Phone Cases Manufacturing in China — Different Methods of Printing

Before 3D printing revolutionizing global manufacturing,  below are a few methods of printing we use frequently in making phone cases in China.

#1. UV Printing
UV printing, abbreviated from ultraviolet printing, uses UV inks rather than traditional inks, saving the trouble of drying and coating.

UV printing is a popular method we use a lot in manufacturing mobile phone covers in China. Before printing, first, blank phone cases should be prepared along with the design.

Typesetting - UV printing of phone cases in China
Typesetting – UV printing of phone cases in China

Then comes to typesetting, adjusting printing speed, direction, etc.

Putting blank phone covers into the printing area
Putting blank phone covers into the printing area
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Printing phone cases using UV rays-1
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Printing phone cases using UV rays-2

#2. Transfer Printing
Another popular way used in printing phone covers in China is transfer printing. In a simple way, a small transfer printing machine is needed, however, with the help of a mold.

As you can see from the picture below, transfer printing is applied to the shape of eyelashes, eyes and mouth of these mobile phone covers.

Phone cases with transfer printing techniques
Phone cases with transfer printing techni

Since there are two colors in the design above, two molds, black and white inks are needed.

Transfer printing used in manufacturing phone cases
Transfer printing used in manufacturing phone cases
Transfer printing in manufacturing cell phone covers
Transfer printing in manufacturing cell phone covers
Phone covers manufactured from transfer printing
Phone covers manufactured from transfer printing

#3. Sublimation
Sublimation is not only greatly used in clothes manufacturing in China, but also very prevalent in making cell phone covers, with similar uses.

Sublimation used in manufacturing cell phone covers
Sublimation used in manufacturing cell phone covers
Printer for sublimation
Printer for sublimation
Sublimation machines
Sublimation machines
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Sublimation-1
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Sublimation-4

 

 

3D Printing in China
3D Printing in China

Now with industrial 3D printing taking the mainstream, offering flexibility in prototyping, rapid tooling and low inventories, traditional ways of printing are dwarfed by their inflexibilities. Some big companies that can afford the exorbitant price tags of 3D printing machines in China have already set foot into this revolutional printing at its tippping point. As the cost of 3d printing equipment and material decrease, a revolutional shift would be under way.

6 Comments on Phone Cases Manufacturing in China — Different Methods of Printing

  1. Hi Sally,

    Your post are very informative. I now wish I had seen this a month back as I was in Guangzhou for 2 weeks looking for ideas and going through markets.

    I have few queries and I am very keen to get your advice. Will really appreciate if you can share your contact details.

    KR,
    Dipal

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