Since the smart phone users are increasing from year to year, there are more demands to custom printed phone cases.
As the digital printing technology improves, there are 3 kinds of machines for phone case printing.
- 3D sublimation machine. The printing process is that printing the artwork on the transfer film, then use heat press to transfer the images onto the top of phone cases. The advantage is that it can print artworks on the side of phone covers. The disadvantage is that it’s too complicate to transfer the photo onto cell phone cases.
- Flatbed printer with eco solvent inks. The printing process is that printing directly on the top of mobile phone cases. The advantage is that it can directly print on phone cases without transfer film. The disadvantage is that you must do the pretreatment on phone covers before printing
- Digital UV LED flatbed printer with UV inks. It also can directly print on the top of cell phone covers. It can print on 95% of flat substrate without any pretreatment. But it can not print on silicone phone cases.
Compare to 3D sublimation phone case printing system, eco solvent flatbed printer can print on the most of phone cases easily. The printing quality is more vivid, water proof and clear details. The most important is that flatbed printer is easy to learn & use than 3D sublimation machine.
Compare to eco solvent printer, UV LED printer has the following advantages. The UV printer has White ink which it can print on all colors of phone cases. But eco solvent printer doesn’t have White ink, so it can only print on white or transparent phone cases. Also UV printer doesn’t require pretreatment before printing & the UV ink can be cured instantly. The printed phone cases are water proof, alcohol proof, anti scratch.
In brief, digital UV LED flatbed printer will be the future of phone case printing in the following years.