Digital Silk Screen Tutorial

Digital Silk Screen

Protocase completes the task of manufacturing fully finished, high-quality custom enclosures and parts by offering two distinct processes: digital printing and silkscreening. Both processes achieve labeling (such as identifying connectors, switches, ports, functionality such as on/off, etc), and/or branding and decoration (company logos or artwork).

Both digital printing and silkscreening can be applied to flat panels, parts and assembled enclosures.

As described below, each process has its own strengths, which may make one or the other better suited for your specific application. However, both processes provide a very professional finish and excellent aesthetics, and if used properly, can give your work a 'wow factor.'

Direct Digital Printing

Our cutting-edge UV-based flatbed digital printing features laser alignment technology for accurate and crisp printing of complex visuals, with eye-catching results.

Color prints are created by blending various densities of small droplets of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. The effects created are brilliant colors and gradients our eyes perceive as solid from a distance. However, at close range, the eye can see this half-toning effect because some of the larger droplet sizes are detectable by the naked eye.

All About Direct Digital Printing:

  • Best used for graphics with high amounts of detail (such as a gradient finish, CGI effects or overlapping colors), or when multiple colors are used in one graphic.
  • Full CMYK spectrum of colors offered.
  • Digital print technology produces a slightly raised and textured surface, especially when compared to silkscreening. Digital print is laid down linearly by scanning UV ink jet heads, and cured immediately after. This means the ink cant self-level (flow), so there is a slight linear texture that becomes visible in large areas of single color. This is generally not a problem in any way, but those used to silkscreen should be aware that they may perceive a difference if they closely examine the surfaces.
  • Digital print is superior in producing images on textured surfaces such as sandtex powdercoat. This is because the ink jets downwards, effectively filling the low spots (in contrast, silkscreen is a planar process that can leave voids).
  • Color letters on signal white powdercoat base are legible to 6 pt font for both sans and serif fonts.
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Source: www.protocase.com
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