US 9,809,054 B2
Decorated rigid panel
Steven Grunwald, Sheboygan, WI (US); Jonathan Kyle, Madison, WI (US); and Robert D. Hill, Madison, WI (US)
Assigned to KOHLER CO., Kohler, WI (US)
Filed by Kohler Co., Kohler, WI (US)
Filed on Feb. 19, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/626,268.
Application 14/626,268 is a division of application No. 13/837,143, filed on Mar. 15, 2013.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/635,430, filed on Apr. 19, 2012.
Prior Publication US 2015/0158329 A1, Jun. 11, 2015
Int. Cl. A47K 3/30 (2006.01); B41M 5/382 (2006.01); B44C 5/04 (2006.01); B32B 5/24 (2006.01); B41M 5/035 (2006.01); B29C 43/20 (2006.01)
CPC B44C 5/0453 (2013.01) [A47K 3/30 (2013.01); B29C 43/20 (2013.01); B41M 5/0353 (2013.01); B41M 5/38207 (2013.01); B41M 5/38214 (2013.01); Y10T 428/24612 (2015.01); Y10T 428/24802 (2015.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A modular shower wall, comprising:
a rigid panel for use as a wall in a shower enclosure, the rigid panel formed from a substrate material; and
an image on a surface of the rigid panel, the image comprising sublimation ink absorbed in the substrate material;
wherein the substrate material is a charge comprising a first outer layer of a homogeneous paste material, a plurality of glass fibers disposed over the first outer layer, and a second outer layer of the homogeneous paste material disposed over the plurality of glass fibers;
wherein the charge is folded a plurality of times to define a multi-layer charge having a smaller width and length than the width and length of the rigid panel; and
wherein outer surfaces of the multi-layer charge do not include an additional material layer formed thereon and in which the sublimation ink is absorbed.