A Real Life Story/A ShapeMaster Solution

20 Sep 2017

Q: Dry On A Rainy Day?  A: ShapeMaster Breezeway!

In Close to 30 years, ShapeMaster has grown from a small converted garage to a complex of buildings that take up the better part of a city block!

Unfortunately, these buildings are not connected together in any fashion.

This means anytime someone needs to go to a different building, they have to go outside. This is great when the weather is nice, sunny, pleasant temperatures, light breeze, but not so much fun when it is rainy, windy, or snowing. Here in Illinois, the weather can go from nice to nasty on a dime.

One of our buildings is, from door to door, 8 feet away from another. You may think that this is not a big distance. Just imagine this…There is a torrential spring downpour and you need to go from building A to building B. You think “I can make it. I won’t get that wet.”, so you jet out of the door of building A. Just when you get to the door of building B you find out the door to building B is locked, and since the handle was wet, your hand slips, and you face plant on the door of building B. Not wasting any time, you pivot on one foot and bound back to the door of building A, just in time to see that the door on building A had closed and locked. During this time, the rain has not let up. Soaked to your marrow, a clap of thunder mocks you, you gather up what’s left of your pride, and walk to the front door which is on the other side of the main building. Sitting soggy for the rest of the day, you ponder the events of the day and wonder if the situation could have been avoided.

The boss, Ken “Big Daddy” Cooley, cares about his employees, and wonders, too, how a situation such as the above could have been avoided.

Assessing the area between these two buildings and taking stock of the resources he has at his disposal, Ken determines the best way to remedy this is a breezeway.

Ken appoints a dry employee to spearhead this project and encourages him to formulate a design and plan for completion. Once the plan has Ken’s blessing, construction may begin.

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The Breezeway from A to B

Plans in place let’s build something!

The person whom Ken appointed to take on this endeavor had never built anything like this before, but with guidance and encouragement, you can accomplish anything!

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Instead of framing with the typical building materials such as 2x4s, glass, and, drywall, we used a product called 80/20. You may have heard us mention this amazing product before, but for those who have not, 80/20 is basically an Erector set for big kids. The possibilities with 80/20 are endless! ShapeMaster is your premier distributor for 80/20! (Give us a call and we can talk about your next 80/20 project.)

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As with any building project, lines need to be straight

 

And level…That bubble looks spot on!

 

80/20 will not warp or swell, and every extruded piece is guaranteed not to have any knot holes!

80/20 may be sawed, drilled, machined. It can be manipulated, shaped, and even powder coated. As mentioned earlier, the possibilities are endless with 80/20 and ShapeMaster.

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We see the breezeway taking shape and notice the 80/20 brochure serves as the perfect shim. I told you the possibilities were endless

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ShapeMaster custom made polycarbonate roof and gutters using a computer guided press break. This is a fine example of ShapeMaster once again taming plastic with skill and precision.

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A door provides shelter against the elements and allows foot traffic to and from the front door of ShapeMaster.  Take note of the plastic used for the door and side wall. It is a corrugated polycarbonate. It is many times lighter and has similar protective properties as the solid sheet. The version used here also provides UV protection. We use it here at ShapeMaster for guarding against flying debris from the work we do, machine guarding so appendages do not become disassociated from oneself, and yes, we do use this corrugation as windows. Come by ShapeMaster sometime and we can show you (please call ahead). If you have a situation where you need protection from flying debris and/or machine guarding, 80/20 and ShapeMaster are the best solution available!

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With the breezeway fully complete, ShapeMaster employees may walk between buildings without the anxiety of getting soaked!

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Ken could have gone to a construction firm to build this breezeway, but building it oneself gives you a sense of pride, saves money, and gave an employee a chance to do something that they have never done before. Most of all it showcases a real life situation that was solved by ShapeMaster.

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If you like what you see, have questions about 80/20, or have a situation where you need protection against flying debris, machinery, or the elements, give us a call at the number at the top of the page, or click “Request a Quote”. We would love to hear from you and discuss the infinite number of options available to you from 80/20 and ShapeMaster!

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