Ever since Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in the 15th century, printers have been struggling to print on curved surfaces. The curved surface of a cylinder or sphere is an inherent challenge to printers because the traditional printing surface, a flat plane, is not able to conform to the curvature of the object. The inks and toners used in printers are viscous and do not flow easily to fill in the contact points between the printing surface and the curved object. This results in smearing, streaking, and other quality issues.
In this article, we will discuss various methods that have been developed to print on curved surfaces. We will start by discussing the history of printing on curved surfaces and then move on to the different methods that have been developed. Finally, we will provide some tips on how to print on curved surfaces successfully.
The first attempt to print on a curved surface was made in 1490 by Johannes Gutenberg. He attempted to print on the curved surface of a sphere, but the results were not very successful. The inks smeared and the text was not legible.
Printing on curved surfaces can be a challenge, but with the right tips it can be a breeze. Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Make sure you have the right printer and ink. Not all printers and inks are designed for printing on curved surfaces. Make sure you have a printer and ink that are specifically designed for this purpose.
- Choose the right paper. Not all papers are created equal when it comes to printing on curved surfaces. You need a paper that is designed to curve with the surface. Otherwise, your print job may not turn out the way you expect.
- Adjust your settings. If you’re having trouble getting your print job to look the way you want, it may help to adjust your printer’s settings. Try changing the resolution, the amount of ink, or the type of paper you’re using.
- Experiment. The best way to learn how to print on curved surfaces is to experiment. Try different printers, inks, and papers to see which ones give you the best results.