Friday, January 13, 2017

Cultured Marble vs Solid Surface Manufacturing

Cultured Marble vs Solid Surface Manufacturing

We get inquiries from individuals about setting up a solid surface factory who were not clear of the differences between ‘cultured marble’ and ‘solid surface’.  What we refer to as ‘cultured marble’ is called ‘solid surface’ in many parts of the world.  We offer solid surface equipment as well as cultured marble equipment so we can set up a factory to produce either. 

If someone wants to manufacture bathroom and kitchen building materials locally, a ‘cultured marble’ factory is the easiest to set up and cultured marble is the easiest to manufacture and the least costly product to produce.

Solid Surface is a great product.  It’s beautiful, very durable, stain resistant, available in a large variety of solid and granite colors, requires very little maintenance and most important, is easy to clean, easy to repair and won’t harbor bacteria which makes it a popular choice for kitchens, commercial installations and hospitals. Solid surface is made in flat sheets that can be fabricated for endless seamless possibilities.

Cultured marble is also very durable, stain resistant, available in a large variety of solid and granite colors, requires very little maintenance, is easy to clean, and won’t harbor bacteria.  The main difference is that cultured marble is restricted to the mold it is poured on as it cannot be seamed together like solid surface.  But, since cultured marble products are made from a wide assortment of molds, it is basically ready for the market when it is  taken off the mold.

Some quick facts:
∙    Cultured marble does not require fabrication.  Solid surface does.
∙    Cultured marble does not require a belt sander and other fabrication tools. Solid surface does.
∙    Cultured marble does not require a vacuum blender. Manufacturing solid surface does.
∙    Cultured Marble does not require a post cure oven.  Solid surface does.
∙    Cultured Marble is made from inexpensive crushed limestone that is available everywhere in the world. Solid surface requires a refined raw material that has to be imported in most parts of the world.

To see a solid surface factory layout, go to http://www.sunriseinternationalcompany.com/ssequipmentlayout.html

You will find various sizes of cultured marble factory layouts at the bottom of this page:
http://culturedmarblemolds.com/equipment.html

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