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Different Printing On Phone Case
Mar 15, 2017

Different Printing On Phone Case

Nowadays, people pay more and more attention on phone case fashion. Phone case development to 2013, is no longer just a simple practical protect goods. With the popularity of mobile phones in the young people, almost every fashionable young people want to have a unique mobile phone. So beautiful and unique and fashion phone case has become a good way to show their personality. 

So here I discussing 4 different printing on phone case, Screen Printing technology, UV Printing technology, In-Mold Decoration(IMD) Printing technology and Water Transfer Pringting technology. All this 4 printing technology can print on silicone or TPU or hard plastic case.

Screen printing technology.

One color is printed at a time, so only several screens can be used to produce a multicolored image or design. Print 1-4 colors on the case, just a very simple logo. Much cheaper, but have 15usd tooling fee for each color printed.

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UV Printing technology.

UV printing is a form of digital printing that uses ultra-violet lights to dry or cure ink as it is printed . Can  print directly onto  phone case. Because the UV lights cure any printed ink immediately, the dots of wet ink do not get a chance to spread out once printed, resulting in much finer detail.

No need sampling cost and  much cheaper.  But the printing not so clear like the pictures, and only can print on flat so UV printing can't print on the case lateral sides

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In-Mold Decoration(IMD) Printing technology.

In-Mold Decorating (IMD) are a versatile way to manufacture and decorate plastic parts like plastic or TPU phone case. IMD printing allows you to permanently embed an image beneath the surface of a molded part. The finished effect can be quite dramatic and eye-catching while providing durability. This process is used extensively in automotive dashboards, appliance and phone case decorating.

Need 80 usd sampling cost(can make 3 designs). Almost similar with the water transfer printing but can’t 100% perfect printing on the lateral.

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Water Transfer Pringting technology

Almost similar with the IMD printing. Water transfer printing can 100% perfect print on the edge but IMD can’t. 

Water Transfer Printing (also known as hydrograghics, immersion printing, camo dipping, hydro imaging and cubic printing) is a 3d surface decorating process where elaborate graphics like wood grain, carbon fiber, camouflage, geometrical designs, etc. The Water Transfer Printing process is extensively used to decorate items that range from entire all-terrain vehicles and car dashboards to small items like bike helmets or other automotive trim. Also water transfer is more and more popular in making customzied phone case.Films can be applied to all types of substrates including plastic, fiberglass, wood, ceramics, and metal. For the most part, if the item can be dipped in water, the hydro-graphic process can be used. 

Water transfer printing process:

Primer Coat on Products------pretreatment:Removal of surface impurities by polishing------Net closure on the products----Load the products on a jig frame------Spreading the film on water-------apply activator on film by spraying-----Pattern transfer------Washing------ Drying(air dry or oven dry)-------finishing :coat a glossy finish on products-----Drying(oven dry)------Inspection and packing-----Ex work Pretreatment on products.

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