Asian printers highlight, major trends roll on
Below is a partial list of printers introduced at the show that have not been previously covered in The Big Picture. Due to the sheer number of printers, we are providing only basic machine specifications, working from manufacturer interview information and product literature (many product specs are not yet available on websites). Some OEMs introduced printers, but specs were not available, and so are not listed. Maximum throughput speeds should be taken with a grain of salt, as images printed at these speeds may not qualify as saleable output.
Azero CREON Jet 8250 UV
Inks: UV-curable, 6-color CMYKcm 2W
Format: Flatbed, rollfed, 96 x 51 in.
Resolution: up to 720 x 360 dpi
Print Speeds: up to 538 sq ft/hr
The latest offering from Azero is a flatbed/rollfed printer handling media up to 4 in. thick. The 6-color printer offers CMYKcm and two white inks. The flatbed uses a vacuum table with a moveable carriage. Also offers an optional laser cutter. The UV-curable ink supports a full range of media including PVC, PE, copper, and steel.
ColorSpan DisplayMaker X-12
Inks: Water-based dye or pigment; 4, 6, 8, 11, 12-color (CMYKRGBO med c, med m, light c, light m)
Format: Rollfed, 60 or 72 in.
Resolution: 1200 dpi
Print Speeds: up to 600 sq ft/hr
Pricing: $23,995 to $26,995
Built on an X-12 platform with enhancements such as increased printer speed and output quality. The thermal inkjet printer offers 12 printheads allowing users to have both dye- and pigment-based inks loaded simultaneously.
ColorSpan DisplayMaker 72 SR
Inks: Solvent, 4-color
Format: Rollfed, sheetfed, rigid, 73 in.
Resolution: up to 600 dpi
Print Speeds: up to 400 sq ft/hr
Pricing: $59,995 to $62,190
This new version of the DisplayMaker 72S supports rigid media as well as roll-to-roll. Features 16 Micro-Quad piezo printheads with auto self-cleaning. Users of the 72S can upgrade to the SR.