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How Does UV Printing Differ from Conventional Printing Methods?
Posted By:  Ashley Rahe
Monday, July 14, 2014

Our role in the printing industry is to create and master the processes that allow designers to think outside the box and imagine new ways to communicate with client audiences. Innovative technology is always driving new ideas into reality, making the impossible to imagine possible to see and experience.

UV printing is one example of how the printing industry has embraced new technology that allows for unique marketing materials to be created. Using the UV process, we can print on non-traditional substrates such as plastic and wood veneer, freeing your company designers from the medium of paper.

UV printing differs from conventional printing methods in the chemical formula of the ink and the drying process. When UV ink is exposed to ultraviolet light, it solidifies very quickly and adheres to the medium without much saturation, even on porous surfaces.

The UV printing process provides highly saturated color on unusual printing surfaces with fewer solvents evaporating into the atmosphere. No matter what material you’re printing on, when UV inks are exposed to ultraviolet light the photomechanical process produces very little evaporation of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which is a more environmentally responsible choice.

Some advantages of UV printing include:
• It’s environmentally preferable because there are little or no VOC (volatile organic compounds) released into the atmosphere during the drying process, creating a safer work environment.
• You have a wider range of substrates to choose from. Print on plastic, paper, metal, wood veneer, and more.
• It’s fast and energy efficient.

Experience is always an asset, but particularly so with UV printing. Determining the appropriate level of ultraviolet light exposure that will allow inks to dry without causing the substrate to become brittle is key to a successful project. With our level of experience and knowledge, Photo Lab Inc. is sure to deliver the best results every time. Our highly skilled team has years of experience and extensive knowledge about the process—they can ensure your UV printing project will be perfect, regardless of the substrate material you choose.

If you’re planning a project and would like to know more about UV printing techniques, give us a call and we’ll help you sort out all the options.


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