Supporting Signage and Display Graphics
The new VUTEk D3r and D5r LED inkjet printer models from Electronics for Imaging (EFI) offer a mid-range solution for high-end digital print designs.
VUTEk D3r is 3.5 metres wide and offers a print output of up to 2,196 square feet per hour, will be debuting at the EFI Connect users’ conference from 21st to 24th January in Las Vegas, and making its European debut at the EFI EMEA Ignite event on 29th January in Brussels, Belgium.
The second printer in the new mid-range line, VUTEk D5r, comes at a width of 5.2 metres and prints at up to 2,626 square feet per hour.
Ken Hanulec, vice-president of Worldwide Marketing for EFI explains:
“The ‘D’ in the name for these new printers is for ‘Design’, and they are absolutely designed to offer the right mix of features, productivity and cost to create new opportunities for signage and graphics professionals.
“We listened very closely to our customers for feedback to create a mid-volume solution that will be the technology of choice for print providers seeking to profitably grow their businesses with high-end applications.”
Early users of the printers agree.
“We were looking to upgrade our 5-meter printing capabilities, and when we found the EFI VUTEk D5r, it checked all the boxes related to speed, quality, cost of operation, and efficiency”, says Bryan Thomas, president of United States-based Thomas Printworks. “The quality of the machine was so impressive that it gave us the added benefit of also replacing a 3-meter printer within our fleet.”
Agostino Allegris, CEO and president of Allgraf in Italy, adds:
“Our choice to buy the EFI VUTEk D5r was a winning decision,” said . “The printing resolution, the possibilities of white printing and the inline clear ink are unique features and they give us a competitive edge. Now, we have the ability to print a full flood or selective clear ink in glossy or matte. We are excited of the possibilities of printing a whole series of innovative applications and materials.”
An ultra-high-definition print mode offers near-photographic quality. The printers’ LED curing ensures not only cost savings but also a more environmentally sound printing solution, consuming less energy and enabling the use of thinner, heat-sensitive substrates.
The VUTEk D line is also equipped with additional printheads and offers both white and jettable clear ink for matte and glossy effects, covering a wider amount of unique applications such as wall decorations and murals, window graphics, flooring, high-value prints with selective gloss effects, fleet graphics, truck-side curtains and more.
Optional features include:
- White and clear ink;
- Inline x-cutters and y-slitters;
- Automatic backlit and block-out printing;
- Media spreaders and motorized winders; and more.
Both printers include EFI’s industry-leading Fiery® proServer SE digital front end, allowing increased productivity as well as accurate color matching every time.
For added productivity, users can choose to add a software productivity pack and are able to remotely connect with the printers using a mobile application. EFI VUTEk SuperFlex 3M™ inks are also available for manufacturing of popular and profitable vehicle wraps and fleet graphics.