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If you use laser engraving for printing white on black, wouldn't the white ink wear off eventually?



It might be worth noting here that the main disadvantage with dye sublimation is that it can only be used to print a colour that is darker than the plastic to which it is being applied, this means that

A) You're limited by what colours you can print if the keycap is not white
B) You can't use it for printing on to black keycaps (because nothing is darker than black) *
C) You can't use it for printing white characters (because nothing is brighter than white)





* Before anyone says it, black Topre keycaps are not really black, they're a sort of dark grey-blue colour, a bit like old Dell computers
1 - Well think about what the structure would be like for a second. When you laser etch a key, it burns a ditch into the plastic. Kind of like a small canal. When the paint is poured in there, it ends up going about as deep as a good dyesub. The very surface of the paint might wear out quickly, but because of how deep it is and the fact that there's still plastic around it that wears out very slowly, most of the time your fingers won't even be touching the paint. Plus, I'm sure they use some sort of paint that's got better wear resistance than standard spray paint and stuff like that. So yeah, EVENTUALLY it can wear out, but it'll take a very, very, very long time. Just like dyesub

2 - Yeah, I probably should mention that.
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Well, dye sub is different because it actually gets inside the plastic and stains it, so you'd need to wear down the plastic itself as opposed to just a layer of paint, but point taken.
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Well, dye sub is different because it actually gets inside the plastic and stains it, so you'd need to wear down the plastic itself as opposed to just a layer of paint, but point taken.
Well yeah dyesub is still better (and looks better too). But just saying
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If you use laser engraving for printing white on black, wouldn't the white ink wear off eventually?



It might be worth noting here that the main disadvantage with dye sublimation is that it can only be used to print a colour that is darker than the plastic to which it is being applied, this means that

A) You're limited by what colours you can print if the keycap is not white
B) You can't use it for printing on to black keycaps (because nothing is darker than black) *
C) You can't use it for printing white characters (because nothing is brighter than white)





* Before anyone says it, black Topre keycaps are not really black, they're a sort of dark grey-blue colour, a bit like old Dell computers
the colour you are looking for is charcoal. charcoal on black.

what about Deck keycaps? Adam at Deck said they were double shot and sublimated. ripster is convinced they are 2 piece.

I wonder if he means like this.



this is my theory


Edited by lmnop - 8/14/10 at 9:23am
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Pic #1 is how it's done.
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I was going to say "Charcoal", but I thought it would sound pretentious.
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I was going to say I'm always right and lmnop is generally wrong but that sounded pretentious.
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The lettering is wearing off my Das Model S Silent already, and I've only had the board for about a month now. What do?

It's most noticeable on the 'A','S','N' and 'M' keys...
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