Printing on Cycoloy
Unique Assembly & Decorating is the leading provider of product decorating services for rigid plastic products, including those made of Cycoloy® Resins. With our over 25 years of experience, we provide the best quality results in a wide range of printing and decorating services. We have an expertly trained staff and an ISO 9008:2001 quality management system to ensure quality at every level of the printing process. Let us assist you with your project requiring printing on Cycoloy parts.
Cycoloy—What Is It?
Cycoloy® Resins are Amorphous PC/ABS blends. Depending on your needs, Cycoloy® offers a full range of resins. These resins have excellent processability, superior mechanical properties and good heat resistance. Additionally, Cycoloy® has excellent UV stability, high impact resistance, chrome plating application and good paint and foam adhesion.
Frequently used with a metal layer, this material offers extremely low stress and superior adhesion qualities. Plating plastic components avoids the expense of secondary operations including milling and polishing. They also help companies like automakers easily incorporate jewel-bright chrome details into their designs. Cycoloy® is also a lightweight plastic that helps with improved fuel economy when used in automotive applications.
Achieves extremely fine detail and tight multicolor registration.
Pad printing is a printing method that allows the transfer of a 2-dimensional image onto a 3-dimensional object. While just as effective for flat surfaces, this process is most often used for printing on parts that are round, have complex curvature, that are round, have a concave or convex surface, or have recessed or raised areas.
Pad printing became popular following World War II when watchmakers began printing on the curved surfaces of watch faces. This ability to print on unprintable substrates has turned the pad printing process into a well-established technology and is used today across multiple industries such as medical, cosmetics, electronics, and more.
The most economical choice for projects that have a single, large image. This process produces very opaque images.
Screen printing is a printing method that allows the transfer of large opaque images onto flat (or relatively flat) and cylindrical plastic, glass, and metal objects. The origins of screen printing date back thousands of years — from early Polynesian natives who forced die through cut-out patterns in banana leaves to decorate cloth, to cave walls found in France and Spain that were decorated by way of stencils and colorant applied with blowpipes, to the Japanese creating intricate designs during the Sung Dynasty (A.D 960-1280). Today, screen printing is used to decorate rigid parts for a variety of industries.
Works well for single color images producing very opaque and high gloss images.
Hot stamping (or foil stamping) is a dry process that uses heat and pressure to transfer reflective metallic foil and high gloss opaque colored foil to the part. It is also the process used to decorate raised areas and is also known as tipping. In this process, the pigment or metallic foil is transferred to raised letters or a raised area of a plastic part.
Because hot stamping is a dry process (unlike screen printing or pad printing), decorated parts can easily be bulk packed on-line with fewer concerns about damage to the decorated image -- this can save on packaging and handling costs. Polypropylene and polyethylene parts can typically be hot stamped without pretreatment which provides cost savings over pad printing and screen printing.
Where It Is Typically Used
Cycoloy® works well in automotive, telecommunications and business machine housing industries. These resins also work well for appliances and electrical applications. Examples include:
- Washing & Dyer machine parts
- Microwave oven parts
- Automotive knobs
- Instrument panels
- Dashboard components
- Pillar trims
- Lap-tops & Desktop internal parts and enclosures
- Mobile telephone housing
- Injection molded electronic enclosures
- Electric meter covers and cases
- Domestic switches
- Plugs and sockets
- Extruded conduits
We have the capabilities to work with companies across the US and are excited to work with you on your upcoming project!
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Unique Assembly & Decorating, Inc.
2550 Wisconsin Ave,
Downers Grove, IL 60515