Latex for Décor, a non-traditional Application
When we all hear about latex printers, we think about indoor and exterior prints for signage and display graphics, window decorations, retail PoS and prints on transparent PET, shatterproof window film, and many more… all related to advertising.
It is always helpful to understand some basic concepts of latex inks and understand what their advantages and disadvantages are so that they can be applied to your products.
Many large companies take advantage of latex technology to create environments in hospitals, offices, households, shopping malls, wrapping competitions, restaurants, etc.
Latex ink is mostly used to substitute solvent ink, due to the fact that it is perceived as a more environmentally friendly ink type because it is a resin type waterbased ink. This is not completely accurate since latex requires a lot of heat to be cured. The main advantage of latex inks is the fact that they can be used immediately after printing, unlike solvent inks that need to be de-gassed for about 24 hours before use.
If you wish to learn more about latex inks, here you can find a link with punctual and technical information.
Latex ink is very versatile, so here are some examples of applications with latex printers:
CT scan room at Danat Al Emarat Hospital, Abu Dhabi
A hospital itself is not a very welcoming place for children, they are usually very stressed out and afraid of having to go in; not because of a bad experience with the doctors but because of its negative connotation and association.
The Danat Al Emaray Hospital decided to take matters into their own hands, to make the hospital more welcoming, so they made a big change in their CT scan room when they decided to create a totally new and attractive environment for children with an ”Under the sea” concept.
Definitely one of the factors by which the decision was made to use an HP LATEX printer, is that it uses water-based technology, the inks don’t smell, and the emission of harmful components is minimized. The durability of HP latex Ink is not because of the water, but rather another revolutionary component: latex; which melts and creates a film that seals the ink on the material, protecting it from wear and tear for longer periods of time. HP latex printers need more electricity to warm up, but once printing, they use the same amount of power as a small electrical household appliance.
Here you can see the full video of this project.
This is just one of the many examples of non-traditional uses for latex inks in the world of decoration. You can use this technology to decorate many different areas and create an ambiance.