Mimaki has launched the world’s first 64 inch UV-LED printing and cutting solutions available in two models; the four colour UCJV150-160 and the UCJV300-160 that can accommodate up to seven ink colours in cost effective one litre bottles. Mimaki is also introducing a brand new environmentally friendly ink, LUS-170, which the company says is guaranteed to ensure vibrant, eye-catching print results.
As you would expect from a UV-LED printer, prints from the Mimaki UCJV Series are instantly cured, even the highest production speeds, allowing users to print rapidly and immediately move to the finished product, unlike other ink technologies that require slower production to accommodate for drying time or out-gassing. For many jobs; instant drying, high scratch resistant UV printing can also eliminate the need for additional finishing such as laminating, enabling print companies to reduce cycle time while benefiting from further cost savings.
According to John de la Roche at Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Ireland distributor, Hybrid Services, the new UCJV series now offers PSPs a ‘print & ship’ solution. “These printers will be especially appealing to anybody looking to diversify their product offering into new markets,” he says. “Furthermore, with all the cold cure benefits of UV-LED, vehicle or wall art graphics producers can apply the prints straight form the printer, thereby putting an end to time consuming out-gassing, and with the ability to print onto an extended range of materials such as paper, canvas, and textiles, these machines offer users incredible versatility.”
Mimaki says that print professionals will be constrained only by their imagination with the new printers, with features such as 4-layer day/night printing offering 'one graphic - two views'. Available on the UCJV300-160, this process offers an enhanced print capability that allows designers to build layered, transformative graphics for backlit applications. This is achieved via Mimaki’s new RasterLink6 plus software that now includes a FineCut plug-in for Adobe Illustrator, allowing a print preview for 4-layer printing that enables operators to preview the transition day/night effect before printing. (Check out the video below to see this in action).
"This process gives print companies the opportunity to offer a unique product," states de la Roche. "It's possible to produce a dynamic graphic that morphs its image or colour scheme depending on the light source, providing a distinctive capability that enables print companies to produce high impact, high margin output while maintaining low operational costs and reduced production time.”
The new UCJV Series also feature an integrated cutting functionality which is capable of delivering volume production of labels, decals, window clings, floor graphics, vehicle graphics, POP displays, packaging prototypes and more in a single unit. Additionally, UV ink technology prevents common problems such as film separation and other issues related to post-cutting that can occur with solvent and latex inks.
Another reason to be excited for the UCJV300-160 model is the ability to combine white and coloured inks to add value to applications that utilise transparent or semi-opaque films. Mimaki states that compared to alternative inks such as solvent and latex, UV-curable inks deliver greater opacity with less ink consumption per square metre of coverage, while maintaining image vibrancy and density. High opacity white ink also facilitates block-out printing within a single print, enabling print companies to easily and efficiently create window graphics that can be viewed differently from either side, such as a 'Push/Pull' door sign. These features ensure higher throughput, reduced waste, and perfectly registered double-sided graphics with lower overhead costs per print.
The new UCJV Series printers will be available in late autumn and come with updated RasterLink6 plus RIP software. This new, feature-rich RIP software includes an ID Cut function to make printing and cutting easier and faster. The barcode, read by the registration mark sensor on the UCJV printer/cutter, contains cutting and rotation information allowing the UCJV to automate the cutting process. This function is particularly useful when running nested print-cut jobs, as the cutter continuously reads the data for both single and combined jobs.
It looks as if Mimaki, with its UV-LED ‘print & ship’ approach, has raised the bar when it comes to offering users greater versatility in wide format print & cut applications.