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Solara UV

Discussion in 'Gerber' started by ChiknNutz, May 21, 2007.

  1. ChiknNutz

    ChiknNutz Major Contributor

    Apr 18, 2003
    Just curious if anyone has one of these or has some experience with them. I was just looking at their website and was wondering about it. I'm not really in the market for one, but just wonder how it compares to some of the other UV printers. Seems like production output is pretty slow (slower than most inkjets), but direct to substrate is pretty cool. Also, what is the ink cost PSF on these?
  2. Matt Cuellar

    Matt Cuellar Active Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    I was at an SGIA event a few years ago where they were comparing the Solara versus the ColorSpan 72uvr and there was no comparison. The ColorSpan was much better quality, speed, etc, etc. When I saw the Solara at ISA, it was obvious that they made some improvements, but still, very slow versus the Raster or even the ColorSpan 5400 series. More colors equals a little more gamut, but for signage, the cost is higher on these machines versus the 5400. The 5400 has a better resolution, much better tech support available (contrary to what others might think about ColorSpan), and a distinct history of performance in the UV-curable market. That's my thoughts, but then again, I'm only a middle schooler! =0)

  3. ChiknNutz

    ChiknNutz Major Contributor

    Apr 18, 2003
    Curious...what does the ColorSpan 5400 printers cost? Is this ColorSpan's cheapest model? On the Gerber site, they have the Solara for like $58k with Onyx.
  4. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

    Feb 27, 2007
    The ColourSpan 5400 starts at 54k I believe
  5. Mel Adams

    Mel Adams New Member

    Mar 2, 2004
    At Vegas they had the solara for $55,995 and that included everything! Onyx rip, 2 sets of ink,roll of vinyl, install by factory tech, training etc.. The only thing you need to have is the 220 power and a computer. If I remember right the color span started at 55 and then you added ink, install, rip etc...
    Ink cost on solara was quoted as $0.33/sq ft
    Its not the fastest printer out there but they said it would do 18 4'x8' in an 8hr day. We only do about 5 sheets a day so thats more than what we need.

  6. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

    Mar 25, 2006
    Mars Florida
    Colorspan 5465 is $79,995 setup and installed with rip. I don't want to figure out what its gonna cost me with financing. Tomorrow is training day. So far the print quality is outstanding and the speed is fast.
  7. gnemmas

    gnemmas Active Member

    Nov 7, 2006
    Since the Colorspan 5400 series is a "hybrid" flatbed, can switch to roll feed in a heartbeat, can it be send to plotter with registration marks for cutting? I was told the older Colorspan UVR printers can not.
  8. Flame

    Flame Major Contributor

    Apr 26, 2006
    I've seen it print, it's not the fastest. Actually pretty slow IMO. It is cool that it will print direct to substrate, and the colors are fabulous. But for a flatbed... I'd want better speed myself.
  9. signguy

    signguy ugh

    Feb 23, 2004
    cape coral fla

    we bought one last may... its good... yea its slow but its a helluva lot faster than weedin, taping, yknow........

    the only complaint i have is the MDO cannot be run through as they claimed
    so we switched to alumacore

    we looked at the ColorSpan, it did have alot better tolerance with substrate

    the speed on a 4x8 is about 50 minutes on 3 pass, the gerb salesman is
    probably using the proof setting which is alot faster but quality is not there

    as for cost psf we figured around 20 cents,

    also its a $$$ making beast running 8-12 hours a day, every day
    it paid for itself in 6 months

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