Hydrographics, also known as immersion printing or water transfer imaging, is a process of applying a printed design to a three-dimensional surface. The process can be done on a variety of materials including plastic.
The process begins with a large tank of water. A printed poly vinyl alcohol film (the pattern of your choice) is floated on the surface of the water. After soaking, an activator chemical is sprayed onto the film. This dissolves the film into a liquid. The desired part is then lowered into the tank, either manually or robotically, and the floating pattern covers the part completely adhering to it. A clear coat is then applied to protect the design.
Hydrographic printing results in 360 degree coverage and is ideal for customizing parts with endless designs.
Contact Davies Molding to learn how we can custom finish your knob, handle, electronic enclosure or custom molded part with hydrographic printing 800-554-9208.