This new way of putting camouflage on helmets is mind blowing, and while the United States military still uses fabric camouflage for their helmets, they might ditch it in favour of this technique in the future.
The process is called hydrographics — also known as immersion printing — and is kind of like printing with water.
It can be done very quickly, using different patterns, and on different products and materials.
It also looks cool.
HG Arts, a company that manufactures hydrographic printers, showed us how it’s done.
First, a thin film made of polyvinyl alcohol is printed with the camouflage pattern, and placed above a pool of water. After about a minute, the film dissolves into dye, which is when the helmets are dipped into the water. This is what it looks like from underwater.
If done by machine, like with HG Arts' machines, rows of helmets are dropped through the film and into the water...
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