The ribbon consists of Divinycell Matrix IPN foam core from Diab with stitched E-glass skins using a vinylester resin.
The ribbon consists of Divinycell Matrix IPN foam core from Diab with stitched E-glass skins using a vinylester resin.

A shopping center in Perth, Western Australia features a 3.5 x 2.5 m core composite spiral ribbon representing a company logo.

The ribbon was made by Mouldings Design based in Henderson, Western Australia and consists of Divinycell Matrix IPN foam core from Diab with stitched E-glass skins using a vinylester resin. The ribbon weighed in at 72 kg and the total sculpture at 155 kg.

According to Diab, the design of the logo as a helical ribbon, although simple in concept, proved difficult to manufacture in more traditional materials. The use of sandwich composites allowed the complex shape to be easily achieved by the team. An added advantage of the core material was the resulting light weight of the logo. This minimized the impact on the shopping center structure, which a heavier construction may have caused. 

This story is reprinted from material from Diab, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.