Duratrans, replaces Duratrans in almost any instance. The polyester films
from Kodak outperform the Duratrans products at substantially lower costs.
Pioneers in the film and print industry collaborate to produce
life like photo backdrops with direct print on Kodak polyester films,
in place of the earlier DuraTrans process. Translites are
large, full scale photos of scenes that complete a view, usually from a
window or a doorway. They are typically used on motion picture sets as shown in
this example from Richard Lund.
tweaks his image for test printing the perfect scene on B3DigiGrafx
OCE 550 XT UV digital printer. Working closely with Kenny Kim and our staff,
several iterations are quickly produced with and without white ink layers.
made a lot of translites, actually thousands. When they work well, they are not
I was not
looking to change for change sake. My friends at B3 finally poked through my
mindset to give me a vision for a real improvement. Translite_UV™ is clean
and sharp, gives me bigger panels with fewer seams, does not scratch easily like
Duratrans, and eliminates the need to matte spray the backgrounds.
there on stage when my backgrounds are hung to explain why I made them the way I
did. They have to speak for themselves, but speak quietly. B3 Digigrafx partners
with me so that what I make works. I know I have done my job when nobody
notices. Richard Lund”
a durable polyester film with a photosensitive emulsion exposed and
processed to produce a positive photo transparency. The process requires a laser
exposure unit, and a wet film processor. Once the film is processed it requires
the application of a Matte coating, which may affect the resultant image.
Translite_UV™ is an improved process that directly
prints the photo quality image on a polyester film supplied by Kodak. The OCE
550 XT UV prints the high resolution image directly using an UV ink system.
There is no need for darkroom film processing; the resulting image can be seen
as it’s printed. UV ink systems produce matte finishes eliminating the
need for a coating. This print format offers additional freedom in image
manipulation with a “white layer” offering alternative day night
presentations. Print Speed offers a throughput many times faster than the wet
process methods. Red spectrum heat signatures from high intensity lamps used to
back light the scene were not transmitted when compared
to Duratrans examples.