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Need Help Which large format UV Flatbed for preprinted thermoforming, please?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Printers' started by Sunney, Mar 9, 2020.

  1. Sunney

    Sunney New Member

    Sep 16, 2017
    Hi all,
    New, from India with request for help.
    Am into large format graphic Screen printing and digital vinyl printing.
    Request your comments on pre-printed, thermoformed outdoor signs, market and possibilities.

    When thinking green, a shift is must, from temporary signs to lasting signs and sign material.
    Formed signs are not new, but has a space, especially with innovations, additions etc.

    1. Is there a market or gone with the 'cheap Flexible media" revolution, worldwide ?
    2. Looking for a Flatbed UV large format 4x8 ft. and above, to support screen printing, for small quantities. Thermoform compatible ink, and rotary extendable table for long signs, preferable.
    Have to test waters, prefer a used one refurbished to start with.

    Any words will be valuable help. Thanks in advance.
  2. Andy D

    Andy D Very Active Member

    Oct 20, 2014
    Hattiesburg, MS
    We were looking into that & were considering the Mimaki because we heard that the inks were so flexible... Long story short: we had the dealer print to acrylic, we did one test pulling a pan-face, I thought it came out pretty good for our 1st try.. But the business owner didn't like change, so he ended any future testing.
  3. ProColorGraphics

    ProColorGraphics Very Active Member

    Apr 1, 2009
    I am pretty sure the Fuji Acuity has an inkset that is just for thermoforming.
  4. SignMeUpGraphics

    SignMeUpGraphics Moderator

    Apr 11, 2012
    I recall seeing Oce demo thermoformed products printed on an Arizona about 2-3 years ago, and their inks are made by Fuji so this sounds right to me.
  5. AlsEU

    AlsEU Member

    Jul 16, 2014
    European Union
    Ask your local Fujifilm distributor about the flatbed with KV inks. They are designed for vacuum forming (elongation up to 1000%, perfect 90 degrees angle).
  6. jmcnicoll

    jmcnicoll Member

    Nov 18, 2007
    Green Bay, WI
    I printed in on 126" vutek that had and ink set made for this. For just a pan face with nothing too close to the boarder it worked fine. However, but trying a form that also had some embossing it was very tricky to to get it to line up and be consistent. Lots of test and waste with embossing, pan faces all day long.

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