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EFI VUTEk D3r roll-to-roll UV-curing printer, a sturdy mid-range model Print E-mail

EFI VUTEk D3r roll-to-roll UV-curing printer, a sturdy mid-range model.

The EFI VUTEk D3r is a new mid-range printer based on the chassis of the high-end 3r+, but with a number of unique settings and features that allow print businesses to perform high quality printing plus with competitive production times.

This is a roll-to-roll LED UV-curing printer with a print width of 3.5 meters, but there is a 5 meter version, the EFI VUTEk D5r.

Dr Nicholas has evaluated the D3r model in-person in one of the EFI factories, and the print samples produced by this machine are high quality in terms of color accuracy, high definition on small elements such as text.

 

EFI operations and Marketing staff and Dr Nicholas Hellmuth in front of an EFI VUTEk D3r printer

Liron Cohen, EFI wide-format printers operator, Tomer Ohavi, EFI Product Marketing Manager and Dr Nicholas holding samples produced with the EFI VUTEk D3r roll-to-roll printer.

 

We did not find any signs of banding, ghosting, edge splatter nor any other print issue liklely to be found on mid-range and entry-level UV-curing printers.

As you can see in the photo above, the D3r is capable of printing on traditional media, but also on transparent and color media. This is possible thanks to the different print modes specifically designed to work with white ink.

EFI VUTEk D3r: Productivity benchmark

In terms of productivity, the D3r is one of the most advanced roll-to-roll printers in the upper mid-range tier.

A comparable roll-to-roll printer from another global brand has a print productivity of up to 149 m2/h (1604 ft2) and has a print width of 3.3 m (130 in).

The EFI VUTEk D3r prints roll media up to 3.5 meters wide (138 in) and has a productivity of up to 204 m2/h (2,196 ft2).

The VUTEk D5r prints roll media up to 5 meters wide (198 in) and has a productivity of up to 244 m2 (2,626 ft2) per hour.

D3r/D5r: Specs and optional features

As expected, these recently launched models come with LED UV-curing lamps, which produce significantly less heat than a traditional mercury-arc lamp. This means you can easily print on heat-sensitive media.

As mentioned above, the D3r has a print width of 3.5 m; The D5r handles roll and rigid media up to 5 meters wide.

On our visit to an EFI factory in 2017, the operators were printing on rigid boards with a roll-to-roll model, with the help of an accessory table you could easily roll in and out.

This mid-range model comes with a four-color configuration (CMYK) and you can add white ink and clear. So you can have

  • CMYK
  • CMYK + White
  • CMYK + Clear
  • CMYK + White + Clear

These models have several print modes that leverage the possibilities of white ink and clear. There is also an optional configuration to make automatic backlit printing and blockout printing.

 

White ink application on the EFI VUTEk D3r

Printing on black media is possible on the EFI VUTEk D3r/D5r is possible thanks to the different print modes designed for white ink. Photo taken during Dr Nicholas’ visit to one of the EFI factories in early 2020.

 

You can also print simultaneously on two rolls in the D3r and up to three rolls on the D5r.

The EFI VUTEk D3r and the D5r have a wide range of optional features you can choose with your printer:

X-cutter, which is software-operated, allows you to go from roll to sheet printing on the fly.

Sheet collector, is a structure to help you order the print jobs that have been cut.

Y-slitters, allow you to cut your print job vertically into several pieces.

ID backprint, is a system that prints relevant information such as client, piece number, etc, for easier shipping and installation.

Super duty loader, is a mechanism that helps you print on rolls up to 1,750 lbs (793 kg). This winder functions with a motor and is designed for continuous printing without the need to change rolls, which increases productivity and saves time significantly.

Motorized winder, to automatically roll a print job. This is one of the advantages of UV-curing ink. There is no drying time. You can roll your prints imediately after printing.

There are more than 15 optional features, but we mention here just a handful of them to show the productivity you get with the EFI ecosystem.

 

 

First posted May 25, 2020

 
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