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Isomass Scientific Custom Octanorm Exhibit

Posted Topics: Graphic Design, Graphics, Custom Displays, Modular Displays |

Isomass Scientific came to us seeking some advice and help for an upcoming show:

Can you recreate a piece of equipment that weighs thousands of pounds, makes noises and crushes rocks using standard trade show materials?

The machine described by the client is called the SELFRAG LAB and is suitable and efficient for mineral separation from crystalline rocks for low temperature thermochronology and fission track analysis. It is the first commercial High Voltage pulsed power laboratory equipment for selective fragmentation which is why they wanted to showcase such technology.

Knowing that shipping the actual machinery was out of the question, we needed to come up with a solution to recreate this cylindrical machine that was portable and easy to set up for the client.

We worked with a few mockups and ideas to bring their idea to life. First, we thought of using a Pop-Up Tower display. It is portable, lightweight and easy to ship out and uses the same material our standard Pop-Up displays have, including magnets and stiffeners. However, the look wasn't exactly what they intended and hoped for something a bit more robust and authentic.

After a few more alternative options, including a portable fabric cylinder tower, both our team and Isomass Scientific decided on a curved Octanorm solution. The hardware was curved to give the display the cylindrical look, with the ability to have a hinged door. The door would hide the recorded sound of the machine working but could be opened for prospects to see the end result inside - pre-crushed rock.

We printed their graphics on a brushed chrome vinyl that was finished with a glossy laminate. Overall, it looked almost like the real deal. Textures included perforated metal and printed brushed aluminum. 

This piece was so unique but allowed the client to showcase their machinery without the horrendous shipping costs. Have a quick look at some images of the display we created and the actual machinery below!


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