Glass is nonabsorbent and transparent, therefore the traditional printing technology that is used on paper and fabrics could not be used to print on glass. Until recently, the only two methods to print on glass was silk screening and digital UV printing.
Printing on glass with UV pinning and curable inks have been around for a while now. This method of printing, ultraviolet waves are applied on the inks and drying them to the glass. This method was the first to enable the digital printing on glass of any digital image including multi-color and complex images. Since UV curable inks are not fused with the glass, the printed outcome lacks a level of durability necessary for certain projects, namely external applications for automotive glass and architectural glass.
In 2007 the printed glass world was turned upside down. Digital printing with ceramic inks was created therefore opening the opportunities to print on glass for architectural and outdoor projects. The inks used in digital printing on glass mimic the CMYK color model.
The Glass Digital Printer: The Dip-Tech AR-4000
We provide a high-quality durable solution for the direct printing of graphics and photographs on glass. The graphics and photographs are applied directly to the glass surface with 720 dpi full color Dip-Tech AR-4000 high-resolution printer
Depending on your application, we can print on the back side or the front side of the glass and we use low-iron glass for the truest color effect.
Digital ceramic ink is resistant to scratching, weather and UV light, and it is fully recyclable and environmentally friendly. These inks also provide a wide range of color options, which can be digitally or manually mixed.
These latest innovations in glass printing technology open a new frontier, which can combine your creativity with extreme functionality. You can easily create any pattern or design or use a digitally created photograph or art piece. You have access to unlimited colors and the high resolution printing process allows for fine details to be digitally printed.
Durability and accuracy ceramic inks are fused into the glass which provides unmatched resistance to scratching, acid, UV light and weather. The printing process uses precise micro-drop printing which allows for accurate photo realistic and graphic designs. You have the ability to combine transparent, translucent and opaque details in any way and you have full freedom in colors and shades.