Friday, October 30, 2015

ODD BITS: Dazzling Dip-Tech glass printing

My latest "Odd Bits" discovery is Dip-Tech glass printing, a dazzling new Israeli technology that has quickly become an international hit among architects and designers. Dip-Tech, a digital process that combines the decorative and structural strengths of glass, is showing up everywhere from private homes to hospitals, hotels, art installations, shopping malls and houses of worship.

Above: glass doors in a public washroom in Sharonim Mall, Israel
                      All photos courtesy of Dip-Tech

Signage for interior of Botanical Gardens of Padova, Italy
Glass proved to be the best medium for curatorial notes at the gardens,
due to the high temperatures and continuous humidity within the building.

3D waterfall image printed on one large piece of glass at the 
Crown Metropol Hotel’s Atrium Restaurant, Burswood, Australia

Company CEO Yariv Matzliach saw a market niche in 2005 when he noticed that traditional printing on glass exhibited poor durability over time. “We have patented our technology with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to develop ceramic inks that when tempered after printing, are fused into the glass, making it scratchproof, fade- and weather- resistant as well as environmentally friendly,” explains Matzliach. “It supports multiple sustainable functions like optimizing solar energy, screening out harmful UV rays, reducing glare and even decreasing amounts of air conditioning needed in a building. The glass we use is also recyclable.”

      Cumbres – Lastarria Boutique Hotel in Santiago, Chile
      Digital white etch ceramic ink gives an exceptional finish to the glass. 
      Adhesive film does not offer the same durability or polished effect. 

    Shower door replicates homeowner's country home 
    in city apartment, Helsinki, Finland

The Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand
An earthquake in 2011 destroyed the original cathedral;
Dip-Tech technology was called on to recreate the original Rose Window, 
by lifting its images and printing them directly onto the glass. 
The ability to adjust transparency levels gives 
the facade a stained glass appearance. 

AFIMALL in Moscow features a photorealistic design of a typical 
Russian forest, digitally printed in glass on 2,650 panes.

Link here for more information about Dip-Tech technology,
or here for more about their design work


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