My printer seems to print on standard acrylic just fine, do I really need digital print?
For better durability, we would still recommend using ACRYLITE® digital print. There may be some applications where printing on standard acrylic does not show any ink adhesion issues. For example, if the printed result is not subjected to post-printing operations (such as cutting or routing) and is protected from harm, then printing on standard acrylic might satisfy your needs. However, we have seen issues where a piece of standard acrylic was printed and “appeared” to work fine, but post-printing steps such as routing caused catastrophic delamination of the ink.
I have a lot of standard acrylic in stock, there’s no way for me to print on it with my UV-curable flatbed printer?
In this case, you would likely need to use a primer to get the ink to adhere to the standard acrylic. Note that priming can be a messy and time-consuming step, and there are also safety and environmental considerations. This can be completely avoided by using ACRYLITE® digital print sheet.
Can I print on acrylic sheet with my UV-curable flatbed printer?
Yes you can. We suggest using ACRYLITE® digital print acrylic sheet for printing with this type of printer. Many people like to use these printers with an acrylic substrate but find that those inks typically don’t adhere well to standard acrylic sheet. The ink does not get absorbed into the acrylic and needs a different way to stay adhered without flaking off. With ACRYLITE® digital print acrylic sheet, these inks adhere very well.