digital printing

chemically-etched parts for efficient and accurate flow

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Digitally printed objects surround us every day- from all types of packaging to ceramics, textiles and fabrics to medicine and delivery labels. With the growing prevalence of QR codes, security watermarks and 3D printed items, the industry’s growth shows no sign of waning and increasingly accurate, fast and cost-efficient methods are in demand.

Background

Digital printing has taken over from the print to stock model as the rise of digital platforms boosts e-commerce, so creating a wealth of opportunity for “printing on demand” or “web to print” applications. In the world of the consumer, this can be seen in the trend towards personalisation which increases brand value, customer satisfaction and loyalty but has created a demand for shorter runs and one-offs which would be impossible to sustain cost-effectively using traditional methods. Whether an organisation is printing large scale supermarket packaging or one-off gift items, the speed of production afforded by digital printing helps meet growing customer expectations for near-to-immediate delivery.

Key considerations

From non-contact inkjet printing technology to “ink” that ranges from metal nanoparticles to living cells and fibre optics — the digital printing industry is evolving. To become a leader in the digital printing industry, organisations require the highest standard in printing quality. The challenge is achieving consistent, superior quality. Developing the next innovation goes hand in hand with the miniaturisation of key parts — and with determining the right materials, product properties and manufacturing technologies.

With such small features involved, the challenge is to ensure precision as any burr or stress will cause imperfections, and you need to be able to create different sizes and shapes according to the print medium being used to ensure efficient and accurate flow.

Chemical etching allows you create micro-precision features with no inconsistency for your digital printing components while maintaining exceptional print quality. The growing requirement for finer and finer definition demands analysis and consideration of droplet characteristics. By using chemical etching, you can achieve the smallest of features and cost-effective prototyping.

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