In-Mold Decoration (IMD) of durable goods can be accomplished in two ways. The first is what we call "3-D IMD". This is a process that uses a formed sheet of printed plastic film which we call an appliqué. The appliqué is inserted into the mold and resin is shot behind it creating a finished decorated part. The other method of IMD we use is a process where real-to-real film is indexed through the mold and the graphic is transfered from the film to the molded part during injection of the resin. Each method has it's advantages and disadvantages. At DPI, we offer both methods.
With IMD molding we can create a unique look never before achievable in plastics. We can manufacture your product with the look of machined metal, shiny chrome or even photo quality digital graphics. Now you are truly “only limited by your imagination” when it comes to the look of your product. Breathe new life into stale products or update their looks at model change without having to buy new molds.
IMD is also useful in creating an outer skin on your product that has different qualities than the substrate material. IMD can add qualities such as scratch resistance, weather resistance, UV protection or anti-fog characteristics for lenses.
Eliminate painting, pad printing, hot stamping and silk screening. Make your graphics an integral part of the substrate material that won’t easily scratch, chip, peel or wear off. This process is widely used in the automotive industry and is quickly spreading to many other industries such as electronics and consumer products.