If you want to print on silicone products then you may want to print photos, pictures, logos or even text. The requirements for silicone printing are high and for this reason, quality equipment is key. After printing, the product has to be robust in use, and it also needs to be resistant to scratches and abrasions. Chemical resistance to detergents may also be a desirable feature.
Digital printing is ideal as it can meet all of these requirements and more. Investing in screens or pads is not required as with digital printing, it is possible to print on silicone items individually. Nowadays, Seehope is printing many styles of pattern on silicone watch band.
Screen printing is the general process in which ink is pressed through a mesh screen. This helps to create a printed design. This is used in a huge variety of industries so even if you have not heard this term before, it is likely that you have used a product that has been made this way. A stencil is used on the screen to develop the graphic, with a mesh being stretched over a wooden or metal frame.
When the screening has been completed, an operator will then pour ink onto the screen, pushing it through the stencil. The ink will only ever go where the stencil is open. Professionalism is key here. Using too much pressure can cause the screen to break, for example. By going through a reputable provider like us, you can be sure to avoid all of these worries.
It is printed by machine with a metal plate. The plate is flat, with the image chemically imprinted. The silicone pad is pressed onto the ink, picking up the image. And then the silicone pad is pressed onto the substrate, transferring the image on the silicone product.
The advantage of pad printing is that the printing speed is fast, and you can print several colors at the same time. Pad printing can be used on a variety of substrates, particularly oddly shaped objects that are difficult to screen print. The disadvantage is that the ink is slightly thinner than the silkscreen, not too bright.
Water Transfer Printing
Water transfer printing is also known as hydrographic printing or immersion printing. It allows you to apply an elaborate graphic such as carbon fibre, wood grain and even camouflage onto a product. The great thing about this is that it can be applied to a 3D product surface. The water transfer printing process is extensive, and it can be used to decorate items that range from vehicles to smaller items. The capabilities for silicone alone are unmatched and that is why we offer this as a service.
To begin with, we will place a water-soluble film onto the surface of the water. We will then immerse the product into the liquid bath, with pressure created being used to wrap the item. Please click here to watch the video of water transfer printing process.
Seehope offers you the expertise you need in designing and prototyping silicone products. We have the formulating and manufacturing expertise needed to provide custom silicones for a variety of applications and in a variety of order quantities.
Our highly automated and efficient silicone part manufacturing abilities mean that you can get your product delivered in the desired quantity fast. We specialize in quick turnaround times that shorten the delivery timeframe from weeks to days. On top of that, our free and highly accurate quoting process is among the fastest in the business. Contact us now to get started.