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stevie1556

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UV printing
« on: May 23, 2018, 08:04:20 AM »
Has anyone had any experience with this? I've been looking at having some pedals screen printed but it seems that catalysed 2 part ink is needed, which gives off nasty fumes and is a pain to clean up, (and most places don't do this) so I've been looking at UV printing. I know PPP do it but with being in the UK it's completely uneconomical to use them for more then a few enclosures.

I've found one company locally that can do it and I'm currently waiting on a quote from them for it, but I was wondering if anyone has any experience with a home set up for it?

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Re: UV printing
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2018, 02:25:13 AM »
Any luck finding anyone reasonable, im in the uk and interested in uv too if its not to expensive

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Re: UV printing
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2018, 02:53:48 AM »
Any luck finding anyone reasonable, im in the uk and interested in uv too if its not to expensive
No such luck yet. Found a company in Hertford but their minimum quantanty is 100, any less then that and they will need to out source it and it's horrendously expensive. I found a lot of places with spot UV, but all that  does is put the shiny finish on top of letters to make things like business cards look fancy. I'm going to keep looking today, but I think it's more of a specialised thing so most places don't have them, and the ones that do can only do paper and card and not enclosures.

You can buy a UV printer from China for just under 1,200, plus the cost of ink which isn't cheap. But then you need to clean the printer after every use unless you're using it every day from what I've read.

I think I'll be reverting back to my original plan at this rate which is screen printing. I bought a height adjustable screen printing press. I've spoken to several companies and they are all saying that I'll need to use a 2 part epoxy ink. On the plus side I've also found a company that will expose the screens for me so they are ready to use straight away. I've also got a lot of scrap boxes that are power coated that I can use to test the screen printing on.


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Re: UV printing
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2018, 04:56:12 AM »
mmm...thats the problem with the UK, lack of specialist services.

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Re: UV printing
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2018, 06:49:47 AM »
Well there are companies that do it, and I can see why the costs for it are high. Lack of local competition means they can charge more, the print heads and tubes need a fair amount of cleaning, and the cost of the branded machines is absolutely rediculous! Cheapest I've found for one litre of ink is 109!!!!!

I do think the cost of it will come down eventually when it becomes more common, but that doesn't help with the cost of it now.

I've now found another company that sells a different screen printing ink that works well on powder coating, I'm just waiting on a call back from them to answer a few questions before I purchase some to try out.

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