GRAPHIXON Launches 2D & 3D Print Technology for Leather, Canvas & Vinyl

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A revolutionary new technology developed by Fort Lauderdale, Florida
based Graphixon Finishes (www.graphixon.com)
now offers a process for enhancing leather, canvas, vinyl, etc. with
high resolution 2D and 3D full color images. The transferred image is
water/liquid proof, fade resistant, highly durable to wear and abrasion
(exceeded 150,000 double rubs during testing). These benefits signify a
breakthrough in leather printing technology which promises to transform
the global multi billion leather footwear, apparel, accessories and
furniture industries in much the same way that printing on fabric
changed the textile industry.

Graphixon
Finishes
has worked with Leather
Research Laboratory
for a full series of tests at a level of
performance required for luxury automotive interiors. Test results can
be made available upon request. The potential market for the technology
is global and augurs a paradigm shift in the surface enhancement of
materials used in the apparel, automotive, aircraft, marine, military,
upholstery and just about every commercial and consumer application
where pliable covering material is used to provide protection and
surface aesthetics.

The patent pending technology is deployed in a simple
process
starting with printing the desired digital image onto a
Graphixon paper, via conventional printing equipment ranging from
desktop inkjet printers to wide format and other commercial printing
methods. Graphixon paper accommodates water, solvent and latex inks,
with emphasis on water based inks in keeping with Graphixon’s ‘green’
technology philosophy. The printed graphic is then protected with a
sealer and primer. Once the primer is dry to the touch the graphic is
placed on the target substrate (leather, canvas, vinyl, HDPE, etc.) and
subjected to modest heat and pressure via a heat press or laminator. The
process takes about 30 seconds of processing time.

The laminated assembly is allowed to cool down to room temperature and
the transfer paper is stripped from the surface of the substrate. The
graphic remains bonded to the surface beneath a protective and durable
clear film with a surface finish that can be offered in any number of
variations depending on the final look and feel desired in the final
product. All the raw materials used in the process are fully water
soluble and bio-degradable, making for an eco-bio friendly process
suitable for almost any production environment.

Contacts

Graphixon Finishes
Abbas A Sadriwalla, 1-954-566-0996;
1-954-993-5301 (cell)
General Manager
abbas@graphixon.com