If you want to produce custom formed signs, packaging, POP displays, vending panels, etc., you will need a thermoforming printer. The fastest and most efficient way to create thermoformed objects is by imaging direct to substrate and an EFI VUTEk GS Pro-TF series digital inkjet printer supports it.
With outstanding elongation characteristics, excellent adhesion and consistent post-draw opacity, images printed on 2m or 3.2m VUTEk GS Pro-TF series printers with UV ink engineered specifically for thermoforming, will withstand heat forming and cutting/routing with no chipping or loss of adhesion.
The EFI VUTEk GS Pro-TF range of printers offers eight colours plus white and Fast-4 print capability for photorealistic quality at production speeds. They come with true greyscale print technology and dual resolution capability of 600dpi or 1000dpi for superior graphics.
Images print directly to substrate prior to forming, which eliminates screen printing setup costs or hand painting and vinyl lettering process steps. And of course, these printers integrate to EFI Web-to-Print and MIS/ERP solutions via native JDF connectivity to optimise production efficiencies and profit potential.
Important with this type of printers is the elongation characteristic of the ink to ensure deep draw thermoforming while maintaining opacity on various plastics, including PETG, acrylic, polycarbonate, polystyrene, PVC and more. The EFI VUTEk GS Pro-TF printers’ ink withstand heat forming and cutting without cracking, chipping or loss of adhesion. In addition, the prints resist water and moisture for durable, lasting images.
The inks used with these printers also offer an extended colour gamut and ensure maximum reliability and performance. You can use eight colours plus white and enjoy single-pass, multilayer print capability.
The EFI VUTEk GS Pro-TF is driven by the Fiery proServer for increased productivity and efficiency while extending your colour quality and proofing capability. There’s bidirectional communication capability between the optional Fiery XF DFE and printer.
The EFI VUTEk GS2000 Pro-TF handles rigid and sheeted media up to 203.2cm wide and up to 5.08cm thick. The VUTEk GS3250 Pro-TF handles rigid and sheeted media up to 321.3cm wide and up to 5.08cm thick. Available are an optional Extension Table with casters and an optional Small Depth Extension Table for use with small boards/ panels and multiple fence stops.
The EFI VUTEk GS2000 Pro-TF outputs Fast-4 quality output at up to 32 1.2m x 2.4m boards per hour. The printer has extended gamut eight-colour productivity at up to 16 1.2m x 2.4m boards per hour.
Optionally, you can get continuous board-to-board capabilities up to 41 1.2m x 2.4m boards per hour.
The VUTEk GS3250 Pro-TF has sellable, Fast-4 quality output at up to 44 1.2m x 2.4m boards per hour, at an extended gamut, it outputs eight-colour prints at up to 22 1.2m x 2.4m boards per hour and optional continuous board-to-board capabilities up to 55 1.2m x 2.4m boards per hour.
The EFI VUTEk GS-TF thermoforming ink ensures extreme elongation for draw depth, (deep draw application), superb water / moisture resistance, flexibility for multi layer applications/die-cutting and elevated colour strength for backlit applications. It’s supplied in 5.0-liter containers and available in cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan, light magenta, light yellow, light black and white.