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Tim Bateson
08-28-2010, 1:06 PM
I've seen these full color photos on anodized aluminum called AlumiColor. I'm assuming this is a chemical process? Does anyone have any working knowledge of this material?

Martin Boekers
08-28-2010, 4:24 PM
I don't have working knowledge of it, seen it a few times. Colors weren't
photographic quality, but none the less wasn't a bad reproduction considering
its usage. It's appears to be a multi-step process, and probably expensive!

Here's the website for Matthews that produces it.



Dee Gallo
08-28-2010, 6:26 PM
Sounds like a color laser printer for metal plates, using electrical pulses to place pigment. Just my guess.

:) dee

Larry Bratton
08-28-2010, 6:35 PM
It appears to me that matthews manufactures the substrate or at least has a proprietary deal on it as well as fabricating the signs,printed with a 4 color process. This gives more info.

Martin Boekers
08-28-2010, 7:45 PM
it says they have to make films for each color so it sounds more like a screen process.

From what I gather they treat the alum to open "pores" to accept the ink.
I'm just guessing here but I imagine they screen it to a decal type
substrate which can wash away or dissolve in the annodizing process.

Again, I am assuming the inks are annodizing inks.

Nifty idea though, so many trying to put full color in their process.


Tim Bateson
08-28-2010, 11:05 PM
Matthews is the vendor I'm working with. It just so happens a sample came in the mail today. Very impressive quality.
My customer is trying to decide between this color photo and a 3-D bronze image of their new building - this is the top part a bronze dedication plaque.

Mike Null
08-31-2010, 6:58 AM

You can rely on Matthews to produce the highest quality products. Nobody is their equal.

Tim Bateson
08-31-2010, 9:16 AM
Thanks Mike. Their prices seem reasonable as well.