Sign & Digital Graphics

May '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • May 2019 • 55 ing signage they can ask if they need any promotional products to announce their new building. Many companies want lots of promotional items with their logo on them to send out as corporate gifts, like coasters, mugs, keychains, USB drives and tiles. "That's where the UV LED printers really shine because you can do so many different things," he says. Rachel Tindal, art director for LogoJ E T U S A , says that companies looking at U V- L E D printers should first consider why they are adding a UV printer. "Is it because they want to replace their existing technology they have used to decorate signs or that they want to expand their capability and do things they are not able to do with their existing technology?" she asks. These machines can also be used to complement other sign-making tech- niques made on other types of machin- ery. It can add a print to something that has been laser-engraved, for instance, or add full-color graphics or texture to a 3 D sign. "Do a combination of signage with full-color graphics plus other methods of decoration. That way they're keeping their existing methods but now they are able to offer something they haven't done before. People will gladly pay more for these types of techniques," Tindal says. They also need to think about what their market's going to be. A UV printer is a huge investment. It isn't something Is DTG with UV safe? Yes, CPSIA test results are available for the Direct Color Systems F6(T) ink set at www.directcolorsystems.com. White or light shirts are a snap – just load the shirt and hit print. It is that easy. UV printing onto wooden surfaces. (Images courtesy of LogoJET) Flat black and clear ink TEXTUR3D prints over a gold base material makes for an amaz- ing effect. Print completed with a Direct Jet 1800z15 UV printer from Direct Color Systems.

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