3M has developed films it claims add glitter and glamour to packaging and labeling.
3M Radiant Color Films change color when viewed at different angles. They provide intense color from light being refracted through the 200-500 layers making up the film's structure. The films, 2.5 mils or less in thickness, have polyester-type surfaces that can be laminated, formed or woven into vinyl and other fabrics. The St. Paul, Minn., firm currently has two versions, one with a cyan, blue and magenta combination, the other showing blue, magenta and gold colors.
The company also debuted 3M Radiant Mirror Film, a product that is greater than 98 percent specular-reflective. The film can therefore achieve true color images, according to 3M. It shows promise in packaging, decorative and lighting applications.
In lighting, it can reduce electrical consumption by increasing available light from a bulb, the company said. Since it is a film, it won't shatter like some mirrors can. As with Radiant Color Films, the mirror film is printable and can be die cut.
3M debuted the new films at the recent Screenprinting & Graphic Imaging Association International Show in New Orleans.
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