Making its debut at Print 09 is the Truepress Jet1600UV-F from Screen. Aimed at those wanting to produce backlit graphics, posters, POP displays, commercial furniture and construction signage, the flatbed printer uses UV-LED curing to extend the range of media it can handle while consuming fairly low levels of energy. The UV-LED light source used by the Truepress Jet1600UV-F generates very low heat during imaging, meaning it can accommodate heat-sensitive materials such as foam and channel boards, PVC, acrylic and styrene panels without warping or distortion.
The Truepress Jet1600UV-F prints up to 1,602mm (63in) wide and up to 3,100mm (122in) long at speeds up to 13m2/hr on substrates up to 50mm thick. Eight piezo variable-drop printheads emit up to seven dot sizes providing a maximum resolution of 1,200 x 1,200dpi. Two types of ink can be used, one for flexible media and the other for rigid substrates. Available in four process colours, the flexible UV ink can be stretched by up to 200% as well as cast or bent. The rigid ink resists friction and exposure to damaging chemicals and is particularly well suited to printing on aluminum composite panels and decorative illuminated film. A white ink is available on top of the four process colours.