Screen Printed Fritted Glass For Buildings

Contra Vision® XR Ceramic™ is manufactured by screen printing on glass a pattern (usually dots) of ceramic frit, creating fritted glass. The dots are a different color when seen from each side of the glass, which produces a one-way vision effect.

From outside, the dots are typically white or brightly colored and achieve a combination of benefits including decoration, one-way vision privacy glass, solar control and shading,  and glass manifestation for both humans and to eliminate bird strikes/collisions.

From inside, the dots appear black to allow the best possible and most natural see-through. Contra Vision’s patented exact registration printing ensures that each color is only visible from one side of the glass.

You can order a sample of our ceramic frit glass here

Multi-colored fritted glass facade, London

Black dots allow excellent see-through from inside

Decorative red glass was incorporated within the design of a glass building facade in London. However, the architect did not want the see-through from inside to be distorted with a red tint so they chose Contra Vision fritted dots for a one-way vision effect. The dots were screen printed with first a layer of red and then a layer of black in exact registration. From inside, the black dots allow excellent and more natural see-through without any hint of red (see photo of London street right or below). 

See here for a comparison of the inside view through white and black dots.

Product features

  • Robust and durable toughened screen printed glass product. The colored frit will last for the lifetime of the glass.
  • The frit is applied to surface 2 of the glass and can be laminated or used within glazing units.
  • As well as reducing glare and UV, solar heat gain is reduced by around 50% with a 60% opacity print.
  • The glass is bird friendly, with minimal reflections and increased glass manifestation to eliminate bird strikes.
  • Suitable for glass curtain walling, laminated louvre and balustrade systems, doors and much more.
One way vision glass at the berlaymont the european commission brussels

Design options

  • Contra Vision ceramic fritted dots are available in a range of colors, from “white on black” through to shiny metallic.

  • Simple graphics such as lettering and multi-coloring can be achieved.

  • Various print patterns including dots, lines and hexagons.

  • The print patterns can adjusted to achieve the desired level of transparency and opacity, privacy and solar control.

  • A maximum opacity of 65% can be achieved with a dot or hexagon print pattern. The opacity can be increased further with line patterns.

Beware of other glass printing methods. Ceramic frit dots can also be digitally screen printed but there will be discernible overlap in the colors and it is impossible to avoid significant “ink spatter” in the unprinted areas. This significantly impacts the quality of the see-through from inside the building, making it blurred in comparison with Contra Vision technologies. 

How to source Contra Vision fritted glass

We can recommend a glass manufacturer to produce the product under licence. Please contact us for further information or if you would like us to provide a sample for a future project or design.

How to become a supplier

We are keen to work with glass manufacturers to help them become skilled producers of Contra Vision XR Ceramic Screen Printed Glass. Please contact us for further information on our patented process.

Contra Vision fritted dots on glass for street privacy

Elevated skyway and atrium connecting two buildings, with multi-colored Contra Vision dot fritted glass. From inside the dots are colored black to enable excellent see-through without color distortion. The bird friendly glass helps to eliminate bird strikes.

Gold fritted glass atrium with Contra Vision

Contra Vision colored glass balustrades, which offer one-way vision to people inside without blocking their panoramic view.

YJBS2829

Screen Printed Fritted Glass For Buildings

Contra Vision® XR Ceramic™ is manufactured by screen printing on glass a pattern (usually dots) of ceramic frit, creating fritted glass. The dots are a different color when seen from each side of the glass, which produces a one-way vision effect.

From outside, the dots are typically white or brightly colored for decoration, window privacy, solar control and glass manifestation. From inside, the dots appear black to allow the best possible see-through. Contra Vision’s patented exact registration printing ensures that each color is only visible from one side of the glass.

You can order a sample of our ceramic frit glass here

Multi-colored fritted glass facade, London

Black dots allow excellent see-through from inside

Decorative red glass was incorporated within the design of a glass building facade in London. However, the architect did not want the see-through from inside to be distorted with a red tint so they chose Contra Vision fritted dots for a one-way vision effect. The dots were screen printed with first a layer of red and then a layer of black in exact registration. From inside, the black dots allow excellent and more natural see-through without any hint of red (see photo of London street right or below). 

Product features

  • Robust and durable toughened screen printed glass product. The colored frit will last for the lifetime of the glass.
  • The frit is applied to surface 2 of the glass and can be laminated or used within glazing units.
  • As well as reducing glare and UV, solar heat gain is reduced by around 50% with a 60% opacity print.
  • The glass is bird friendly, with minimal reflections and increased glass manifestation to eliminate bird strikes.
  • Suitable for glass curtain walling, laminated louvre and balustrade systems, doors and much more.
One way vision glass at the berlaymont the european commission brussels

Design options

  • Contra Vision ceramic fritted dots are available in a range of colors, from “white on black” through to shiny metallic.

  • Simple graphics such as lettering and multi-coloring can be achieved.

  • Various print patterns including dots, lines and hexagons.

  • The print patterns can adjusted to achieve the desired level of transparency and opacity, privacy and solar control.

  • A maximum opacity of 65% can be achieved with a dot or hexagon print pattern. The opacity can be increased further with line patterns.

Beware of other glass printing methods. Ceramic frit dots can also be digitally screen printed but there will be discernible overlap in the colors and it is impossible to avoid significant “ink spatter” in the unprinted areas. This significantly impacts the quality of the see-through from inside the building, making it blurred in comparison with Contra Vision technologies. 

How to source Contra Vision fritted glass

We can recommend a glass manufacturer to produce the product under licence. Please contact us for further information or if you would like us to provide a sample for a future project or design.

How to become a supplier

We are keen to work with glass manufacturers to help them become skilled producers of Contra Vision XR Ceramic Screen Printed Glass. Please contact us for further information on our patented process.

Contra Vision fritted dots on glass for street privacy

Elevated skyway and atrium connecting two buildings, with multi-colored Contra Vision dot fritted glass. From inside the dots are colored black to enable excellent see-through without color distortion. The bird friendly glass helps to eliminate bird strikes.

Gold fritted glass atrium with Contra Vision

Contra Vision colored glass balustrades, which offer one-way vision to people inside without blocking their panoramic view.

YJBS2829

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