Of all the innovations in the exhibition and display industries over the last 20 years, large format graphics have had the greatest impact. T3 Airframe has been designed specifically to fulfil the need for a lightweight framing system capable of carrying many kinds of panels and graphics.
The key components of the system are a tube and a connector which join together with a brilliantly simple patented, twist-lock action. No tools are required.
T3 Airframe also addresses significant areas of cost within the industry. Because the system is so easy and quick to construct, there is no requirement for expensive skilled labour. The simplicity of the system also means that the number of hours spent on design and both on and off site for installation and removal are significantly reduced.
High transport and storage costs usually associated with the traditional stands are also a thing of the past thanks to T3 Airframe. Even large structures and frameworks break down into compact packages thanks to the modular nature of the design. Check out some of our testimonials to see how compact T3 Airframe is in real life.
The Benefits of T3 Airframe:
T3 Airframe is an elegantly simple system based around a connector and interlocking tube. The 33mm tube is capped with a cross shaped bayonet which fits into the cube connector with a simple twist-lock action requiring no tools. The tube comes in two profiles according to the kind of panel to be attached or the type of structure to be created.
Attaching different types of panels to T3
Using rollable and semi-rigid panels with T3
These types of panels have the advantage of being readily available and can be produced at photographic quality.
T3 Graphic Hangers give additional support for large or heavy panels.
Read more on Rollable Panels
Using rigid panels with T3
T3 Airframe Classic profile allows panels to be surface fixed using magnetic tape or hook and loop. Alternatively, panels can be inset when combined with an ‘L’ angle that is riveted onto the tube.
The new Channel profile has a number of slide-in accessory strips that allow either surface or inset fixing of rigid panels.
Shelves and load bearing panels can also be easily fixed within the T3 framework using one of the ‘L’ angle accessories.
Rigid panels can also be suspended in front of the T3 framework using stand-off connectors fixed into threaded inserts on the aluminium tube or connector.
Read more on Rigid Panels
Using fabric panels with T3
A slotted "comb" strip slides into the T3 tube and the fabric panel is attached by means of a sewn-in silicon or latex band that simply pushes into the slot.
Read more on Tensioned Fabric Panels
The T3 Airframe system includes a full range of Accessories including lights, bags, cases, feet etc.
Calculating T3 sizes
T3 Airframe is a modular system that makes it very easy to work out structure and panel sizes. We have found the easiest way to specify T3 is using centre-to-centre (c/c) measurements between connectors. Actual tube lengths and panel sizes are then calculated from the c/c dimension by simply adding or subtracting multiples of 16.5mm which is half the width of a connector.
Calculating panel sizes for straight tube constructions:
Centre to centre (c/c) - the default panel measurement where three or more panels are butted together. A centre to centre panel has a panel each side.
Centre to outside (c/o) - the first and last panel in a series starting and finishing on an outside edge or external corner. 16.5mm (half connector width) is added to the c/c measurement.
Centre to inside (c/i) – for use on internal corners. (Requires ‘L’ angle strip) 16.5mm is subtracted from the c/c measurement. Note: One of the panels meeting at the internal corner will also need to be reduced by the combined thickness of the adjoining panel and its attaching material.
Inside to inside (i/i) – the measurement between two internal corners. (Requires two ‘L’ angle strips) 33mm is subtracted from the c/c measurement.
Outside to outside (o/o) – the measurement of a single panel between two external corners or outside edges. 33mm is added to the c/c measurement.
Calculating panel sizes for curved tube constructions:
Calculating structure and panel sizes for curved tubes follows the same basic conventions (centre to centre, centre to outside etc.) as for straight tube constructions. The main difference is calculating the measurement around the arc of the curve allowing for the method of attachment.
We can provide advice on construction methods, assist with build drawings and in working out quantities and costings.
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