THE IGUANA

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With more than 9000 com­po­nents, and at 7m long, The Iguana is one of the largest ma­chines of its kind in the world. Rev­o­lu­tion Fi­bres op­er­a­tions man­ager Brent Tucker says while the com­pany has been pro­duc­ing nanofi­bre for al­most a decade, The Iguana en­ables a greatly in­creased pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity

“The Iguana is a fan­tas­tic col­lab­o­ra­tion between the best Kiwi minds from the sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing worlds,” he says.

Stafford En­gi­neer­ing co­founder Roger Evans says most of its clients know what they want to pro­duce but don’t have the ex­per­tise to build it them­selves.

“For us a ma­chine is a ma­chine and in the case of Rev­o­lu­tion Fi­bres, they had a very good idea of what they wanted,” he says.

The nanofi­bre man­u­fac­tur­ing process starts with fish­ing com­pany San­ford sup­ply­ing hoki skins, from which pure col­la­gen is ex­tracted. Us­ing the process of elec­tro­spin­ning The Iguana trans­forms the col­la­gen into nanofi­bre.

Dur­ing the process nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents such as ki­wifruit and grape­seed are in­fused.

Nanofi­bres — mea­sur­ing between 100-500 nanome­tres in width (a hu­man hair is 50,000 nm wide) — can cre­ate vast changes in me­chan­i­cal strength, re­ac­tiv­ity, and, in the case of skin care, ab­sorbency.

Photo / Sup­plied

The Iguana cre­ates rolls of anti-ag­ing ac­tivLayr. The unique process is a com­mer­cial se­cret and de­tailed pho­tos of the ma­chine op­er­at­ing are not per­mit­ted.

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