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HYDROGRAPHIC PRINTING / IMMERSION PRINTING

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Hydrographic printing, is a process whereby, a film of ink floats on the surface of water. A ‘blank’ product is immersed in the solution and collects the ink on its own surface. This allows complex and interesting patterns, to be transferred from the water, to the surface of a product. A range of materials can be used including polymers.
The product is first prepared by cleaning and priming, ready for the paint / ink layer. The pattern to be transferred is first printed on a transparency, which is placed on top of the water. The ink pattern transfers to the water surface. The product is then immersed in the water and the ink pattern adheres to the product. The pattern bends round / flexes round the surface of the product. therefore, it is possible to print on complex 3D shapes.

 
1. The transferable pattern is printed using polyvinyl alcohol, on to a transparency.   2. The transparency if placed face down on the surface of the water and the patterns transfers / floats on the water surface.
 
 
 
 
3. The ink floats, as a pattern, on the surface of the water.   4. The product is immersed in the water and the pattern, floating on the surface, is transferred.
 
 
 
5. When removed from the water, the pattern remains on the surface of the product and is allowed to dry.   6. The product is now ready for use, in this case a ‘fashionable’ hat.
 
 
 
 
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