Help Please - Large Format Flatbed UV Printer advice needed

Discussion in 'Print Community General Printing Discussion' started by ConfusedinSeattle, Jul 30, 2021.

  1. ConfusedinSeattle

    ConfusedinSeattle New Member

    Jul 2021
    Hi there,

    Complete printing novice here flying blind and utterly confused/bemused.

    Hoping one of you wonderful print experts can assist.

    I am looking for a printer to print to the below specs:
    • Material - Memory foam sheets (PVC or Polyurethane)

    • Dimensions of up to 210cm x 140cm and 1.6cm thick

    • Able to print white

    I am looking to print separately, piece by piece (not roll to roll).

    The end product will be used as a floormats so I need the printer and ink to create a finished product that is:

    • Robust - ink will not delaminate from the foam

    • Waterproof

    • Flexible (it will be rolled in transit)

    • Child friendly

    • No residual ink odor

    As a novice the wealth of specs and information out there is immense as I’m sure you know. I seem to be receiving so much conflicting advice from the printing companies I have spoken to.

    Some say I’ll need pre and post treatments to seal the ink:

    • Pre printing treatment: Auxiliary Spray (degreasing water)

    • Post printing treatment: Polyurethane fixing agent spray

    So far I’ve got to the point of knowing I need a Large Format Flatbed UV Printer.

    If anyone had any advice on:

    • What printer you recommend

    • Suitable inks for this purpose

    • Tips on pre and post printing processing

    I would be forever in your debt!