UV-LED Printers Are Fast Becoming the Wide Format Printer of Choice
UV-LED printers are wide format printers that use UV curable inks that can print on many, many surfaces. For that reason, they are quickly becoming the printer of choice for sign shops, specialty graphics shops and print providers worldwide. UV inks allow fre a great diversity of printing media and thus can be sued to create an almost infinite number of applications.
What Can You Make with a UV-LED Wide Format Printer
Maybe items like smartphone cases, or pens or luggage tags come to mind what you think of UV-LED printers, but I’m here to tell you there is more. much more!
In a recent article about what can be created with UV inks, Flaar-Reports.org wrote a nice article that you should read: Creative materials you can print using UV-curable inks where they describe in much detail many, many items that can be made with uv devices. As stated at the beginning of their article:
“First and before getting into all the media and substrates you can print with UV-curable inks, we should consider the fact that UV-curable ink printing offers a variety of advantages and benefits:
- Instant drying, achieved by curing
- Great print quality
- Light fastness
- Good adhesion on many substrates
- Printing without volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
With all these advantages over other types of inks, even if they more costly than the rest of the inks; many people choose to print with UV-curable inks.” (Images in the slider at the top of this blog are from this article)
From wine labels to 4 x 8 ft signage, UV inks are making a splash these days.
MUTOH UV-LED Wide Format Printers
MUTOH makes the widest range of UV-LED devices for the print market. Here are a few examples.
MUTOH ValueJet 626UF
Print directly to create custom promotional items, awards, mugs, signage and much more. The ValueJet 626UF offers up to six color capability, including white and varnish ink and Smart Printing technologies such as Intelligent Interweave print technique.
This is a great choice and if you add the option rotary unit to it, you can even print cylindrical items such as candles, bottles and more.
MUTOH ValueJet 1638UH
Need a little bigger printer but not yet ready for a true flatbed? The MUTOH ValueJet 1638UH may be your answer. It’s considered a hybrid device since it can print roll-to-roll or rigid media.
Print on material up to a half inch thick and save valuable floor space with its dual function and multiple application design. The CMYK plus white and varnish ink options are ideal for printing packaging prototypes, POP displays and indoor signage.
MUTOH PerformanceJet 2508UF
The all new performanceJet is a true UV-LED Flatbed that is 4 ft x 8ft and can handle many projects. It‘s standard staggered four print head design – Field upgradable to six heads when adding white and varnish inks, provides high print speeds and the dual UV lamps on both sides of the carriage provide exceptional cure times allowing for higher production capacity. Print media up to 4” thick and use the CMYK x2 or CMYKx2 plus white & varnish to create stunning applications with outstanding durability and color gamut.