Tips To Consider Before Buying a UV Flatbed Printer
If you’re in the market for a UV flatbed printer, there are a few things to consider before making your purchase. While they may seem like simple details at first glance, these considerations can make or break your experience with the machine.
The size of your printer is important because it determines the size of the prints that you can make. If you need to print large prints, you need a larger printer. If you need to print small prints, you need a smaller printer.
Resolution and Speed
Resolution and speed are two of the most important aspects when purchasing a UV flatbed printer. The resolution, which is the number of pixels per inch (PPI), can be set to match that of your old printer or higher than it. If you have an older model, consider increasing your resolution to avoid losing any detail in your images or text.
Speed refers to how fast a printer can print out an image or document, measured in pages per minute (PPM). It’s important for a file to print quickly because if it comes out slower, workers will have more downtime waiting for the job instead of being able to work on other projects at the same time.
There are several types of print technology to choose from when shopping for a new UV flatbed printer.
Dye sublimation ink is a process that allows colors to be printed on fabric or other surfaces. The ink is heated, so it vaporizes into gas and turns into pigment, which attaches itself to the printed surface.
This printing technology creates bold colors that last over 200 washes and won’t fade away from washing or sunlight exposure. The two downsides to dye sublimation are that it takes longer than other printing methods and requires more ink than other processes, which can make your overall cost per print higher.
Thermal inkjet printers use tiny nozzles filled with liquid ink forced through at high pressure onto paper or plastic sheets to create images with pigments instead of dyes like dye sublimation uses.
This method also requires special paper or clear window film for optimal results as well as heat treatment before printing in order for the pigments/dyes in each color cartridge not only dry properly but also bond strongly enough onto whatever material they’re going onto (this means longer dry times too).
Connectivity options are a must-have if you want to use your printer as a workhorse. If you need to print at the fastest speeds without ever having to connect your computer, then USB is your best option. However, if you want Ethernet connectivity or WiFi capability, Bluetooth printing is the way to go.
So, now you know what to look for in a UV flatbed printer, remember the clear window film aspect. There are many different options available on the market, and your choice will depend on the type of work that needs to be done. The most important thing is to make sure it’s compatible with your current setup, so there are no hiccups along the way.