to satisfy.
Beyond creating films and polarizers, Light Polymers’ lyotropic liquid crystal materials can be used in concrete admixtures, modifying the viscosity of the poured concrete mixture to suit specific needs. For example, 3D printing with concrete requires a specific viscosity that can be achieved with Light Polymers’ additives. Due to the lyotropic nature of our materials, they are very efficient in this role. Even a small amount added to a concrete mixture drastically alters the final properties of the concrete. Our liquid crystals can help modify the texture of concrete and also can be used to help introduce other specialty additives that are required for certain specific applications. All the unique properties of Light Polymers’ Lyotropic Liquid Crystals enable construction companies to improve cost efficiency in both construction and maintenance while maintaining a high building quality. Stay tuned for more information on Light Polymers’ building material product applications!
Stay tuned for more information on Light Polymers’ building material product applications!