Mimaki USA announces LUS-350 UV-LED flexible ink
Friday, August 19, 2016
Up to 350 percent elongation for thermoforming applications
Suwanee, GA, Aug. 18, 2016 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced the availability of LUS-350 UV-LED ink, a highly durable yet flexible high-performance ink for the thermoforming market. The ink will be demonstrated in the UJF-7151 plus UV-LED flatbed printer in the Mimaki USA booth 1961, at the Specialty Graphic and Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo, September 14-16, 2016 in Las Vegas.
After printing, the ink is fully cured onto a hard surface and is resistant to scratching or dimpling. When heated, it transforms into a pliable state with up to 350 percent elongation possible. When cooled, it returns to a hard, durable surface in the shape of the thermoforming mold. This ink offers a fine finish for applications such as automotive components, molded signs and prototypes.
LUS-350 ink does not crack after molding, making it an ideal ink for printing onto substrate such as PETG, acrylic, polycarbonate, polystyrene and PVC before the thermoforming process. Intricate textures of decorative fine prints are retained even after molding. Raised areas of thickly applied ink and double/triple layer printing also stay intact without cracking.
LUS-350 ink is available for use in the company’s JFX200-2513 and UJF-7151 plus UV-LED flatbed printers. Packaged in one-liter bottles, it is available for order now in Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and White for both models, plus Clear for the UJF-7151 plus printer.