Tyvek Innovative Uses Blog, by Material Concepts

Friday, October 31, 2008

Innovative uses for Tyvek blog launched

This blog is all about different ways we see DuPont Tyvek being used in the marketplace.
From print media, printed envelopes, credit card sleeves, and signs and banners, to arts and crafts, and accessories like wallets and apparel, Tyvek seems to fit into a wide variety of applications.

At Material Concepts we speak to folks all over the USA and internationally about the wonders of Tyvek. This blog will feature innovative and creative uses we come across, companies we find that do amazing work with Tyvek, and will hopefully serve as a reference for folks who find Tyvek and its uses of interest.

This Tyvek coat was made by Marian Schoettle (MAU), and the Tyvek lamps were designed by Heath Nash. We purchased these from Unicahome.com.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI! Congratulations on your new blog! I'm dying to know if those lamp shades in your photo post are tyvek? If so, can you provide me with the name and contact information of the people who made those beauties? Many thanks and all my best!

January 13, 2009 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Kirsten Chursinoff said...

The lamps look very interesting. I wonder how they prevent the Tyvek from melting from the heat coming from the light bulb. Is there a heat resistant type?

March 13, 2009 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Douglas Kohn, www.MaterialConcepts.com said...

Hey Kristen,

Nice hearing from you!

I bought these lights from Unica Home's website, and I have to admit I've not yet set them up. There are lots of lamps I've seen, and in all cases, I've seen either fluorescent lights or incandescent bulbs.

I would absolutely stay away from any other type of bulb, such as halogen - that would be disastrous due to the extremely high temperature of those types of bulbs.

The Tyvek temperature range reads like this:
It will not begin to shrink until the temperature reaches 244ºF (118ºC) or melt until 275ºF (135ºC). It’s auto-ignition temperature is 650ºF (343ºC).

The lamp in the picture purchased from Unica Home says to use with a maximum 60 watt bulb. This was the "Midsummer Light". I also purchased the "Xmas Light" by the same designer (Tord Boontje) which came with strung xmas lights, which really don't generate much heat at all.

I feel safe using both - and we'll have both up within a couple weeks.

To answer your specific question: "Is there a heat resistant type of Tyvek?", the short answer is no. While there are FR coated Tyvek products out there (fire retardant), this is really not readily available. FR coated Tyvek would not change the temperature rating above, but would satisfy certain requirements for particular uses: for example, California Fire Marshall would require FR coated Tyvek for indoor banners and signs; the automotive industry would require FR coated Tyvek for airbags. Keep in mind, FR coatings will not change the melting point - so I would say stick to a 40 or 60 watt bulb (like what's sold with the Tord Boontje light).

Check this out too - here's another cool Tyvek Table lamp by another innovative designer, Robin Corell:

Always nice to hear from you! Have a great weekend,

March 13, 2009 at 3:34 PM  

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