Digital printing on moldable plastics
3D PatternPrint is a new way of sublimation-printing on plastic. Designer Mary Crisp created 3D PatternPrint to bring together 2D-printed planes and 3D-formed shapes through engineered prints. The process chemically bonds images to plastic, allowing the plastic to be heat-formed into various shapes with the image responding to the shape change. This is a departure from most hard surface printing processes, as the image is applied before the final product is formed.
Currently 3D PatternPrint has been used to create a range of orb-shaped lighting objects but could be used to create many other decorative applications.
Contact: Mary Crisp, Yateley, Hampshire, UK.
For more information, see Transmaterial 3: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment