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How Honeycomb Panels Are Made in the USA

patented honeycomb plywood lightweight high strength wood torsion box exposed viewHoneycomb panels by Honeycomb Panels USA use a patented technology that is the perfect combinations of old school artisan craftsmanship and high tech lightweight technology resulting in a composite engineered plywood product that affordably out performs any other honeycomb panel.

Most other traditional honeycomb panels to may achieve the goal of being lighter in weight that other building material – and this has truly been a breakthrough in the last 50 years helping to bolster aerospace technology and other design complications that may have hindered aggressive progress.

stack of marine grade honeycomb plywood lightweight high strengthWhile hugely valuable, traditional honeycomb panels regularly fail strength tests as most have very low PSI strength (i.e., 10 to 100 PSI). It was this deficiency that led inventor Peter Sing on his life long journey to find a structural answer to the issue of lightweight and strength.

The patented process that he discovered required a melding of old and new technologies to develop reinforced structural insulated panels that can achieve 660 PSI (or much higher depending on your required specifications). These resulting panels challenge the laws of physics as we know them.

Also, Sing’s revolutionary honeycomb panels are not only lightweight and high strength, but they are an ecologically friendly and sustainable product made right here in the USA and can be guaranteed for 50 years.

How Honeycomb Panels are Made in the USA

Honeycomb-Panels-Patented-Wood-Torsion-Box-Structure-Made-in-USAUnlike other honeycomb panels that feature non-earth-friendly honeycomb structures that are relatively weak but lightweight, Honeycomb Panels USA honeycomb panels start with a vertical grain natural wood torsion box structure.

This high end lightweight high strength solution has been used by wood craftsmen for thousands of years to develop lightweight, large flat structurally sound panels with the strength to cover long spans with much less risk of failing. The downside of this was that it could not achieve flatness over time due to the nature of the wood that tends to bend, warp and twist due to change in moisture.

see-inside-honeycomb-core-wood-torsion-box-filled-with-foamTo combat these limitations, inventor Sing made two significant modifications to the oridinal torsion box design.

The first was to change the orientation of the wood grain. Traditionally, craftsmen built the torsion box substructure with horizontal wood grain. By flipping and cross cutting the box walls so that their grain was oriented vertically, Sing was able to increase the strength of the torsion box structure many time. But he didn’t stop there.

The second major improvement was to fill the empty spaces within the torsion box structure with rigid foam (which is 90% air) wall to wall, creating a solid, lightweight structural base material that when sandwiched between two stress skins is stronger than steel pound for pound.

honeycomb-panels-usa-green-eco-friendlyEco-Friendly Manufacturing in the USA

The manufacturing of Honeycomb Panels USA uses less energy and manpower, creates very little waste, using the best of natural and recycled materials resulting in an evergreen structural building material made in the USA that will last for centuries without fail.