When a printing project goes through the flatbed printing machine, the UV ink is applied, and almost immediately the ink is subjected to ultra-violet light (or some other light source depending on the make and model of printer). This light instantly cures or dries the ink to the substrate surface.

Because the ink has very little time to spread out or bleed into the substrate, flatbed printing produces amazingly accurate color details with very little image loss.

The ink hardens to a very strong finish, and is resistant to fading and weathering, depending on the surface being printed upon. The flatbed printing process is also more environmentally friendly than some other printing methods.


UV Flat Bed

Pros & Cons


  • No need to add any solvent, the speed of ink curing is fast.
  • Printing quality is better and various media can be printed.
  • With nice glossiness,it only requires partly varnishing.
  • Various printing effects with special treatments such as refraction and grinding.

The Decorator’s Guide

Struggling to get your head around how promotional production creation works?

We know it’s complicated, so we’ve created an in-depth breakdown of all the decoration processes we use in our industry.

We’ve organised each chapter into bite size, simplified FAQ’s covering average turnaround times, insider tips on inks and techniques, and the recommended surfaces for each technique, so you can pass on your worthy knowledge to your customers.


What surfaces or objects are best suited for a UV Flat Bed?

Almost anything. It’s a very versatile process.

What objects or products or surfaces are least suited for a UV Flat Bed?

This depends on the primer, materials and ink used.

How long does this type of printing customisation last?

It can last for months dependent on how the product is used.

What are the benefits of using this type of customisation method?

It’s easy and fast to set up.

What can be considered a disadvantage with using a UV Flat Bed printing?

If products have an irregular shape it can be difficult to print on to.

On average, how long does it take to complete a client’s order?

From three to five days.

How long does it take to set up necessary materials for a job?

It takes minutes. Very easy.

Do you charge for repeat set ups?

Yes, we do.

Is it necessary provide a sample?

Yes, always.

What is the rejection rate for UV Flat Bed Printing?

As with all decoration processes, there is a small rejection rate.

What is digitising for UV Flat Bed Printing?

The process of changing an image file from bitmap to a vector based, high-resolution image.

What artwork file provides the best image to be used in UV Flat Bed Printing?

A simplified vector file such as .ai, .eps, .pdf, or .cdr. As with other decoration methods, the text must be outlined, no hidden objects with minimal layers in the file. Colour set to CMYK.

What are the factors that can possibly affect the results of UV Flat Bed Printing?

The materials used normally affect the final result.

Can you create any special effects with this decoration method?

Yes, there are many options for special effects.

Can you use multiple colours?

Yes, you can.

Which promotional products are most popular for this method?

Pens and 2D products.


  • The printing process is complex with UV lamps.
  • While using UV ink printing, if the ink cannot be dried totally, it will do harm to human bodies.
  • The adhesion is bad,only with coating, it can provide nice adhesion.

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