While conventional printing allows ink to dry naturally on the paper, UV printing has its own unique process. First off, UV inks are used instead of traditional solvent-based inks.
While conventional printing allows ink to dry naturally on the paper, UV printing – or ultraviolet printing – has its own unique process. Special UV inks are used, as opposed to traditional solvent-based inks, which are dried using ultraviolet lights. With solvent-based inks, the solvents evaporate into the air while the paper absorbs the ink. There are a number of reasons why UV printing is beneficial.
First and foremost, UV printing is better for the environment because no solvents are being released into the air, helping your business to reduce its emissions. Another advantage is the fact that you can print on nonporous materials like plastic, glass and metals. Essentially, if you can fit the material into the printing press, you can print on it with UV ink.
Aside from the aforementioned, there are a few other major benefits to this unique printing process. For one, it’s far quicker than conventional printing. You no longer need to wait for the ink on your pieces to dry, as the UV ink dries through a photomechanical process. It’s almost instantaneous, so you can get more done in less time.
Because of this, UV printing is also an incredibly cost-effective method. Think about it; you’re clearly saving money through the faster drying times. However, there are also big savings to be made by removing the need for aqueous coatings, which are necessary for conventional ink to dry faster and not smear. UV printing requires no coatings.
In addition, UV printing often provides a more vibrant finish, as the UV lights give the ink no time to soak into the paper. Photorealistic printing is more than achievable, so whether you’re creating an external sign or a stack of beautiful business cards, your customers are sure to be pleased with the final result.
UV printing is currently enjoying rapid growth, transforming from what was a niche technology into something all commercial and packaging printers should utilise. UV inks and printing processes are evolving all the time, and they’re becoming increasingly popular in particular sectors, such as the signage industry.
Take a walk down a high street and you’ll notice that shop signs are becoming more attractive and high-end. This is because UV printers are now able to create graphics with very high resolutions, making the quality of the print far better than it ever could be with more traditional printing methods, like screen printing.
Of course, UV printing is versatile and can be used for a wide variety of jobs, from branding beer bottles to creating lavish business cards. Ultimately, if you need to print on unusual or uncoated materials, UV printing is the most effective way to get fantastic results.
Whether you’re after a brand-new flatbed UV printer or fancy picking up a used model, we’ve got what you need here at Perfect Colours. If you aren’t sure which model or type of UV printer would be best for your needs and would like some advice, please get in touch today.
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