If you have reached this page, it means you are interested in screen printing and want to know more about this printing technique.
It will only take two minutes of your time to read the answers to the Frequently Asked Questions we receive every day about UV screen printing!
WHAT IS UV SCREEN PRINTING?
UV screen printing involves transferring ink using a screen that presses gently on the workpiece. With this printing technique, the colour is passed through a special fill blade, and then deposits on the object to be printed.
In.Deco Serigrafia guarantees excellent results for each print cycle thanks to the experience gained over the years and the latest-generation UV ink, real added value compared to traditional screen printing.
To get perfect prints, we always advise customers to let our graphics department take a look at the printing decoration, and they will adapt it to the characteristics of this technique.
WHAT ARE THE STRENGTHS OF UV SCREEN PRINTING?
One of the strengths of UV screen printing that stands out is the use of ultraviolet colours produced within our company. Compared to traditional colours, UV inks have the advantage of drying more quickly: without the aid of ovens but thanks to the ultraviolet light emitted by special lamps that set the colour on the workpiece permanently.
Another positive feature of UV screen printing is the faithful reproduction of the printing decorations, whether they are small logos or letters. An excellent quality print is achieved on every surface and colours transferred onto objects are always particularly bright, vivid and provide good coverage. It is no coincidence that big brands prefer UV screen printing to other printing techniques because of these features.
As regards UV screen printing, our company boasts other strengths, such as the complete automation of the printing process for large volumes, including the loading and unloading of objects.
The machines we have available have grown in recent years, thanks to the 3 UV colour line, which allows you to print an object in 3 colours but with a single step in the line. This feature has a positive effect on printing costs, on average lower than those of our competitors.
The last advantage of the UV screen printing designed by In.Deco Serigrafia is the ability to develop the colours internally. This allows us to reproduce specific colours for each type of workpiece. One example is that of lip pencils: in this case, we are able to reproduce the same colour on the outside as that of the product inside.
WHAT ARE THE LIMITATIONS OF UV SCREEN PRINTING?
Compared to other printing techniques, UV screen printing does not present major problems. The only limitation depends on the very characteristics of screen printing: the fact that there must always be perfect adherence between the screen and the surface to be printed, while the latter must always be flat.
This means that UV screen printing is not so well-suited to objects with complex shapes. Given these problems, the possible alternative is pad printing, considered the “sister” to UV printing.
IN WHAT INDUSTRIES IS UV SCREEN PRINTING USED?
The cosmetics industry uses UV screen printing almost exclusively, for example to print eye/lip pencils and mascaras. UV screen printing is a technique that is well-suited to use with plastic, glass and wood. Strong, long-lasting colour fastness can be obtained on these materials. The same results are also guaranteed on painted surfaces.
WHAT ARE THE MOST DIFFICULT WORKPIECES TO USE THE UV SCREEN PRINTING TECHNIQUE ON?
One of the most complex shapes to print on using the UV screen printing technique is the cone, as it moves away from the concept of the flat surface, a prerequisite for achieving perfect screen printing. Click here to visit all our interesting casestudies.
WHEN AND WHY DO WE ADVISE CUSTOMERS ASKING FOR UV SCREEN PRINTING TO USE OTHER PRINTING TECHNIQUES?
We generally suggest another printing technique when the shape of the workpiece to be printed is particularly complex and not suitable for screen printing.
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