Doming is a printing technique where materials (mostly stickers) are topped with a transparent (water resistant) epoxy resin layer, which gives a concavity effect and brightness to colors. This technic gives a unique 3D effect to a 2D print surface.
The resin coat can be applied in liquid form to the printed images either manually or by automated dispensing equipment that dispense the material in an automated way.
Once applied, the polyurethane liquid flows to the edge of the label and stops (due to the surface tension of the liquid), hardening into a clear dome.
Doming adds value to any shape or size non-porous material by coating the surface with a thick layer of polyurethane resin (up to approximately 4mm) and has many applications on different sectors.
Definitely this technic is ideal for promotional products; their three-dimensional appearance catches the eye. Especially computer made vinyl letters can be domed in order to reach a representative look.
Equipment manufacturers use them as permanent marking for their products as the crystal clear polyurethane resin cannot be easily scratched.
In a period where the consumer is no longer satisfied only with two-dimensional advertising material and the printed material industry must compete with the three-dimensional trend to capture consumer attention; it’s important to find a point at which both technologies can converge and work hand in hand to be able to coexist.