3DZ are able to produce most forms of holograms, holographic images, and optical devices and can advise on the best format suitable for your particular application, we will offer consultation as part of our design service in order to achieve the best results from existing artwork or new designs.
The following list details types of holograms and that we are able to produce, together with a brief summary of their most common application areas.
DIFFRACTIVE DOT MATRIX
The most common type of image in use today. Computer generated individual dots diffract the whole spectrum of light at different angles, to produce prismatic patterns that sparkle and dazzle, such as twinkling stars and colourful kaleidoscopes.
Dot-matrix images and security structures of outstanding clarity and colour, can also be animated and created to produce true R/G/B colour images. The big advantage of this type of image is that is viewable in most lighting conditions.
- Applications: Packaging films, cartons, paper, foil, gift boxes, gift wrap, labels, holographic labels, stickers, toys, greeting cards, pictures etc.
Types of holographic image recreated from a scale model or live subject, which produces a truly stunning rainbow or True Colour hologram of real depth and clarity.
- Applications: Promotional stickers, greeting cards, toys, labels and some credit cards (Visa), portraits etc.
2D / 3D
Holograms created from flat (2D) artwork these type of holograms are produced by means of layering a series of images at different stages to generate an illusion of depth, can also be created in R/G/B to produce true colour images.
- Applications: Promotional labels/ stickers, Security labels/packaging etc.
Holograms that move - by taking a series of 2D artwork, video or computer generated artwork etc. these images can be recorded sequentially to reproduce animated moving and three-dimensional holograms of stunning visual appeal.
- Applications: Promotional labels/ stickers, Security labels etc.
MICRO EMBOSSED STRUCTURES AND TEXTURES
These types of images are not holographic or diffractive. They can, however, be used to good effect to reproduce textures and structures that give an illusion of depth to Thin films, packaging, paper, board etc. to recreate perhaps the effect of a product that would be too expensive or not possible to use in certain applications. Examples may be, simulated carbon fibre, brushed aluminium, wood, glass etc. new techniques are now allowing us to produce 3-Dimensional structures and images, as these structures are not dependent on light diffraction, they are viewable and remain the same under all lighting conditions.
- Applications: Decorative laminates, papers, film, foils,labels, boxes etc.
Nano-Lithography - E-Beam
State of the art technology enables us to produce diffractive and non-diffractive optical structures and devices such as lenses and sub-micron other optics.