a printer as relatively economical and more or less easy to
use as an Encad, yet that will accept solvent based inks.
And imagine if this printer lacked the crude splotchy print
look which is typified by many older solvent-based printers
with Xaar printheads.
if a company could produce the quality of a thermal printhead
technology with the multiple benefits of a solvent-based pigmented
would be able to get photo-realistic quality yet with solvent-based
pigmented inks for outdoor longevity.
course, at present such a printer has never successfully been
produced. The output from most solvent-based printers is acceptable
only if the viewing distance is 20 feet or greater. Some of
the older grand format printers have to be viewed from billboard
distance to be acceptable. This means that for wallpaper,
none of the current solvent ink printers is acceptable. Unless
of course you are the engineer who designed them; but to a
normal viewer, inside a room, if output from a solvent ink
printer is put side by side with the output of a Hewlett-Packard, ColorSpan, Epson or Roland,
the differences are embarrassing. Solvent ink may last 3 to
5 years outdoors without lamination, but it does not survive
5 minutes of quality test in a reality check.
technology is constantly advancing. If Epson can produce a
piezo printhead which prints museum exhibit quality images,
surely engineers at Xaar will eventually be able to get their
dpi up. Eventually ink chemists will be able to get their
pigment particle size down so it will fit through heads that
produce acceptable quality.
the upcoming trade shows, FLAAR will bring you
news from all the solvent ink printers. So far the output
from the cheaper solvent ink printers leaves much to be
But a few of the more expensive solvent ink printers are
inks work on economical substrates. No more overpriced inkjet
media. No more need for lamination either.
printers for signs or billboards?
reports on large format printers now available
of large format printers most appropriate for indoor
signs, posters, banners, including POP
of large format printers most appropriate for outdoor signs, posters, banners, billboards for outdoor
use with solvent inks
|for dye sublimation heat transfer onto T-shirts,
other textiles, metal, wood, plastic, ceramics,
metal and other treated surfaces
vs thermal printhead inkjet printers: fact vs
fiction, pros and cons of Epson-Roland-Mutoh-Mimaki
and inks for signs, posters, banners (for all
printers, piezo as well as thermal inkjets)
help, list of the best RIPs; hints for what
accessories you need; list of where you can get
books and training on digital imaging color
you can ask for one thematic report and two trade
show reports at no cost
do NOT cover: software headaches, repairs, obsolete
equipment, color matching or problems caused by
job is to save you from perhaps buying the wrong
equipment by alerting you to advertising hype
and help you avoid as many of the common pitfalls
as possible. We even have a pithy report on "what
to watch out for....guide for first-time buyers"
when you suspect someone is exaggerating claims
in the hopes of luring you into buying their printer.
Includes frank assessment of exaggerated speed
claims and gives lots of helpful tips and insight.
we can't save you from negligence, lack of common
sense and failure to read the instruction book,
we can at least prepare you for the reality of
digital imaging. We want to help you enjoy this
experience and save you from the typical common
mistakes of first time buyers.
of the ads are so misleading that even pros are
lured to buy these printers. So no matter what
your experience level, you will find these reports
informative. The FLAAR reports are written in
a humerous style: how else can you review the
claims and hype?
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Most recently updated August 02, 2001.