The first Fabricator Open Day at Stonegate House

On the 21st February 2024, we welcomed over 100 fabricators, suppliers and stone industry peers through the doors at Stonegate House for our very first Fabricator Open Day

We designed the day to be an informative, myth-busting educational event on how to fabricate materials like porcelain, ceramic and UCS; which are becoming ever more popular in the UK and Irish markets.

Open Day

Not a tricky surface to work with

We put together the event with support from Laminam, a supplier of fabricator-friendly porcelain to demonstrate the results that could be achieved using the right tooling and the right parameters. It was great to be able to show speeds and finishes that you would expect on natural or engineered stone but on porcelain.

In the Stonegate Innovation Hub, our technicians demonstrated the DKT3 blade on our new Breton Genya saw, achieving speeds of over four metres a minute on different types of Laminam – without compromising on an impeccable finish. They also showed sink cut outs using our BLU UCS router and core drill – two of our most popular products for fabricating porcelain, ceramic and UCS over the last year.

Staying safe while fabricating

It wasn’t just the tooling we explored either. Technical Manager, Jeremiah Clark, gave a presentation on the importance of respiratory protection within stone fabrication, even when dealing with low potential silica content materials such as Laminam. The deadly impact of respiratory diseases such as silicosis is becoming more and more visible within the stone industry, so it is vital to know how to combat this using solutions such as the TH3-certified Optrel Swiss Air mask.

Open Day
Open Day

Considering your factory setup

A huge part of delivering great results on materials like Laminam is making sure you are using clean water on your machines. We were joined by Adriano Dal Prete, from Dal Prete Engineering, for a talk about water filtration and how working with dirty water can impact the quality of material finish and also impact your tooling too.

Using dirty water in your workshop can result in poor quality finishes, unnecessary chipping and shorter tool life. It isn’t just when working with porcelain either, having the correct water filtration system in place can make for a cleaner workshop, healthier employees and save you money too.

Everything all in one place!

We also welcomed other stone industry suppliers through the door, such as undermount charger specialists Kew Labs and fitter and business lease van providers Van Monkey. Meaning visitors were able to assess a range of options for their next steps as businesses. The day was capped off by the WFF members meeting, which introduced new director Mark Londesbrough from Cambrian Granite and new coordinator Marie Curtis. As well as featuring a lively discussion on engineered stone, hosted by the inimitable Chris Pateman.

Open Day

The event featured stone-baked pizza and drinks and nibbles throughout the day, so we hope all our visitors went home with appetites satisfied as well as learning gained! We will be continuing to run a series of these events this year, so if you would like to register your interest for the next one, just contact [email protected] or (+44) 1482 620400.

Or you can book a free in-person technical consultation at our Innovation Hub – just drop us a line on (+44) 1482 620400 or email [email protected] for more details.