Digital ceramic printing on glass is a new technology used for the use of imagery, pattern or text to the surface of flat glass. It has allowed for new possibilities and improvements in glass decoration and treatment, especially in architectural glass. The new possibilities include high levels of customization, translucency and opacity control, light diffusion and transmission, and solar heat gain co-efficiency calculation.
Due to the extreme reliability of the Latte Printer, the high level of customization it enables, as well as its suitability for very long and short runs, digital ceramic printing is a perfect solution for interior and exterior architectural glass applications. This process does not require screens, as well as the files are stored digitally. Therefore, there are no setup, storage, or maintenance costs; and printing of all sizes for any panel is easy.
The essential elements that play a role in the entire growth of digital ceramic printing on glass are digital glass printers, ceramic inks, and image processing software.
A digital glass printer for digital ceramic printing on glass is a flatbed digital printer with print heads that jet ceramic inks directly to the glass. The glass remains stationary, while merely the printer carriage sweeps across the print table.
A key feature in the UV Printer is drop fixation, by which ink droplets are dried immediately to avoid drop gain. The fixation from the ink enables just one pass from the print carriage even though printing multi-layer and multi-color files. The drop fixation also makes inline double vision printing possible. Double vision involves creating a graphic that looks different according to which side of the glass will be viewed. It is achieved by printing different graphics one on top of another. An inline dryer was created to allow real-time drying as well as maximize factory space. An effortless color switching method is included to ensure that machine operators can certainly shift between print jobs and increase throughput. Our prime-resolution print quality (up to 720 dpi) as well as the precision in the printing together allow glass processors to print anything from fine, sharp and small elements to complex, full-color images on glass panels approximately 3.3 x 18 m (10.8 x 32.8 ft) in dimensions.
Digital ceramic printing on glass uses digital ceramic inks that mimic the CMYK color model and are made from ceramic composition and inorganic pigments and elements. The inks are manufactured tfnjul an extremely controlled production process to get rid of any variability inside the final product. The consistency in replication of the inks results in high compatibility using the entire color palette of inks. The inks can therefore be digitally mixed and designers are fully aware of the complete results of colour every time. Printed architectural glass panels may also be replaced when necessary without the potential risk of the new panels not matching the shades in the existing panels.
Design-to-glass workflow software bridges the T-Shirt Printer and the inks and is also the style tool for preparing the graphic apply for printing. It calculates ink usage to control levels of translucency and opacity, to regulate color matching and mixing, and also to compensate for different glass sizes and thicknesses.