Solvent inkjet printing involves printing direct to specific flexible substrates by mixing pigment and solvent to create a liquid ink. The print head moves across the material laying down the ink, building the images up gradually. The freshly printed material sits on a heater which helps absorb the ink directly into the material whilst the solvent component of the ink is evaporated into the air. As the solvent evaporates a hard layer of ink is left behind which is the final print.
Solvent printing is a great process because of the speed and consistency with which it produces the prints, and the ability to replicate fine detail. The quality is so detailed we use solvent printing to produce our centre stickers for trophies and medals. It is also used for printing t-shirt transfers, which is an easy way to get a full colour print on t-shirts in short or complex runs without having to pay for multiple screens.