2018 Volume 21 Issue 3 Pages 234-239
A new patterning technology called ‘Soft Blanket Gravure' (SBG) printing has been introduced, which uses a soft and thick offset blanket (called "soft blanket"). SBG printing was developed in order to print functional ink onto curved or 3D object surfaces by employing the soft blanket. However, we found that SBG printing can receive and transfer ink more completely under various conditions where conventional gravure offset printing cannot print. In this paper, the printabilities of silver ink with SBG and conventional gravure offset printing were compared under atypical printing conditions. We found that the SBG printing technology can print uniform and thicker silver patterns successfully under various conditions, as well as relatively thin patterns using the same SBG printer configuration and printing parameters.