[Lab] printing on aluminium

Chris De Groot cdegroot at adobe.com
Wed Jun 20 16:20:08 EDT 2012

I think the Toner Transfer Method would work, with a spray on varnish over it. Search for it on the web, it is pretty common and all you need to do is go as far as transferring the toner and removing the paper. The image needs to be black and white, but can have pretty fine detail. I have used it for PCBs and it works very well.


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From: lab-bounces at artengine.ca [mailto:lab-bounces at artengine.ca] On Behalf Of Bruce
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 4:12 PM
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Subject: [Lab] printing on aluminium


I'm doing research into printing (photos) on aluminium.  I'm looking at a number of questions.

- Ink types.
- longevity.
- methods and materials.
- processes if more than one.
-Also interested in what is being used as a varnish or sealer.

My understanding of aluminium is that it corrodes easily so how do that effect the final product?

If you have any information on this I'd really like to hear from you.

PS. I've talked to a few printers that do this, they are understandably or 
not, quite closed mouthed about the above questions.

Bruce Harding
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