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Old 06-05-2014, 12:02 AM   #1
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Hydro Dipping

We just got a new hydro dipping setup and will soon be offering that service to you all.


What is hydro dipping?


Hydrographics or HydroGraphics, also known as immersion printing, water transfer printing, water transfer imaging, or cubic printing, is a method of applying printed designs to three-dimensional surfaces. The hydrographic process can be used on metal, plastic, glass, hard woods, and various other materials. Also known as "hydro dipping".

In the process, the substrate piece to be printed is pre-treated and a base coat material is applied. A polyvinyl alcohol film is gravure-printed with the graphic image to be transferred, and is then floated on the surface of a vat of water. An activator chemical is sprayed on the film to dissolve it into a liquid and activate a bonding agent. The piece is then lowered into the vat, through the floating ink layer, which wraps around and adheres to it.

After removing the piece from the water, a top coat is applied to protect the design. With multiple dippings, hydrographics printing can achieve full 360° coverage of the part surface, including small crevices.
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Pretty cool technology. What will you be charging?

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Old 06-06-2014, 05:13 AM   #4
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It's amazing how they can think this stuff up. Hmmm trying to figure out how to integrate this with my arcade hobby.
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Old 06-06-2014, 08:43 AM   #5
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Pretty cool technology. What will you be charging?
We're still working in setting everything up. It it involves sending the pieces to the body shop for base coat, then we hydro-dip it, then it goes back to the body shop for the clear. Some things such as firearms don't get cleared.

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We spent $17K

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It's amazing how they can think this stuff up. Hmmm trying to figure out how to integrate this with my arcade hobby.
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I've read about this tech when I was in the military, tho it was used for other stuff. I would be interested to see what can be done for my grille. I have a military/American Flag theme and want Old Glory on the grille. I've seen vinyls, but nothing I've liked. I've subscribed and I'll see how things go. Best of luck!
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This is some amazing stuff! I hadn't heard about this yet, just the plastidip process. Do you have some examples of what common sized pieces might cost? Like a grille piece or logos?
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Very cool

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