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1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 246 (210)

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition
1952 Theatre Catalog
1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 246
Page 246

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 246

Rigidized Metal for Decoration and Utility

Strength, Attractiveness, and Resistance to Wear Are Some Features of This Adaptable New Product

Combining unique decorative beauty with durability, structural strength, and easy maintenance, Rigidized Metal, a product patented by a Buifalo firm, is ideally suited to a wide range of exterior and interior applications in new and remodeled theatres.

The Rigidizing Process

Rigidized Metals are design-strengths ened, textured stainless steel, aluminum, brass, copper, bronze, and other ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and are normally available in sheets or strips, solid or perforated. Rigidizing is a process which redistributes the metal throughout its cross section, thus obtaining greater rigidity and strength without the disadvantage of added weight. The process does not appreciably change the overall width or length of a piece of given thickness nor increase or decrease the weight per square foot. All the metal in the original strip or sheet remains; part of it has simply been moved to a position where it will do a better job. Naturally, this process increases the overall or section thickness of the piece. In the case of more prominent patterns, Rigidizing materially increases the exposed surface area, an advantage where a heat-exchange function is desired.


The product is available in more than 20 types of basic patterns, involving a variety of geometrical shapes, directional and non-directional, repetitive and non-repetitive, and ranging in depth from 0.320-inch to as fine as 0.005-inch. All of these basic patterns are characterized by strong eye-appeal and high utility value. There is no hard and fast dividing line between the various strength-appearance-utility values of the textured metal sheet or strip; in certain applications one factor may be of more importance than others, but there is usually some overlapping of the three.

In fabrication, Rigidized Metals may be soldered, cycle bonded, atomic hydrogen welded, electric welded, riveted, lock-seamed, stamped, formed, drawn, roll-formed, punched, 0r blanked. It is installed in much the same way as other

metals; namely, by screws, adhesives, cement, decorative studs, snap-on moulding, etc. Rigidized Metal is also available already bonded to plywood for easy installation.


The textured metal sheets are cut with heavy shears or a power saw. As the sheets nest into each other, multiple or stack saw cutting is practicable. Continuation joints may be of the lap or butt type, the latter with matched backplates. The natural nesting effect of the

BRIEF: The use of Rigidized Metal . . . a design-strengthened, textured surfacing material of stainless steel, copper, aluminum and other metals . . . offers splendid opportunities to achieve attractive decorative effects . . . structural strentgh . . . and great functional value . . . in new theatre construction or remodeling. Available in more than 20 three-dimnsional patterns . . . and simply installed . . . the product has a wide range of uses in many parts of the thentre interior and exterior. While the product has a comparatively high initial cost, it is economical in that it has high wear resistance, requires a minimum of maintenance, and permits the use of a lighter gauge metal to achieve structural strength . . . with resultant weight saving and reduced metal cost . . . While periodic metal shortages may limit the availability of Rigidized Metal from time to time . . . the many advantages of the product make it one worth waiting for, if necessary.

beads improves joint strength and simplifies hole layout. Riveting, spot welding, stud welding, and bolting all are practicable in installing the sheets, since the structural patterns are usually provided with fiat contact fields. Faceeto-face joints create composite panels by combining two or more sheets. Depending upon the shear involved, it is possible to fasten only one out of two or even one out of four contacting Hats. This is done by riveting or spot welding, preferably on multiple-head automatics. Panels bonded under heat and

pressure with newer types of adhesives are particularly suited for duplex, triplex or higher order composites. Because of the textured surface of this modern metal, architects are able to take advantage of all the uShow" of a metal finish, without encountering blinding glare or other disadvantages incident to the use of plain-surfaced metals. The pattern diffuses direct rays from the sun or artificial light sources

RIGIDIZED METAL is design strengthened in more than 20 dillerenl basic patterns of geometric shapes. It is available in sheets and strips.

1952 Theatre Catalog, 10th Edition, Page 246