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Printing Directly to .030 Polystyrene?

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by TheSellOut, Feb 10, 2010.

  1. TheSellOut

    TheSellOut Very Active Member

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    Has anyone tried printing directly to .030 polystyrene from their solvent printer?
     
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    Circleville Signs Very Active Member

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    No, but I've heard of people doing it - you have to watch it like a hawk. Headstrikes are legitimate possibility.


    Gary
     
  3. bluemedia_Ryan

    bluemedia_Ryan New Member

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    We have printed some on our Turbojet, seems to work ok .. but the inks in the turbo are pretty aggressive.

    Id say the biggest issue with printing on poly would be the ink drying time.

    We mainly run our poly on the PressVu UV machine.
     
  4. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    I have tried it and it works although as stated earlier, keep your hands ready for an immediate stop of the printer if the material somehow gets free from the side bars holding it down. I cant imagine the damage to the head if it struck the side of 030 styrene......not much give.
     
  5. BigfishDM

    BigfishDM Merchant Member

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    Ultraflex has some good printable styrene
     
  6. TheSellOut

    TheSellOut Very Active Member

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    Do you now the product name and where to get it? TIA
     
  7. Malkin

    Malkin Very Active Member

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    I have printed on the Sihl DuraSOL film. It's a semi-rigid PVC with a couple different weights available. It has a really nice satin finsh and the print look great. A little pricey though for some types of work.

    There are other semi-rigid PVC films that are cheaper and would be a better alternative to direct printing of styrene.
     
  8. Mochistlan

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    what printer do you want to use

    Hello what printer do you want to use to print the styrene.
    what inks do you use.
    you have to turn off the heat on the pre area and printing area, then you have to use the front take up to have tension to avoid any bulk on the printing area so avoid head strikes then heat the dryer high to begin drying the ink.
    you will have to make a special profile for the styrene.
    I hope this helps
     
  9. phototec

    phototec Very Active Member

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    "heat the dryer high"?

    What does this mean?
     
  10. Mochistlan

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    dryer plate

    increase the dryer to max temperature to dry the ink. how many heather plates do your printer have.
     
  11. Banners Signs Etc.

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    just be careful that the heater doesn't make the material bow and cause head strike when you start out
     
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