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The Future of Large-Format Printing: Flatbed Digital Printing

Read time: 4 minutes  |  Author: PRI Graphics  |  Posted: April 4th, 2023

In the realm of printing, the capacity to produce large-format prints on a diverse array of substrates has significantly revolutionized the industry. At the heart of this revolution is flatbed digital printing. A technology that we at PRI Graphics in Phoenix, Arizona, are proud to offer to our clients.

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The Power of Flatbed Digital Printing

Flatbed digital printing is a large-format inkjet printing technology that extends beyond standard inkjet capabilities. It allows for printing on a wide variety of substrates not typically associated with standard inkjet printers. These materials range from plastic, paperboard, ceramic tile, acrylic, fabric, and wood. Also, more unconventional substrates like glass, carpet, and even game board felt materials.

With adjustable printing beds, flatbed digital printing can accommodate larger substrates. This enables printing on items as thin as a sheet of paper or as thick as a wooden door. Some machines are even capable of printing on materials several inches thick, limited only by the flatness of the substrate and the printing device’s capabilities. You can read more on flatbed printers from the manufactures themselves, Canon’s own flatbed article.

An Eco-Friendly Approach

Flatbed digital printing presents an environmentally friendly and economical alternative to solvent-based printing, resulting in less indoor air pollution during the printing process. This green approach aligns with the growing global commitment to environmental sustainability.

UV Flatbed Printing: A Close Look at the Process

UV flatbed printing employs a unique ink made of acrylic monomers. When the UV ink is applied to a substrate, it is almost immediately exposed to ultraviolet light. This light instantly cures or dries the ink, ensuring a permanent image. As the UV ink has minimal time to spread out or bleed into the substrate, this process yields impressively accurate color details with minimal image loss.

The cured UV ink hardens to a strong finish that is resistant to fading and weathering, depending on the surface printed upon, contributing to the print’s durability.

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Versatile Applications of Flatbed Digital Printing

Flatbed digital printing finds extensive use in commercial applications, thanks to its versatility:

  • Retail Signage: Both indoor and outdoor retail signs can be printed in high-quality, vibrant colors, making your business stand out.
  • Event Signage: From banners and flags to promotional materials for exhibitions, trade shows, and other events, flatbed digital printing delivers excellent results.
  • Custom Game Boards: Whether for personal use or a gaming cafe, custom game boards printed on high-quality materials can truly elevate the gaming experience.
  • Ceramic Tiles: Artistic and decorative ceramic tiles can be created for unique interior decoration purposes, bringing an individualistic style to any space.
  • Custom Signage: From office doors to marketing campaigns, custom signs can be created to match the exact requirements of businesses, giving them a unique brand identity.

The only limit to what a flatbed digital printer can print on is your imagination!

Final Thoughts and Why Choose PRI Graphics & Signs?

At PRI Graphics & Signs, we bring to the table extensive experience in flatbed digital printing. Our dedicated team of knowledgeable digital printing technicians and in-house graphic designers are committed to transforming your vision into a tangible reality.

Operating out of Arizona, our family-owned business offers a comprehensive range of professional printing services, from CAD printing and digital printing to large-format graphics printing in both color and black and white.

Reach out to us at our Phoenix location toll-free at 1-877-409-8889, or contact us online to discuss your needs. With PRI Graphics & Signs, your imagination truly is our canvas!

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About the Author

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PRI Graphics – Director, Marketing & Brand Management

PRI Graphics is a marketing and design expert who is passionate about new emerging trends in digital media and business strategy. A member of AMA with a PCM® in marketing management, he continues to strengthen his knowledge and skill sets in the marketing ecosystem. Prior to joining PRI, he pursued a career in filmmaking and carries on the passion for brand development.