Digitalization of texturing process

Mold-Tech has been introducing digital technologies and aids into the texturing process. About 80% of the work in the texturing process is done by hand. In other words, the quality of texture is largely dependent on the skill, experience and proficiency of the operator. As a result, it is necessary to take into account the variability in quality, and how to reduce this variability has been a challenge for all the texturing houses. Even now, it is not easy to inspect and evaluate a texture with only numerical values and data, but we are working on utlizing digital technologies and aids to create a more accurate and precise texture.

3D laser engraving machines

We have been developing laser engraving technologies to create higher-value-added textures in this market. This process provides plastic products with a variety of aesthetics and functions that are totally different from those of chemical etching. This is the latest technology that increases the possibility of new design expression. This process does not use chemicals or solvents, and it contributes to a clean environment and ecology.

3D scanner

In the case of texture processing, it is oftenly required by customers to replicate skin surfaace of PVC or natural leather, or to reproduce a similar appearance. It is necessary to digitally convert the original PVC or natural leather into digital data. We have succeeded in developing a scanner that can capture detailed pores and wrinkles without bias, which had been impossible with conventional scanners. This is an essential piece of equipment for improving the accuracy and speed of pattern development.

Large format digital printer

This printer makes it possible to print large prints and fine patterns that were not possible with conventional printing methods. This printer is capable of printing even finer lines such as hairlines and geometric patterns. This data is sent directly to the digital printer for rapid printing. Compared to the conventional printing, this printing system can produce 30 times over larger prints, so the number of seams and gaps among the prints is greatly reduced. In addition, compared to conventional printing, unevenness of the printout is much less, making it possible to produce a high-precision, uniform printout.

3D digital measuring instrument

No matter how fine or complicated a texture pattern is, the three dimensional surface of the texture is measured with various parameters. Without a skilled eye, it would not be possible to process a texture, but accurate measurement leads to better quality.