①Technical Overview | Product Specifications
This is a printing technology that can produce colors in the four primary colors (CMYK) of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, and can produce strong colors with excitation light near 365 nm, which is the near ultraviolet light contained in sunlight.
Photochromic inks are reversible inks that change color in the presence or absence of ultraviolet light. It is printed with ink that changes color in response to ultraviolet light such as sunlight. The stronger the UV light, the darker the color.
Indoors / Outdoors *The photo shows oil-based ink.
SOLAR PRINT is an eight-color simultaneous printing technology developed by SO-KEN that utilizes the above-mentioned ultraviolet color inks and uses both regular CMYK inks and ultraviolet color CMYK inks.
- Principle of Chromics
- ⧫Photochromic dyes are synthetic dyes in the form of crystalline powders.
- ⧫When dissolved in an organic solvent, the dyes exhibit a reversible effect from colorless to colored. The effect is reversible from colorless to colored when the dyes are dissolved in an organic solvent. The effect cannot be achieved unless the dyes are alone or dissolved.
- ⧫As for the color return, the dissolved dye forms a matrix with the base material, so the speed of coloration → color loss is greatly affected by the base material.
Ink specifications and weather resistance
The original ink developed by our company is strongly colored by the excitation light around 365nm, which is the near ultraviolet light contained in the sunlight.
|Irradiation verification under artificial sun, assuming 12:00 noon in midsummer!|
|Measurement conditions||Artificial sun, irradiation distance 84cm|
|Measurement object||Solvent inkjet printing,SOLAR PRINT, synthetic paper|
|Verification environment||Irradiated by artificial sun assuming mid-summer daytime.|
Figure 1: (5-second irradiation)
Figure 2: (55-second shutdown)
Figure 3 (55-second shutdown)
The results of a test in which UV light was irradiated for 5 seconds (Figure 1), the color was generated, and then the UV light was blocked for 55 seconds to eliminate the color (Figure 2). As a result, the color halving was observed after about 5,760 times of irradiation. (Fig. 3) In the verification of continuous irradiation, the color halving was observed after about 4 to 5 hours of irradiation when the UV light was blocked on half the surface.
Please try to avoid continuous exposure to direct sunlight, which reduces the color of solar prints by half, and leave the prints unattended.
②Notes on installation and use
Sunlight by season and time
Time of day to enjoy the color of SOLAR PRINT
SOLAR PRINT, which can produce full-color prints using ultraviolet rays from sunlight, has the best time and period for reproducing the best color depending on the strength of the daily ultraviolet rays and the period of sunlight. The circle in the graph is the recommended time.
Changes in UV radiation levels over the course of a day
|○||Recommended time zone. The best full color reproduction can be enjoyed. The degree of coloration varies depending on the amount of ultraviolet light.|
|×||Since the UV light is weakened, the color will be 10-30% lighter than the best full color 100%.|
For UV radiation levels outside of summer and winter, please refer to the monthly graphs.
Change in UV radiation by month
Changes in UV radiation levels due to weather
This is the amount of UV radiation when the UV radiation in clear weather is 100%.
|Amount of ultraviolet rays||100％|
|Amount of ultraviolet rays||98%-90%.|
|Amount of ultraviolet rays||About 80%|
|Amount of ultraviolet rays||About 60％|
|Amount of ultraviolet rays||About 30％|
About UV-cut glass
About glass windows with ultraviolet rays cutting and heat shielding effect performance
When checking the solar print near a window, the color effect of the SOLAR PRINT may be weaker than it should be because the transmission of ultraviolet rays is weakened indoors.
Types of triggers to change the design of SOLAR PRINT
|Just expose it to sunlight.|
|Just shine a UV light on it.|