Facade Blades

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Aluminium

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Typical Facade Setup

Facade blades typical wall setup

The System

Facade blade system

Mounting Rail
Blade Mounting
Bracket
Blades
Can be coloured to suit your needs and is available in a 50x50mm standard rail. Other sizes are avaIlable if larger spans required.
  • Diecast aluminium (ADC12)
  • Centre bolt allows blades to pivot (installation non-perpendicular to rail)
Extruded Aluminium available in the following three sizes (see below):

  • 50x150mm
  • 50x200mm
  • 50x300mm

 

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Blade Sizes

Finishes

Colours have been reproduced as accurately as possible, we recommend that you request product samples before making your final selection.

Please note: Lead times for product samples vary from 1-3 weeks for finishes depending on colour selected. Colour swatches are available for urgent requests. Please contact us for more information.

Selection of Powder coat colours shown below only. We do offer full range of colours available here.

Data Sheets

Wood Finish Aluminium

Interior only Interior / exterior
Wood Cladding Powdercoat - Duratec

Interior / exterior
timber wall cladding Eternity Bronze Pearl
Interior / exterior
interior wall cladding Appliance White
Interior / exterior
interior wall cladding Arctic White
Interior / exterior
Wood Cladding Chain Pearl
Interior / exterior
interior wall cladding Chalk USA
Interior Only
ceiling styles and designs Champagne Kinetic
Interior / exterior
interior wall cladding Citi Silver Pearl
Interior / exterior
interior wall cladding Copper Metallic Kinetic
Interior / exterior
interior wall cladding Dark Grey
Interior / exterior
ceiling styles and designs Desert
Interior / exterior
timber wall cladding Eternity Charcoal Pearl
Interior / exterior
timber wall cladding Eternity Nickel Pearl
Interior / exterior
Wood Cladding Eternity Pewter Pearl
Interior / exterior
interior wall cladding Evergreen
Interior / exterior
Wood Cladding Intensity Storm
Interior / exterior
interior wall cladding Leaf
Interior / exterior
ceiling styles and designs Linen Pearl
Interior / exterior
timber wall cladding Lunar Eclipse
Interior / exterior
Wood Cladding Lunar Grey
Interior / exterior
interior wall cladding Matt Canvas Cloth
Interior / exterior
interior wall cladding Monument Zeus
Wood Cladding Powdercoat - Duralloy

Interior / exterior
tongue and groove cladding Apo Grey
Interior / exterior
vertical timber screen Barley
Interior / exterior
architectural cladding Barrister White
Interior / exterior
Shou Sugi Ban Basalt
Interior / exterior
vertical timber screen Berry Grey
Interior / exterior
Shou Sugi Ban Black
Interior / exterior
architectural cladding Blue Ridge
Interior / exterior
architectural cladding Bright White
Interior / exterior
architectural cladding Canola Cream
Interior / exterior
tongue and groove cladding Charcoal
Interior / exterior
Shou Sugi Ban Classic Cream
Interior / exterior
timber ceiling cladding Classic Hawthorn Green
Interior / exterior
architectural cladding Cottage Green
Interior / exterior
soffit ceiling Cove
Interior / exterior
vertical timber screen Deep Brunswick Green
Interior / exterior
soffit ceiling Deep Ocean
Interior / exterior
tongue and groove cladding Doeskin
Interior / exterior
vertical timber screen Dune
Interior / exterior
Shou Sugi Ban Evening Haze
Interior Only
tongue and groove cladding Grey Nurse
Interior / exterior
Shou Sugi Ban Gully
Interior / exterior
tongue and groove cladding Hammersly Brown
Interior / exterior
vertical timber screen Iron Stone
Interior / exterior
tongue and groove cladding Jasper
Interior / exterior
vertical timber screen Light Grey
Interior / exterior
tongue and groove cladding Magnolia
Interior / exterior
Shou Sugi Ban Mangrove
Interior / exterior
vertical timber screen Manor Red
Interior / exterior
architectural cladding Mid Bronze
Interior / exterior
tongue and groove cladding Monument
Interior / exterior
timber ceiling cladding Notre Dame
Interior / exterior
timber ceiling cladding Off White
Interior / exterior
timber ceiling cladding Olde Pewter
Interior Only
pale eucalyptus matt duralloy Pale Eucalypt
Interior / exterior
vertical timber screen Paperbark
Interior / exterior
timber ceiling cladding Oyster
Interior / exterior
timber ceiling cladding Rivergum Beige
Interior / exterior
architectural cladding Shale Grey
Interior / exterior
architectural cladding Shoji White
Interior / exterior
tongue and groove cladding Stone Beige
Interior / exterior
tongue and groove cladding Stone Grey
Interior / exterior
Shou Sugi Ban Surfmist
Interior / exterior
Shou Sugi Ban Terrain
Interior / exterior
Shou Sugi Ban Wallaby
Interior / exterior
timber ceiling cladding Weathered Copper
Interior / exterior
timber ceiling cladding Wedgewood
Interior / exterior
timber ceiling cladding White Birch
Interior / exterior
vertical timber screen Windspray
Interior / exterior
vertical timber screen Woodland Grey
timber feature wall Powdercoat - Precious

Interior / exterior
soffit ceiling Bronze Pearl
Interior / exterior
timber feature wall Champagne Kinetic Pearl
Interior / exterior
facade architecture Charcoal Metallic Pearl
Interior / exterior
soffit ceiling Citi Pearl
Interior / exterior
facade architecture Copper Kinetic Pearl
Interior / exterior
timber feature wall Essential Silver Pearl
Interior / exterior
facade architecture Gunmetal Kinetic Pearl
Interior / exterior
facade architecture Metropolis Bronze Pearl
Interior / exterior
facade architecture Metropolis Silver Glow Pearl
Interior Only
facade architecture Metropolis Storm Pearl
Interior / exterior
facade architecture Mother of Pearl
Interior / exterior
soffit ceiling Natural Pearl
Interior / exterior
facade architecture Nickel Pearl
Interior / exterior
facade architecture Onyx Pearl
Interior / exterior
facade architecture Pewter Pearl
Interior / exterior
facade architecture Platypus Kinetic Pearl
Interior / exterior
facade architecture Sharp Silver Kinetic Pearl
Interior / exterior
timber feature wall Silver Kinetic Pearl
Interior / exterior
timber feature wall Silver Pearl
Interior / exterior
facade architecture St Elmos Fire Kinetic Pearl
Interior / exterior
facade architecture Steel Pearl
Interior / exterior
timber feature wall Typhoon Pearl
Sculptform - Bronze Medium Anodised

Interior / exterior
Sculptform Antique Gold Antique Gold
Interior / exterior
Sculptform - Anodised Black Black
Interior / exterior
Sculptform Dark Bronze Dark Bronze
Interior / exterior
Sculptform Bronze Medium Medium Bronze
Interior / exterior
Sculptform - Bronze Medium Standard Bronze
Interior / exterior
Sculptform Light Bronze Light Bronze
Interior / exterior
Sculptform Pale Bronze Pale Bronze
Interior / exterior
Sculptform - Dark Gold Dark Gold
Interior / exterior
Sculptform Gold Light Light Gold
Interior / exterior
Sculptform Gold Medium Medium Gold
Interior / exterior
Sculptform Anodised Silver Silver
Sculptform Walnut Timber-look Wrap Wood Finish Aluminium

Interior / exterior
Sculptform Wood Finish Greywash Oak Greywash Oak
Interior / exterior
Sculptform Wood Finish Chocolate Oak Chocolate Oak
Interior / exterior
Sculptform Wood Finish Smoked Oak Smoked Oak
Interior / exterior
Sculptform Wood Finish Spotted Gum Spotted Gum
Interior / exterior
Sculptform Wood Finish Walnut Walnut
Interior / exterior
Sculptform Wood Finish White Oak White Oak
Interior / exterior
Sculptform Wood Finish Whitewash Blackbutt Whitewash Blackbutt
Interior / exterior
Sculptform Wood Finish Whitewash Oak Whitewash Oak
Interior / exterior
Sculptform Wood Finish Rivergum Rivergum
Interior / exterior
Sculptform Wood Finish Blackbutt Blackbutt
Mounting Options
Sculptform's Facade Blade system has three mounting options to accomodate a variety of situations. Each option allows for both building and thermal movement to ensure the longevity of the facade.
Direct Fix - 50x50mm Mounting Rail

The direct fix method uses a 50x50mm aluminium mounting rail which is suitable to be fixed to concrete or a steel structure.

 

Rail mounting point

Sculptform Facade Blades direct fix mounting option

 

Blade Spacing Options

Sculptform’s Facade Blades allow specifiers ultimate customisability when it comes to blade spacing. Typically blades are spaced with a 150-300mm gap between blades.

If the facade is acting as a balustrade, the maximum blade spacing is 125mm due to NCC regulations, the minimum blade spacing for all facade blade applications is 100mm.

Blade spacing is an effective element for value management, as small changes can have a significant impact on overall system cost.

Blade Span Chart

This span chart is designed to be used by a qualified engineer. It covers the span and cantilever of vertical blades for a single span application, but not the connection of the mounting rail back to the building structure.

Only considers wind load, other loads (eg. Seismic and live loads) are not considered, as they will depend on the specific project site.

For a small fee Sculptform can do a preliminary engineering check for your project specifically. Contact us for more information.

Facade Blades Span chart

Maximum Wind Pressures (kPa)
 Blade Size (L) Length (m)
2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 6.0 6.5
50x150mm 9.5 7.6 6.3 5.4 4.7 4.2 3.8 3.4 3.1 2.9
50x200mm 8.9 7.1 5.9 5.1 4.4 3.9 3.5 3.2 2.9 2.7
50x300mm 5.5 4.4 3.7 3.1 2.7 2.4 2.2 2.0 1.8 1.7

 

  • This span chart is based on a simply supported beam with two equal overhangs restraint condition (as shown above).
  • The span chart represents the maximum wind load in kPa that the respective blade size
    can withstand.
  • Wind pressure tabulated above represents the wind pressure on the blade, which considers the drag coefficient of the blade and the local pressure coefficient. Note this is different to the site wind pressure.
  • The span chart is calculated based on the parameters as listed above.
  • The span chart above is for preliminary design only. Each project should verify the engineering for specific project purposes.
  • Rail length, number and type of fixings to the base building should be checked on a project-by-project basis.
  • Incidental load from building occupants/public/façade access activities have not been considered and need to be assessed project specifically.
  • The blades are assessed for deflection on the following limits: span/250, and span/125. For strength, the blades are assessed on the yield strength of 6063-T6 alloy (172 MPa); and the blade to rail brackets are assessed on the yield strength of 167 Mpa.
Curving Rail - Minimum Radius

The facade blade rail system can be factory curved to a minimum radius of 1.5 metres for both concave and convex curves when the 50x50mm rail is used.

Sculptform Facade Blades curving rail

Raking Mounting Rail

For more design freedom, the two part bracket allows to blade to be installed non-perpendicular to the rail. This creates opportunities for raking effects and angled blades on your facade with minimal blade cantilever.

Sculptform Facade Blades raking

Blade End Caps

End caps are easily snapped in, with the added security of a locking off screw.

  • Note: we cannot apply our wood finishes onto end caps. For wood finish blades, a best match powder coated end cap (and screws) is provided.

Sculptform Facade Blade end caps

Back Cover Strip

To provide a seamless visual appearance to the back of the batten, back cover strips are provided which simply snap into the rear of the batten on site.

  • Note: we cannot apply our wood finishes onto end caps. For wood finish blades, a best match powder coated end cap (and screws) is provided.

Sculptform Facade Blades back cover strip

Corner Details
  • Set the fins in from the corner and mitre the rail

When wrapping blades around a 90-degree corner, the recommended option is to set the fins in from the corner and mitre the rail.

Sculptform Facade Blades mitred corner

Fire Compliance

Sculptform’s Aluminium is deemed non-combustible according to the test criteria specified in Clause 3.4 of AS 1530.1-1994.

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aluminium – AS 1530.1     Powder coat – AS/NZS 1530.3     Wood Finish Aluminium – AS/NZS 1530.3

Maintenance and Cleaning

Aluminium is a relatively low maintenance solution for any facade application. Maintenance largely depends on the degree of exposure, location of the project, and the coating used on the blades. Generally, no cleaning is required; however a typical schedule could include a visual inspection every 12 months to ensure there are no adverse environmental effects.

Surface dirt/dust, spider webs, bird droppings, rain spots and other debris, while not harmful can be unattractive and reduce the visual impact of a facade. A soft bristle broom or brush can be used to wipe the facade. Water can be used to aid the process but do not use harsh chemical cleaners as in some cases, coated layers can be removed.

Industrial and coastal environments will require a more frequent maintenance schedule to inspect for salt, visual deposits etc.