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720 720 4 pass vs 360 540 6 pass

Discussion in 'Mimaki' started by gabagoo, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    720 720 4 pass vs 360 540 6 pass... which one will print better on jv3 130 spII. I know many shops run their jobs much faster than me, but when I try to run 4 pass 720 x 720 blues and greens somehow print streaky. It's alarming because I don't have time to wait for 8 passes unidirectional. I have toyed around with the media compensation, but I have it as good as it will get. I just would like to know that I am not alone with this type of issue. My concern is more with looking closely at the print, even though it is being put on 1/2" high core and seen from a distance, the guy paying for it will be viewing it from about 2 feet or closer before he pays me lol.

    What to do for future runs?
     
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  2. insignia

    insignia Very Active Member

    We get pretty darn good results on 720x720 4-pass bidir, we print all banners and most signs that will be viewed from a distance at that. On some blues, purples or red shades we can get the streaking issue too, but I think it's more a function of that wierd epson head anomaly/ink starvation-looking problem than having much relation to passes or speed because I have also seen it (albeit less frequently) at 8-pass or 16-pass.
     
  3. thewood

    thewood Very Active Member

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    I mainly use 360x720 8 pass bi-di with fantastic results. Every now and again, I'll kick it up to 720x720 8 pass bid-di for really small detail or art repro-type stuff. Running Flexi RIP, btw.
     
  4. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

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    I mainly print at 720x720 8pass bi-di.

    I had a tech from Onyx show me how to print in 360x360 with 720x720 results.
     
  5. eforer

    eforer Active Member

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    For banner production we'll use 360X360 8 pass a lot. The scans at 360 are faster and the extra passes (vs 6 or 4) minimize visible banding/streaking issues.
     
  6. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    I guess thats the problem...the Epson head... We just have to live with it I guess, although like I said I really only see it in the lighter blues and teals mostly... Blacks always print great!~!!
     
  7. WB

    WB Active Member

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    you know what I'm running .. I hardly ever go up to the 720.. Did alot today on the 360-540 var dot 3 pass. 5 4x8' in about 2 hrs. even high res files I find will look good in 3 pass as long as there's not large areas of solid colour
     
  8. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    I do a lot more solid colour work and that is where the issues show the most. Tried the 360 x 720 with good results. If I use that I will assume I use less ink? if this were true how much over the course of time would you really save?
     
  9. TheSnowman

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    We normally do 8 pass on 720, but for temp stuff, we'll do 4. Doesn't look REAL bad most of the time.
     
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