Color Management

Product Focus: Prototyping

Posted: December 11, 2013 by
Kara Dunford

UV Inkjet Printer
Utilizing UV inkjet technology, the Océ Arizona Series printers print directly to rigid substrates up to 96 x 120 in. and produce near-photographic results with speeds up to 696 ft. per hour. The printers are available with CMYK plus varnish and white ink options.

Manufacturing Target Development
Guy Conti Art & Design provides the ability to touch and feel what tubes, bottles, jars, folding cartons, set-up boxes and shopping bags with foil stamping, custom embossing, custom spraying, printing and chrome finishing, shrink wrapping, laser die-cutting, custom dry transfer and silk screening processes will look like. The firm can create packaging production targets with detailed instructions for manufacturing. Digital proofing and mechanical preparation are also available.

Packaging Prototypes
Schawk’s brand deployment packaging prototype services range from providing comps for “live” local market tests in store, to production comps used to sell new products at retail, to hero comps suitable for media exposure and PR opportunities. Schawk produces a wide range of package prototypes, comps and sales samples, particularly for the food, beverage, health and drug industries including both rigid and flexible packaging, which can be produced using clear, white and metallized substrates, along with heat shrinkable films. Service offerings include carton prototyping, pouch prototyping and shrink label prototyping.

Complex Prototypes
Bridge Premedia’s prototypes allow clients to reproduce metallics, white ink, spot varnishes and embossing effects via direct output on production substrates such as shrink film, foil, paperboard and rigid plastics. Services include carton prototyping, pouch prototyping, shrink label prototyping, shrink overwrap prototyping, rapid prototyping of jars and bottles, and interactive 3-D, virtual prototypes.

Carton and Pouch Prototyping
The Printing, Fulfillment and Mailing Group services include carton and pouch prototyping.  Additionally, various label, blister and clam shell packaging solutions are available. 

3-D Structural Prototypes
IBC Shell produces 3-D printed prototypes on a Cimquest fused deposition modeler to communicate the beauty and confirm the functionality of our clients’ products and concept. Using 3-D CAD Buildware to prepare stereolithography files, the firm can create prototypes with moving components.

Food Packaging Prototypes
PrintSure specializes in no-minimum prototype packaging that meets FDA food packaging regulations. PrintSure’s pouches, cartons and shrink sleeves can be used for direct or indirect contact with food.

Digital Label System
The iTech AXXIS HS Digital Label System prints and finishes labels. It consists of the iTech AXXIS HS Digital Label Printer, a high-resolution roll-fed CMYK toner print engine, and the iTech AXXIS HS Digital Label Finisher that laminates, cuts and strips, slits and rewinds rolls of labels.

Virtual 3-D Mock-up Tool
Esko Studio can help turn ideas into 3-D mock-ups that  can be sent to clients as virtual pack-shots, movies or PDF files.

Inkjet Printer
The ValueJet 1204Plus 48-in. four color Eco-solvent printer prints on Ready2Print pregrommeted and prewelded banner material and standard banner, vinyl, canvas and other inkjet media. It offers multiple application capability and a small footprint.

 “Food-safe” Test Samples
Using what the firm calls “a proprietary method for producing short-run food-safe packaging,” Kaleidoscope can produce retail test market samples in quantities from one to 10,000.

Bottle, Can Printer
The CP100 UV printer images four-color graphics in resolutions up to 300 dpi directly onto bottles and cans. This enables design agencies and brand owners to print fully customized beverage packages in quantities as low as one, in house and on demand.

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

Corrugated Printer
Powered by HP Scitex High Dynamic Range Technology, the HP Scitex FB10000 prints up to 125 full-size sheets an hour with high-quality, 16 gray-level printing.

Wide-format Printer/Cutter
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, polyethylene and PET film. It also offers integrated contour cutting, perforated cuts and creasing for short-run labels and package prototypes. Clear ink option can be used for embossing and varnishing effects.

Software for Cutters
Zünd now offers ZDC, an Adobe Illustrator plug-in with a continually expanding library of parametric designs. Other features include 3-D visualization and 3-D PDF export. The software is compatible with all Zünd digital cutters and sample-makers.

LED Digital Color Printer
The new C941dn LED digital color printer from OKI Data Americas features a five-station toner configuration with white or clear in the fifth position. The C941dn comes with an optional EFI Fiery XF server.


Structural and Creative Carton Design
NationWide Press offers full-color printing and finishing on corrugated and board stock without tooling.