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GLASS
ACTION
Major developments are underway to
capitalize on growth opportunities in glass
printing - part of the wider functional and
industrial print movement.
DR. SEAN SMYTH, SMITHERS PIRA

Printing onto drinking glasses remains a popular application for
industrial printers due to the vivid colors and intricate detail that can
be crafted. Photos left and above courtesy of KBA-Kammann.

G

lass decoration has been carried out for hundreds
of years, with stained glass created by skilled artisans being
the most ornate and expensive option. Hand painting and decoration was a lower-cost alternative, using enamel and special
inorganic paints that required firing to provide durability.
Over time, glass has become an interesting area for the
print industry. It's used in many applications that range from
residential and commercial decorative glass to industrial
applications, each with distinct demands for the printing that
is done. It may be flat sheet glass for architectural use; a hollow container glass - usually a tube sealed at one end to form
a drinking vessel; a lightbulb/tube; laboratory glass; lenses;
or an ornamental object, such as a vase. There are demands
for things like weatherproof printed architectural glass and
specialty applications like glass cooking surfaces. It's a very
wide field.
Advances in glass printing form part of the wider functional and industrial printing movement, defined by Smithers Pira
research in "The Future of Functional and Industrial Printing to 2022"- which shows the print industry is growing into
markets outside of conventional graphic arts printing, which
remains largely on paper. Printing technology is widely used
to decorate many objects, from architectural and automotive
glass to ceramics and electronics, household items, toys, and
textiles. It can be used with special inks to create new functions - including biomedical and photovoltaics, which are
becoming significant markets. Some sectors are established
- wallpaper printing, for example, dates back hundreds of
years - while others are emerging with lots of hype, such as
3D printing and printed electronics.
Industrial printing takes place across the world. Routes
to market vary widely, with large manufacturers employing
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