What is formica?
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What Does formica Mean
It is called formica to materials obtained from the conglomeration of paper impregnated and coated with a resin . The term, which comes from the Formica trademark , is also accepted as Formica , according to the Royal Spanish Academy ( RAE ) in its dictionary.
Formica is a high pressure laminate , a type of product known by its acronym in English HPL . It is generally used for the coating of furniture, panels and doors as it provides protection to the wood .
The origins of formica date back to 1913 . In that year, Formica Group specialists invented high-pressure laminates, which today are offered in more than a hundred colors with different finishes and textures.
To produce formica, multiple sheets of paper are fused together and impregnated with a resin . Through pressure and the application of heat , a conglomerate is generated that, due to its durability and flexibility, resembles a plastic . Formica can adhere to boards of wood and other materials using various adhesives.
It is important not to confuse formica with melamine . While formica is a conglomerate of paper, melamine plates are developed with a decorative paper that is fused directly with the core, which is usually a reconstituted wood board.
Finally, Formica is the surname of an Argentine footballer: Mauro Formica . This is a midfielder who made his professional debut at the Newell's Old Boys club and later played in England ( Blackburn Rovers ), Italy ( Palermo ) and Mexico ( Cruz Azul and Pumas de la UNAM ).