Glass printing is the capability to replicate any digital image onto glass permanently.

This means that you can easily customise a space in a functional way, where you can produce an illustration, a texture imitation, geometric & abstract patterns and even photography on a panel of glass that can be easily installed.

Glass printing (or more specifically, digitally printed frit glass) involves 3 main steps:

Converting the image file
A software converts the image file into a language that the printer can understand. This way the printer knows where to drop the ink on the glass in order to accurately replicate the digital image file and match the colouring.

Printing
A heavy-weight flatbed printer (that can load flat sheets of glass up to the size of 2400mm x 3700mm) prints on the glass like an office printer prints on paper.

Tempering
The ceramic ink used for printing contains glass frits. This is what allows the ink to permanently fuse with the flat sheet of glass after going through an oven of over 600 degrees Celsius.

The final step is a simple installation process, treated like any other pieces of glass, but with extra functionalities and aesthetics.

Process for glass printing from digital image file to ink with glass frits to fusing with glass permanently through tempering
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the maximum size I can print on?

The maximum size the printer can take is 2800mm x 3700mm. You can find more detailed specifications here.

Can I use glass printing for exterior projects?

Yes, it can be used for both interior and exterior projects because the ink is permanently fused to the glass. This means that the end product is:
Weather-resistant
UV-resistant
Scratch-resistant
Acid-resistant

Why use printed glass?

Printed Glass vs Vinyls

One of the biggest advantages glass printing has over vinyls is its permanence and durability, which also means that it is more sustainable. The inks also contain no toxic-heavy materials, and is eco-friendly.

Its no-fuss installation is another attractive feature. With the image already printed and permanently fused to the glass – it just needs to be installed like any piece of flat glass. This is particularly convenient for complex patterns and graphics.

Printed Glass vs Screen Printing

Screen printing requires high fixed costs and long set up times as stencils need to be created for each colour. Glass printing enables on-demand customised runs, even for low-volumes, and a quick turnaround time due to lower and simpler setup requirements than screen printing.

Printed Glass vs Other Materials

Glass printing can also be used to replicate textures that you might otherwise not want to use, but like to look at (e.g. marble, wood, tiles, bricks, etc). By replicating these patterns on glass instead, it is easier to clean, it can be more durable, and may even be more economical.

Urban Renewal

The ability to print on multi-pane projects means that, where replacements are necessary, individual panes can be printed to match the existing panels perfectly without further refurbishment. This is both environmentally friendly and cost-efficient.

Where has glass printing been used?

Any architectural glass can become decorative and functional with glass printing. There are other features that can be experimented with, such as level of translucency, light diffusion, light transmission, energy efficiency, and privacy.

TYPE OF GLASS
Digital ceramic in-glass printing can be applied on:

  • Clear float glass (from 4mm up to 15mm)
  • Tinted float glass (from 4mm up to 12mm)
  • Starphire & low iron floats (from 5mm up to 12mm)

TYPE OF PROCESSING
Printed glass can be combined with the following processes:

  • hole drilling
  • shaping, cutting and cut outs (waterjet)
  • custom laminating (white translucent, hush, custom thickness interlayers available)
  • curving (2100×1600 maximum)

TYPE OF IMAGES
Your imagination is the limit. Our printer can replicate photographs, typography, logos, artworks & illustrations, graphic designs, patterns and even emulate textures (such as marble, wood grain, carbon fibre, etc.)

APPLICATIONS

  • Balustrades & balconies
  • Canopies
  • Windows & doors
  • Splashbacks
  • Wall coverings
  • Office partitions
  • Public art
  • Appliances
  • Facades
  • Dividers
  • Shower screens & toilets
  • Decorative glass
  • Safety barriers
  • Benches, shelves & tabletops
  • Signage
  • Wardrobes
  • Privacy screens
  • Wall decor
How do I place an order?

The steps are simple:

  1. Send us a high-resolution image or a brief of what you’d like to print
  2. Provide us with the dimensions required, as well as the type of glass (or bring your own)
  3. Approve the mock-up
  4. Jaw-drop at the final product
  5. Simply install as glass panels