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Solivent or UV for a Flatbed?

Discussion in 'Flatbed Printers' started by Infinitygraphix07, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. Infinitygraphix07

    Infinitygraphix07 New Member

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    What's the advantage & disadvantage of these type of machines?
     
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  2. KR3signguy

    KR3signguy Very Active Member

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    different ink lifespan & material options.
    roll to roll generally solvent= rolled media
    flatbed UV =rigid substrates

    the flatbed can also be used to take naps or play air hockey.
     
  3. Infinitygraphix07

    Infinitygraphix07 New Member

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    I ment, if I had the option to buy a solivent flatbed or a UV flatbed printer do print on things like coro, sintra, and foam cor, which would be better?
     
  4. Infinitygraphix07

    Infinitygraphix07 New Member

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    I'm lovin the airhockey idea!!
     
  5. sign&frame

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    Pretty sure with solvent flatbeds you can print on all them things.
    Things I doubt you can print on it glass and metal because the solvent has to eat into the material to adhear.
     
  6. Infinitygraphix07

    Infinitygraphix07 New Member

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    oh I see. One machine that's solvent claims that it could do aluminum. U think that's bs?
     
  7. Matt Cuellar

    Matt Cuellar Active Member

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    In my experience solvent is very limited on what substrates it can be directly printed on. All plastic based products (PVC, Coro, etc) are incompatible as the ink will just run. True solvent will print on styrene, cardboard, and plywood, but for the most flexibility, UV will adhere to almost anything. If you're doing a lot of substrates, UV is probably the better way to go.
     
  8. sign&frame

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    Well, I believe don't hold me to it but not completely B.S because you might have to add a pretreatment so the ink adheres to no poris material.
    But in long run both machines will have there up and downs because I done research and been to alot of trade shows.
    If you think you are gonna do a lot of production work than go with UV but you are just doing little odd and ends get Solvent
     
  9. Infinitygraphix07

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    thanks for all the info. I think I'll get a sample of the solvent & do a few tests to it to see how it holds up.

    thanks again.
     
  10. sign&frame

    sign&frame Active Member

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    Yup, seeing is believing
     
  11. KR3signguy

    KR3signguy Very Active Member

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    Solvent will usually last a few more years more than UV outdoors depending on who makes the ink & the elements that they're exposed to. Good luck
     
  12. ksc

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    Gerber ion all the way baby........
     
  13. Browner

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    Have you got yours yet?

    Still waiting to hear some "real world" acclamations.
     
  14. Typestries

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    Jeti all the way baby.
    yes, it's like putting a house in your shop, well worth it though!!! And air hockey as a free bonus.....
     
  15. CarolinaCabinet

    CarolinaCabinet Active Member

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    VUTEk... best in the business, but only if youre willing to pay for it...
     
  16. KR3signguy

    KR3signguy Very Active Member

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    Opinions vary.:rolleyes:
     
  17. Merritt Big Color

    Merritt Big Color Merchant Member


    Vuteks are no more expensive than any other machines in the same caliber.

    HP/Scitex FB6100 $300K

    Gandi 3150 $300K

    Vutek QS $300K

    Just a matter of opinion.
     
  18. ksc

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    ion all the way baby.... ($95000.00 with all the stuffing (software etc......)) (The stork will deliver my new air hockey playing baby ion on the 19th of sept...
     
  19. ksc

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    My ion just was installed on 10-8-08 the ink is hard and flexible the ion is fast and you can walk away from it its cool.... coroplast prints vary nice, no head strikes mdo etc ...too cool....
     
  20. jdigital

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    For UV? Inca with sericol inks. Great combination!! Sericol makes two types of inks for the Incas. We use UviJet EI which works grrrreat(lol). They also make a more flexible ink for the Incas. I've heard it's really good and not as brittle.
     
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