Blocks are Silver – Slabs are Gold! According to this motto blocks and slabs are marketed by all stone producers. What was created many millions of years ago with the genesis of the respective stone is today subject to many times limited optical criteria. The reason is not only historical but productive.

In order to create optically cleanly defined natural stone surfaces within a reasonable cost framework, the imperfections must simply be cut away during cutting. As nature 500 million years ago had no idea of our optical requirements, she did not make any ambitions with the imperfections in her Genesis.

As a result of this development, almost every stone-producing company owns a block or slab warehouse with imperfect natural stones. If you take the time to read these slabs, it usually ends with the realization that one slab is more beautiful than the other. To work with these slabs, it used to require not only the courage for unusual design but also the physical presence of the architect / designer during the final production. An effort which, from an economic point of view, could only be justified in a few projects due to the pressure of construction time and costs.

In recent years, digitalization has reached the stone industry almost silently and unnoticed by many. Various machine companies have dedicated themselves to the topic of real color-accurate slab-scan and digital stock management and have successfully positioned systems and machines on the market, which form the foundation of digitality in the natural stone sector. Currently, the last hurdles in the one hundred percent detection of cracks and other cut-decisive parameters are being solved and the first approaches on the market are being tested.

The result: What used to be a slow seller has now the chance to be tested and used in projects with a previously unknown easiness. And this not only by people with many years of professional experience in handling stones. Digitalization makes it possible for young architects and designers in particular to go their own new ways while incorporating natural stone into their projects.

Digital blended wall – design idea was to simulate a natural veined wall

It is exactly this process that the team of Digital Drylayout – DDL.20 – supports! We have ensured that the interface between CAD programs and the stone industry is translated to ONE common language. We have made sure that changes in plans can be adopted just as easily and simply as changes in the selection of stones. We have ensured that communication between all project participants is clear and internationally understandable – specifically in clear images, binding figures and the digital data for processing.

The goal of our efforts is to achieve a new economy in the handling of natural stones. An increased sustainability among the producers, the architects / designers, the installers and all other project partners.

In the blending trainings we experience a lot of reactions that prove us right in our efforts:

“I would never have sampled this material for a project, but now that I can blend it myself in real time and over my entire project, it has much more dynamics, much more charisma. Now I wouldn’t want any other material anymore because I know: Something is missing, there is more!

Markus Schwarzbach – Mögel & Schwarzbach independent architects PartmbB

Summary: The new economy in stone

In recent years, digitization has reached the stone industry almost silently and unnoticed by many. Digital Drylayout – DDL.20 is the basis through which the most diverse interfaces between CAD programs and the stone industry are translated to ONE common language. This means that changes in plans can be adopted just as easily and simply as changes in the selection of the stones. DDL.20 ensures that communication between all project participants is clear and internationally understandable – specifically in clear images, binding figures and the digital data for processing. Digitization enables young architects and designers in particular to take completely new, individual paths by incorporating natural stone in their projects.

The DDL team aims to achieve a new economy in the use of natural stone. 

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