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January '19

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10 a-e-mag.com • A&E JANUARY 2019 Mimaki LH 100 hard inks – these offer strong adhesion to glass, wood, crystal, acrylic, stainless steel, hard non- flexible plastics, aluminum, and endless other hard materials. Mimaki LUS 150 – 150 percent flex- ible, and great for leather, thin plastics for IP applications, coroplast, cloth, direct print to textiles, POP displays that will need to be folded, and packaging that will be die cut and folded. Mimaki LUS 350 – 350 percent flexible, designed for thermo forming but works great on many other flexible applications. As you can see, each ink has sweet spots, and you need to test your products to deter- mine what ink is the best fit for you and your customers. Test, test, test. HARD VERSUS SOFT Hard (rigid) products make up a large percent of items that are being produced on UV flatbed printers, and the options to choose from seem to be growing daily. It is almost always a good decision to go after hard products. Wood, glass, stainless-steel tumblers, powder-coated tumblers, wine bottles, name badges, crystal, hard plastics, nickel, thousands of industrial applications, and acrylic are just a few of the hard prod- ucts currently available to print. Once you select the proper ink set, you still are not ready to go into production until you decide if primer, adhesion promoter, adjusted print settings, or special treatment is needed for your products. Best case sce- nario, you clean your products, hit print, and it sticks like glue! If you do not get UV-LED Ink Coverage, Extended: Direct Color Systems By Michael Perrelli DCS MultiSolve IR2 UV Inks – rigid inks; viable option for printing flat or TEXTUR3D on different types of rigid substrates like wood, acrylic, metals, and other products. When used in conjunction with the DCS patented ADA-Compliant/Braille Sign Printing Process, a full-color range of tactile and Braille dots are possible. DCS MultiSolve F6(T) UV Inks – flexible inks; work with items like shirts, leather belts, printer cables, ribbons, and more. Versatility is the key with these inks as the same ink set can also be used for printing flat or TEXTUR3D on rigid materials like wood, acrylic, metal, and more. UV-LED Ink Coverage, Extended: Mutoh By Ryan Arakaki Mutoh LUH1 – hard ink, recom- mended for any rigid substrates. Mutoh US11 – 140 percent stretch, flexible ink. Works for plastics, acrylics, woods, vinyl, banner, cloths, POP, rigid, and rolled material. The US11 ink is capable of printing on a wide range of materials and is designed to bend and stretch with the materials after cured (not suitable for vacuum molding). UV-LED Ink Coverage, Extended: LogoJET By Rachel Jacobs LogoJET Rigid ink – designed to cure solidly, creating a bond with sub- strates such as wood, plastic, glass, acrylic, metal, stone, and almost any other rigid substrate. This formula- tion is recommended for building textured imprints. LogoJET Flexible ink – designed to bend and stretch with substrates such as rubber, leather, vinyl, canvas, and other textiles to minimize ink cracking. Wood, glass, stainless-steel tumblers, powder-coated tumblers, wine bottles, name badges, crystal, hard plastics, nickel, thousands of industrial applications, and acrylic are just a few of the hard products currently available to print with a UV machine. IMAGE COURTESY STEVE WEIST One ink set will not cover everything. You will need to decide what your best opportunity is (rigid or flexible substrates) and gear up for that. IMAGE COURTESY STEVE WEIST

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