|HP Scitex FB500 combo flatbed UV-curing printer is better for thick, flat, heavy materials than earlier HP Designjet H35500, HP H45500 hybrid flatbed printer.|
The HP Scitex FB500 uses a moving transport belt. This is a significant advance over the previous HP Designjet H35100, HP Designjet H45100, or H45500 hybrid. These used grit-rollers under pinch rollers, and thereby were not capable of handling large rigid boards, or heavy rigid boards, or rigid material that was slippery (glass, stone, some metals).
Thus kudos to HP for recognizing that the era of hybrid UV printers is over. Indeed I noticed at the huge Dongguan Chinese sign expo in March 2010 that over 60% of the Chinese UV printers were now dedicated flatbeds, about 15% combo flatbeds, and only one or two attempts to make a hybrid flatbed functional.
Does this mean that a hybrid flatbed has no hope whatsoever?
Neolt is the only company outside China still concentrating on hybrid flatbeds. The advantage of a hybrid flatbed UV printer is that they are about $20,000 less than a combo. We are considering doing an in-depth evaluation of their hybrid to see how it compares in the world of 2010 which is so much different than the world of 2004 when the ColorSpan 72uvR and ColorSpan 72uvX printer was the #1 best seller in the entire world.
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Updated January 14, 2014.
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