The Kolorfusion process is based upon an ink/dye transfer process called dye sublimation. The dyes when heated will vaporize and, if next to a suitable polymer substrate, such as coatings or plastic, the dyes become part of the adjacent substrate. Accordingly, the substrate must be able to withstand a minimum temperature of 300°F. Heat deflection and vicat softening point for plastic parts are good indicators to determine whether or not the current plastics being utilized are suitable. Most coatings are acceptable to the process and can withstand process temperatures up to 375°F.
Since the dyes are actually a vapor they are in effect transparent. Because of this, the substrate color should be light in color so as to allow the design to be seen. If the coating or plastic part is a translucent, then again the dyes will take on the hue of the translucent coating or material. Metal, glass, and wood must be coated prior to processing. Anodized aluminum can receive the dye vapors prior to sealing the anodic coating. Other materials that have micro pores using polymer chemistry to receive the dyes can also be decorated. Manufacturers, please contact our sales department at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your parts sampled.
Any image can be created using digital images such as photos, computer imagery, artist’s renditions, or scans of natural materials such as wood grains and marbles. The design can be from our existing library of patterns or can be developed for or provided by the manufacturer. Typical new design turn-around times are 1-2 days from approval of colors and image quality. Our sales department will be happy to provide you with processing cost proposals and/or licensing information.