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Series articles allow design
practitioners to earn
continuing education unit
credits through the pages
of the magazine. Use the
following learning objectives
to focus your study while
reading this issue’s article.
To receive one hour of
credit (0.1 CEU) as
approved by IDCEC, read
the article and go to
home/ ceus.aspx and follow
After reading this article, you
should be able to:
◗ Explain the history of
laminates and explain
why 3DLs are growing in
◗ Describe the manufacturing
process used to produce
◗ Identify the benefits of
3DLs over other surfacing
◗ Provide examples of 3D
laminate applications and
why they are effective.
It’s safe to say that we’re now living in the 3D era. From printers, televisions, and even pens, three-dimensional objects are being created in greater detail and efficiency, and are being utilized in more innovative ways than ever before. For commercial interiors, creating a design with a three-dimensional
look has never been easier, thanks to the flexibility and character of laminates.
The trend toward textures and geometries that can not only be perceived
by the eye but also experienced by the hand continues to grow as designers
seek to create spaces that complement interior architecture with greater visual
impact. With ever-increasing realism, vacuum-formed 3D panel products, in
particular, have literally helped to reshape interiors that go well beyond the typical
two-dimensional surface. Advances in laminate technology provide high-end
architectural solutions across a wide variety of markets, including corporate,
hospitality, institutional, retail, and even marine environments.
These tactile products open up virtually endless design options for specifiers.
Thanks to its many variations in structure, surface, pattern, and material,
three-dimensional laminates (3DLs) have become a wildly popular solution for
commercial interiors. These attractive, yet durable products offer specifiers
tremendous design flexibility and are available in multiple sizes, suitable for
With a nearly endless
list of design options,
features, and benefits,
panels can help
elevate interiors to a
whole new dimension.
ABOVE RIGHT Although they are not
new, 3DLs have become a wildly
popular solution for commercial
interiors for a myriad of reasons
explained in this CEU.