There are 3 kinds of different ink for flatbed printer now. ECO solvent ink, UV Led Ink, DTG textile ink.
ECO solvent ink and UV LED ink can print on various material.Like plastic, metal, wood, acrylic etc.
Textile ink will print on textile/t-shirt.
1. ECO solvent ink need to apply coating liquid (transparent liquid) on the surface and then could print.The eco solvent ink can print on white or light color surface.
2. UV LED ink can directly print on plastic, acrylic without doing coating, for some material might not need coating too, this depends on the ink manufacturer, you can ask your ink supplier to know more about the ink.UV printing could print,white ink as a background then print the color on it.It is good to print on transparent/clear item like glass, acrylic, phone cover, also can print on dark surface like black phone case, wood board,slate with white ink as background. UV ink will be dry directly after printing.
3. Textile ink can print on t shirt.For t shirt printing.Textile ink have also white ink support to print on dard garment and T shirt.
Usually our ECO solvent ink and DTG textile ink flatbed printer can use either kind of ink. But UV printer can only use the UV led ink as the UV printer have an UV LED system.