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What’s the difference between hard/rigid uv ink, soft/flexible uv ink, and middle/neutral one?

What’s the difference between hard/rigid uv ink, soft/flexible uv ink, and middle/neutral one?


SuperInks Report - Tips on UV curable ink technology 

Report date: 2019-6-18

Author: Ms. Kyna Zhou

Company: COBO Co., Ltd


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Thanks to : Rens Van Haren

Hard ink has good scratch resistance, high color and low odor. Also better resistance against chemicals.

Soft ink, smells more but will not break when bending, creasign, foilding. Normally color gamut is little bit less then the hard inks

 

Thanks to : Sunil Gurav

As per my best understanding hard inks will give you better gloss & scratch resistance compare to soft inks, however adhesion & flexibility will be better with soft inks.  


What’s the difference between hard/rigid uv ink



Basically, hard or soft is the description of the features on the ink after cured by lights. After cured, hard ink will be turn rigid and fragile if knocked, soft ink will be still soft, and extensible.

For more difference, we can see the following picture:  ( Mark: Grade 10 is the biggest. )


 soft/flexible uv ink



The summary is:

Hard ink has good adhesion and good hardness,good corrosion resistance, scratch resistance and color performance and less odor after cured.But can not be fold or bending.

Soft ink has good flexibility according to extensional material, odor will be more than hard ink.

Middle ink are all middle for all features.



 and middle/neutral one?




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