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Toyology

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Is it possible to get the info on the materials used for the home base that is used during the competition? We would like to make our own and/or possibly purchase from a supplier (sign shop?) if you had them made in Albuquerque. 

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I can get Mathew to provide supplier info. Short answer is that it is a vinyl print adhered over an acrylic sheet (more commonly know as Plexiglas). There are most likely local suppliers you could get them made at.


I or Mathew will reply soon with exact sizing and more info.


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Ok sounds pretty straight forward on construction, what about the sheen of the surface? From what I remember they were not glossy was there a treatment on the acrylic (like a laminate layer) or did the material come with a mat surface?

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The vinyl print is a mat vinyl finish. Since the vinyl print completely covers the top surface of the acrylic nothing else has to be done to the acrylic. The acrylic is just a support structure. If I remember its a quarter inch thick sheet that is 1 meter by 1 meter. 

you probably remember that the sheets will warp under heat from the sun. Roofing tar tape can be used to hold them down.



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Ok gotcha think that should get us going!


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Everything Jarett said about the vinyl is correct but we are actually changing the base's material this year.

Last year the acrylic collection zones warped on the newly paved parking lot.  We are currently investigating aluminum collection zones with the same vinyl on top.  We haven't decided for certain, but I suspect that will work for us.

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Ok we were thinking about a similar idea for the material and adding some piano hinges so we could fold it up to a 1/4 of the size for easy transport. 
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We used Masonite for the support material and worked great. It's also easy to find and cheap. 
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A NASA materials engineer who works on ISS modules very kindly offered to test various collection point materials at KSC. We will let you know what materials we decide on as soon as the testing is complete.
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Very nice! 😎
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I heard on the last webinar that you were going to provide information to order the latest home base that you plan to use in the 2018 competition. We would like to order one of these, but I can't seem to find the contact information. 

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Jason

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We are also trying to order a homebase from the supplier you mentioned in the webinar.  He says there are 2 material choices: Aluminum and "C-Bond substrate"
Which should we order?

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J West
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All,

Home bases or collection zones can be ordered from the following vendor:

Matthew Young
artwork@signsinoneday.com (subject: 'Attn: Matt - Swarmathon'). They can call the office at 239-267-5500
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Aluminum is the current material we are choosing.
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