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Old 02-09-2006, 03:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Assuming an ink jet printer has a straight-through path available, can ink jet printing be done onto thin metal plates rather than onto paper? I'm talking about things like the very thin metal sheet affixed to equipment, to contain serial#, use warnings, etc.

I don't own an inkjet and have no idea whether the above is routine, difficult, or even possible... Perhaps my esteemed colleagues might be willing to share with the forum. And feel free to write me directly.

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I am sure the Ink won't dry properly.
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You might wanna try silkscreening them instead, I doubt you would ever be able to handle an inkjet print if it were possible to print on metal. Your other problem is going to be print longetivity, the possibility of various types of fluid and such getting into contact with the printed surface and also day to day wear.

I suggest silkscreening because generally prints for the type of application you require hold up far better and there is also a wider range of ink types that can be better suited for whatever environment the equipment is going to be in. You need to tell the silkscreener the conditions that the print will be subjected to so that he can choose the most appropriate type of ink. He most probably will go for a rubber based ink though.
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YES YOU CAN -printing onto metal
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Of course! It is easy provided you have the straight paper path as well as adjustable head clearance. Any printer that can print onto CD's (like the Epson 960) will do a good job. You have to get a bottle of INK AID which comes in various flavors. Go to their web site and find one that fits your needs (some are not transparent). Give the metal 2 coats according to their directions and print away. Ink Aid give the metal (or ANYTHING) a coating that is receptive to inkjet printing.

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