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UV Printers - Features and Benefits

UV printers provide a very useful benefits as compared to solvent printers.   They have powerful UV lamp arrays on either side of the print head.  The UV lamps turn on only whilst the machine is printing and dry the ink instantly as it hits the print surface. 

This not only produces a print that can be used immediately but due to it's instant drying capability it can also be used to produce multi-layered prints or what are commonly referred to as 2.5D prints.   An example of a 2.5d print would be Braille signage

Most UV printers are used to print directly onto items such as phone cases, sport drinks bottles, machine parts Etc.

UV printers provide major benefits including:

  • Available in both flat-bed and roll-feed models are available
  • Products can be handled and used as soon as printing has been completed
  • White ink allows full colour prints on dark coloured products
  • Textured (raised) images like like Braille can be printed. 
  • Clear UV inks (varnish) also allow a gloss to be printed over the entire image or just in some places (like raindrops on a leaf)
  • Some UV printers can be used with an optional rotary print attachment which allows cylindrical object like wine bottles, sports drink bottles Etc to be printed up to 360 degrees.
  • Some makes/models allow one pass printing of double sided images with each side having the same or different images (ideal for shop windows)
  • Choice of scratch resistant inks for hard surface products or stretch inks for flexible products
  • Metallic colours can now be printed with some makes/models
  • Latest generation UV DTF printers can be used to produce stickers and/or small format signage much more quickly that regular roll-feed UV printers.    When using a UV DTF printer there is no need for contour cut lines, contour cutting, weeding or lamination.   The finished product that is produced by the machine is ready to be applied to a hard surface product
Flat-Bed UV Printer
Mimaki UJF UV printer

Flat bed UV printers are commonly used for printing flat items like phone cases, metal panels, plastic panels, glass, ceramics Etc.   Multiple, small items can be positioned on the bed and all printed together as one print job.

It is also possible to print onto slightly curved items but in this case the overall print size for each item will be reduced.

Some flat bed UV printers can be fitted with an optional rotary printing device that allows printing onto cylindrical items like bottles and sports drink bottles.

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Roll-Feed UV Printer
Mimaki UCJV150 UV printer cutter

Stickers - After printing has been completed the film is then contour cut then weeded to remove unprinted areas of film, then laminated with a transfer film.  Just prior to use the protective backing is removed to expose the self-adhesive backing.

Signage - When large-format signage is produced there is often no requirement for contour cutting. The film is secured to the surface by removing the protective backing sheet.

Banners - Banner material is not self-adhesive and can be trimmed to size and then used

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UV-DTF Printer
Ink Giant UV DTF printer

UV DTF  printers are typically used for printing stickers but provide some major time and cost savings as compared to other methods.   

The process of making stickers with a UV DTF printer is fully automated with the end product being ready to apply to hard surface items

  • There is no need to add cut-contour lines to the artwork
  • No contour cutting time
  • No weeding required
  • No need to apply transfer film (it is applied automatically by the printer)
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