Creating a Rebound® 25 Mold to Cast a GFRC Banyan Tree


Pretecno of Cancun, Mexico, specializes in the design and construction of beautiful yet functional architecture. Their list of clients includes many of the elite hotels throughout Central America. Among their varied specialties, Pretecno is an industry leader in precast concrete, including Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC).

Recently, Pretecno engineer Jose Hormiga developed a way to bring an organic feel to some of the company's latest building projects. At the Condominios Quadra Alea in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Hormiga used Smooth-On's Rebound® 25 silicone rubber to mold a 30 foot (10m) banyan tree trunk. GFRC reproductions were then cast and used as decorative columns throughout a tropical resort.

Materials Used in this Tutorial

Step 1: Preparing Model