UV Printing in Academic Environments

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Today’s students will become tomorrow’s professionals in the printing industry, and since UV Printing is quickly becoming the wave of the future, many educational institutions have begun incorporating UV Printers into their classrooms and labs to enable students to become familiar with this printing process through hands-on experience.

Whether students enter into fields involving graphics, business, signage, promotional products, packaging or prototyping, learning to use UV-Printing Technology provides a marketable skill for their career ahead. Students are empowered to take their concepts and bring them to life on an unlimited number of substrates or 3D products. Most small format UV Printers now available are user-friendly, low maintenance and require minimal setup. Their small footprint makes them an ideal solution for producing impressive products in a contained environment.

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Several universities and colleges across the United States who include UV and Direct-to-Substrate Inkjet printing as part of their curriculum have employed LogoJET Printers to train students to use the technology while producing valuable customized products that are used on campus or sold as memorabilia to bring in revenue for the school.  A huge range of products are being produced, including pens, golf balls, name badges, water bottles, key chains, tiles, canvas artwork, phone cases, and the list goes on.  A department head in the Design Media Production Technology program at one technical institute commented, “our requests are as varied as our students, and we love being able to produce what they need”.

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Because of the flexibility offered by flatbed direct-to-substrate printers, one printer can accommodate an endless variety of products. Custom printing trays can be loaded with product and easily interchanged, and new products can be tested using a re-usable adhesive mat in conjunction with the automatically-adjusting height sensor.

Many students are inspired by what they learn from hands-on experience with UV Printing and move in an entrepreneurial direction after their schooling, developing their own small businesses powered by the extensive customization capabilities and low overhead required to maintain an in-house UV Printer.

With the competition for schools to remain high in the rankings by offering the most up-to-date curriculums and access to cutting edge technology, adding a UV Printer to their design lab certainly gives them an advantage.  Contact LogoJET today to find out about the capabilities of UV Direct to Substrate Printers and find out which printer is right for you.

Trending Products Decorated with UV Printing

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The use of promotional products as an advertising medium proves to increase interest and generate favorable attitudes toward any brand.  With the introduction of UV printing into the market, these products can now be customized with any logo in small or large quantities with unlimited colors, meeting the demands of businesses large and small.

This year, some of the top trending promotional products caught our eye as perfect candidates for customization with UV Printing.

Drinkware: YETI cups and Glasstic Water Bottles

America as a nation is becoming ever more health conscious and environmentally aware, and that translates into our drinkware as well. Reusable, BPA-free water bottles are growing in popularity as promotional items, and our favorite has to be the Glasstic shatterproof water bottle.  With a glass inner bottle encased in a BPA-free, shatterproof plastic outer bottle – there’s truly no other bottle like it.  Glasstic bottles are a perfect candidate for UV printing, and both inner and outer bottles can be completely customized using LogoJET’s Rotary 360 device.

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YETI  cups are among the top trending products at the moment, making Amazon’s Best Seller list when it comes to tumblers.  They are virtually indestructible, sweat proof, and made of 18/8 stainless steel with double-wall vacuum insulation to keep your drink as cold (or hot) as science allows. These tumblers can be customized with corporate logos or branding messages in endless colors using UV printing. The option of rotary printing is also available using LogoJET’s Tapered Rotary design for non-cylindrical objects.

Electronics: Power Banks, USBs and Bluetooth Speakers

As the technology explosion continues, popular promotional items like USB drives take on new shapes and come in endless styles and varieties.  Bluetooth speakers have become a hot item, offering prime real estate for promotional messages and branding since they are often displayed in high traffic areas of the home or office. With all of the new Bluetooth technology needing to be charged, it’s no wonder that Power Banks have also become a hot item in the promotional products industry.  These compact, portable devices are great for keeping your electronic devices fully charged while traveling or at the office while promoting brand presence.  UV printing is a great solution for customizing these pieces, since there is little to no setup required which makes switching between different product styles a breeze!

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Phone cases

Americans spend a huge amount of time on their cell phones, so what better place to display a branding message than on a cell phone accessory?  Phone cases and accessories continue to top the charts as some of the most popular promotional products on the market. They can be customized in full color, with exciting effects and textures using UV printing.  To keep up with the constantly changing phone case styles, LogoJET has created a Multi-phone case tray that fits almost any size or style of case!

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Fall/Winter Trending Color Palette

When it comes to choosing colors for promotional products or design themes, you may want to take some inspiration from Pantone’s Fall 2016 Color Report.  Twice a year, the authority on color releases their top trending colors for the upcoming season. Their most recent palette contains 10 colors led by the blue family, and includes anchoring earth tones and pops of vibrant color for a playful departure from the typical fall shades.

By combining the hottest products with the latest color and design trends, you’re sure to get the attention of those in the market for promotional products.  UV printing can be the versatile solution you’re looking for to keep up with the constantly changing trends in this industry. Contact LogoJET today to find out more about UV compatible products!

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Bundles of Packaging with UV

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Using direct-to-substrate printing, capture attention with packaging that shows it’s not just what’s inside that counts. Take branding or special events to new heights with quality logo detail and striking custom designs. There are many ways to maximize brands or promote with distinct packaging when printing with UV LED cured inks, including adding embellishments, fun sayings, using colorful logos, or other effective promotional methods such as integrating QR codes or serialization. Some software even offers the capability to integrate variable data into a design, customizing each printed piece to make it unique.

Having the freedom to print various styles using UV-Inks not only allows for adding a customized touch, but also creating striking presentations for high-end products and special gifts. Presentation is key for items such as jewelry, electronics, money clips, wallets, engraved pens and so much more.  If you can think it, you can print it!

Using Different Methods

Traditional methods for customizing packaging, such as offset printing, can result in high costs when running lower quantity jobs, expensive metal plates, product loss when hot stamping or even slow dry times when using eco-solvent printing. Bypass these limitations and prohibitive costs with digital printing, which offers the ability to produce both low and high quantity jobs with a faster turnaround. This provides great options for both in-house and contract printing.

  • Avoid set up cost associated with metal plates used in offset printing
  • Avoid set up cost for multi-color prints
  • Minimize material loss as a result of methods like hot stamping
  • Benefit from faster dry times and turnaround

During the design process there are many aspects to take into account, such as desired output color, image quality or resolution. Digital printing provides flexibility in using different substrate sizes and resolutions ranging from 720X720 from 2880x1440DPI to optimize both quality and speed.

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When printing digitally using a flatbed printer, there is no need for complicated set up or the use of printing plates like the ones used in offset printing. Simply load products onto the flatbed, open your image file, adjust printer to the product height using a built in auto-height feature, then press print.  UV-printed packaging is cured while it prints, so it’s ready for immediate use after printing.  With varying UV Printer sizes available (24x36x6, 24x18x6 and 12x24x5) you can accommodate a range of product or box sizes with ease. Check out our gallery to explore other products printed with our UV-flatbed printers.

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Varnish Effects with UV Inks

Traditional offset printing methods make adding spot varnishes costly and time consuming. LogoJET UV Printers incorporate a Clear Gloss varnish right into the 8-channel ink system, so you can add these effects without extra setup. Go beyond clear coating on text. Specify areas of a printed design to receive a spot-varnish coating, or use the gloss alone to print patterns, logos or text on packaging, creating a sleek, tone-on-tone look.  Embossed effects can also be created, either using the gloss or other colored inks. The possibilities are endless!

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To learn more about printing with UV on any surface, contact us today or stop by our booth this month July 14-16th at the NBM show in Long Beach to see a demonstration of how you can be empowered to start customizing!

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UV-Printed Canvas

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Canvas Décor with UV Ink

The trend of using canvas artwork in décor, fine art and photography has been steadily gaining popularity. Canvas prints bring a minimalist, modern element to any room and offer various material sizes and styles to choose from. Add vibrancy and style to any office or home by displaying your favorite artwork, designs or memories.

Direct-to-Substrate printing has expanded printing capabilities including the ability to offer customized canvas prints, often with increased profit margins. Cut down on curing or drying time associated with solvent inks or sublimation and cut out steps required for traditional methods including stretching canvas. Eliminate and avoid:

  • High outsourcing costs
  • Time consuming set up
  • Investing in more tools and inventory for manual stretching (staples, gun, pre-notched bars)
  • Pre- and Post-treatments

One standard method for printing customized gallery-wrapped canvases involves printing digital artwork on to flat canvas material, which needs to be trimmed, stretched and secured over a wooden frame.  This process allows the artwork to wrap around the sides of the canvas. If the artwork is sized and positioned correctly, the image won’t be negatively affected. In some cases, due to preference or to avoid losing portions of an image, canvas sides are painted in a solid color or elegantly framed. This process may also require the application of protective treatments to protect the print from UV exposure and dust.

Another printing process for canvases includes sublimation. After printing with sublimation ink onto a transfer, the sheet is applied to the product and the water-based dye is transferred to the product surface as a gas through post-heating—setting the colors. Unlike UV-cured inks, these dyes are not as durable against UV exposure and will fade on the product surface.

These steps used in different printing methods are not necessary with direct-to-substrate printing. Simply place pre-stretched canvases on the UV printer’s flatbed and print. While the canvas is printing, a UV-LED lamp fully cures the ink which is resistant to UV exposure and ready to be immediately handled for display or shipping!

Using a LogoJET direct-to-substrate printer, these types of custom photographic or fine art canvases can be produced in minutes using print-ready, pre-wrapped canvases in traditional white, burlap or wood materials. LogoJET’s automatic height sensor will adjust to print canvases up to 5-6 inches thick! Print on varying sized canvases—up to 24×18”. Use pre-assembled canvases and skip trimming, wrapping or protective treatments, saving you time and money.

For a rustic touch, paint the edges of a wooden canvas and distress them with sandpaper to show slivers of the natural wood. Enjoy high-quality prints and customize or personalize for any room or occasion with UV-cured canvases. In our gallery, you can find ideas and inspiration for digital printing options.

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Textures & Effects

LogoJET’s UV-curable inks not only complement the natural look of the material, but also give the potential to build textured effects, giving canvases vivid dimension and a realistic finish that looks and feels like an oil painting!  Overlays can also be added with clear-gloss ink as a sheen or varnish.  This printing process greatly enhances images of fine artwork and can add effects to photos, too

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Re-purpose outdated artwork or surfaces with UV inks and give a new look to an old piece. Canvases that may have been previously printed and don’t have much texture can be printed over by adding a thick, slightly textured white ink or a dark base, then adding the new artwork. Tweak and modify pieces to give it that extra pop of color or text for a custom touch.

Durable Canvas Prints

Because these inks are UV-cured, they are long-lasting, moisture-resistant and will not fade with sun exposure.  Multiple canvases can be printed with ‘tiled’ graphics and put together to form large mosaic prints, giving you a virtually unlimited imprint size!

Use high resolution photography, logos or text with this advanced technology, providing options for sharp resolutions including 1440X1440 or 2880X1440 DPI to achieve radiant color and crisp images. To start creating impressive portraits, décor, displays and more with LogoJET printers, contact us today.

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Revolving Rotary Prints

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Why be confined to outsourcing printing or labeling for smaller cylindrical surfaces when it can be done in-house using the right printer and latest rotary attachment? Avoid processes that become more cost prohibitive as colors are added and setup time increases. Instead, here’s a great solution for digital printing on curved surfaces.

With recent developments in printing on cylindrical objects, direct-to-substrate printing offers the ability to wrap a design around a complex surface using an attachment. Rollers rotate the object during printing to enable graphics to be applied to the entire circumference of the product and the rotary is adjustable to accommodate different sized cylindrical objects. This cutting-edge technology has provided an option that has rapidly become a reality for customizing cylindrical-shaped substrates.

LogoJET’s new Rotary 360° attachment allows you to create one-of-a-kind pieces and give life and appeal to classic or trendy products like glass or plastic bottles, mason jars, cups and more. Masterpieces can be created by using recycled pieces and adding a new look and feel, turning these items into novelties that add a special touch at events.

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Rotary 360° Attachment

 

Switch Gears with Ease

Simply select the desired artwork size and preferred color settings, load your product into the rotary fixture and you’re ready to print any elegant logo or colorful design using this attachment on a LogoJET flatbed! Not only is this a cost-effective set up, but various cylindrical-shaped products can be switched and re-loaded with ease. The fixture is convenient to attach and remove between different print operations, and its compact size makes it easy to take to tradeshows or to set up for a quick demo.

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In just a matter of minutes, high-resolution graphics are printed by simultaneously applying full CMYK color plus white ink underlays to bring colors to life. Any surface color, whether it has a dark, transparent or white finish, can be accommodated with this advanced feature. Having this capability is also beneficial to efficiency and productivity, as well as to achieving precise prints.

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Offer this new possibility to those seeking a more complex and finished look, or produce in-house, never-before seen designs with a rotary attachment that allows the freedom to choose any size art work or logo— as long as it fits on the product!  There is no need to make precise calculations to discover the best print size for a curved surface; increase the print area by printing 360° around the circumference.

To see LogoJET’s Rotary 360° attachment in action, click here to check out a short video, or contact us to find out how a rotary attachment will work for you.

 

Enter the Rapid Prototyping Market with UV Printing

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From the allure of custom jewelry, watches or handbags, down to the minute details of a Lego man or woman, rapid prototyping advances the development of high-end, limited-edition and innovative designs.

There are various applications when it comes to rapid prototyping and many benefits to printing short-run, customized pieces. When in the prototyping phase, there’s no need to be limited by high volume production when launching a new design in a niche, trending or tight market.  It’s important to have the ability to tailor to specifications and produce quality prior to further production.

Rapid Prototyping

Rapid prototyping involves a variety of methods to quickly fabricate a scale model of a product for testing and approval before mass production.  This usually involves some type of 3D Printing or “additive layer manufacturing” technology to create the 3D model.

To take the rapid prototyping process one step further, LogoJET offers direct-to-substrate digital printing technology to decorate 3D prototypes to more accurately simulate the finished product.  Incorporate distinctive digital designs to embellish, personalize, add aesthetic appeal, functionality and more.

Bringing It In-House

By facilitating in-house decoration of prototypes, a UV printer offers not only a more cost effective solution, but convenience and efficiency that is not always available with other traditional decoration methods.  Pad or screen printing techniques require time consuming, costly and messy setup including ink mixing, plate engraving and curing time for inks. They are also limited in the amount of colors and the complexity of artwork that can be applied.

The advantage of UV digital inkjet printing is that it enables full color, full resolution, complex artwork and photographs to be applied to almost any surface. The automatically adjusting height sensors make switching from one product to another quick and easy.

Offer quick turnaround, make improvements on the fly and produce production-quality products in relatively small volumes when needed, without the typical high cost of short-run production. UV-formulated inks cure by ultra-violet radiation by means of a built-in UV LED Lamp, creating prints that dry immediately onto the substrate so that are ready for their quick debut.

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UV digital printers can also decorate surfaces with height variations (up to 4mm), as well as cylindrical objects with a 360° rotation for wrap-around decoration capability. This latest launch of a rotary design will be showcased at the Rapid 3D Exposition.

This Upcoming Show

LogoJET will be further exploring this new and exciting field at the upcoming Rapid 3D Exposition happening May 18-21 in Long Beach, California.  We will be exhibiting our latest launches in printing technology and performing live on-site demonstrations using customer-supplied products while creating full-color prototypes and decorating 3D models. Join us in Booth #860 to learn more about LogoJET printers and see our UV2400 Printers in action, or contact us today for a personalized demo.