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To help visualize the three-dimensional quality of the surface, the team went through a prototyping process that involved popping bubble wrap over a pattern of planned raised, flat, and depressed dots.

Citation: Bitmaps

Citation: Bitmaps

  • To help visualize the three-dimensional quality of the surface, the team went through a prototyping process that involved popping bubble wrap over a pattern of planned raised, flat, and depressed dots.

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    To help visualize the three-dimensional quality of the surface, the team went through a prototyping process that involved popping bubble wrap over a pattern of planned raised, flat, and depressed dots.

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    To help visualize the three-dimensional quality of the surface, the team went through a prototyping process that involved popping bubble wrap over a pattern of planned raised, flat, and depressed dots.

  • Oriented strand board was milled on a three-axis CNC router to correspond to the positive and negative bumps on each specific tile. These boards were fitted behind the tiles and attached with adhesive to give support to the thin polystyrene material and to ensure that the tiles were spaced uniformly.

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    Oriented strand board was milled on a three-axis CNC router to correspond to the positive and negative bumps on each specific tile. These boards were fitted behind the tiles and attached with adhesive to give support to the thin polystyrene material and to ensure that the tiles were spaced uniformly.

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    Courtesy PROJECTiONE

    Oriented strand board was milled on a three-axis CNC router to correspond to the positive and negative bumps on each specific tile. These boards were fitted behind the tiles and attached with adhesive to give support to the thin polystyrene material and to ensure that the tiles were spaced uniformly.

  • The patterning of the panels was customized to the needs of this particular bathroom application. The ceiling fan vent and skylight, for example, are accommodated by perforated panels--an adaptive characteristic that piqued the jury's interest.

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    The patterning of the panels was customized to the needs of this particular bathroom application. The ceiling fan vent and skylight, for example, are accommodated by perforated panels--an adaptive characteristic that piqued the jury's interest.

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    The patterning of the panels was customized to the needs of this particular bathroom application. The ceiling fan vent and skylight, for example, are accommodated by perforated panels—an adaptive characteristic that piqued the jury's interest.

  • Panels were formed to accommodate an accessory console that holds everything from toilet paper to a cell phone as well as the designers' signature.

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    Panels were formed to accommodate an accessory console that holds everything from toilet paper to a cell phone as well as the designers' signature.

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    Panels were formed to accommodate an accessory console that holds everything from toilet paper to a cell phone as well as the designers' signature.

  • Perforated panels

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    Perforated panels

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    Perforated panels

  • All panels are joined via a serpentine seam that weaves between the dots on the adjacent tiles so as not to disrupt the overall effect of the vacuum-formed surface

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    All panels are joined via a serpentine seam that weaves between the dots on the adjacent tiles so as not to disrupt the overall effect of the vacuum-formed surface

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    All panels are joined via a serpentine seam that weaves between the dots on the adjacent tiles so as not to disrupt the overall effect of the vacuum-formed surface

Wallpaper is not everyone’s cup of tea. So in response to a client’s interest in developing 3D wall paneling, PROJECTiONE of Muncie, Ind., set out to invent a system of ornamental tiles. The result is Bitmaps, a modular solution achieved through the use of vacuum-form technology and a reusable mold.

Jurors enthused over the surface’s “decorative power,” derived from a pattern of carefully controlled dots (either raised, flat, or imprinted in the surface). The design team prototyped the system using bubble wrap, then refined the idea with a High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) mold. Positive, negative, and flat plugs were milled and inserted manually into the mold, which forms the dimpled panels in .06-inch-thick white polystyrene. Surfacing and milling were performed on a three-axis CNC router, and oriented strand board backing provides needed rigidity. “The joinery is quite beautiful, very sophisticated and adept,” juror Frank Barkow said.

In this application, Bitmaps was used on a bathroom ceiling and walls. Integral lighting and ventilation controls function via capacitance sensing (placing one’s hand in front of the proper dimple is akin to flipping a switch). Jurors complimented the accessory console that houses a magazine rack, toilet paper dispenser, and iPhone holder.