The stand-out flooring innovation this year would have to be the revolution of digital print technology on tile surfaces.
The ever-changing world of digital ink-jet technology has had huge impact on the design of floor and wall tiles and the way in which they are decorated.
What is Digital Printing?
Digital printing is a method of printing using digital techniques in which data and images are printed directly from a computer onto tile. Digital ink-jet technology has made a huge impact on what manufacturers can create and the mass acceptance of these designs from the world markets has promoted the swift transformation from screen and roller printing to utilising ink-jet technology in tile production.
What are the Features and Benefits of this technology?
The key features of digital ink-jet technically-produced tile are the ultra-fine resolution result, the complete edge to edge decoration and the myriad of random design options.
The technology enables an unlimited number of high-quality patterns and decorations to be produced with fewer materials, less waste and less development and production time than conventional processes.
Digital technology is particularly effective with stone and timber reproduction so we as consumers have the option to select quality tile that looks exactly like timber and stone but without the maintenance. See the links at the end of this article for examples in the Gris Fleury and Treverk Timber ranges.
Is Ink-Jet printing here to stay?
The use of ink-jet printing for ceramic tile manufacture is growing in Europe, and has the potential to outsell conventional tile design systems. Although ink-jet inks tend to cost more than conventional inks; this is outweighed by the cost-saving in materials and time and offset by the quality photographic results.
It also allows manufacturers to achieve almost infinite design variability. The standard ink-jet printing machine is equipped with enough memory to create a unique pattern that is nine-metres long and 36-centimetres wide – large enough to decorate about thirty 12 by 12-inch tiles in a row before a design has to be repeated. The computer can be instructed to sample any tile from any point in that row and reproduce it later on. The possibilities going forward, are endless.
As the technology develops and advances yet remains economical, we at Tile Warehouse are able to hugely extend our range of products and designs whilst remaining competitive. For examples within our range, please click on the following links;
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