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Why no water-based flatbed printers?

Posted January 21, 2016; updated Jan. 27th.

I was fascinated by the Durst PR releases about their Durst Water Technology last year. But then it never appeared at any other printer expo. Plus the curing unit was gigantic. But Durst has plenty of experience, so I hope another iteration is more viable.

Sepiax ink was my favorite ink when it first appeared, but nothing significant of it remains today (other than one small printer demo at one expo a year).

Epoxy ink issued tons of PR releases three or so years ago. But nothing was finished in the sense of an actual printer out in the real world.

Latex ink at least has not “evaporated” (other than the Mimaki version, which is sadly absent at 50% of the Mimaki booths at expos worldwide). The Chinese latex ink and printer disappeared already two years ago..

Missing is the “flatbed” HP Scitex or HP Latex printer. Obviously we know about this HP latex flatbed printer. But I had hoped it would be a real true actual dedicated flatbed. If it is a hybrid of a roll-to-roll HP Latex 3100, will it not face the same problem of Neolt with their pseudo flatbed UV printers?

90% of all Chinese factories stopped trying to create a flatbed by just putting tables at the front and back of a roll-to-roll printer. All these Chinese factories realized that a flatbed had to be a true actual flat BED!

Either way, since the HP latex “flatbed” printer did not appear (outside to the public) at SGIA 2015, let’s hope it appears at ISA 2016.

Dr Hellmuth will lecture (in Spanish) on ups and downs of new inks, and challenges facing development of water-based inks at GOA 2016 in Miami (Graphics of the Americas).

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