Glasshape VisionInk Printed Glass Brochure - Page 33

R Vision Ink CERAMIC PRINTED GLASS - BY GLASSHAPE How VisionInk Works Our ceramic inks are a combination of pigment (green dots in this illustration), glass frit (light blue dots) and Ink solution. They have been optimised for this specific process. Once toughened (tempered) the ink and glass become one material. VisionInk digital ceramic inks are the result of extensive research into the interactions between ink and glass frit. The patented inks are optimized for printing on glass. Illustration of a single ink droplet ~40 microns (0.04 mm) Drying the Ink Pigment Glass frit Glass Panel Ink Solution • After printing, ink is dried for 10 minutes at 120 C with the in-line dryer • 40 micron thick ink layer is reduced to 12 microns Ink is printed on Glass It is then dried ~12 microns (0.012 mm) Toughening (Tempered) - For flat and curved. • Firing converts the ink into a hard ceramic layer that is fused into the glass Ink has been dried, waiting to be toughen & curved Pigment megres into glass Solution is evaporating • As temperatures rise, different chemical and organic processes occur within the glass •VisionInk is compatible with DuraShield Laminates, Ezone coating, double glazing and Glasshape’s signature glass curving. Glass is in the toughener. Solution evaporates The glass has been toughened and the ink has merged with the glass. It’s now ready for use ~3 microns ~1.5 micron into the glass (0.003 mm) Complete certified glass solutions designed for your application Works Tempering and Firing the Dried Inks 31