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 280°F. Heat deflection and vicat softening point for a plastic part are
good indicators to determine if the current plastic 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.
Accordingly, 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. Metal, glass, wood
must first 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 so that a
sampling can be done for your manufactured parts.
Any image can be created using digital technology 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 patterns or can be
developed for the manufacturer. Typical new design turn-around times are
1-2 days from approval date of colors and image quality. Our sales
department will be happy to provide you with processing cost proposals or