Are there any tips for developing 3-D graphics?
The Direct Embed® process will work on almost any 3-D surface, but for complex shapes and forms it is a good idea to use modeling software to map out the graphics. The Direct Embed team will also help facilitate graphic development for complex dimensional forms.
Are there any materials where Direct Embed® cannot be used?
Yes, any substrate that cannot withstand the 350° temperature of the powder coating oven. This includes soft plastics, carbon fiber and some fabrics.
How can I request a sample or a mockup?
Easy! Go to the contact page and email a request. You will be contacted within 24 hours or you can call us anytime. We are happy to provide samples and mockups.
How does the Direct Embed® coating systems process differ from lamination?
The DECS process embeds a high resolution image deep into a tough durable powder coated layer. The image flows seamlessly over edges and corners. It is not a film or a laminate. There are no visible corners and no delamination. Additionally, the DECS process can coat and decorate 3-D parts, thus exceeding the capabilities of a laminate.
How long will the graphics survive without fading?
Up to 10 years depending on location, substrate, environment and amount of direct sunlight.
What kind of assistance can I receive when preparing a project?
We are a technology provider and will answer all of your questions including prototypes, value engineering and budget analysis.
What format and resolution should I provide picture and graphic files?
We take a variety of file formats but files should be a minimum of 300 dpi to ensure the graphics are sharp. Direct Embed® will send a final proof for your approval before production.
Is the Direct Embed® process durable?
Yes, this highly durable polyurethane powder coated finish is resistant to abrasion, humidity, corrosion, and UV. It is anti-graffiti and most importantly, non-combustible. It is used for both interior and exterior applications.
Is the Direct Embed® process “green”?
Yes, DECS is recognized as environmentally friendly with recyclable base materials, recyclable transfer film and organic water-based inks. Our high quality polyurethane powders are environmentally friendly, emitting zero or near zero volatile organic compounds (no VOC’s).
Are images available?
DECS has hundreds of stock images and our Graphics Department can create any image. If you can imagine it we can create it for you!
What are a few of the characteristics of Direct Embed® Coating System finishing options?
We offer many finishes including: anti-graffiti, anti-skid, antimicrobial, anti-scratch, super-durable (UV resistant), and TGIC free (non-toxic), matte, textured and gloss.
What is the production capacity of Direct Embed® Coating System equipment?
We are able to embed parts from the size of a button to 24 feet in length. We are able to embed 3-D objects, flat and embossed sheets, extruded profiles, folded panels and much more. We can produce small runs as well as high volume production.
What makes Direct Embed® process unique?
It combines the durability of an architectural coating with the ability to embed any image.
What additional services does Direct Embed® Coating Systems offer?
We are a service oriented technology provider with prototyping, value engineering, budget analysis, custom fabrication and finishing capabilities. Our focus is on signs, exhibitions, products and architectural elements.