Custom Dry Transfers for Industrial Designers

Our company creates high-quality custom dry transfers, and most of our clients are Industrial Designers.

Custom dry transfers are used by industrial designers, this example shows a rubdown transfer applied to an electronic watch band or iwatchIndustrial Designers use our dry transfers to create realistic-looking prototypes.

If you are unfamiliar with what a prototype is please view these beautiful photos of actual prototypes supplied by Stacey Sachs, VP, Marketing of BACtrack.

Prototype defined by Wikipedia: a prototype is an early sample, mode, or release of a product built to test a concept or process or to act as a thing to be replicated or learned from.

These photos show two different prototypes with dry transfers (also called rubdown decals) applied to them. Our company was part of the process that accomplished their comps. We produced custom dry transfer decals in black for Will Tammen of the BACtrack logo art used to produce these images.

The BACtrack alcohol montoring device app uses our custom dry transfers on their prototype product mockups and comps.    The BACtrack iphone app uses our custom dry transfer decals on their prototype products, comps and mockups

Transfers give prototypes that “realistic look” to a product in development.

BACtrack is an invention that allows people an easy way to track their alcohol consumption; The watch band prototype has sensors that monitor alcohol emitted from your wrist with BACtrack Skyn to learn what your approximate alcohol level is in near real-time.

BACtrack is using these product prototype images to unveil the World’s First Wearable Alcohol Monitor.

Here are few notes from their Press Release:

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 4, 2017 – BACtrack®, the leader in personal and professional breathalyzers, today unveils BACtrack Skyn, the world’s first wearable alcohol monitor. BACtrack Skyn completely reinvents alcohol monitoring by measuring alcohol eliminated through the skin – both continuously and in near real-time.

A user wears BACtrack Skyn on the wrist, either integrated into an Apple Watch band or as a standalone wearable. The app that connects to either device offers powerful and actionable data. For instance, a user can learn when they’re approaching higher alcohol levels and slow down or stop their drinking. Best of all, this breakthrough in alcohol testing is effortless – the device passively tracks a user’s alcohol level; there’s no need to use a breathalyzer. BACtrack unveils two new working prototypes.

We are pleased to have worked with Will and if you want more information on BACtrack please view their website at

Some of our clients create prototypes for marketing purposes.

Milwaukee Tool’s industrial designers recently ordered custom dry transfers of their logo art in white to be applied to a drill prototype that was still in product development. They had professional photos made with our dry transfers applied to their prototype and used the images for their marketing material – from website promo to print material – long before the drill was even completed and in production.

Hole dozer drill prototype product with dry transfers made by industrial designers at Milwalkee Tool   Drill product prototype with custom rub down dry transfers made by Milwalkee Tool's industrial designers

When the product came through production, the public was already aware of this new item being added to the long line of other high-quality products that Milwaukee Tool makes.

It would be very simple for you to use dry transfers for your products and prototypes.

We can walk you through the entire process. The best file format for custom rubdown transfers is to provide vector artwork using software like Adobe Illustrator (preferred).

What is vector art?

an image of vector art with decals ganged up on the same page making each custom dry transfer affordableVector art is created using vector illustration software programs, such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw. These programs use mathematical equations and geometric primitives (points, lines, and shapes) to create art that is clean, camera-ready, and can be scaled infinitely, without any loss of quality or fidelity. Once vector art is created it can be used at a small size or even a very large size on a billboard and look clean and crisp. Many popular vector graphics formats are AI, EPS, PDF, WMF, SVG, or VML.

If you are not familiar with vector artwork or Adobe software, we have artists on staff that can help you create art. We just need your requirements. We can create art, and send you a PDF for approval.

Once you have vector artwork, you just need to login to our website, drag and drop art, choose colors, choose FedEx options and pay right on-line.

Custom dry transfers can be in your hands within 24 to 48 hours from ordering.

Besides looking beautiful, a major advantage of using our dry transfers is that the application process is very easy. One of our recent customers, David Molnar, said;

“Man, they are really easy to work with! I bought a dry transfer for my ignition coil and you really had to rub the transfer pretty aggressively to get it to stick. Yours really just needs light pressure and that’s perfect for the uneven surface I’ll be putting them on.”

white-matter-nano-circuit-board-3Since the adhesive is only on the image area, after applying, your artwork will look like it is printed right on the substrate you apply it to. There won’t even be any adhesive residue. We even supply a burnisher. For tips on application, our website has a link to a tutorial that will walk you through the entire application, and our staff is always available to answer any technical questions you may have.

Call us with any questions you may have.

We can even send you some samples of our product so you can test them for your specific application and see for yourself the high-quality custom dry transfers we can create for you.

Rub-on transfers are available in a wide palette of colors including the Pantone Graphic Palette, Pantone Metallic Palette, also the Crown Roll Leaf and Kurz Foil Palettes.

We know deadlines are tight in the product design industry. With our fast turnaround, your custom dry transfers can be in your hands quickly to complete your prototypes or projects in a timely fashion and bring the final results to the next level.

Image Transfers are custom dry rub-on transfer specialists. We make only one thing: custom rub down transfers for graphic designers, artists, and model-makers. A dry transfer (or rubdown) is an image printed on a translucent sheet. The image has a coating of adhesive on its back. The image is transferred from the translucent sheet onto another surface by applying light pressure in a rubbing motion. The dry transfer can be applied to any surface that is free of dust, grease or oil. Dry transfers are referred to as DRY because they are applied dry, without the use of water or solvents. A dry transfer is not a slip-off label or a water decal, instead, the transferred image appears as if it was printed directly onto the item. Our dry transfers are opaque because we back the colors with white, so our rubdowns can be applied to a surface of any color without changing the color of the rub-on transfer. We consider dry transfers a semi-permanent application. A top coat of clear lacquer can make them more permanent. Our production artists can match all Pantone Matching System (PMS) colors including Metallic. Standard transfers are semi-gloss but we also offer matte and uncoated finishes. We deliver within as little as 24 hours. -- Specialties: Custom Rub Down Dry Transfers, Art Gallery Signage & Museum Labels, Custom Transfers for Product Prototypes, Comps & Mock-ups, Dry Transfers for Scale Models. Decals for Glass and reversed transfer decals for inside glass cases.

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