In addition to stone itself, the Marmomacc fair is very likely the largest exposition of stoneworking equipment in the world. Given the global nature of the event, there are plenty of exhibits of large-scale quarrying and processing equipment on display. But over the past few years, I have Among the translucent materials on display in Verona, Itapoama of Brazil displayed Lumen. V.M. Kaldorf displayed Jura limestone with a combined chiseled/sandblasted/brushed finish. noticed more exhibitors showcasing technology for more "typical fabricators." Whether it is an addition to an existing piece of machinery, a new type of blade or polishing wheel, or some other development, Marmomacc has become a place where fabricators can find products that will help them in their operations.
In just one example of this, I met with a supplier of vacuum pods for CNC technology at the event -- Blick Industries of California -- and they were showcasing something called the "Saw Cup." Created for CNC stoneworking centers that utilize a cutting head, this product is a sacrificial top that sits on top of the vacuum pod, and it can be sawed or routed into. (I realize that it is somewhat ironic that I went all the way to Italy to see a product from an American supplier, but sometimes it just works out that way.) In any case, there were quite a few new products on display in Verona, and what you see here is only a small sampling. The full report will appear in the December print and online editions of Stone World. Stay tuned!