EFI has launched its thermoforming digital UV-curable ink, which adds an extra dimension to graphics as they enable sign makers and printing companies to print direct onto thermoplastic sheet materials, which can then be formed into deep draw, high elongation parts with excellent retention of hue and opacity.
Formulated for use in the EFI VUTEk® GS2000 Pro-TF and the VUTEk GS3250 Pro-TF, pre-decorating with this new ink eliminates former labour-intensive, costly methods such as hand airbrushing used when working with shaped and irregular surfaces.
EFI’s VUTEk GS-TF thermoforming ink’s elongation capabilities are enhanced by its high opacity on a broad selection of materials, including PETG, acrylics, polycarbonates, polystyrenes and PVC, plus derivatives and mixes. This makes it ideal for applications including custom-formed signs, packaging, point-of-purchase displays, vending panels, automotive and recreational vehicles, consumer and promotional products, and many more. The extended colour gamut is complemented by its ability to withstand heat forming, cutting and routing without cracking, chipping or losing adhesion, with moisture resistance and a durable life resulting in long-lasting graphics.
These new inks are designed to remove the limitations of working with thermoformed applications, opening new routes to productivity for businesses wanting to generate revenues and gain a competitive advantage from high impact signs and graphics. Designed to be used with EFI’s 3.2m VUTEk GS3250 Pro-TF and 2m VUTEk GS2000 Pro-TF, finished graphics benefit from the eight-colour plus white ink-set and variable dot greyscale print capabilities resulting in outstanding image quality and strong, accurate colours.