Flatbed printing with UV curable white ink

Flatbed printing is the term used for digital printers that image directly to a large variety of substrates using UV curable ink. Materials are placed on a vacuum bed and imaged from above. UV curable ink is very versatile and cures by a chemical process when exposed to UV light. Flatbed printing offers stunning resolution and UV resistance for non-fade longevity. This technology allows us to print directly to standard substrates up to 25mm thick, such as Corflute, foam PVC, polystyrene, cardboard and paper in quantities from one unit to hundreds with competitive pricing.

Printing with white ink produces vibrant prints onto dark substrates. By laying down a white layer of the elements in your logo, text or image underneath the colour, you get the full vibrancy of the colours unaffected by the substrate. Alternatively, we can back up the elements with white for reverse applications such as glass.

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A machine configured with white ink can print onto a range of substrates unacheivable with standard printing systems. If you have a coloured paper or substrate and do not print a base layer of white, the colour of the substrate will show through. On a black surface the image would be near invisible. On clear sufaces the image would look transparent. We eliminate these issues using white ink.

Underlayer
White is set to print over the entire substrate before the image is printed. Areas with no image will be white and not show the original substrate colour.
Overprint

White is set to print over the entire substrate after the image is printed in reverse. This is done on transparent substrates so the image can be viewed from the other side, through the substrate. Areas with no image will appear white.

Layer Masks
White is set to print either underlayer or overprint. Any areas can be masked out so the original substrate shows through. Images can also be masked so no white prints on or under them for effect.

     

Transparency Effects
White can be set to print at various densities. We can control exactly how the white is placed. It can be placed as a solid percentage like 20% (similar to 80% black on a white substrate) allowing the substrate to show through it. We can also print it as a gradient from one percentage to another, like on photographic images controlling what areas get white ink.
White Only

White can be used on its own without the coloured inks at all. If you have a dark substrate we can print a greyscale image using white ink instead of black. Logos can be imaged onto dark or textured surfaces.

The samples to the left show how the different layers are printed in order of colour vs white ink, on the right is how the finished product will look.