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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: January 1, 2008

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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