How it's Made: Acoustic Art Printed Sound Absorbing Panels
At the end of 2014, Acoustical Solutions added Art Acoustic Panels to our online inventory. These are acoustic wall panels with all the noise reduction capability of the highest quality acoustical treatment but are customized with graphics or photos of any variety. While we had been making them per request for a while, we waited until we developed a partnership with a printing company in Las Vegas to publicize them. This partnership makes it cost efficient for us to print images with acoustically transparent fabrics and dyes so we can create printed panels with great quality images quickly for our customers.
Since we announced the ability to add picture panels to our long list of acoustical products, sales for these printed panels have taken off. We are receiving requests from customers in all industries, including retail, residential, and educational facilities. Our printer sent us over some photos of the printing process, which they now have down to an art, pun intended.
How It’s Made
Donor paper is printed with a special toner. The file is printed in reverse so that it is right reading when transferred to the fabric.
Fabric and printed donor paper are webbed onto the heat press. At very high heat and pressure, they meet. The toner turns into a gas and sublimates into the fabric. It reconstitutes itself on the molecular level to leave the fabric dyed. The fabric is always a 100% polyester; as other fabrics cannot handle the heat.
Fabric and paper separate leaving the fabric dyed. The paper is recycled as packaging material.
The fabric is then used to wrap our sound absorbing acoustic panels. The dyed fabric can be washed, ironed, and steamed.
Below are some finished products. You can also visit the Art Acoustic Panels page on our website.
To learn more about how Acoustical Solutions can solve your noise control problems, use our contact form, call one of our Acoustical Sales Consultants at (800) 782-5742, or visit us on the web at acousticalsolutions.com.