What is Digital Glass Printing?
Digital glass printing combines technology with artistry to produce high-precision printed glass for a wide variety of applications. Using state-of-the-art technology, printing machines are able to translate digital files into colorful prints on glass. Printed designs can include patterns, textures, graphic art, high-resolution photos, and colors. The glass sizes range according to manufacturer and printer capabilities. Glass printing machines can range in size and their printing application. Some are set up for high-design jobs, while others are set up to produce bulk products like car windows and stovetops. There are only a handful of glass fabricators in the US that have this capability, but we do expect to see digital glass printing become more commonplace in the future.
How Does a Digital Glass Printer Work?
Digital glass printers take designs and print them onto glass using small inkjets to administer the ceramic inks. After printing, the glass goes through the tempering process and inks are fused into the glass. The result is a high-quality product that will not fade or scratch off. Unlike screen printing, digital glass printing offers a wide range of colors and flexible design techniques. Printers and ceramic inks manufactured by Tec Glass, come with high-performance ink selection that varies by application. They also offer luxury ink, with shimmer effects for the most high-end architectural glass projects. The average DPI (dots per inch) for their fleet of printers is 1440 DPI, but they all have the capability to print an impressive 2880 DPI. To put this in perspective, high-quality marketing materials are often printed at 250-300 DPI.