Awards & Engraving

July '17

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36 • A&E JULY 2017 UV-LED printers are awesome. There, I said it (or wrote it). They are actually more than that in my opinion. UV-LED printers offer owners versatility that is generally unrivaled by other technologies. Before we delve deeper into recent tech- nological advancements, let's start with a quick 101 for those who are new to the technology. WHAT ARE UV-LED PRINTERS? UV-LED printers jet a curable ink through an inkjet print head. Printers are equipped with a UV-LED lamp(s) that offer instant curing of the digitally printed image. The instant curing and durability of the inks allow operators to print on a wide variety of substrates. In addition to photo-quality prints, higher amounts of ink can be jetted to produce texture or raised printing effects that provide a dimensional (tactile) print. As it is a digital process, UV-LED printers provide all of the ease and short-run profitability that can't be matched by analog technologies. Whether it's a one-up job, or thousands of printed products, UV-LED printers are seen as an optimal and durable solution in numerous industries. The goal for most UV-LED printer owners is to leverage the technology to add value (profit) to a certain product or group of products. Others use it to make current processes better or more efficient. Ok, you might say, "That's awesome, Print for Profit: UV-LED Technology Compatible UV-LED printers can produce raised tactile Braille dots and full-color images, allowing a shop to expand its offerings. ALL IMAGES COURTESY MICHAEL PERRELLI By Michael Perrelli

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