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GlassJet >> DipTech
Sahely Mukerji
September 24, 2009
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, FABRICATION : AWARDS

Israel’s DipTech made digital printing on glass affordable with the development of GlassJet, a digital printer that uses proprietary inks for small-to-medium print runs to let designers and architects create the previously impossible. Its file preparation system uses digitally processed images provided by the designer from a wide variety of file types (TIF, EPS, PDF, JPG). The digital-file features included in all GlassJet models enable tiling/paneling projects, rotating, mirroring, and determining image opacity and color intensity.

The machine’s file preparation provides other benefits. Job logistics become streamlined via the use of variable data, such as logos, serial numbers, manufacture dates and sequence numbering. These are especially useful for tiling, and ensure that the entire design flows seamlessly from pane to pane. The software allows for the loading and printing of multiple panes or separate jobs simultaneously. The job detector maximizes print time, while the ink thickness/opacity control optimizes the ink thickness in different printed areas as well as ink consumption. Similarly, the ink consumption calculator avoids waste.

Images are printed using piezoelectric drop-on-demand (DOD) printing heads on the surface of the clean glass. DOD is the physical counterpart to the file preparation system, controlling the ink flow for thickness and opacity, while printing multiple colors in a single run. This enables the production of projects in a fraction of the time that screening takes.

All GlassJet machines can be used with an adapting table to produce multiple small panes at a time and have inline features such as an inlet and outlet conveyors to the dryer.
 

E-mail Sahely Mukerji, senior editor, at smukerji@glass.org.