Glossary of Terms
Gain a deeper understanding of the language we use.
Cellular Resin: A lightweight thermoplastic resin that has an extremely high strength-to-weight ratio and that has been specifically formulated to meet NFPA fire-rated standards.
Fabrication: Another term for the mass-custom manufacturing process, including the robotic cutting and the hand assembly of a specialty feature.
Feature: A continuous set of assembled box-like elements, components or modules.
Form: The various special attributes of a specialty feature, such as bulgy, cuspy, or straight. Generally curving bi-directionally.
Imaging: Customized digital printing of any graphic element or series of graphic elements such as logos, wallpaper patterns, super-graphics (projected or mapped on), textures, or custom designed and applied elements on a specialty feature.
Installation: All the elements that make up a Seeyond feature or series of features at a particular site.
Lensing: A material layering technique that mingles light reflection and shadow casts to create a novel surface effect.
Monocoque: A construction technique that supports structural load by using an object’s exterior, as opposed to having an internal frame or truss.
Parametric: Any parametric model interrelates values to generate a specific geometry dependent on those values. Parametric models have a scale and a logic that suggests a relationship to the things around them.
Pattern: The particular tessellation design that makes up the public surface (the designed and finished outer or visible surface) of a specialty feature.
Recyclable: The distinction that a used item or material can be processed into a new product to prevent raw-material waste, reduce energy consumption, and reduce pollution. The Seeyond solution is an example of downcycling or utilizing converted waste materials or useless products into new materials for new products.
Reusable: The ability to use an item more than once. This includes conventional reuse where the item is used again for the same function, and new-life reuse where it is used for a new function.
Self Structuring: Not requiring an internal system of infrastructure separate from the feature itself. See Monocoque.
Specialty Feature: Any non-loadbearing wall, wall-mounted structure, column wrap, ceiling cloud, or partial enclosure that serves to articulate or differentiate space.
Specification: The process of configuring a new specialty feature by a user or designer.
Tessellation: A collection of pieces that fit together without gaps to create a plane or surface.