UV printing technology has come a long way in the last few years. The printing heads are more precise, the production is faster, the colour gamut is wider, and the white ink has better coverage. If you’re thinking about investing in a UV printer, it can be difficult to know where to start with all the options available.
Do you need integrated cutting functionality? Are you better off with a flatbed or a roll-to-roll printer? Should you include primer ink for better media compatibility, or double the white ink for more speed?
To help explain your options, we have created this quick overview of Roland DG’s UV printing solutions. By the end of this article, we hope you’ll have a clearer idea of which UV printer is right for your business.
Why Businesses Choose UV
With very few exceptions, you can print directly to boards almost any substrate using UV ink and ensure excellent quality and a durable result. Sign makers can print directly to boards, cutting out several stages in the application workflow; or promotional merchandise businesses can offer a huge range of branded items with logos printed directly to the surface.
With other ink technology, the lead time of any print job can be restricted by the drying or curing time of the ink. UV ink is cured instantly with UV lights built into the print head and by removing this restriction, you can significantly increase your workflow.
Gloss Ink Functionality
Gloss ink lets you print spot UV effects and build layered textures and patterns. This doesn’t just add superficial highlights – it can create real business benefits, allowing sign makers to print Braille or enabling packaging companies to simulate expensive techniques such as embossing in their packaging prototypes.
LEF2 Series Flatbed UV Printers
Direct to Object Printing
Discover the LEF2 Series and start making a profit.
If you need to
print directly onto objects – big or small, individually or in batches - a
flatbed UV printer is the place to start. The LEF2 Series ranges from the larger LEF2-300*
down to the LEF2-200 and the LEF-12i, an entry-level UV print solution.
*The LEF2-300D is an alternative model featuring a deeper bed for printing onto taller objects
- Personalising small objects like keyrings, phone cases and USB sticks.
- Customising larger objects like boxes, device panels and laptops.
- Printing signage, wall décor and POP displays.
Which model should you choose?
The correct model for you is really determined by the size or volume of objects you wish to print onto, and the floorspace you have available in your premises.
If you have the space and enough customer demand, it’s generally better to invest in a larger model, giving you the ability to expand in future.
TrueVIS Series UV Printer/cutters
Enhanced Print and Cut
Discover TrueVIS UV printer/cutters and take your business further.
The TrueVIS range includes two UV printer/cutters - the MG series represents an affordable entry point into UV print-and-cut, while the LG series offers faster printing speeds for high-production businesses.
- Premium-feel stickers with gloss highlights and fine details.
- Speciality signage and window displays with high-opacity white ink.
- Packaging prototypes with simulated press effects.
Which model should you choose?
If you already use an eco-solvent printer/cutter, there are distinct advantages of UV print and cut options offered in the TrueVIS range. Both models can produce the same premium quality, but the model you choose will depend on the available space and the expected customer demand.
For businesses who need greater media compatibility (creating packaging prototypes, for example), an optional extension table is available for the TrueVIS MG-640, enabling it to print on semi-rigid card stock.
VersaOBJECT CO Series Flatbed UV Printers
Upscale Your Customisation
Discover the VersaOBJECT CO series and expand your customisation.
The VersaOBJECT CO series is a flatbed, direct-printing solution for large-scale applications. Because of the high demand for this technology in a wide spectrum of industries, several models are available. Simply put, they feature feature the CO series printer, fixed to either a conveyor belt or a flatbed base (available in several sizes).
- Personalising several objects on a larger scale than the LEF2 series.
- Customising large objects like tabletops, doors or computer cases.
- Printing large-format signage with fewer application processes.
Which model should you choose?
All models can provide around 20 cm clearance between the print head and the base, so they are all suitable for printing on large objects or thick materials (as well as printing foam boards). If you need more clearance then further options are available to raise the height of this solution and open applications such as suitcases, flight cases and more.
This is a highly customisable UV flatbed printer designed to fit into multiple business types and as such, the ideal model for you will depend on your workflow. We recommend speaking with a Roland DG expert to find the most suitable solution for your business.
IU-1000F and EU-1000MF Flatbed UV Printers
Print More Boards Faster
Discover flatbed UV printing and boost your productivity.
The IU-1000F and EU-1000MF are flatbed UV solutions are designed to help print companies increase their competitive advantage by significantly boosting speed and capability. Their speed alone is impressive, but the ink set featuring high-opacity white and durable CMYK UV inks gives them a substrate range that's hard to beat.
- Producing large-format signage on an industrial scale.
- Printing panels for exhibition booths or installations.
- Printing directly to glass panes.
Why would you choose this printer?
If you need to print on foam boards or other rigid substrates as quickly as possible, without compromising on print quality, the IU-1000F and EU-1000MF are powerful. If you have space in your premises and the investment is within your reach, a large, flatbed UV printer could be the key to elevating your business far beyond the competition.
We have covered the main applications of these devices, but our customers continue to surprise us by doing new and unexpected things. If you have a need for direct-to-object or direct-to-substrate printing, talk to us and we’ll help you identify the best solution for your business.