Azonprinter based in Zagreb, Croatia is introducing its latest UV flatbed series of printers: Matrix R, which come in three different table sizes:
- 80 x 160 meters (31.5 x 62.99 inches)
- 160 x 250 meters (62.99 x 98.43 inches)
- 160 x 320 meters (62.99 x 125.98 inches)
Azon Matrix R flatbed printers use UV LED technology and can print directly onto ABS, polycarbonate, TPU, PVC, wood, stone, glass, canvas, ceramic, aluminum etc. The Matrix R can print onto boards up to 100 kg (220.46 lbs.) and 25 cms. (9.84 inches) high.
The Matrix R series come with Ricoh GEN5 (7 – 28 pl) variable dot full greyscale printheads. And just like most UV flatbeds, the printheads come with four channels and four colors (CMYK) plus white and gloss.
Ricoh GEN5 printheads have become more popular in the past few years, and are now more commonly used on UV printers than in the past. In some cases these are the preferred and most frequently used by many manufacturers.
ADA Braille and 3D effect printing are some of the applications you can produce with Matrix R by using white ink as a base for high-density CMYK layer. High-density is achieved by using variable dot and reducing the gap between dots. To avoid white pigment deposition, Matrix R comes with a recirculating ink system.
You can use the Matrix R for creating 3D effect prints with ink texture; this can come in handy when recreating oil paintings, décor elements such as ceramic tiles, Braille signage, raised relief images, virtually anything that needs to have a texture. It is easier and more convenient to print onto a flat surface and have the ink deposit create the relief, rather than having to print onto an uneven surface with a pre-determined texture.
I have seen samples of 3D relief created with UV printers at different trade shows worldwide, I think it is safe to say that this is one of the applications that still gets people to take a second look, even if it has been around for a while now, and that it will continue to turn heads in the future.