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New Product Launch at AGAM – The Lightbox Extrusion, FH2001

AGAM has created a team infrastructure that we believe best serves the needs of our customers: providing superior client service as well as design in the aluminum modular system industry. Moreover, with many of our product lines, AGAM continues to develop and refine our system to better suit customers’ wants and needs. The most recent being an addition to the Fabric Holding series: the FH2001. Below is the FH2001 Extrusion. The rendering to the right is just one of the ways you can use the FH2001 to enhance your displays. Continue reading to find out how AGAM has used the FH2001 Extrusion.

New Product Launch at AGAM – The Lightbox Extrusion, FH2001

New Product Launch at AGAM – The Lightbox Extrusion, FH2001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concept Development of AGAM’s FH2001

The FH2001 is an eight-inch (200mm) deep extrusion that can be engineered to construct custom-sized lightboxes. Here are the most important design objectives AGAM followed when creating the FH2001:New Product Launch at AGAM – The Lightbox Extrusion, FH2001

  • A slim, sturdy 200mm profile
  • Double-sided Silicone Edge Graphic (SEG) frame
  • Option between hard panel and fabric diffusers
  • Multiple light configuration possibilities

AGAM manufactured a small sample using existing extrusions. There are two different sized miter and inline connectors for the FH2001: small and large. The smaller version is intended for frames of 6’x6’ or less, and the larger versions are for frames of 6’x6’ or more.

Development of AGAM’s Lightbox Extrusion FH2001

Because of the slim profile of FH2001, the lights can be mounted very close to the edge of the frame, creating large, fully backlit displays without dark edges. The internal channels are spaced so that the number of LED strips can be easily doubled for an extra bright display.

Testing Lightbox Extrusion FH2001 at AGAM

After the drawing was officially approved, and sample lengths of the FH2001 were received, our engineers built a full sized frame to test the strength, ease of assembly, and lighting effects. They also began determining the best way to incorporate different accessory pieces, such as base plates, side legs, and corner braces. All of these would be used to provide additional strength and stability, which is necessary for large-scale frames.

The best way to attach the base plate was to manufacture a custom plate with two holes. By lining up the two outer channels on the FH2001, this would secure the base plate to the rest of the light box.

Connections are made with carriage bolts, washers, and nuts, just like any other FH frame. By adding the second hole in the base, the bolts do not interfere with the LED strips in the center channel.

Successful Creation of AGAM’s Lightbox Extrusion FH2001

The extra depth of the FH2001 frame creates space between the graphic and LEDs, so the light is appropriately diffused and evenly spaced.

Below are some design ideas that demonstrate various applications of the FH2001.

New Product Launch at AGAM – The Lightbox Extrusion, FH2001

New Product Launch at AGAM – The Lightbox Extrusion, FH2001

AGAM Aluminum Modular System Can Help You

AGAM offers unparalleled manufacturing and specialized fabrication services. With a vast 110,000 square foot production facility, AGAM provides all its services under one roof in the United States. With AGAM Systems, design possibilities are infinite. So, if you are looking to make improvements to any type of environment, such as a conference room (as in our case), AGAM has a solution for you.  Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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AGAM’s Oval CBX Punch Design

AGAM has created a team infrastructure that we believe best serves the needs of our customers: providing superior client service, as well as design in the aluminum modular system industry. As technologies and techniques continue to develop, AGAM refines our system to suit all of our customer’s needs and wants.

Connecting Frames with AGAM’s Oval CBX Punch

Do you want to add an extrusion to the inside of an existing frame? Are you wondering how it would connect? AGAM has answered your question with the creation of the Oval CBX Punch. The unique oval punch design allows and easily ‘hide-and-slide’ inside select system extrusions. AGAM’s already simple assembly process will become instantly more efficient by minimizing extrusion placement constraints during construction.

AGAM’s Oval CBX Punch Design

AGAM’s Oval CBX Punch Design

 

AGAM Extrusions that Work with the Oval CBX Punch

This oval “cut out/ punch out” allows a CBX Connector to slide easily in and out of these select extrusions: PH1005, PH1045, PH1038, PL1012, TR44, PH1080, PH2000, Slatwall, PH1003, PH1003-B, PH1070, PH1002, TR45, PH1035, PH1028, PH1036, and PH1076.

How the Oval CBX Punch Connects to Extrusions

Sliding the screw away from the CBX Connector sets it to the “in” position. This position is used for placement of the extrusion.

AGAM’s Oval CBX Punch Design

Once you’ve chosen the placement of your extrusion, it is time to secure it. Slide the screw toward the CBX Connector; this sets it to the “out” position.

AGAM’s Oval CBX Punch Design

Tighten the screw and voilà, you have successfully added an extrusion without having to disassemble your existing structure!

AGAM’s Oval CBX Punch Design

AGAM’s Easy Assembly

AGAM offers unparalleled manufacturing and specialized fabrication services. With a vast 110,000 square foot production facility, AGAM provides all its services under one roof in the United States. With AGAM Systems, design possibilities are infinite. So, if you are looking to make improvements to any environment, such as a conference room (as in our case), AGAM has a solution for you. Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll-free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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How to Create Seamless SEG Fabric Corners at AGAM Aluminum Modular System

In these times of ever changing marketing needs, AGAM strives to develop display equipment. And with AGAM Aluminum Modular System, design possibilities are infinite. So, to help with creative inspiration, here is a design idea that AGAM has developed, which doubles a visual message while using the same amount of space and hardware.

AGAM Extrusions Needed to Create a Seamless SEG Fabric Corner Cube

The cube was created as a scaled down demonstration for SEG fabric corners for trade shows. With constantly increasing success and popularity, the SEG Fabric Corner cubes have evolved into a more versatile design element used with many of our clients.How to Create Seamless SEG Fabric Corners at AGAM Aluminum Modular System

AGAM Extrusions Utilized for the SEG Fabric Corner Cube

  • AGAM Aluminum Modular System Extrusion FH451(8 pieces)
  • AGAM Aluminum Modular System Extrusion FH1490 (4 pieces)
  • AGAM Aluminum Modular System Extrusion CBX42 Connectors (16 pieces)
  • AGAM Aluminum Modular System Extrusion FH1490 End plates (8 pieces)

Below are the basic steps of creating a seamless SEG fabric corner cube display. It is important to understand the core components of how they must fit together.  Then, we will show you how this technique can be applied to different design instances that deliver truly breathtaking results.

3-Step Assembly with AGAM Extrusions to Create Seamless SEG Fabric Corner Cube

The FH1490 Extrusion and the FH1490 End Plate combined with the FH451 Extrusion and skinned with SEG fabric, allow designers to create stunning and dramatic cube designs. Below are the instructions on how to assemble the Seamless SEG Fabric Corner Cube using AGAM extrusions.

AGAM Extrusions to Create Seamless SEG Fabric Corner Cube Step 1: Understand the Core of the Cube

  • There are only three major components:FH451 Extrusions (8 pieces) for the horizontal posts
    • FH451 Extrusions (8 pieces) for the horizontal posts
    • FH1490 Extrusions (4 pieces) for the vertical posts
    • FH1490 End Plates (8 pieces)

How to Create Seamless SEG Fabric Corners at AGAM Aluminum Modular SystemHow to Create Seamless SEG Fabric Corners at AGAM Aluminum Modular System How to Create Seamless SEG Fabric Corners at AGAM Aluminum Modular System

 

 

 

 

AGAM Extrusions to Create Seamless SEG Fabric Corner Cube Step 2: Connecting the Extrusions

  • The FH451 have CBX42 Connectors (16 pieces) installed on each end
  • Connect the FH451 horizontal beams to the FH1490 vertical posts by tightening the CBX42 Connectors
  • Slide the FH1490 End Plate (8 pieces) into the internal cavity on the top and bottom of the FH1490 vertical posts.
  • Tighten the end plates on the FH1490 extrusion with a screw.

How to Create Seamless SEG Fabric Corners at AGAM Aluminum Modular System

How to Create Seamless SEG Fabric Corners at AGAM Aluminum Modular System

AGAM Extrusions to Create Seamless SEG Fabric Corner Cube Step 3:  SEG Fabric

  • Design an image that lends itself well in a spanned format. For example, the image below was used for our EuroShop 2011 Exhibit.
  • After a graphic has been decided, divide it into four equal parts (these will be printed by your SEG provider)

One you have the SEG fabric in hand, install it in the correct sequential order into the sides of the aluminum frame and you’re done!How to Create Seamless SEG Fabric Corners at AGAM Aluminum Modular SystemHow to Create Seamless SEG Fabric Corners at AGAM Aluminum Modular System

Versatility of AGAM’s Seamless SEG Fabric Corners

At AGAM, we strive to fabricate displays that can be used for various purposes. And with the Seamless SEG Fabric Corners, it’s nothing different. Since each panel is independently printed and installed, you are able to easily change the visual message by reprinting the panel. This will save you money while also saving resources and making it a much more eco-responsible choice.

The custom designed, fabricated and welded floor base, which supports the angled cube, can create a visual focal point for any modern entryway environment. The Seamless SEG Fabric Corners can become a visual focal point at tradeshows as well as in corporate lobbies, an upscale retail location, or even a public atrium.

But, for a truly stunning statement, use overhead cubes as your primary exhibit message area. Not only is this signage visible from just about anywhere on the show room floor, but also the aluminum framework is lightweight and SEG fabric can easily be installed.

Finally, we have seen retail environments use overhead cubes to display messages about their products. The outside of the display attracts customers to a certain area of the store while the inside provides more detailed information about the products. Hanging the cubes is a great way to save floor space for other displays while simultaneously conveying an effective message.

How AGAM Modular Display Systems Have Used the Seamless SEG Fabric Corners

How to Create Seamless SEG Fabric Corners at AGAM Aluminum Modular System

AGAM created colorful lanterns that were incorporated into the design of our EuroShop exhibit. Granted, you’ll need qualified electrical personnel to handle the wiring, but if you have these resources, it’s easy to create a stunning ambiance with simple aluminum framework and the right SEG fabric.

Check out the Product Information Sheet PDF for additional info about seamless SEG fabric corners.

AGAM System Provides Customized Solutions

AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System can provide quality products in a timely manner. As a company, we strive to exceed our customer’s expectations every day! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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How to Design a 3-D Holographic Look Using SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusions 

How to Design a 3-D Holographic Look Using SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusions 

3-D Holographic Using SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusions

AGAM offers unparalleled manufacturing and specialized fabrication services for both large-scale and small-scale projects. With a vast 110,000 square foot production facility and workshop, AGAM provides all its services under one roof in the United States.

Creating a 3-D Holographic with AGAM Extrusions and SEG Fabric 

Recently, one of our Industrial Designers had the opportunity to create Silicone Edge Graphic (SEG) fabric images for an exhibit. Fabric construction is growing in popularity throughout the aluminum modular system industry and AGAM is truly leading the way in innovative design and importantly, execution. SEG’s are known for giving the appearance of a three-dimensional hologram and by using AGAM extrusions and layering different types of SEG fabric, we can bring to life your designs.

Want to know how to do it and seize the popularity of this design trend? Follow the steps below for creating a 3-D Holographic with AGAM extrusions and SEG fabric.

Materials Needed to Create 3-D Holographic with AGAM Extrusions and Fabric

Extrusions: For this example, our Industrial Designer used VS45308 (2 pieces) and FH19 (4 pieces). These are not the only AGAM extrusions that you can use to create this effect, but for the purpose of showing this technique, they are a good choice to start with.

SEG Fabric: By layering a “solid” background with a “sheer” image, you can easily make your design pop. For our example, the baseball player in the middle of his swing is considered AGAM’s “solid” background graphic, while the blurred baseball in the foreground is a “sheer” image.

The background graphic is printed on Polyknit 9 fabric and the foreground graphic is printed on a mesh fabric called Polylucent. The Polylucent fabric is about 50% transparent. When these fabrics are layered on top of one another, it creates a striking composite image.

How to Design a 3-D Holographic Look Using SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusions 

AGAM SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusions combine multiple images combine into a dynamic composite graphic

Only 2-Steps Needed to Create 3-D Holographic with AGAM Extrusions and Fabric

Step 1: AGAM Extrusion Placement

Slide the FH19 (x4) extrusions into the outer most channels of the VS45308 (x2) extrusions. Be sure to always have the fabric channel on the FH19 facing outwards.

Step 2: Polylucent (sheer) Fabric Insertion

Place the transparent (sheer) fabric into the FH19. Then, put the non-transparent (solid) fabric into the FH19 on the other side of the VS45308. 

Important note: The “solid” fabric must be “reverse stitched.” This means that the silicone gasket must be sewed on the outside of the fabric (on the image side). This allows the SEG fabric to be place into the backside channel.

How to Design a 3-D Holographic Look Using SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusions 

Extrusions used to create a 3-D Holographic Look with SEG Fabics

AGAM’s Tips, Tricks, and Advice for the 3-D Holographic

AGAM SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusion for 3-D Holographics Tip 1:

Don’t be locked into using the VS45308 extrusion. Similar effects can be created using different extrusion combinations. For instance, using a with the creates a narrower view port, changing the holographic feel. You should use the Channel Converter extrusion on any square 76mm or 108mm extrusion.

AGAM SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusion for 3-D Holographics Tip 2:

Don’t be locked into using the VS45308 extrusion. Similar effects can be created using different extrusion combinations. For instance, using a VS76 with the C3-76 Channel Converter creates a narrower view port, changing the holographic feel. You should use the Channel Converter extrusion on any square 76mm or 108mm extrusion.

AGAM SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusion for 3-D Holographics Tip 3:

Experiment with different channel distances that hold the SEG fabric. Depending on the size of the SEG fabric area, shorter channel distances will yield different visual results.

AGAM SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusion for 3-D Holographics Tip 4:

Basic Rule of Thumb: The bigger the SEG fabric, the more you should increase your view port depth.

  • If you’re looking to create a unique ambiance, consider long and tall graphics. Large scale SEG’s with multiple sheer fabrics can create results that are truly one-of-a-kind. Or consider using two different sheer screen graphics and a solid background.
  • If you have the time and resources, consider backlighting the background graphic and using Trifab fabric instead of Polyknit.
  • Be sure to double-check all dimensions for your open size of the SEG fabric, especially for Polylucent fabric. Unlike other fabrics, Polylucent has almost no give, so no matter how much you try to stretch the fabric into the channel, it won’t fit if it’s not the right size.
  • Instead of a photo (as show with the baseball graphic) consider using a background pattern and offsetting the pattern by just a few degrees and/or slight color change. This can create a remarkable visual dichotomy that can’t be replicated. This is because the image “movement” is based on the observer’s location and will change as he/she walks by the image. Watch as people on the floor try to figure out just how the multidimensional effect was made! They’ll be blown away when they find out that it’s just two pieces of fabric.

    How to Design a 3-D Holographic Look Using SEG Fabric and AGAM Extrusions 

    Composite graphic viewed from different angles

AGAM System Provides Fast Customized Solutions

AGAM wants to see you try! Share your photos, thoughts, questions, comments, and even tips that you have found helpful during the developing process! AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System can provide quality products in a timely manner. As a company, we strive to exceed our customer’s expectations every day! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call, toll free, for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

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Communicating Design Ideas with AGAM

With the AGAM System, design possibilities are infinite. So, if you have a design idea that you want AGAM to create, there are four forms of communication that will help us understand what you need.

4 Ways to Inform AGAM of your Design Idea

First Way to Communicate Design Ideas: CAD Files

Communicating Design Ideas with AGAM

AutoCAD Rendering

More and more clients are using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Files to communicate. At AGAM, we mainly use AutoCAD and Solidworks. A well-drawn CAD files is the best way to insure you get what you want. From that file, we can get accurate dimensions, check for any issues, and quickly make any revisions. That said CAD files become a shared platform, making it easier to communicate about the design of your project. CAD blogs of our extrusions are available for download here.

 

Second Way to Communicate Design Ideas: Hand Sketches, Renderings, and Pictures

Communicating Design Ideas with AGAM

Computer-Aided Design

A hand sketch, along with some dimensions, can give us an accurate idea of your concept. A hand sketch can also show details, such as a custom hole drilled through an extrusion. From this, we can provide you with a CAD drawing and a quote for your approval.

 

Third Way to Communicate Design Ideas: Written Descriptions

Communicating Design Ideas with AGAM

Written Descriptions

Written descriptions work well with drawings. You can easily point out details in a drawing or provide special instructions. Perhaps you want something powder coated with a customer color, or want extra parts? Maybe, you’re on a tight deadline and need things rushed? No problem just let us know!

 

Forth Way to Communicate Design Ideas: Parts Lists

Communicating Design Ideas with AGAM

Parts Lists

Parts lists are good for simple orders. They also work well when combined with other methods of communication. Our project coordinators can quote these quickly. However, if your project is more complicated, a drawing or description may be necessary.

Naturally, the more information you provide the better. But, if you need a hand ironing out the details, our project coordinators are here to help.

And, if you’re just ordering parts, simply send us a list including the quantity, reference number, and description of parts needed!

 

How AGAM Can Create Your Designs

The AGAM Aluminum Modular Display System is engineered around a wide variety of extrusions and accessories. These components interlock to build attractive exhibits, displays, store fixtures, office environments or anything your imagination and creativity will allow! Let AGAM be your partner in getting your projects done! Email us at info@agam.com or give us a call for more information at 1-800-645-0854.

 

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