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Digital Mold Texturing Methods, Materials, and Substrates

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Commercialized methods, materials, and systems for texturing mold surfaces are presented.

A first step involves generating a graphic file of a desired texture pattern. The graphics file is subsequently output to material deposition equipment such as an ink jet printer, which is configured to print using an acid-resistant UV-curable ink.

The acid etch resist ink is formulated to provide optimal properties for ink jet printing, while also providing good adhesion to metal surface and excellent acid-etch resistance to various types of acids.

The acid-etch resist ink is printed onto a sheet of coated film that allows the acid-etch resist to be transferred to a mold surface, after which the mold surface is etched in an acid bath.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-01-01

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