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New Dimensions in Digital Printing

(March 2014) posted on Mon Mar 03, 2014

An emerging class of digital, direct-to-substrate inkjet printers is allowing screen shops to expand into ad-specialty products, promotional items, and more.


By Ben P. Rosenfield

Also new to the 1024UVHS is the ability to achieve multilayered effects through the TEXTUR3D print mode. According to the company, users can produce ADA-compliant and Braille signage using the new feature.

The printer uses DCS Multisolve LED UV IR2 inks compatible with a variety of substrates including plastics, glass, wood, ceramics, and metal. Inks are available in 200- and 500-ml bottles for the refillable cartridges. The firm’s Advanced RIP 9 software drives the 1024UVHS and is compatible with popular design programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and CorelDRAW.

Other models available from Direct Color Systems include the 10 x 14-in. 1014UV, also a UV-LED machine, and a line of four solvent printers ranging in size from 13 x 9 to 13 x 24 in.

Gandy Digital
www.gandydigital.com

Billed as a “digital pad printer,” the Viper UV-LED printer has a 24 x 24-in. print area with interchangeable, custom-made jigs to accommodate a variety of materials and applications. The Viper can print products up to 12 in. high and uses Ricoh Gen 4 print heads that deliver 6-pl droplets. Five color configurations are offered: CMYK, CMYK+clear, CMYK+W+clear, CMYK+2xW, and CMYKcm.

A 2- or 3-droplet/pixel mode is available to produce higher ink densities when required for specific applications. Gandy says users can also choose to print four-color designs with two inline rows of white at the same time with no loss of production speed.

Automatic ink-level monitoring is displayed in real time on the specially designed GUI that is fully controlled from an Apple iPad (an industry first, according to the company). Laser-controlled head-height monitoring helps users eliminate the risk of head strikes, nozzle damage, and down time. The Viper also features an anti-static system designed to improve print resolution and clarity, and the LED curing technology eliminates heat-buildup problems on heat-sensitive materials.

Graphics One
www.graphicsone.com

Graphics One's GO F-24 UV-LED flatbed inkjet printer can print objects as thick as 10 in. with a maximum print area of 18 x 24 in. According to the company, the six-color machine (CMYK+W+clear) can print at speeds over 100 sq ft/hr in CMYK mode at resolutions up to 1440 dpi. The system’s One Pass technology allows the user to print a white underbase with process colors in a single pass. Inks are available in 250-ml, 500-ml, and 1-l bottles.


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