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Case Study: KidZibitz + Metem

By January 5, 2016 January 6th, 2016 case study, Metem, Recycled Material

Kidzibitz designs and fabricates quality exhibits and learning environments for children and families. Production Coordinator Cheryl Farnan tells us how Metem worked for Kidzibitz projects.

1. Why does Kidzibitz use Metem? Why is this material a good fit for your applications?

We use Metem HDPE because it’s very durable and we like the color palette. Most of our projects are for children’s museums, and the recycled HDPE withstands the use and abuse that exhibits get over time. We also fabricate water tables, and HDPE is water proof, easily cleanable and scratch resistant.

2. What other materials does Kidzibitz use?

Kidzibits uses a long list of materials ranging from wood, steel, aluminum, acrylic, fiberglass and many others. Each exhibit is custom designed and fabricated in our shop.

3. What is a favorite project that uses Metem? Why is this a favorite?

A favorite project that uses Metem is the one we are working on right now. Our new CNC router makes it easy to use the HDPE in all sorts of fun ways!

4. Any other thoughts on Metem/its role in museum exhibit design that could aid our readers?

We like the fact that Metem is recycled HDPE and is non-toxic. Most exhibits have a high likely hood of getting licked or chewed at some point, so the non-toxic nature is always important. The recycled aspect is also very important to us, not only is it already recycled, but the fact that it withstands lots of wear and tear, means less material & energy is spent in fabrication and repairs.

This was an activity table we fabricated out of Metem green and charcoal gray. It’s a miniature city in Texas.

The green plastic on the front of the corn is Metem green. It works great for holding the cobs in! This is a project for a children’s museum in Kansas.

3-tub water tables using Metem blue for the table tops.

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