If you’ve ever wondered how they get custom images printed on ceramic tile then look no further than this video.
Have you ever seen a custom tile job that flaunts a custom company logo or picture? If so, chances are you’ve seen a custom silk screened ceramic tile. Achieving this look is typically done in one of two ways: Silk screening or direct jet UV LED inkjet printer. Here’s a short breakdown:
Silk Screening Tiles
Silk screening is the process by which screens of the image are created. One by one, the operator, or machine, will screen each color independently and all together it creates the intended image. Once the image has been silk screened with pigment, it will then be layered with glazing material and then kiln dried thus giving it the ability to withstand temperatures of up to 1600 degrees Celsius.
Digitally Printed Ceramic Tiles
While manual silk screening is a pricey option, there is a digital option which weighs in at a fraction of the cost. By using a direct jet printer, the “biscuits” (which are unfired and preformed ceramic tiles) are inserted into the printer which then sprays the ink onto the tile. Because these printers “spray” the pigment, it requires less pressure than conventional silk screening, thus allowing for less risk of breakage from the pressure being applied by a “squeegee” in the silk screening process.
As for durability, we’ve done about a dozen custom jobs and to date they are all holding up well. If you would like to know more about our digital tile printing program feel free to contact us by clicking here.
Many of today’s printers can even print images on glass, as seen on the backsplash above.