Printing onto Silicone

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Printing onto Silicone

Post by sdp80 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:45 pm

Trying to print onto Silicone but the ink easily scratches away. Also as the silicone bends the ink cracks immediately.

I have the LEF-12 with eco solvent UV inks. Would the eco sol UVS work on this application and is it possible to switch over my inks on the LEF-12 to the UVS?

Appreciate any help as I really want to get this working on the silicone.

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Re: Printing onto Silicone

Post by Kai Perry » Mon Feb 25, 2019 10:32 am

With silicone, it depends on the time between it being made and the time you print it, as the material releases a chemical which makes the ink not adhere.

If mad next to the time of printing it works, you can also use a plasma pre treatment to get it to work.

None of the primers I have tried work.
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Re: Printing onto Silicone

Post by sdp80 » Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:22 pm

The items are shipped from abroad so there is no chance of printing onto them soon after production.

I guess this means there is no chance of printing onto the material then?

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Re: Printing onto Silicone

Post by Kai Perry » Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:52 pm

Have a look at the plasma treatment route.
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