Mimaki announces LUS-350 UV-LED flexible ink

Molded signage using LUS-350 UV-LED thermoforming ink.
Molded signage sample using Mimaki LUS-350 UV-LED thermoforming ink.

Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, has announced the availability of its LUS-350 UV-LED thermoforming 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, Nevada.

mimakiflexibleinks1-inAfter 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% elongation possible. When cooled, it returns to a hard, durable surface in the shape of the thermoforming mold. The ink offers a fine finish for applications such as automotive components, molded signs and prototypes.  It doesn’t crack after molding, making it an ideal ink for printing onto substrates 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 with the OEM’s JFX200-2513 and UJF-7151 plus UV-LED flatbed printers. Packaged in one-litre bottles, it’s available for order in Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and White for both models, plus Clear for the UJF-7151 plus printer.

 

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.