|Innovative inks, printers, media will improve wide-format inkjet printing potential for textiles, décor, packaging, and 3D signage|
Wide-format inkjet printers, inks, RIP software Six themes of focus for FLAAR Reports during 2017
We look forward to a productive year in all aspects of wide-format inkjet printing: inks, media, printers, software, color management, and all facets of printing workflow: cutting, trimming, coating and/or laminating.
When we go to the major printer and signage trade shows around the world:
We study all aspects of large-format inkjet printing (plus T-shirt printers and desktop-sized UV-curing printers). So we do all sizes from desktop up through 5-meter, and all inkjet technologies include single-pass.
We also keep track of all major print head brands, and what kinds of inks they are good for (and which kinds of inks their heads are still working towards improvement).
Although we study the complete workflow (even inception: digital photography and scanning), for 2017 we will be focusing on the following six aspects.
Five of these themes each have the need for good inks:
An ink which can print on PE (technical textile, to replace PVC for signage) is an ink which does not yet (fully, adequately) exist. Not all UV-cured inks adhere to PE.
Décor covers so many different materials that at least NINE different kinds of inks need to be discussed. We are also looking for even more special inks.
An after-market latex ink that functions world wide on all current models of latex printers is a goal not yet fully reached. We have visited print shops using latex after-market ink with satisfaction, but many other print shops have had issues. HP will sell more printers if there is a third-party latex ink whose chemistry and cartridges work in all situations.
Water-based inks for signage, and for industrial use, is another Holy Grail in the world of wide-format inkjet. By this we mean true water-based inks, not hiding nasty chemicals under green-washing jargon.
We also work with UV-LED ink, and two of us were recently flown to the factory of TRENDVISION to inspect their UV-LED plus their textile inks. Many of the themes we work on utilize flatbed or roll-to-roll UV-curing printers (certain kinds of décor, some kinds of packaging, 3D signage on sandwich board, etc.
First posted January 5, 2017.
Wide Format Printers