Building a 6.4m multi-screen, multi-touch table with embedded electronics was the design and fabrication challenge faced by an internationally renowned design and consultancy firm to meet the needs of one of its clients. In addition, the supports for the large touch displays presented an additional challenge, as the client specified an Italian white marble clad plinth.
To bring this original concept to life, the industrial design firm turned to interactive technology leader, Ideum. The company created the initial structural drawings and worked with an architect and the end customer to ensure that the table and its materials matched the interior design of the training centre. The table was fabricated in sections, at Ideum’s studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with the interior structure cut out on the studio’s CNC milling machine, glued and then fitted with fibre glass to provide additional strength for the heavy Italian marble slabs that would cover its sides.
Articulated steel hinges were designed and machined to allow each end of the table to bear the extreme weight of the stone-clad interior access doors and upon final assembly with the marble and touchscreens in place, the table weighed in at 5,500lbs — nearly three metric tons.