By Alvaro Rodriguez
When customers approach us wanting to print on aluminum, they generally mean that they want to print on Dibond. Dibond is an aluminum composite that is made up of two very thin sheets of aluminum, with a hard plastic core sandwiched between them. Dibond comes coated or bare. The coatings come in many different colors, including white. Because of its rigidity and simple elegance, prints done on this type of media are very popular. When printing on white, the results are stunning due to the impressive color range that can be achieved.
Then there is burnished aluminum. These prints are made on 1/8" thick aluminum sheets, about the same thickness as Dibond. However, printing on solid aluminum opens the door to some very interesting artistic possibilities. First, there's the metallic effect you get from printing on raw aluminum. Yellow turns to gold, orange to copper, green to emerald. Then there is what we call dynamic color changes. Depending on where you view the image, the color will change; this has to do with how light reflects from the pattern on the surface. The pattern possibilities are pretty much endless, ranging from very subtle to more obvious patterns like the image above (left).
At ARB Digital we have been working on a method that allows us to control where we place white ink, so in the same print you can get both the bright high color range of printing on an aluminum composite, and the shimmering metal effects of printing on burnished aluminum.
We also provide a solution for mounting that separates the printed surface from the wall, so your print will look like it's floating in space. Groovy!
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