The glass digital printing industry is very diverse and competitive. There are many brands that nowadays produce machinery to be able to carry out this task with cutting-edge technology; they make this process more efficient for the market, with bigger, better and more creative solutions for the customers’ demands.
On this occasion we would like to focus on the trajectory that DIP-Tech has offered to the world of digital printing. Since we consider that its trajectory consists of many projects around the world, which makes this company renowned and its popularity, so that’s why we will take their different projects as examples of applications that can be done with glass digital printing.
DIP-Tech is a company with more than a decade of existence, so it has created different partners and alliances with different companies over time to be able to create together results that respond to people’s needs. Also, DIP-Tech has a section dedicated to the study, testing and creation of ink for printing on glass, for applications inside and outside different buildings, offices, cars or any surface where there may be glass.
In order to understand the work that can be done with this type of printers, we must first define what they are and what the three main DIP-Tech printers are for.
Architecture: To print glass for construction or architectural purposes they created NEra D and GPI printers which can handle up to twelve color channels to print with any color on glass.
Vehicles: For this category the NEraV printer was created. This printer uses one-color ink for glass printing, which is certified for use in automobiles.
Accessories: Focused to print glass inside, the VEra printer was created to design integrated spaces inside homes or living spaces.
After defining the printers that DIP-Tech produces, then we can see the variety of projects and achievements over the years.
Decorative Glass Printing in a Bank in France
In this case, the folds in origami inspire the design of the bank’s facade. Printed glass panels manage to create the illusion that the panels are made with a type of marble, however it is all paint. The details enhance the beauty of the building. The architects originally planned to use real marble, but it was too heavy and expensive to make it part of the project, so they decided to use glass.
Print on Glass Dividers & Partitions in the Basketball History Mural in Kansas University
One of the most common uses of printing on glass is to make dividers or partitions inside buildings; these serve to delimit an area such as offices or corridors. In this instance, it is used not only to delimit an area but also to tell the history of basketball at the University of Kansas within this institution.
Stained Glass Print in a Restaurant in Belgium
It was once a chapel in a military base, but today this building is a restaurant in Belgium. Instead of making a stained glass window as before and replacing the images of the windows, the new owners printed a stained glass window with rococo style to be able to decorate the new image of the restaurant in this way but according to the architecture of the place.
Printed Glass Curtain Wall in an Art Gallery in China
We have seen different types of use in glass printing architecture, we have seen details in buildings or stained glass, but in this case the whole building has printing on glass. In this particular case, the art gallery that gives the sensation that it is in the middle of a forest in Guizhou, China. A photograph of the forest was used and printed on glass so that the entire building could be mixed with the forest foliage. For this art gallery, only color used for printing the panels was white.
Restoration de Nielsen Park, Australia
We can see in these photographs examples of applications inside a kitchen. The walls are made od glass printed with patterns and photos to decorate this room inside a house. In this project the walls were used to be able to take a tour through history incorporating old photos to the design of the wall, which give a context of the place where the Nielsen Park is located.
Source: Information gathered through trade shows around the world and www.dip-tech.com.