What Is UV Flatbed Printer & What Can It Print?

With the continuous development of science and technology, printing technology is also constantly innovating. As an advanced printing device, UV flatbed printers are gradually emerging in the printing industry with their unique printing methods and wide range of applications.

This article will introduce the definition of a UV flatbed printer, its functions, application areas, and the materials it can print so that you can learn more about this high-tech printing equipment.

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What is UV flatbed printer?

UV flatbed printers, also known as universal printers, flatbed printers, or UV digital printers, are devices that use UV curing ink for printing, which can reduce the growth of waste toner and reduce indoor air pollution.

The working principle is to spray UV ink directly on the surface of the substrate. When the UV ink encounters the UV LED lamp, it will quickly solidify and bond to the surface of the substrate, achieving fast and high-quality printing on various materials.

This printing method breaks through the limitations of traditional inkjet technology. It can not only print on soft materials but also directly spray any desired pattern on hard materials. UV flatbed printers have become a popular choice in the modern printing industry with their unique advantages and excellent flexibility.

What is UV flatbed printer?

UV flatbed printers, also known as universal printers, flatbed printers, or UV digital printers, are devices that use UV curing ink for printing, which can reduce the growth of waste toner and reduce indoor air pollution.

The working principle is to spray UV ink directly on the surface of the substrate. When the UV ink encounters the UV LED lamp, it will quickly solidify and bond to the surface of the substrate, achieving fast and high-quality printing on various materials.

This printing method breaks through the limitations of traditional inkjet technology. It can not only print on soft materials but also directly spray any desired pattern on hard materials. UV flatbed printers have become a popular choice in the modern printing industry with their unique advantages and excellent flexibility.

Printing process of UV flatbed printer

UV flatbed machine is an advanced digital printing technology that directly sprays onto objects. Understanding its printing process will help you have a deeper understanding and knowledge of this printer.

Step 1: Design the Pattern

Design the printed pattern according to your own printing needs, and convert the image to the required format with the help of RIP software such as CADLink.

Step 2: Printing with the Printer

Place the substrate on a flat surface and set the parameters of the printer. You can start printing. In addition, you can also adjust the height of the print bed according to the thickness of the material.

Step 3: Product Completion

After the ink is dried and solidified, the product is completed, with bright colors, scratch resistance, and not easy to fade.

Functions of UV flatbed printer

High-precision printing:  it uses high-precision Ricoh G5i nozzles, which can achieve delicate image quality and rich color levels. The printed images are bright in color, clear in image, and realistic in effect.

Fast curing: the UV curing ink used by UV flatbed printing can cure quickly after printing, achieving immediate drying, and greatly improving production efficiency.

Environmental protection and energy saving: UV curing ink does not require heating during the curing process, which reduces energy consumption and reduces the emission of harmful substances, making it more environmentally friendly.

Wide applicability:  This printer can be used for full-color printing of flat, curved, or cylindrical objects of any material, and has a wide range of applicability.

Application areas of UV flatbed printer

The application areas of UV flatbed printing cover almost all industries, from advertising, packaging, handicrafts, digital products, decoration, and other fields.

Advertising industry: It can print high-quality and large quantities of advertising materials, such as KT boards, display boards, signboards, etc.

Indoor and outdoor decoration industry:  can print a variety of wall decorations, glass film, floor tiles, etc., for the indoor and outdoor environment to add a sense of beauty and art.

Packaging and printing industry:  can print a variety of boxes, bottle labels, stickers, etc., to meet the needs of product packaging.

Digital shell industry:  can print various personalized patterns on USB flash drives, cell phone shells, computer shells, mobile power shells, all kinds of protective covers, holsters, and other digital products, to achieve personalized customization and DIY production.

Crafts industry: patterns and logos are printed on crafts such as stoneware, ironware, porcelain, crystal, etc.

Personalized customization industry: this printer can realize the printing of various personalized products, such as mobile phone cases, cups, bags, and other hard substrates, to meet the personalized needs of consumers.

Materials that UV flatbed printer can print

UV flatbed machines are very flexible and efficient printing devices, suitable for the printing needs of various hard, soft, and special materials.

Hard materials: such as wood boards, tiles, glass, metal, crystal, stone, composite materials, etc.

Soft materials: such as printing leather, plastic, and other materials, to meet the printing needs of various luggage, electronic product packaging, and other industries.

Special materials: such as acrylic, silicone, etc., to provide personalized printing solutions for special industries.

Advantages and challenges of UV flatbed printer

UV flatbed machines have many advantages in the printing industry. First, it has high-precision printing capabilities, which can present delicate picture quality and rich color levels.

Secondly, UV flatbed printing has a wide range of applicability and can print objects of various materials and shapes.

In addition, UV flatbed printing also have the advantages of environmental protection and energy saving. The use of UV-curing ink can reduce the emission of harmful substances.

However, UV flatbed printing also faces some challenges. First, large-size UV flatbed machines are relatively expensive, which may be unbearable for some small businesses or individual users. It is recommended to choose a small machine when you first use a UV flatbed printer. For example, KingJet’s A3 UV flatbed printer is a good choice.

Secondly, the maintenance and care of UV flatbed printers require certain professional knowledge and technology, and users need to have certain operating capabilities.

Summary

UV flatbed printers play an increasingly important role in the printing industry with their unique printing methods and wide range of applications. Whether it is hard or soft materials, whether it is flat or curved, UV flatbed printers can easily cope with it and achieve high-quality printing effects.

With the continuous advancement of technology and the continuous growth of market demand, the application prospects of UV flatbed printers will be broader and bring unlimited possibilities to your business.

If you want to know more about the application and knowledge of UV flatbed printers, contact KingJet now.

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