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ColorSpan's First UV-Curable Printer-DisplayMaker 72UVR

(February 2005) posted on Fri Feb 04, 2005

Design based on "Gator" solvent inkjet printers


The DisplayMaker 72UVR is MacDermid
ColorSpan's first UV-curable inkjet production
printer. Its design is based on the
"Gator" platform of its solvent inkjet printers,
the DisplayMaker 72S and 72SR.

The 72 UVR is a 72-in. printer that uses
4-color UV-curable SolaChrome UV pigmented
inks, which are delivered in 3-liter
boxes. The dual high-intensity UV lamps
mounted to each side of the printhead
assembly provide instant curing of ink
printing in both directions.

It can print on rolled or rigid materials
up to 0.25 in. thick. When configured for
printing rigid materials, two roller tables
are attached to the front and rear to
accommodate sheets up to 60 in. in
length (optional tables allow for sheets up
to 120 in.); the tables can be removed for
printing of roll-to-roll flexible media.

"Printing directly on rigid boards for
P-O-P displays and other signs reduces
waste and saves considerable time and
money when compared to traditional transfer
or mounting techniques," says Bruce
Butler, ColorSpan's director of marketing.

The 72UVR features 16 Micro-Quad
heads, which is ColorSpan's terminology
for the layout of four interlaced heads x 4
colors. The printheads are from Hitachi
(now Ricoh); these industrial-quality 600-
dpi printheads jet a 30-picoliter droplet.

The printer boasts a print speed of 400
sq ft/hr in "billboard-quality" print mode;
in "production-quality" mode, it turns out
200 sq ft/hr of graphics; and "high-quality"
mode prints 100 sq ft/hr. Outdoor
durability is rated at 2 to 3 years, depending
on application.

The DisplayMaker 72UVR also features:

  • a releasable pinch roller system for
    easy insertion of rigid media;
  • an automation eye that checks for
    media skew and color calibration;
  • a media wizard that stores characteristics
    of a particular media;
  • autojet calibration, which eliminates
    banding by finding jets that are not up to
    standards and compensates with
    another jet;
  • linearization via the on-board spectrophotometer
    that supplies color and
    density data to the external RIP's colormanagement
    software; and
  • color profiling, which creates custom
    ICC and ColorMark profiles for third-party
    media.
  • The DisplayMaker 72UVR is designed
    for signmakers and print-for-pay service
    providers to produce indoor and outdoor
    P-O-P and exhibit displays, as well as outdoor
    signs, banners, and floor graphics.
    Price: $74,995 (includes on-site training
    and installation).

    In addition, the company also has
    introduced its DisplayMaker 98SX, codenamed
    the "ElonGator." Based on the company's
    "Gator" DisplayMaker 72S printer,
    the 4-color (CMYK) piezo solvent inkjet
    98SX has been "stretched" to accommodate
    98-in. wide media. It also has added
    a 600 x 300-dpi print mode.

    The new printer features 16 piezo
    Micro-Quad Hitachi printheads that jet
    30-picoliter droplets; it utilizes Sola-
    Chrome-HR inks, held in 3.5-liter Big Ink
    reservoirs (printheads are self-cleaning).
    The 98SX can print at speeds up to 700
    sq ft/hr in the aforementioned 600 x
    300-dpi mode, and can hit 438 sq ft/hr
    at 600 x 600 dpi.

    An optional set of roller tables, 36 x 96
    in., can be attached to the front and rear
    of the printer, allowing it to accommodate
    rigid sheets up to 60 in. long, 98 in. wide,
    and up to 1.4 in. thick. Additionally the
    98SX's media drive has been designed for
    wider and heavier rolls of media.

    The DisplayMaker 98SX has a suggested
    list price of $69,995.

    MacDermid ColorSpan has also reduced
    the prices on many of its large-format DisplayMaker
    thermal inkjet printers. New
    prices, effective now, are:

    • X-12+/72 in.: $18,995
    • X-12+/60 in.: $17,995
    • Series XII/72 in.: $14,995
    • Esprit/62 in.: $13,995
    • Esprit/52 in.: $12,995
    • Each of the printers includes a set of
      six 500-ml EnduraChrome inks (CMYK,
      med c, med m), six printheads, one roll of
      36-in. photobase paper, and a 12-month
      on-site warranty. (MacDermid ColorSpan: www.colorspan.com)


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