Water-jet Techniques Enhance Decorative Potential of Terrazzo Projects

Creative Edge Master Shop, the pioneer and world leader in the application of waterjet technology to architectural fabrication, introduces its new line of trademarked luxury terrazzo techniques.

JETFORMZ uses waterjet technology to cut the metal material dividers.

JETFORMZ uses waterjet technology to cut the metal material dividers.

The TERRAZZO TEK trademarked banner defines Creative Edge Master Shop’s brand for a series of waterjet-based techniques for the terrazzo industry; a tool kit; to enhance artistry, improve efficiency, and expand options in installations, both large and small.

TERRAZZO TEK is a series of novel techniques:
•JETFORMZ uses waterjet technology to cut the metal material dividers from brass, aluminum, and bronze. This method adds to detail, complexity, and accuracy of metal dividing strips.
•TRANSFORMZ is the layout system that faithfully transfers architect, designer, and artist patterns to the floor to be covered in epoxy terrazzo.
•ACCUFORMZ is the technique of templating for layout letters, logos and emblems accurately and positioning these elements for the terrazzo pour.
•NOFORMZ is a technique of fabricating intricate art and pattern with no metallic joints, creating striking and colorful detail in artwork and lobby identity pieces.

TRANSFORMZ is the layout system that transfers architect, designer, and artist patterns to the floor to be covered in epoxy terrazzo.

TRANSFORMZ is the layout system that transfers architect, designer, and artist patterns to the floor to be covered in epoxy terrazzo.

In the late 19th century, terrazzo became prevalent in the U.S. and Europe, as a distinguishing feature of quality structures. Schools, hotels, banks and other public buildings frequently used terrazzo in their lobby and public area floors to create vibrant logos and emblems in zinc, brass and bronze.

The technique declined as cementitious terrazzo had limitations due to its thickness and cure-time. It added weight to the structures and was prone to cracking as with any concrete-based method. In the 1990’s, terrazzo projects made a comeback with the advent of epoxy-based resins and colors. The modern epoxy matrix is thinner, more colorful, more flexible and quicker to cure than older cement-based types.

ACCUFORMZ is the technique of templating for layout letters, logos and emblems.

ACCUFORMZ is the technique of templating for layout letters, logos and emblems.

Since then, terrazzo floor coverings have flourished in large venues such as convention centers, airports, and public buildings. Creative Edge Master Shop has developed waterjet techniques that supplement and enhance the decorative potential and artistry of terrazzo projects. Creative Edge terrazzo are custom designed, and a large library of previously designed projects, entries, borders, accents, and medallions are catalogued to provide inspiration for new installations.

NOFORMZ is a technique of fabricating intricate art and patterns with no metallic joints.

NOFORMZ is a technique of fabricating intricate art and patterns with no metallic joints.

A proud member of the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association (NTMA), Creative Edge was recently commissioned to fabricate two notable terrazzo projects, the Utah State Seal in Salt Lake City by Wisconsin Terrazzo, and the NTMA 2016 Job Of The Year, Pittsburgh International Airport Airside Terminal, in Pittsburgh, PA by Roman Mosaic and Tile Company.

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