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Brilliant colour-change effects

Brilliant colour-change effects


To enable the creation of dazzling special effects, at a fraction of the cost of authentic dichroic glass or coloured acrylic panels, 3M has launched its Dichroic Film range of colour shift products, which was  It formally introduced at the recent 100% Design Exhibition in London.

The products follow the increasing use by designers and architects of dichroic glass, due to its ability to shroud interior spaces with multi-coloured graphic manifestations. The main characteristic of the glass is its ability to provide both transmitted colour and a completely different reflective colour that shifts and shimmers dependent on the angle from which it is viewed. Use of dichroic glass can inspire freedom of expression and creativity, but it can also add a significant cost to any project. Now, however, the same effects can be achieved easily and at a fraction of the cost using 3M’s range of high-quality Dichroic colour-shift films.

Dichroic Film from 3M is available in Chill and Blaze colours for application to glass, plastic or acrylic surfaces as a visual opaque or decorative graphic. The Chill version shifts colours from the transmitted cool tones of blue, magenta and yellow to the reflective colours of gold and blue, while the Blaze version shifts colours from the warm tones of cyan, blue and magenta to red and gold. The colours seen by the viewer from either side of the glass surface are influenced by the environment, lighting, angle of viewing and mounting surface colour.

Depending on the required application, users of the film can opt for the DF-Chill and DF-Blaze film only version or the DF-A Chill and DF-A Blaze version that can also be printed in order to incorporate logos and special effects. Whereas these two products are recommended for use only on plastic or acrylic surfaces, the third product in the range (DF-PA Chill and DF-PA Blaze) can be used on any smooth glass surface. This film is not printable and incorporates a pressure-sensitive adhesive.

All of the products in the 3M Dichroic Film range are easy to apply and clean using a mild detergent solution. They provide a wrinkle- and bubble-free finish and can be purposely removed as required with no damage to the substrate.


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