Think lenticular but think different! While common lenticular images are printed onto special lenticular media, the FLOAT 3D™ process produces the print as well as the lenses.
What is FLOAT 3D™?
FLOAT 3D is a special effect workflow from Sunrise Hitek. Using a combination of hardware, software, and material, images printed with FLOAT 3D™ look like they're floating in front of a background.
The Range of Applications for FLOAT 3D™
- POP/POS displays
- Corporate lobby displays
- Logo panels
- Backlit lightbox displays
- Product showcases
- Airport graphics
- Store window displays
- Vending machine inserts
How are FLOAT 3D™ images created?
FLOAT 3D™ images need to print on a clear material, 3mm or 1/8" clear acrylic is the most popular. The full color image is printed as second surface (mirror image), and an opaque white layer is applied. On the front of the material, a microlens pattern is printed over the background area, and creates the special 3D effect.
How does FLOAT 3D™ compare with Lenticular?
FLOAT 3D™ is meant to showcase a single high-res image against a background, while lenticular is used to display multiple images at different angles. FLOAT 3D™ has the following advantages:
- Completely independent of lenticular material – any clear acrylic and similar transparent materials are suitable substrates
- Available at any dimension up to 5'x10' (lenticular material has size limitations)
- Much higher image resolution than lenticular with perfect registration every time