When it comes to building materials, you may have heard of metal composite material (MCM). You might not have known what it is, or how it’s different from other types of metal panels. This post will explain the myths about MCM and then help you understand why you should use this innovative material for your next project.
Contrary to popular belief, MCM is not just big sheets of metal but rather a combination of metalcore and plastic face sheet. So what does this mean?
MCM is made up of a metal core (aluminum or steel) with a plastic face sheet (e.g., polypropylene or PVC). The MCM process begins by injecting molten polymer into the mold cavity. Once cooled, this forms the rough shape of the composite panel that resembles an aluminum extrusion profile. After the injection molding process has been completed, the composite panel is subjected to high-pressure water jet cutting to form its smooth contour and remove any flash from around its edges.
No, it’s not true that you have to hire a contractor to install your MCM. While many homeowners choose to go with professional help, there’s nothing stopping you from doing it yourself! The tools and materials required for installation are simple enough that even a novice can tackle the project successfully. It just takes patience and attention to detail—and if you make any mistakes, don’t worry: experts can show you how to fix them in no time.
The myth that metal composite material can only be used in buildings with simple geometries has been around for years. However, as technology has advanced and more MCM products have become available, this myth is quickly falling apart.
In reality, today’s MCM products are being used in a wide range of building geometries, including curved surfaces. For example:
· Flat walls (such as curtain walls), where the panels are mounted directly onto the substrate.
· Curved walls (where panels are typically hung from steel studs or I-beams)
Metal composite material is made from metal and plastic, so you can cut and drill it like any other metal. However, MCM has an additional layer of plastic which makes it more difficult to cut in some ways. The plastic layer is harder than traditional materials like steel or aluminum but softer than most plastics used in construction.
If you’re going to use a saw on MCM, make sure you wear goggles and gloves and use a sharp blade that has been specifically designed for the material. Most standard saw blades would not be able to cut through the thicker parts of the MCM without overheating or breaking down over time due to friction against both materials in your saw blade (metal vs. plastic).
Metal composite material isn’t just made from recycled steel. It can also be made from recycled glass, aluminum, and plastic. In some cases, the recycled content of MCM is higher than 100%.
In fact, insulation can be used with MCM to increase the energy efficiency of your building. Insulation is also used to improve the acoustic performance of MCM, and it can even help improve fire resistance.
So, when you’re considering new material for your project, don’t forget about MCM! It has many benefits that can help you achieve your goals.
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