Today’s manufacturers are using decades old methods to accomplish mold texturing. These problematic and labor intensive practices, like the “wax and rice paper” method, various screen printing methods, and others, have survived so long due to the lack of a suitable or economical solution.
Digital Texturing is this solution.
Using a combination of proprietary technology, including IKONICS’ patented photo resist films, and specifically engineered hardware, Digital Texturing offers those in the mold texturing industry an opportunity to work faster, produce more accurate textures, unmatched operational consistency, dramatic reduction of human error/inconsistency, secure digital filing/storage of images and the general standardization of mold texturing operations.
Digital Texturing infuses technical certainty, predictability, and standardization into mold texturing operations that have historically been challenged by slow turn-around, operational inconsistency, and a high degree of labor intensity.
Digital Texturing relies on the digital rendering of texture artwork. Using IKONICS proprietary technology, including the IKONICS DTXJet™, the digitized artwork is used to create a pressure-sensitive adhesive acid resist film, which ultimately becomes the “stencil” or “template.” As such, the challenge of registration, particularly with multi-level textures, is significantly reduced.
Due to the combination of digital imaging and our proprietary, jetable acid resist fluid, Digital Texturing provides texturing professionals the ability to improve their performance in applications where fine line definition is a challenge using the common “wax” method. While wax is inherently imprecise, the Digital Texturing process is not subject to the operational idiosyncrasies of individual craftsmen.
Digital Texturing can dramatically improve cycle time. Since textured films are produced using digital artwork, files may be easily altered, edited or reproduced in a timely manner. Operationally, Digital Texturing films, including DTXContour™, with an inherently flex-sensitive characteristic, allow operators to accommodate complex curves, corners, recesses and protrusions.
Due to the DTXJet’s large bed size, pattern creation of up to 36” x 48” is simple, fast and accurate. This significant advantage results in less “tiling” or “seaming” during production, saving time and improving quality.