Project: Cube Aquarium
Location: Chengdu, China
Year Opened: 2015
Reynolds Polymer Technology provided over 144 metric tons of R-Cast® acrylic to the attraction, which is quickly being recognized as one of the most remarkable aquariums in the world.
Two of the R-Cast® panels at Chengdu feature the Signature Bond™ - an advanced acrylic technology that is being showcased for the first time at the Cube Aquarium. Standard bonds, however minute, are at times detectable as a fine line under specific lighting conditions. RPT’s Signature Bond™, however, is truly imperceptible by the eye. This feature is made possible via the proprietary, monolithic formula of R-Cast®. Laminated acrylic panels, those that are composed of several thinner panels that are glued together, do not allow for the fine edges or clarity needed for the Signature Bond™.
Each Signature Bond™ panel at Cube Aquarium is 7.3 meters high, 5 meters long, and tilted at a 10° angle. Though the acrylic involved in each case weighs 11 metric tons, the 38-cm-thick bonds are simply undetectable from common viewing angles. This feat of fusing two giant objects (each panel section is two and a half stories tall and weighs as much as six cars) together in complete harmony will leave a benchmark for the industry.