Etching Innovative Patterns without Compromise
PLT’s utilization of laser technology has surpassed traditional chemical methods by improving versatility for pattern designs, accuracy within mold placement, and repeatability for multi-cavitation tools. Textures range from industry standard VDI and Matte finishes to custom designed 3D patterns. The advancement of lasers has extended texture capabilities to the reproduction of functional micro-structures within molds, allowing molded parts to diffuse light reflection, increase flow rate or stimulate tactile senses.
Industry Standard Finishes
Many of today’s molds maintain a texture that was chemically etched or auxiliary machined, providing either an aesthetic or functional surface finish to the molded part. With 5-Axis laser technology, PLT has the ability to replicate Charmilles EDM finishes and chemically induced matte finishes for purposes of producing a surface roughness or gloss reduction.
Proven Advantages for Laser Texturing over Acid Etching
The insertion of a digital pattern ensures repeatability from tool-to-tool vs. manually transferred wax patterns.
Molds are handled in the same fashion as if they were to receive a machining operation. Labor time invested in masking tools and transferring patterns is avoided.
Traditional acid etching requires tool exposure to a chemical bath or spray increasing the risk of depth variances and/or mold damage from masking leaks.
Working with grey scale imagery, patterns may be custom designed or generated from a high-resolution scan. 2D and 3D scans of flat swatches are generated at 1,700 dpi resolution and extended scans are stitched seamlessly to repeat content that can go on infinitely to create unique brand elements and provide expanded mold coverage. Exclusively digital, laser texturing is the premier technology for directional grains, geometric patterns and intricate full-grain leathers.
Pattern Development & Sampling
Our experienced graphics team, advanced in the most common 2D and 3D file formats, is available to assist with pattern enhancement, renderings and file sharing. 3D renderings allow for realistic visualization and high-level inspection of pattern quality, seamless joints, trimming and scale. PLT’s in-house sampling capabilities offer tangible plaques for aesthetic and sensory evaluation and marketing approval prior to final pattern design.
Consult a PLT representative for developments in our Laser Texturing capabilities and the ideal application for your texturing needs.