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Old 5th November 2013, 22:41   #1
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Default Hydrographics: Water Transfer Printing Process

Hello Bhpians,
I would like to share a process which is in its infancy or max. adolescence mostly with its limit-less applications (I suppose not many are aware of this). It is called as Hydrographics or Hydrodripping.

Definition:
Hydrodripping 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 objects.

Application:
The hydrographic process can be used on metal, plastic, glass, hard woods, and various other materials.

Illustration:
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 to get the desired print.

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Conclusion:
This process/technology is something that is new and is limited with a person's creativity.
As a teambhp member and creative auto enthusiast, the whole intent of this article was to spread awareness to our community and more importantly recognize and appreciate the creators behind the process called Hydro dipping. So here's for you guys


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Interesting. Is this creative process being done here?
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@sudev: I dont think its made its way to India.
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IIRC a member had got the ORVMs and grill of his Ritz done in carbon fiber finish through this process. I couldnt find much info about where that post was or any further details. Also I could get many links on the web which sold DIY kits for water transfer printing. Guess we could order them and try a DIY.

Not sure if it is done in the retail sector but I believe the faux wood panels in cars are done in a similar process. A quick search on google led me to many agencies who are dealing in such stuff. Guess they do the job on a large scale to auto manufacturers and other industries.
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IIRC a member had got the ORVMs and grill of his Ritz done in carbon fiber finish through this process. I couldnt find much info about where that post was or any further details.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/modifi...-stickers.html (Carbon Fibre Sheets / Self Adhesive Sheets / Stickers)

That would be in post #137 and #145.

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