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The integration of novel printing and forming techniques for three dimensional in mould printing

Objective

Three dimensional in mould decoration is a comparatively high technology method of printing on plastic parts. A film is first printed, then formed to shape and finally inserted into an injection moulding machine and moulded to. This results in a superior quality under surface print, but the process has high capital and set up costs. The combination of improvements in the methods used to register the print carrier to the formed shape and the further development of existing printing technology will lead to a unified system more suitable for the majority of medium size production runs. Novel methods of physically controlling the print carrier during forming using a membrane technology are to be employed. It is anticipated that a prototype printing and forming line will be developed.

Funding Scheme

EAW - Exploratory awards

Coordinator

DIAMOND PRINTED PRODUCTS LIMITED
Address
Maidstone Road Nettlestead
ME18 5HP Maidstone
United Kingdom

Participants (1)

ORNAMIN FABRIKATION FUER KUSTSTOFFVERZIEHRUNG GMBH & CO KG
Germany
Address
Trippeldamm 10 B
32429 Minden