Join us in a chat with our head of composites industrialization and production engineer, taking us through the creation of the Velvets.
It took research and experimentation to create the Velvet's effortlessly smooth surfaces. With years of hands-on knowledge, the team has a comprehensive understanding on how to achieve the results needed.
Pedro tell us about how he works on each prototype by hand at the start of a new project. “Technology allows us to shape the processes and the machinery helps us create the flawless surfaces we strive for,” he starts.
On the the factory floor, aspirators, milling machines and polishers provide the soundtrack. On the ground, yellow lines mark off the work stations in which minerals and resins are transformed with an alchemist touch. We start by heading to the casting section.
Pedro points to the still soft playdoh-like surface of a just demoulded Velvet to illustrate the importance of cure time. To achieve their full mechanical properties, every Velvet is placed on a supporting structure and is left to relax at a controlled room temperature of 25C degrees until solid. Talk about a sweet life!
Like synchronised swimmers, each work station moves to check angles and dimensions, proceeding to check all outlets and overflows, in a carefully choreographed procedure. Next up is polishing.
When a washbasin leaves the milling machines, it is taken to the central hub of the factory: the world-class finishing section. We stand to the side as a series of trolleys move around the work stations, following a meticulous process that starts by assembling every component of the washbasin.