Triad Technologies Inc. of Syracuse has introduced thermofoiling, a three-dimensional laminating process for vacuum forming vinyl, PVC film or foil to a wood substrate.
Lewis Daly, Triad's vice president of engineering, said the process is cost effective compared with painting. Triad is seeing applications in store fixtures, kitchen cabinetry, kiosks, office furniture, health-care and child-care products.
The process can mimic the appearance of surfaces such as wood or stone.
Through the process, films can be formed and bonded to the top and sides at the same time to provide a single continuous surface and eliminate the need for edge banding and the resulting sharp corners and joints, he said.
Triad has a 5-foot by 12-foot custom deep-tray Almex thermoformer with an auxiliary membrane for taller parts and assemblies, Daly said. The company is capable of forming and bonding to wood and fiberglass parts up to 3 feet by 8 feet and 2.5 inches high.
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