Possibilities of contemporary printing: joint prostheses, gigantic billboards and photo tiles

Modern technology shapes the world around us. Rocket development in the IT industry goes hand in hand with the printing industry. New processes and devices in the printing sector are used in many different ways. From healthcare and industry, in particular via 3D printers, through advertising to the transfer of tile images as modern interior element. In short, the present brings countless ways of printing, since practically everything can be printed with the current devices. What are the most interesting options available?

Large format printing from the creator of the largest billboards

One of the techniques we come across very often is large format digital printing. Most billboards are made with it. Car stickers and business costs are no exception thanks to self-adhesive film. The undeniable advantage of this method is its resistance to external influences and the long-term preservation of colour fastness, and not least the unlimited print size and the wide range of materials used, which in addition to the films mentioned include flags, nets, polycarbonates and textiles and carpets. The fact that this modern technology offers unimaginable possibilities in the field of printing is also evidenced by billboards of gigantic dimensions. These include, for example, an advertising banner that was produced in the past by one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers in the eighth largest building in Madrid (Spain) – Edificio España. Its area was an impressive 5,265 square meters. This is about three quarters of the total area of the football pitch in Letná in Prague.

Colour fixation with UV light

Digital UV printing is also a popular technique. It is a print based on the application of special inks that are fixed by UV light. With this method, the end product can be used immediately after printing. That is why this method is one of the most popular. However, this is also due to the ability to transfer images onto attractive materials, which are then processed into interesting and creative forms. The offer is really wide. The motif can be transferred to stone, glass, wood, ceramics, plexiglass or PVC with vinyl. Exceptions are metals – aluminium, brass and copper. Due to full and bright colours and good resistance to damage, this method is often used for printing promotional items. Ultra-modern UV printers also have the advantage of saving energy and printing up to several thousand articles in one hour.

3D printing processes dental implants and submarine parts

3D printers are the phenomenon of today. Basically everything can be produced with their help. They are widely used in industry and healthcare, for example. Many companies have included them in the manufacturing process and turned them into prototypes for the production of end products. They have been used by automotive manufacturers, joint restoration and dental implant companies, and in many other areas. The most common materials for this print are various types of plastic and office paper, but also metals such as gold and bronze. For the beginnings of this technology we must go back to the second half of last century. In 1986, the US dealer Chuck Hull was patented for stereolithography, the formation of three-dimensional objects from photopolymer layers using UV lasers. His company then developed the so-called stereolithography device SLA-1, based on which the model SLA-250 was manufactured. It was then offered and used to the public. The SLA-1 model can be seen at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, North America. The most modern and largest 3D printer is located at the other end of the world at the Australian company Titomic. The machine is not only impressive because of its size, which resembles a bus, but also because of its speed. Within a few minutes, it can produce metal parts from submarines or airplanes several meters long.

Print on tiles with four times the resolution of normal photos

The same piece of evolution is also due to the new technology, which offers a combination of photos and ordinary tiles. The German company C.Art Studio was a pioneer on our continent. Thanks to their method, people can now integrate “photo storage” into any room with an image of extraordinary detail, fresh in the Czech Republic. Thanks to the technological progress of the last 30 years, you can print your desired photo or image with a resolution of up to 1200 DPI on the tiles. For zooming, normal photos are printed in good quality at about 300 DPI or 300 pixels per inch (2.54 cm). So tiles display photos with four times the resolution. The image is then printed on a special foil using toners containing pigment mixtures. It is also interesting that gold dust is added to the selected colors for toner. After applying the image to the substrate, the oven firing process begins. This type of tiles from Atelier C Art, in which each piece is an original, is used as a suitable complement to the interior, e.g. in catering establishments, hotels and private homes. Comprehensive images in meeting rooms or wellness centers are no exception.

Source: pravodajstvi24.cz. You can find the press article here