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Digital printing

We offer an innovative system to decorate façades, walls and pieces of furniture with custom images.

Special powder coatings have been specifically developed for this kind of process.

With them we supply a paper we printed with the desired graphic, which is ready to be transferred by sublimation on the powder-coated aluminum surface.

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Digital printing

We offer an innovative system to decorate façades, walls and pieces of furniture with custom images.

Special powder coatings have been specifically developed for this kind of process.

With them we supply a paper we printed with the desired graphic, which is ready to be transferred by sublimation on the powder-coated aluminum surface.

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How to do it?

Cutting

Cutting

Aluminum sheets should be cut to size according to the layout of the graphics realized for the project.

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Pre-treatment

Pre-treatment

Before powder coating, metal sheets must be pretreated to make the powder perfectly adhere to the surface.

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Powder coating

Powder coating

Powder coating protects the surface against weathering and creates a base layer for decoration. Two different coats of powder have to be applied to get more vibrant colours.

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Digital printing

Digital printing

We digitally print high resolution images supplied by the customer. This type of technology brings out the colours on the heat-transfer paper.

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Decoration

Decoration

The final step consists in transferring the sublimation inks from the paper to the powder-coated metal sheets using Decoral® equipment.

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Final result

Final result

You can give concrete expression to your creativity by printing digital images on whatever support. Decorated metal sheets can be used both indoor and outdoor.

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Cutting

Cutting

Aluminum sheets should be cut to size according to the layout of the graphics realized for the project.

Pre-treatment

Pre-treatment

Before powder coating, metal sheets must be pretreated to make the powder perfectly adhere to the surface.

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Image
Powder coating

Powder coating

Powder coating protects the surface against weathering and creates a base layer for decoration. Two different coats of powder have to be applied to get more vibrant colours.

Digital printing

Digital printing

We digitally print high resolution images supplied by the customer. This type of technology brings out the colours on the heat-transfer paper.

Image
Image
Decoration

Decoration

The final step consists in transferring the sublimation inks from the paper to the powder-coated metal sheets using Decoral® equipment.

Final result

Final result

Give concrete expression to your creativity by printing digital images on whatever metal support, both for indoor and outdoor use.

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Metal Photo prints/ Digital photo printing on Metal

Metal art has been a form of self-expression since ancient times. A metal print, also known as a metal print, is a modern, high-resolution artwork made from a smooth metal plate (usually aluminum) covered with a selected image. Let your most treasured memories become the latest metal art for your home or office. These stunning, vibrant photo prints can be hung in your living room, bedroom, or any other favorite area of your home. Metal prints bring photos to life and are often the talk of the town. If you would like to design your own metal prints, check out our extensive metal print collection. Metal prints are wall art with a clean, modern, industrial and high definition look. The metal print is printed on aluminum and has a white undercoat to make the colors printed on the metal print look more vivid. These eye-catching pieces are perfect for your home or as a gift for a loved one. Metal prints are fade, moisture and scratch resistant, making them the perfect element to hang a modern metal wall art print inside or outside your home.

Printing a photo on Metal uses a process known as sublimation. Inkjet printers reproduce an image by converting it into thousands of individual dots, while dye-sublimation printers use heat to transfer the image onto aluminum foil.

dye sublimation is a two-part process.

First, a liquid gel is used to print the photo onto the transfer film. Then, bake this image onto an aluminum sheet. A combination of heat and pressure permanently bonds the sharp details of the image to the aluminum.

What remains is a scratch, water and sun resistant metallic photographic print. 3D Printing Services

Technological advancements, new metal materials, and lower prices for metal 3D printers are driving a surge in demand for metal 3D printing. But for many engineers and industrial designers, investing in their own metal 3D printer has yet to materialize. Fortunately, there is a growing number of contract manufacturers with metal 3D printers ready to custom print your part, whether it's a prototype, final functional part, or your own replacement part. In fact, metal 3D printing as an industry is expected to be worth $5.51 billion by 2027. One reason is that metal 3D printing has proven to be faster and cheaper than traditional metal manufacturing methods for single parts and low volumes.

Metal 3D printing services are definitely on the rise. In this article, we'll take a look at 9 of the top companies that offer metal 3D printing services and 3D printer manufacturers that offer on-demand printing. The word "great" is open to interpretation, but we used the following ratings to make our selections.

Material Selection: The more materials, the more know-how about the best materials for your application. Range of technologies: There’s more than one way to print metal. Companies that offer a range of technologies can give your price, speed, and quality options.

Services: Offering additional services such as design in addition to printing demonstrates the company's ability to serve different customer groups and guide them to the best solution for their needs. There are about 10 different ways to 3D print metal parts. Laser Powder Bed Melting (LPBF), also known as Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) or Selective Laser Melting (SLM). Metal extrusion using metal threads or metal rods, also known as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). electron beam melting (EBM); arc wire additive manufacturing (WAAM); directed energy deposition (DED) performed with either an electron beam or a laser beam. Specialties include metal lithography, cold spray, and metal micro 3D printing. These are loosely divided into technology categories depending on whether they print with metal filaments, metal powders, or metal wires. There are also metal reinforced resins, metal rods, and metal pellets as material options, all of which produce parts with different properties.

Choosing which metal technology to use is a balance of needs. Consider the importance of detail and shape, size, strength, metal type, cost, print speed, and volume. All current technologies have strengths and weaknesses when it comes to these considerations. Unfortunately, there is no quick, cheap, and perfect way to 3D print extremely strong parts. Please select a priority.

Marketplace of 3D Print Services

With dozens of potential service providers to choose from, you can spend weeks tracking down the best price and delivery options. Fortunately, there are a few marketplaces of 3D print services, such as Craft cloud, where you simply upload your 3D model and receive multiple quotes from suppliers from which you choose the best fit.

Metal 3D printing companies

  1. Desktop Metal 

    Based in Massachusetts, USA, Desktop Metal's goal is to reduce the cost and production time of 3D printed metal objects. The company, which he founded only in 2015, has already raised significant funding from Google, BMW and GE, and received another $65 million investment from Ford in March of this year. The company's proprietary studio system covers the entire product life cycle of 3D printed metal objects, from prototype to mass production. The technology is the first office-grade metal 3D printing system for rapid prototyping and he is 10 times faster than existing technology.

  2. Digital Metal

    Digital Metal offers solutions for the manufacturing of small and complex metal parts. With applications in the medical, dental, aerospace and luxury markets, Digital Metal ensures 3D printing is competitive compared to traditional mass production techniques. The company offers a proprietary binder-jetting technology (his 3D printing technique that uses a binder to join layers of material together). The UK's National Additive Manufacturing Center recently added a digital metal printer to its arsenal. This technology is currently not available elsewhere in the UK.

  3. Mark forged

    Mark forged’s Metal X 3D print system is an end to end manufacturing solution which takes its clients from design to fully functional metal parts in under 24 hours. At only $100,000, the Metal X printer costs far less than most industrial metal 3D printers. Individually printed parts are also cheaper to produce. Manufacturers of aircraft brackets can make a 98 per cent saving when compared to the cost of traditional machined parts. There are also significant time saving benefits too, with most items ready to be delivered to manufacturers the next day. Whilst the Metal X printer offers benefits on price, its limited print volume does mean that it is only suitable for relatively small parts.

  4. Sciaky

    Sciaky was founded in Chicago in 1939, making it one of the oldest 3D printing companies. Sciaky’s Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) technology was launched in 2009, and the company has since released a total of five metal 3D printers. These huge machines are ideal for producing large scale, high value metal parts of up to 19 feet in length. As well as using metal powders as printing materials, the technology is also capable of printing from metal wire feedstock. In general, this offers a wider selection and greater availability of metal materials for 3D printing.

  5. Renishaw

    Renishaw is a British company based in Gloucestershire, UK. They specialise in the creation of 3D printers which are capable of rapidly producing bespoke, lightweight metal parts. Renishaw’s printers are compatible with a range of different metals and alloys, including titanium, aluminum, cobalt, stainless steel and nickel. The company recently collaborated with British bicycle designer and manufacturer Empire Cycles, to create the first ever 3D printed metal bicycle frame. The titanium mountain bike frame is around 33 per cent lighter than its traditionally manufactured counterparts. Other industry applications for Renishaw’s technology include the creation of luxury watches, customisable mountain bikes and a nose tip for a supersonic car.

Printing digital images

You can print a digital photo from the photo-editing software on your computer, much like you print any computer file. To print a photo that you’ve downloaded from your digital camera to your computer, follow these steps:

  • Open your photo-editing software.
  • Access this software from wherever you installed it on your computer.
  • Open the photo file.
  • Usually, you can choose File→Open or click the Open button on the software’s toolbar, which opens a dialog box (like the one shown in this figure) in which you can select your photo.
  • Set the image size and resolution.
  • In Elements, choose Image→Resize→Image Size, then make the appropriate changes in the dialog box that appears.
  • Select the Print command.
  • In almost every program on the planet, you can find the Print command in the File menu.
  • Specify the print options you want to use.
  •  which you can use to change settings such as printer resolution, print quality, number of copies, and mode. Either portrait mode or landscape mode
  • Most cameras have a native aspect ratio of 2:3, but prints come in a range of aspect ratios. 
  • Sharpen every photo you print for the specific size and print medium. This is not an option with delivering digital images to clients. 
  • Color space
  • Most professional labs and all consumer labs utilize sRGB color space. The files you deliver to a client must be in sRGB color space. While many sites won’t allow you to upload file types other than JPEG or TIFF, labs won’t look at the color space embedded in the image. This means that if the image is in a color space other than sRGB, which the print labs are calibrated to, the colors of the resulting print will be terribly off.

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