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, particularly in architectural glass. The new possibilities include high amounts of customization, translucency and opacity control, light diffusion and transmission, and solar heat gain co-efficiency calculation.
Due to the extreme robustness of the Coffee Ripples, our prime degree of customization it enables, along with its suitability for long and short runs, digital ceramic printing is an ideal solution for interior and exterior architectural glass applications. The process does not require screens, and the files are stored digitally. Therefore, you will find no setup, storage, or maintenance costs; and printing of all sizes of the panel is easy.
The fundamental elements that contribute to the general 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 on the glass. The glass remains stationary, while just the printer carriage sweeps over the print table.
A vital feature in the UV Printer is drop fixation, where ink droplets are dried immediately to avoid drop gain. The fixation of the ink enables just one pass in 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 appears different according to which side of the glass is being viewed. It is achieved by printing different graphics one on the top of the other. An inline dryer was developed to allow real-time drying as well as maximize factory space. A smooth color switching system is included to ensure that machine operators can certainly shift between print jobs and increase throughput. The high-resolution print quality (up to 720 dpi) as well as the precision of the printing together allow glass processors to print anything from fine, sharp and small elements to complex, full-color images on glass panels as much as 3.3 x 18 m (10.8 x 32.8 ft) in proportions.
Digital ceramic printing on glass uses digital ceramic inks that mimic the CMYK color model and are made of ceramic composition and inorganic pigments and elements. The inks are made tfnjul an extremely controlled production process to get rid of any variability within the final product. The consistency in replication in the inks results in high compatibility with the entire color palette of inks. The inks can therefore be digitally mixed and designers knows the precise result of the colour every time. Printed architectural glass panels can be replaced when needed without the potential risk of the newest panels not matching the colours of the existing panels.
Design-to-glass workflow software bridges the DTG Printer as well as the inks and is the design tool for preparing the graphic file for printing. It calculates ink usage to control levels of translucency and opacity, to control color matching and mixing, and also to make up for different glass sizes and thicknesses.