At K 2013, Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co.KG presented its new, patented plastic decorating technology, called 3DHS, which replaces conventional hot stamping.
Kurz developed the process as a cost-effective option for decorating thin to moderate-shaped, three-dimensional parts, such as automotive vent covers.
In the past, Kurz said, these types of parts usually were decorated by galvanizing, but that requires two injection molded parts: an undecorated base component and a ring galvanized with chrome that is mounted onto the air vent.
The 3DHS process allows a single-component panel to be partially coated with chrome.
The technology requires three components that have been tailored to one another: a special hot-stamping foil from Kurz, a 3DHS die system and the 3DHS vertical stamping machine. The die and machine are made by other member companies of the Kurz group.
Kurz is based in Fürth, Germany.
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