Routing and Folding

Known across the world as ‘the original’ ALUCOBOND® has been the market leader in aluminium composite panels since 1969.

ALUCOBOND® is known for its incredible properties, such as extraordinary flatness, a large variety of colours, and perfect formability. It has been developed to be both a rigid and flexible fascia material for architecture and is extremely weatherproof, impact-resistant, and break-proof, vibration-damping, and ensures easy and fast installation.

As a light composite material consisting of two aluminium cover sheets and a plastic core, this incredibly versatile product is also preferred in areas other than architecture – such as corporate design – and is widely used in industry and transportation.

ALUCOBOND® sold over a million sq.m of cladding material worldwide and has been awarded with numerous international prizes.

ALUCOBOND® is the “Original” and has been the market leader in aluminium composite panels world-wide since 1969.

ALUCOBOND® shows excellent product properties such as extraordinary flatness, a large variety of colours and perfect formability. It has been developed as a rigid and, at the same time, flexible fascia material for architecture. ALUCOBOND® is extremely weatherproof, impact-resistant and break-proof, vibration-damping, and ensures easy and fast installation.

As a light composite material consisting of two aluminium cover sheets and a plastic core, the versatile ALUCOBOND® product is a material also preferred in areas other than architecture, such as corporate design, and is widely used in industry and transportation.

Numerous international prizes have been awarded for this successful product. With more than 130 million sq.m of ALUCOBOND® sold, it has proved to be one of the most successful materials world-wide delivering soffit solutions across Asia and the Middle East.

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Cutting

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Punching

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Contour Cutting

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Bending

Roll Bending

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Routing & Folding

Riveting

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Screwing



ALUCOBOND® composite panels can be shaped using a very simple processing method. The technique –called the routing and folding method – enables a fabricator to produce shapes of various kinds and sizes. A V-shaped or rectangular groove is routed on the reverse side of the ALUCOBOND® composite panel using a disk or end milling cutter. A thin layer of the core material should be left at the base of the groove, i.e. on the inside of the outer cover sheet. The untouched outer cover sheet can now be bent manually, giving an exact and clean folding line which follows the routed groove. The outer radius of the folded edge depends on the shape of the groove and its depth. We recommend that routing should be done using a vertical panel saw equipped with ALUCOBOND® grooving accessories, CNC machines, a portable sheet milling machine or handheld router. Routing and folding can be done on all the standard surface and finishes of ALUCOBOND® composite panels.
Important: When folding ALUCOBOND® with an anodised surface, the folded edges are brighter.

Advantages

The convincing advantages of this unique technique are:
  • Low investment cost
  • Simple fabrication technique
  • Folding can be done on site, saving transportation cost
  • Low-cost fabrication of shaped components used in fascia and wall cladding, roof edgings, column cladding, flashings, etc.
  • Flexibility in creating shapes
  • Very economical
  • Shapes are not limited by machine capacity

Benefits

  • The fabrication of shaped components using ALUCOBOND® only requires a minimal investment outlay.
  • Handheld routers and sheet milling machines are inexpensive and can be used either in the workshop or on site.
  • The fabrication of shapes in larger quantities is particularly economical using vertical panel saws equipped with ALUCOBOND® grooving accessories.
90° V-groove for folds up to 90° 135° V-groove for folds up to 135° Rectangular groove for folds up to 150°, depending on panel thickness. Not suitable for ALUCOBOND® A2.