IMD (Insert Moulding Decoration)
IMD (Insert Moulding Decoration) is a process that enables the decoration of injection moulded products (using a special film) during the injection moulding.
The method is extremely effective when trying to create a highly aesthetic appearance for components or products with optimal costs and simultaneously it is also suitable for producing more complex geometries.
As a visual effect, it can replace the procedures of multi-coloured printing, galvanizing or the vapour deposition of metal coverings and can create the appearance of brushed metal.
In some cases it is possible to reduce the number of required semi-manufactured products by employing IMD technology. This technology enables the production of transparent and tinted screeds and windows and smaller keys during the injection moulding of a thermoplastic product, which reduces the need for more tools and separate manufacturing procedures.
The course of an IMD process:
Decoration of a polycarbonate film with graphic print (done on the back of the film so that the graphic is protected from scratches during the use of the product).
3D design of the film (in the event of a more complex geometry).
Cutting out the film.
Injection moulding of the product (by inserting the film into the tool).