With the development of UV printing technology, UV printers continue to try new substrate materials and develop new applications, and UV printing glass has become very popular and common.
The collision of glass and UV printer technology
How does a UV printer print a clear image on glass? Through UV printing technology and with glass as a medium, UV glass printing enables the glass to have a variety of effects such as pattern, color, pattern, modeling, achieving the combination of art and glass. Due to its gorgeous and luxurious, UV glass printing is favored by the majority of consumers and has become a new bright spot of modern decorative materials. Now the market voice is rising. It can be used for a wide range of fields, including doors, windows, storefronts, hotels, dance halls, screens, partitions, ceilings, furniture and other decoration.
UV Glass Printing Properties and Characteristics
The glass window itself has the characteristics of crystal, fresh and elegant, after the processing of UV printing technology, UV printing glass is able to create a colorful living environment, has become a high-end, fashionable decorative materials. Specific features are:
1. A variety of craft modeling
UV printing technology can be used for quartz glass, ground glass, white glass, ultra-thin glass, glass, etc., to print beautiful pictures. It can not only can achieve 3D stereoscopic effect, but also can add gloss to the image, and there are different treatments in the selection of glass and the bottom surface, such as frosted, cloth, water, etc., the change of pattern is more obvious.
2. Integration of decoration and functionality
As one of the decorative materials, UV printing glass maintains the initial transparent state of the glass, coupled with a variety of exquisite patterns and bright colors, which is not only conducive to lighting, but also perfectly connects the indoor and outdoor landscape to achieve a spacious and bright, no beam feeling.
3. Personalized customization
According to personal preferences, patterns can be selected in a flexible way.
4. Practical and environmentally friendly
Glass itself is an environmentally friendly material, and glass products are easy to clean, just gently wipe can be as clean as new. When UV printing of glass, pay attention to the selection of environmentally friendly ink.
How does a UV Printer Print a Clearly Image on Glass?
In the field of advertising decoration, glass is a material that is used the most widely and has four main characteristics: fragile, smooth, light back, and heavy.
After the screen printing process is slowly eliminated due to environmental reasons, how to print directly on the glass?
For glass sliding doors, glass table tops, glass curtain walls, window glass, and other small print jobs, UV-cured wide-format inkjet printers are already available.
However, for long-time printing of hundreds or thousands of square meters of industry, in the past can use silk screen, offset printing, pad printing, or flexo printing (such as packaging) and other mature processes, now, using UV printing technology has become a reality.
Whether it is a small business or a large number of orders, UV printing glass needs to conquer at least three important issues for customer service.
1. The choice of ink
Since 2012, various UV inks have been on the market, each with its advantages and limitations. Therefore, it is important to compare different ink properties and printer options based on the print business.
Many of the special inks printed on the glass are faint, with poor color and saturation. This is a key concern in choosing inks.
2. Print adhesion
At present, the general UV printing glass on the market needs to be pre-treated or post-treated.
The pretreatment is mainly done by white baking the surface of the glass. The post-treatment measures are to be baked in a special oven at a high temperature for about 20 minutes. Printers with incomplete workflows are not suitable for printing glass.
3. Glass weight
The weight of the glass is much heavier than that commonly used in UV printing. The weight of the ordinary glass is generally 2.5 kg/MM/m2.
At the same time, in order to solve the problem of the adhesion of the printed pattern, the glass material is usually selected to be relatively thick and also needs to be tempered, so it is troublesome to deal with the heavy glass in the printing process.
In combination with the above precautions, the UV printing glass is usually produced by the following steps: first, pretreating the glass surface, then printing the pattern, and finally cleaning and curing the UV varnish.