Cell foam

Cell foam is a material that provides virtually unlimited possibilities regarding the shape of the final product.  When the product is designed together with the client, we are able to find the right material that meets the product's needs.

Artekno the pioneer of biodegradable cell foam

Artekno is the first in the Nordic Countries to implement a biodegradable cell foam material in production. The material is a corn starch (PLA) based closed-cell foam, which can partially replace EPS and EPP cell foam, where applicable. The biodegradable cell foam gives the possibility to an ecological solution in a situation, where a product can not reasonable be reused.

Artekno's design service is based on the newest techniques

Our design team has extensive experience of cell foam materials. 3D design and modelling facilitate the interaction between the client and the design team already in the early phases of product development. We use modern processing equipment in the accurate manufacturing of cell foam.

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EPP
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EPP

EPP is cellular polypropylene. Products made of EPP are machine-moulded into their final shape. During the manufacturing process, EPP granules are pre-expanded with air and led into the mould though pipes. The granules fill the mould entirely with the help of pressure and steam. The manufacturing process is controlled and monitored automatically. The products get their final shape and size during oven hardening.

Typical properties of EPP in the final product:

  • Modifiable density from 30 to 80kg/m³
  • Properties vary according to density
  • Functional properties within range of  -40 … +120°C
  • Good heat insulation properties
  • Excellent durability and shock absorbency
  • Good recovery properties after dynamic or static stress
  • Low water absorbency
  • Good chemical solvents resistance
  • Easy to clean, machine-washable
  • Can be recycled and reused

The typical mould material is aluminium.

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EPS
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EPS

EPS is cellular polystyrene ("Styrox") that is expanded, closed-cell polystyrene plastic used extensively in construction for its durability and heat insulation properties. EPS is an excellent material for packaging, logistics containers and demanding technical components. EPS is also available as a biodegradable version.

Typical properties of EPS in the final product:

  • Modifiable density from 18 to 100kg/m³ välillä
  • Properties vary according to density
  • Functional properties within range of -40 … +75 °C
  • Good heat insulation properties
  • Very shock-absorbent
  • Low water absorbency
  • Can be recycled and reused

The typical mould material is aluminium.

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