The global market for industrial digital printing is huge and will only grow. There are more and more applications in production processes that can bring great benefits such as adding flexibility and reducing costs. However, creating concrete solutions for the high complexity, low volume, high mix markets is no sinecure. This is especially true for OEMs whose technological core doesn’t include digital printing. They find the maximum added value in NTS as a partner in the development, manufacturing and life cycle management of printers and modules.

Great opportunities in graphical, functional and 3D Printing

The digital printing projects at NTS are in different phases, from a first idea to the actual production of machines and modules. However, they are all born from the realization that digital graphic, functional and 3D print technology - as a stand alone application or process step - can bring substantial benefits. It allows you, for example, to achieve more flexibility in production processes and reduce costs by reducing the use of materials. But also think of adding functionality; creating entirely new applications and making production more sustainable. Of course, all those potential profits vary per case. But one thing is sure. Digital printing is going to turn entire high-tech value chains upside down, in the semicon, apparel industry, food, consumer electronics, et cetera. That means there are great opportunities for machine builders who bring this digital technology to those markets.

Application areas

The possibility of applying materials very accurately and with great flexibility, also in small production runs, leads to the replacement of traditional processes in various industries. You can color textiles with a printer instead of a paint bath. The semicon can use printing to deposit functional layers such as conductors or insulation. Printing an optical structure that is placed on TV screens makes it possible to switch between a 2D and 3D viewing experience. It is conceivable to replace cabling in cars with printed circuits on the bodywork. And the low-cost printing of dental prostheses not only gives a better result than the current casting process, but also enables decentralizing production.

Download our Digital printing whitepaper "Transition from analogue to digital printing"

In the domain of graphical printing, changing consumer demand drives digital printing innovation from one market to the next. When developments, seemingly suddenly, arrive at a tipping point for a specific market, OEM and manufacturers are often scrambling to respond. There is tremendous opportunity for visionary companies to significantly change their trajectory in these times of change. New products and customization options become possible when such a technological shift occurs. In this whitepaper, our graphical printing experts discuss:

  • the transition from analogue to digital printing in the graphical market;
  • the increasing number of applications of digital graphical printing;
  • our PrintStation as a solution to transition from analogue to digital printing;
  • a case study of integrating the PrintStation in an analogue printing line.

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