Prototypes & Comps

Design Tech Products: Idea Transformers

Posted: April 8, 2013 by
Kara Dunford

Inkjet Spot UV Coater
Engineered for short-run, custom packaging applications or prototyping on sheets up to 20x42 in., MGI’s JetVarnish 3-D inkjet spot UV coater offers traditional flat spot UV coating (up to 3,000 B2 sheets per hr), while the new 3-D raised effects (up to 100-microns thick) elevate brand appeal with beautiful, tactile features.

Digital Wide-format Printer
The Mimaki CJV30 Series is engineered to help package designers, brand owners and agencies go from great idea to great presentation by bringing prototype, label and package printing in house. The CJV30 is a print/cut system that also utilizes white and silver ink for eye-catching metallic effects.

Solvent Inkjet Printer
The SureColor S70670 utilizes Epson’s dual array MicroPiezo TFP print heads to deliver small droplet sizes and fast print speeds. The 64-in. solvent printer uses Epson’s new UltraChrome GSX ink, which is available in up to 10 colors, including an optional white and silver metallic, which can be used on clear or colored media.

Digital Label System
The iTech AXXIS SR Digital Label System consists of a 720x720 high-resolution CMYK inkjet engine that can print prototypes and short runs on a variety of substrates in widths from 4 to 8.5 in. The integrated finisher laminates, digitally die-cuts and scores the face-stock.

Wide-format Printer/Cutters
Featuring low-heat LED lamps, Roland VersaUV LEC wide-format printer/cutters print CMYK, white and clear inks on hundreds of media options, including foils, papers, biaxially oriented PP (BOPP), polyethylene and PET film. Integrated contour cutting die-cuts, perforated-cuts and creases graphics for short-run labels and package prototypes. Clear ink finishes graphics with embossing and varnishing effects.

Digital Large-format Press
The HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press prints up to 95 full boards an hour at production speed as well as completely unique packages and prototypes. This enables designers to optimize the design once for prototyping and production printing, which can help ensure color consistency between prototypes and final packaging.

Box Prototype Service
Box prototypes are directly printed on production substrates—including shrink film, metalized flexible films, solid bleached sulfates, BOPP, PET and corrugated. Cartons can have metallic effects, white ink, spot varnishes in matte or gloss, and multi-level embossing.

Virtual Modeling
Plastic Technologies Inc.’s virtual prototyping capabilities include barrier performance modeling and analysis, plus process simulation.

3-D Prototyping Service
Transparent Container offers Fused Deposition Modeling and PolyJet 3-D prototyping services. Fused Deposition Modeling (trademarked by Stratasys) and PolyJet 3-D Printing (trademarked by Objet) are additive manufacturing processes. The machine builds up layer upon layer of the 3-D model, starting with the bottom layer. The material used is a liquid photopolymer, which feels similar to plastic when hardened.

Finishing Table
The Kongsberg i-XE10 digital finishing system finishes prototypes or short-run packaging and labels. It can cut papers, labels, folding carton, thin styrene or PP, up to 35.4x47.2 in. An automated conveyer system is optional. 

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Prototyping Service
Frankenstitch Promotions is a provider of digital wide-format graphics, prototypes and manufactures custom boxes and specialty items. A print-ready file can be imaged on e-flute or c-flute corrugated for $5 to $6 per sq. ft. using one of its wide-format devices. Frankenstitch can also print on film.