Custom thermos cup, you have to understand the appearance of decoration

2023-09-20

Thermos cups were created based on the need for a constant temperature for drinks. Coffee to drink hot, carbonated drinks to drink ice, this is based on our basic life needs.

With the changes in the market, thermos cups have also developed different categories. From the initial double-layer stainless steel, to the development of ceramic inner liner, and then to the three-layer insulation technology, more and more technologies and materials are used in the production of thermos cups. No matter how the product changes, the physical principle of thermal insulation is the same, and the function of thermal insulation is achieved by increasing the vacuum layer and isolating the transmission of temperature.

In the case of the same functions, today’s consumers may be more concerned about what shape of thermos cup to choose in different use scenarios, the way of drinking and the appearance that suits their personality. As a seller of thermos cups, accurate grasp of market demand and accurate product positioning is the key to creating hot selling products.

How to create the appearance of the market welcome thermos cup products? First of all, we must have a certain understanding of the surface decoration process of the thermos cup. At present, there are a wide variety of surface processes in the industry, which can adapt to different market needs.

Surface technology is divided into two aspects: surface decoration and pattern printing. When an original thermos cup is produced, it needs to be decorated to enrich the product line.

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1. Surface decoration

Surface decoration refers to the use of different coatings and colors to beautify the appearance of the thermos cup. Can be roughly divided into: stainless steel, spray paint, spray plastic, electroplating four categories.

1.1 Stainless Steel

This process will show the color of the stainless steel shell, the style is more retro. The treatment method is usually stainless steel surface polishing, stainless steel surface mirror polishing, varnish.

Polishing is to further polish the stainless steel shell to make the surface of the cup more smooth.

Mirror polishing is the use of higher purpose sandpaper on the basis of polishing, continue to grind deeply until the surface is as smooth as a mirror, so that the cup body will look brighter and more high-grade.

Varnish is sprayed on the polished shell with a layer of transparent paint to increase the corrosion resistance of the surface of the cup and the robustness of the printed pattern.

1.2 Spray Painting

The painting process is one of the oldest and most common processes used in industry. Paints are usually divided into oil-based and water-based paints, and thermos cups use water-based paints because they are often in contact with water. The types of paint are ordinary paint, gloss paint, matte paint, rubber paint, rainbow paint and so on.

Varnish is a kind of highly reflective paint, the surface of the finished product feels smooth, high brightness.

Matte paint is the opposite of gloss paint, low reflective, almost no reflection. The surface is rougher than the varnish, and the light is easily absorbed, so the brightness of the finished product is low.

Rubber paint is also a very widely used paint at present, feel like skin texture, touch very warm, make the thermos cup look more lovely.

Rainbow paint is characterized by adding reflective materials to the original paint to achieve a variety of colors. Under sunlight, the surface of the cup body can see rainbow light changes in addition to the main color, so that the product is more diversified. Because of the higher cost of materials and processes, the price of rainbow paint thermos cups is usually the highest of all paints.

In addition to the above types of paint, there are luminous paint on the market, warm paint, etc., but it is not the mainstream of the market at present.

1.3 Powder coating

Compared with the spray painting process, powder coating is a relatively new process. Unlike the water-based characteristics of paint, the raw material of the powder coating process is a solid powder. When operating, the solid powder is sprayed on the surface of the shell, and then baked at high temperature, the powder is attached to the stainless steel surface. This process is characterized by strong firmness, not easy to fall off, and can be used in dishwashers. At the same time, the granular feel of the surface increases the friction, the printed pattern is more solid than the paint, and even consumers who are easy to sweat are not easy to slip off.

1.4 Electroplating

The electroplating process is used in all walks of life, especially in the decoration of metal surfaces. Because of its unique metallic texture and colorful changes by consumers like. The industrial principle of electroplating is to use electrolysis after the fusion of chemical solutions, so that metal particles are constantly attached to the surface of stainless steel to form a new coating. Because the raw materials are expensive and the operation time is long, the price of electroplated thermos cups is also relatively high.

2. Pattern printing

After the basic treatment of the stainless steel surface, it is necessary to decorate the pattern. The purpose of the distributor’s customized water bottle is to create a privatized product, and it can add any brand logo or pattern to its own thermos cup products. According to the different presentation effect and operation requirements, it is mainly divided into laser engraving, screen printing, UV printing, water transfer printing, gas dyeing printing, water sticker six kinds of processes.

2.1 Laser Engraving

The industrial principle of laser engraving is to use the characteristics of the laser, so that the laser gradually burns the surface of the beaker body according to the pattern set by the system, and finally presents the outline of the pattern. Because of the limitations of the principle, the pattern of laser engraving can only show the color of the material, and it is not possible to carry out multi-color printing, and the pattern that is too complex and fine is not recommended. This process is the most widely used because of its low cost and good effect.

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2.2 Silkscreen

Screen printing is the oldest technology in the printing process. Workers need to make a screen template composed of numerous small holes according to the pattern in advance, and then the ink permeates through the holes to the surface of the material to form a pattern. Because of the limitations of technical principles, screen printing is usually used to produce monochromatic patterns. The finished product has a flat pattern to the touch.

2.3 UV/3D Printing

The principle of UV printing is similar to paper color printing technology. After the original image is input to the computer, the printer nozzle will spray the corresponding color of ink at high speed, and after irradiation by ultraviolet light, it is attached to the surface of the object. This process can print the original image, the printed pattern is bright in color, the ink is thick, and the touch has a certain sense of floss. If you want to make more colorful patterns, UV printing is a very cost-effective process.

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2.4 Water transfer printing

Water transfer is to lay a pre-made water mold on the water surface, and then gradually put the thermos cup into the water mold, using the water tension and pressure, the pattern on the water mold will be wrapped on the surface of the cup body. Because of the fluidity of water, the pattern made by this process usually has a certain error, and the advantages are also obvious, which can be printed on the surface of irregular objects, and it is not easy to produce pattern seams. If you want to print the full area of the pattern, you can choose the water transfer process.

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2.5 Gas dye printing

This process requires the production of paper molds in advance, the paper molds are wrapped in the bottle, and the pigment is transferred to the bottle through high temperature baking. This process is suitable for full area printing.

2.6 Water sticker 

Water sticker is a technique created to increase adaptability. Paste the template made in advance to the logistics surface, bake at high temperature, tear off the plastic film, then complete the printing. Consumers can buy water stickers themselves to post, such as a variety of patterns of car stickers products is the water sticker process. The pattern has a certain thickness and feels sculptural, which is suitable for a variety of colors and a small area of the pattern.

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In summary, the design of customized thermos cups can be selected according to the effect and market demand. In terms of color presentation, laser engraving is stainless steel silver, screen printing is 1 to 2 colors, and other processes are multiple colors; On the shape of the thermos cup, laser engraving, screen printing and water sticker are suitable for the more regular cup body, and other processes are suitable

Various cup bodies; In terms of print area, laser, screen printing and water sticker are suitable for small patterns, and other processes can print patterns of different sizes or even full area printing; In terms of cost, because water transfer printing, gas dye printing and water sticker need to make plates, and can only be manually operated, the printing unit price is higher, the cost of UV printing is in the middle, and the cost of laser engraving and screen printing is the lowest. However, the actual unit price is still determined by the number of printed and printed area.

As a distributor of thermos cups, the demand for customized personalized thermos cups is more and more vigorous. Through the comparison of the above various processes, how to design your own custom patterns and choose the appropriate decorative process, you will certainly have a preliminary idea. AILIN GALAXY welcomes you to further communicate with us and create a more perfect thermos cup together.

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