“Aluminum Composite Material–Modern Architectural Cladding” is the featured topic of a continuing education course available to architects through the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA/CES). 3A Composites USA, manufacturer of Alucobond, aluminum composite material introduced in 1969, is an AIA/CES Approved Provider for this course.
Aluminum composite material (ACM) is specified by architects as high-tech metal cladding for office buildings, hospitals, educational facilities, convention centers, airports and hotels and is utilized to create custom design elements such as entrances, canopies, column covers and interiors as well as corporate identity structures and signage.
In the “Aluminum Composite Material” course, architects will learn about the unique material composition of ACM, which allows it to be formed into complex shapes for cladding building designs, and its manufacturing and coil-coating processes. The wide range of ACM paints and finishes will be reviewed as well as ACM installation systems.
Aluminum composite material consists of two sheets of 0.020-inch aluminum thermobonded to a plastic core consisting of either polyethylene or fire-retardant material. This unique material composition provides extraordinary flatness and rigidity, excellent formability, low weight and outstanding weather resistance. ACM is available in the 3-, 4- and 6-millimeter thicknesses.
This ACM AIA/CES course is available as a 60-minute “lunch and learn” presentation from 3A Composites USA. Architects completing this course earn one continuing education credit. To schedule an ACM course presentation by an Alucobond sales representative, architects may contact Tom Seitz, director of sales and marketing, Alucobond, 3A Composites USA, via email at [email protected].