The Hydro-graphic Process
An Introduction to Hydro-graphic Printing
Hydro-graphic printing is known by several names. It is also called water transfer printing, cubic printing and fluid imaging. This new printing technology is based on a water-soluble film, upon which printed patterns of ink are applied. This film base dissolves in the water, leaving the ink behind. The ink then adheres to any item dipped into it.
Who Uses Hydro-graphic Printing?
Hydro-graphic printing is used by printers all over the world. These printers print patterns on items ranging from entire ATV’s to duck calls. Items that are commonly printed include sporting equipment, automotive trims and electronics products. Items made of plastic, metal, glass and many other materials and of many shapes can be successfully printed using this method.
What are the patterns for Hydro-graphic Printing?
There are innumerable patterns that can be applied using the hydro-graphic printing process. All of the patterns are created by filmmakers specializing in preparing these films. Some patterns are copyrighted: to use these, the printer must pay an additional fee. You can even design your own pattern, although there is significant effort and cost in this endeavor.
Is Hydro-graphic Printing a good choice for my item?
Not all items can be printed hydro-graphically. Some substances do not print well. Items that are contaminated by greasy residue from manufacturing, items that cannot be immersed in water and some items with a very complex shape may not print well. However, most items of wood, metal, ceramics, glass, fiberglass and plastic respond very well to this printing process. Unlike paint, you can apply complex patterns, such as camouflage and carbon fiber, in a single step. To find out for sure if your item is a good candidate, please contact us.