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Materials

Merck and PolyOne target 3-D effects

by Michael McCoy
October 17, 2016 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 94, ISSUE 41

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Credit: Merck
Smooth caps appear 3-D with Merck technology.
Credit: Merck
Smooth caps appear 3-D with Merck technology.

Merck KGaA and PolyOne are joining to develop smooth, molded plastics that appear to have three-dimensional surfaces. The Merck technology, called in-mold 3-D, creates the effect with the help of pearlescent pigments. It can be implemented in a single step during the injection molding process, Merck says. PolyOne, a polymer service firm, sees applications in consumer product packaging and electronics.

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