Exeter-based QuickPrint has discovered a wealth of new printing applications since installing a Roland VersaUV LEF-20 UV compact flatbed printer, such as printing a variety of different aircraft directly onto gold ingots.


The company receives the ingots from a specialist mint company, prints a layer of white on the VersaUV LEF-20, and then over-prints with stunning CMYK colour images. 


Roland DG says the the LEF-20 can print an extraordinary range of colours, including white and gloss highlights, and even unique textures onto practically any material or product up to 100mm thick.


"It's a very versatile machine; it can print onto almost anything up to 100mm high,” says Richard Frayne, director of QuickPrint (South West) Ltd. "If you can print it, we can offer it – we're a one-stop-shop, always looking for new products and new services."


QuickPrint started life as a litho printer in 1961 and still uses this technique alongside more modern digital technology. After spotting a market for exterior print such as banners, QuickPrint invested in digital wide-format printing systems to produce them. In so doing, they unlocked a range of other exterior print applications, like shop signs and vehicle graphics – followed by large format exhibition graphics, roll-ups, pop-ups, posters, labels and much more. 


These are produced to order on a Roland DG TrueVIS VG-640 combined printer/cutter, which replaced an older VS-640 around a year ago. It is integral to QuickPrint's mission to continually discover new services, products and ideas.


A course at the Roland Academy enabled the QuickPrint team at to learn more about the potential of the LEF. 


“This machine is 'opening doors' for QuickPrint,” he says."When we provide large format work to our customers, it's nice to offer the full service. We can also offer quotes to other business, for more unusual work, thanks to the LEF."