Last month, Bertier Luyt, (president of le FabShop) discovered the existence of the hydrographic technology, with this viral video on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP7BKHU4WUc
This video showing a man dip coating his hand with a carbon pattern can be quite impressive for someone who never heard of this technique before. Also known as immersion printing, water transfer printing, water transfer imaging, cubic printing, hydro dipping or hydrocoating
, is a technology wich has been used by the industrials for decades.
If you ever saw a hunter gun covered with leaves or a moto helmet with a flame pattern, you've seen the result before.
Anyways, Bertier was extremely excited by his discovery because he realised that it could be applied to almost any plastic object... wich meant it was perfect for... 3D Printing!
We managed to find a simple DIY hydrographic kit on internet. Our first tests left us speechless. This technique really does feel like magic. Here is a guide to your first image transfer on a 3D printed object. We invite you to follow the process in our video tutorial