Digital UV Printing VS Traditional Screen Printing

Flatbed UV Printing

Flatbed UV Printing

When it comes to printing, the field of vision has seamlessly expanded beyond clothes and T-shirts. Now people can imagine almost everything being printed and customized, such as glass doors, desktops, exquisite mobile phone cases, and even metal. The invasion of technology has brought new things and may also bring opportunities for enterprises. This has sounded the alarm for the latest printing innovation, which is digital UV printing.

Which is better? 

A face-off between modern and traditional printing technologies will give a better idea as to which technology can reap better results. Here are a few parameters worth considering:
1. Cost
Cost is of paramount relevance. UV printing is a linear process irrespective of the quantity and is beneficial for a lower quantity of production as no setup costs. Screen printing needs to create a wide range of stencils, so they are not suitable for lower quantities. However, if bulk order, and print same stencils, hence screen printing may be viable.

UV prints application

UV application prints

2. Products to be Printed
Screen printing is a robust technology but majorly concentrated on apparel and t-shirts. Digital UV printing can print on almost any kind of surface like acrylic, aluminum, glass, metal, and wood. A plethora of items like pens, doors, mugs, mobile covers, trophies and many more. UV printing has revolutionized the market with customization and personalization. The gifting industry has seen a boom with UV printing technology.

3. Use of Inks
UV printing uses ink that contains a chemical called photoinitiators which trigger a chain of reaction under UV light. This ink dries up instantly with UV-light.

The screen printing uses three types of ink-plastisol, water-based inks and discharges inks. Each ink has limitations with regard to the drying up the process and the after-wash quality.

4. Environment-Conscious
With an increasingly aware generation, this factor is gaining importance gradually. Plastisol used in screen printing contains PVC, which is a harmful pollutant. Water-based inks are relatively more eco-friendly. However, UV printing is very environment-friendly which neither uses heat nor toxins in the process; hence is a hands-down winner of this category.

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