PolyOne and Merck Partner to Create 3D Surface Imagery
PolyOne is collaborating with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany to launch IM3D, a new technology enabling manufacturers to realize extraordinary 3D imagery on packaging and consumer electronics. With IM3D technology, manufacturers can create surfaces that appear to have depth and structure, although they are perfectly flat. Several processing steps were previously necessary to generate this effect in a polymer surface. Now, the 3D impression is created in just a single step during the injection molding process. The striking effect turns packaging components, such as covers and wrappers, as well as polymer housings into distinctive eye-catchers.
IM3D decoration technology can be incorporated into standard injection molding machine production lines. The technology is made possible by combining Merck KGaA’s expertise in development of pigments with the color concentrate formulation expertise of PolyOne. “IM3D is just the beginning of our strategic collaboration with PolyOne. Our objective in the coming years is to jointly launch additional innovative plastics technologies with pearlescent pigments,” says Michael Heckmeier, head of the Pigments & Functional Materials business unit at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
Sample parts made with IM3D technology are on display this week at the PolyOne booth (Hall 8A/J15) at the K show in Düsseldorf, Germany.
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