Awards & Engraving

January '18

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A&E JANUARY 2018 • 21 The use of a UV-LED curing unit resolves all the limitations of the older mercury lamp design and allows the production of a compact, efficient UV printer that fits an office/light- production environment. A UV-LED printer uses only 20 percent power of a water-cooled lamp model, offers immediate power-on, and has a 10,000 hr. LED lamp life. These can operate in a normal office or light- production space. In addition, they are environmentally friendly. You will need a few things to get started: a sturdy table if one is not provided by the manufacturer; a UPS system to protect the printer from power failures and surges; a color- managed monitor and printer; and an up-to-date PC with good graphics software and the manufacturer's RIP designed for your printer. In addition, you may need an adhesion promoter and lamination materials for a limited number of surfaces. The entry-level cost for a smaller, light-production printer like the Roland LEF-12i is $15K. The other three larger, faster, full-featured printers covered in this article range from $18-24K (basic printer price only). Onsite training from the manufac- turer or dealer is typically two to five days depending on the model and options. As with any new technology, expertise increases with self-study and actual use after formal training. Getting Started: Equipment & Cost 1-909-718-0248 USE YOUR LASER TO CUT MORE… Stahls' recommended Polyurethane (PU) heat transfer materials: CAD-CUT ® Fashion-FILM ® CAD-CUT ® Glitter Flake ™ CAD-CUT ® Premium Plus ™ AE0118 Learn more by visiting | 800.478.2457 | 800.521.4384 Expand your apparel decoration offerings by using your laser system with Stahls' CAD-CUT ® Heat Transfer Materials. It's now easier than ever to achieve photo-realistic details without the task of weeding.

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