Screen Printing on Glass vs. Digital Printing
Screen printed imaging involves applying ink through a mesh screen to achieve an image, then curing the ink to adhere to a substrate. Digital printing involves taking an image and directly printing onto a substrate. Digital printing gives more detailed imaging when applying an image onto a material. However, screen printing is a lower cost method that provides more durable and vibrant imaging. It is a more versatile process when applying ink colors and thickness to glass substrates, typically suited for printing picture frame borders and logos on products such as cover glass, EMI shields, lighting fixtures and other display glass.
Abrisa Technologies utilizes a screen printing process for applying either frit or epoxy/polyester inks to a broad selection of glass substrates.
Screen printing is done via one of the following:
- Ekra X4
- Argon – Large Format
- Custom Press
Minimum glass substrate thickness to screen print is: 0.28 mm (0.011″)
Maximum glass substrate thickness to screen print is: 25.4 mm (1.0″)
Minimum glass substrate dimension to screen print is: 7.6 x 7.6 mm (0.3 x 0.3″)
Maximum glass substrate dimension to screen print is: 1828 x 1371 mm (72″ x 54″)
Abrisa Technologies is a recognized global supplier of high quality, fabricated glass components, optical thin film coatings, and custom glass solutions for a wide variety of industries. From our US based Abrisa Industrial Glass fabrication facility in Santa Paula, CA and our ZC&R Coatings for Optics division in Torrance, CA we serve diverse industries such as microelectronics and displays, semiconductor, military, automotive, aerospace, medical, biomedical and scientific R&D. We provide custom specialty flat glass and coating products for applications such as: flat panel display, touch and gesture recognition; visible to IR imaging and surveillance; entertainment, indoor and outdoor lighting; advanced instrumentation; and photonics.