Tye Farrow, working closely Ray Arbesman, president of Toronto-based company Nucap Industries, has developed a revolutionary construction material application. Farrow has been testing the idea of replacing exterior steel framing and cladding as well as walls and entire floor plates in multi-storey buildings with this lightweight, exceptionally strong material called Grip Metal.
Nucap Industries invented Grip Metal, originally developed to make car brake pads that are "stronger, lighter, more rigid, and more secure than brake pads used in any car in the 20th century." Tye Farrow's innovative design breakthrough is described in this issue of Canadian Architect, "Getting a Grip"along with a detailed description of the technology:
"As Montu Khokhar, CEO of Nucap, ex-plains, Grip Metal has developed tooling that extrudes an extremely small pattern of hooks on sheet metal. These hooks are formed on the surface alone, so that sheets as thin as 0.3 milli-metres are not punctured in the process. Pressed with enough weight, the hooks clasp to new materials instantaneously. Like barbs on a thistle, the hooks can attach to any substrate that doesn’t shatter under pressure: another piece of metal, wood, plastic, vinyl, or even some concrete composite panels. Essentially, Grip Metal makes metal act like Velcro."