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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.

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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

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

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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