EFI Rastek R3204, an affordable roll-to-roll UV printer

The EFI Rastek series was focused on small UV printers mainly for rigid substrates (that also handle soft signage media to some degree).

But the EFI Rastek R3204 was a dedicated roll-to-roll UV printer for those looking for a 3.2m machine especially for billboard signage at a more affordable price, compared to other UV printers.

This model is no longer being manufactured, and the Rastek family has been renamed as the "H" series.

If you are interested in an EFI printer for roll media, you should consider the EFI VUTEk 3r, a dedicated roll-to-roll UV printer with a maximum print width of 3.5 m (138")

Or, if you would like an option closer to an entry-level price range, you can consider the EFI VUTEk H2000, a "combo" printer for rigid and roll media up to 2 m (80") wide.

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EFI Rastek R3204 at ISA 2011, Las Vegas

So, although this model is no longer available new, we present the main aspects of this model.

 

Price

The list price is US$129,000, which is considered an entry-level price considering other roll-to-roll UV printers are US$250,000 to US$400,000.

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The new efi Rastek 3204 at ISA 2011

Printheads and Ink

As for the printheads, this printer uses Toshiba Tec heads. The specific model of Toshiba Tec heads was not revealed, but so far we know it is a model with 8 levels grayscale. The printer currently comes with 4 ink colors (CMYK) in the standard version, but this printer will be upgraded in the near future.

The ink price is $210 per liter.

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efi Rastek 3204

Roll-to-Roll UV printers in the Market

Although this is being advertised as a billboard machine, the print quality produced at ISA 2011 was good. However, print quality is difficult to determine in a trade show, because most machines are set to print at the slowest modes to get the best quality displayed. FLAAR has been taking notes on several UV printers in trade shows around the world and although the concept of this printer is not new, you can tell in some details that being designed under a company such as EFI does count. For example, the movement of the printhead carriage is almost noiseless: the UV lamps are appropriately shielded to avoid any damaging UV light leakage. Not to mention the quantity of branches around the world and the efficient tech support resulting from years and years of experience.

This printer is the fourth UV model from the Rastek family produced under EFI, after the company acquired Raster Printers a number of years ago.

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The printer comes with EFI's own RIP, Fiery but Onyx is an additional option.

 

Most recently updated June 2017.

Updated May 2012. First posted April 29, 2011.

 

 

 


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