Dimple Halftone is a new process intended to create a microlandscape of texture that, when viewed at different distances, can be recognized as a sharp image or abstract pattern. A reminder of the enlarged halftone canvases of the Pop Art era, Dimple Halftone actually encodes dots into the surfaces of various materials at even larger scales.
Developed by 4-pli and Associated Fabrication, this process allows designers to transfer images or patterns to medium-density fiberboard (MDF) laminate panels, sound-absorbant panels, and solid surface materials like Corian. Designers can simply supply an image with a specified size and resolution for either a one- or two-color surface.
In addition to its imagery and pattern effects, Dimple Halftone can be used to add calibrated performance characteristics to materials, such as nonslip and sound-absorbing surfaces.