“Even as good as this award winning trade show booth design is,
it can be built easier, faster and stronger
if we Just Rouse It” with these 4 tips.
This booth won a top award for design at a large trade show some years ago. In fact, it is was so far “ago” (in the past) that it was before RMS (Rouse Matrix Systems) and before Glue Dots.
The sheets of latex balloons that make up the roof and the backdrop for this booth were made using rubber cement to glue the balloons together. The results were great, as you can see in the photographs above and below, but it was very slow and tedious work compared to what we can do today if we Just Rouse It.
Today, we can build it easier, faster and stronger.
You can use the same four JustRouseIt tips to make your next backdrop or air canopy easier, faster and stronger.
It is common these days (2015) to build sheets of balloons with garlands of balloons wrapped around some central line or rod and then tied together side by side. That may be faster than sticking balloons together in a single layer, but takes at least twice as many balloons, makes for a very bulky structure and reduces the translucency that adds so much to the character of this design.
A metal, double frame system like SDS (Skistimas Design System) is excessively heavy for the overhead work in this project. It is also a square grid system that is not practical for many triangular designs, including this one.
The new, square GRIDZ products are much lighter, less expensive and the GRIDZ Soft Pak version can be adapted without too much hassle for 45 degree angles. But, this design features 30 degree and 60 degree angles. They are an awkward fit, at best, for square grids..
(TIP #1) USE R-E-A-L™ HONEYCOMB BALLOON GRID FRAMES
Rouse-Expand-And-Load™ (R-E-A-L™) honeycomb (RMS™ hexagon) balloon grid frames are a natural fit for the 30/60 degree angles. They are also as light weight, expandable and even more economical than the GRIDZ Soft Pak squares.
The video below gives you a short (3 minute) introduction to R-E-A-L™. Balloon Art with RMS™ Banners.
Rouse Matrix™ Builders are the RMS™ modular panels that we recommend for the canopy project shown in the photos. They work in the same way as the RMS™ Banners shown in the video, but Builders hold balloons inflated 8″ rather than 4″.
The Builders come two panels in a package. Each panel expands to a nominal size of 3′ by 6. You may order RMS Builders online at http://www.bvsmall.com/builder.
(TIP #2) BUILD A GRAPH PAPER MODEL
The roof is the most difficult part. Your model might look something like this.
Generally, any design, flat or 3-D, that you make out of RMS graph paper can be built with the matching Rouse Matrix and balloons 24 times larger than the model..
(TIP #3) USE RouseAPPS™ FAST TECHNIQUE
We often refer to Applications of Rouse original technologies as RouseAPPS™. Our patented RouseAPPS FAST Technique (or “Speed Graphics”) uses strings of double-ended balloons like Quick Link Balloons™ or Link-O-Loons™. Each balloon is rolled into an opening in a balloon grid frame that is adjacent to the previous balloon. This can be especially fast.
It also makes the resulting single layer sheet of balloons stronger and more stable than if made with individual balloons or pairs of balloons. Each balloon is secured by being anchored on two ends to another balloon. This additional anchoring is one of the Rouse patented aspects of this technique. The video below shows how it is done.
(TIP #4) USE RouseAPPS™ PT FOLD TECHNIQUE
When you load balloons into the Rouse Matrix panels you normally center the balloons in the framework with half the balloon on one side of the frame and half on the other side. When you fold the framework up or down in this design it is better to push the balloons mostly through the Matrix from the inside of the fold to the outside of the fold.
Do this only along the edge of the fold. The balloons try to escape to the outside of the fold. They cannot escape that way, however, because they are anchored to two adjacent balloons via the inside of the fold.
This patented Push Through (PT) Fold technique allows adjacent balloons along opposite sides of the fold to move closer together creating a sharp crease in the sheet of balloons. It is neat and efficient.
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