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Black Background Sublimation Printing On a White Button Creating the Effects of White Printing On a Black Button

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120421D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Abell, WA: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A concept is described for obtaining a black button with white printing by using the well known sublimation process to print the black background on a double-shot molded button having a black skirt with a white top surface.

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Black Background Sublimation Printing On a White Button Creating
the Effects of White Printing On a Black Button

      A concept is described for obtaining a black button with
white printing by using the well known sublimation process to print
the black background on a double-shot molded button having a black
skirt with a white top surface.

      A double-shot key button is molded with the sides of the button
being black, and the top of the button being white.  The black skirt
surfaces would extend partially over the top corners of the button.
A nomenclature sheet, carrying the desired sublimable characters for
the entire keyboard array, covers the top surface of the buttons,
utilizing a black dye to match the color of the bottom skirt of the
buttons and the aforementioned black overlap on the top of the
button.  The desired characters are achieved by the absence of ink in
the desired character area, which permits the original color of the
molded top surface color (white) to show through the black background
which has been sublimated to the former white top surface of the
button. The previously mentioned overlap of the black on the top
surfaces aids in the transition of sublimation black to molded black
colors.

      This black background printing on a white top surface gives the
appearance of white characters on black buttons with both the
excellent wear characteristics and desired low cost of sublimation
printing.