DuPont™ Corian® is a solid, non- porous, homogeneous surfacing material composed of 1/3 acrylic resin (also known as PolyMethyl MethAcrylate or PMMA) and 2/3 natural minerals. The Main mineral is Aluminum TriHydrate (ATH) derived from bauxite, an ore from which aluminum is produced. Since its introductionin 1967, DuPont™ Corian® has proved itself to be a remarkably durable material that is easy to live with. It cannot delaminate and stands up well to daily use. It resists most of impacts, nicks and cuts that occur in heavy traffic areas. Corian® has been tested for its mechanical, thermal, electrical and other surface properties. Please consult online at www.corian.com on the specification datasheet for the results of these specific tests as well as details of the other physical properties of Corian®.
DuPont™ Corian® is non-porous material. It is solid through its entire thickness and can be fabricated with inconspicuous seams, rendering its surface very hygienic. DuPont™ Corian® surfaces do not support the growth bacteria or fungi. Corian® has been certified by an independent laboratory as a hygienic material according to the international norm DIN EN ISO 846.
DuPont™ Corian® is an inert and non-toxic material. Under normal temperature conditions, it does not emit gases. When burned, it releases mainly Carbon Oxides and the smoke generated is optically light and does not contain toxic halogenated gases. Because of these properties, Corian® is used in public areas and sensitive applications such as airport check-in counters, walls and work surfaces in hospitals and hotels.
Surfaces in DuPont™ Corian® are renewable, meaning they can be fully restored with ordinary mild abrasive cleanser and scouring pad. Cigarette burns, for example can be easily removed in this way. Damage caused by abuse can usually be repaired on site without having to completely replace the material.
Colors and textures run through the entire thickness of material and cannot wear away. DuPont™ Corian® is a solid material and can not deliminate.
The application for DuPont™ Corian® are limites only by the imagination. Pieces of Corian® can be glued together inconspicuously to create a seamless look, giving virtually unlimited design possibilities for surfaces. Long counters, for example, can be made easily in lightweight pieces in a workshop and then joined together at the installation site. Edges can be built up to appear thicker.
DuPont™ Corian® can be thermoformed in wooden or metal moulds at controlled temperatures in order to create various 2D and 3D design objects. Embossing effects can also be created using the Bas Relief technique.
The translucency of DuPont™ Corian® is especially striking in the lighter colours as well as with thinner sheets.
Workable Like Wood
DuPont™ Corian® can be worked like hardwood and using similar tools. Most DuPont™ Corian® fabricators originally trained as carpernters.