Mimaki has added a new member to the UJF-MkII product family, its latest generation of small format UV flatbed printers. The UJF-3042MkII EX, which was unveiled at FESPA 2017, combines four steps into one: delivering the ability to place primer for strong ink adhesion, white ink for high print opacity, full colour CMYK printing and a clear print surface treatment, all in one operation. This has been made possible by the addition of a fourth print head and the ability to hold eight ink bottles.
The compressed workflow includes:
Inkjet primer retains the texture of the material while printing, which is difficult to do with manual primer application. The Mimaki PR-200 primer can be used on resin, glass and metal materials.
White ink with high opacity enables more vivid expression of full colour, especially on dark or transparent substrates. Two bottles of white ink can be attached to the printer to achieve high density white print in a shorter time with more opacity.
Clear ink, with either glossy or matte effects can add texture and depth. Clear ink can be laid down in multiple layers for an embossed effect.
The texture library as part of the Mimaki RasterLink6 RIP software offers 129 different textures that can be displayed as swatches in Adobe® Illustrator. Application of these textures with clear ink can deliver more elaborate designs, such as a floral motif or other patterns that add even more value to the printed piece.