Dip-Tech has launched Dip-Tech Extra Durable S1 inks, a highly durable ink that can be digitally printed on exterior glass surfaces.

The new ink set was developed by Dip-Tech after extensive R&D and close collaboration with glass processors and architects around the world.

Available in black and white, with the option of mixing to achieve gray shades, Dip-Tech Extra Durable S1 inks also offer opacity control.

Compliant with architectural standards, the inks are lead- and cadmium-free and can be processed using the same standard firing and tempering procedures used across the industry.

Their enhanced environmental durability and scratch resistance, shown by tests to outstrip traditional ceramic inks, and reduced glare, make Dip-Tech Extra Durable S1 inks a solution for printing in situations where other inks may not provide reliable results.

The Extra Durable S1 inks can be used to reduce reflection and are ideal for printing on external surfaces such as building facades, open-air prints, balustrades and canopies.

Other applications include printing on unlaminated glass with two exposed sides, such as balcony and stair railings, doors and open-air conservatories.

Recently, Insulite Glass Company, Olathe, Kansas, USA, used the Extra Durable S1 inks for vision glass panels that replaced old painted steel insulating panels. This allowed for both increased natural light inside and city views out, while maintaining the historical designation of the building. “The Extra Durable S1 inks behaved much like the traditional inks in terms of printing, and showed higher durability and Green Strength throughout the drying, handling and heat-treating processes,” said Kurt Hartman, Printing Specialist at Insulite Glass Company.