Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG presented a new dimension in plastics decoration at K 2013, held Oct. 13-16 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The specialist in decorative and functional coatings gave a live demonstration of a process for decorating 3D geometries under technically demanding conditions.
A special highlight of the display was the combined application of in-mold decoration (IMD) and in-mold labeling (IML) on the same injection molding machine. This machine will be used to produce a curved automotive center console panel, which will be both decorated and equipped with special functions during the injection molding process.
The patented 3DHS finishing process, which, in contrast to conventional hot stamping, is capable of decorating three-dimensional components, was also demonstrated. Kurz developed the 3DHS process as a cost-effective decoration option for slight to moderate 3D geometries.
“After intensive development work, we can now say that the technology is series production-ready,” reports Ljubisa Drinic, head of Business Area Plastic Decoration at Kurz. Visitors to the trade fair booth also saw a vertical stamping machine developed by the Kurz subsidiary Baier GmbH & Co. KG used to apply a true chrome finish to an automotive air vent cover.