UV Printing Explained
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What is UV Printing
This month we added a Mimaki JFX 200 UV Flatbed printer to our print studio, to further enhance our custom printing solutions.
So we thought we would talk a little about what UV Printing actually is and why the addition of this printer will offer some amazing solutions to our customers.
Essentially, what sets this flatbed printer apart from the crowd is its UV curing technology. This UV Flatbed printer will allow us to print directly onto materials like acrylic with record speed and incredible detail – all while maintaining the highest industry standards for environmentally responsible printing.
In this article, we’ll explain how UV printing works, what our UV printer can do, and why it’s a great choice for those seeking custom signage!
UV Printing Explained
UV printing is a form of digital printing that uses ultra-violet lights to dry or cure ink as it is printed. As the printer distributes ink on the surface of a material (called a “substrate”), specially designed UV lights follow close behind, curing – or drying – the ink instantly.
Originally developed for quickly drying gel nail polishes during manicures, ultraviolet light applications quickly expanded into industrial and commercial markets. Because the UV lights cure any printed ink immediately, the dots of wet ink do not get a chance to spread out once printed, resulting in much finer detail. In addition, UV cured inks are weather-resistant and offer increased resistance to fading. This curing process is more environmentally friendly as it produces few VOC’s, odor, and heat. UV curing also allows the flatbed printer to be used with nontraditional materials like acrylic,aluminium,foam board, corrugated plastic,wood and glass. In fact, this UV flatbed printer is compatible with most substrates up to 50 mm thick
UV Flatbed Capabilities
Large Format Graphics
- Up to 2500 mm x 1300mm – and 50mm thick.
- Compatible with both rigid and flexible materials – including Acrylic, ABS, Corrrex board, Aluminum, Foam board, Glass and Wood.
Second Surface Printing
- Printing on the back of a transparent material.
- Gives the appearance of depth & added gloss.
- Added durability/longevity of graphics.
Double Layer Printing w/ White Ink
- Layers of white ink under color ink.
- Increases vibrancy of graphics.
- Ideal for transparent materials.
- High gloss
- Ability to add texture with clear ink only added to certain areas of the print
UV flatbed printers feature some of the most up-to-date printing technology on the market today.
By bringing this technology to Rocketsigns, we’re bringing the very best in custom signage to our customers.
As a result, we can now manufacture most POS Displays completely in-house with a faster turnaround time.