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48 • WRAPS • 2 0 1 8 Non-trad- itional wraps have popped up all over the place. Sometimes there are even more curves and corners to navigate. (Im- age courtesy of Roland DGA) make sure a good, quality product is purchased in the rst place. "Some printers are less expensive up front, but will only last a few years," warns Maxwell, "and the replacement models do not always have the ability to replicate prior work. All too often in these situ- ations, colors and print quality will change once the printer is replaced." INVESTMENT/COST This all leads to how much a printer will cost, especially for those shops new to the wraps market. "If you're just getting into the business, I suggest a budget for a printer at $15,000," Downey offers. "And for those of you that are taking your business to a whole new level, go with the industrial unit as it will most likely print faster than three of the lesser expensive ones combined." With today's healthy competition among manufacturers and technology ever advancing, shops can nd a reliable, reasonably- priced printer to handle its wrap jobs. "A potential buyer," starts Maxwell, "can expect to spend any- where from $10,000 to $30,000 for a printer capable of doing wraps up to 64 inches. Smaller PSPs who are adding wraps as an additional service can typically expect to spend between $10,000 and $20,000 for their printer. More wrap-focused, or high-volume environments can expect to spend between $15,000 and $30,000 per printer." Other printers for wraps, such as Roland's VG-540 and Mutoh's VJ1624X, are priced at roughly $18,000 MSRP. And oftentimes, spe- cial promotions allow "customers (to) take advantage of rebates or ink bundles that help save them money," according to Padilla. As a general rule when considering price, "take into consideration the various features and benets you'll be getting with the printer you select," says Valade. This table shows a sample of printers compatible with wrap proj- ects and the specications in terms of speed, size, resolution and ink type associated with them. FORWARD THINKING Troy Downey has seen a thing or two in his day. He's worked with all kinds of products; he knows what to expect from manufacturers. He's got technique, and he applies it to his work. "So much of what many see as a 'brand-new' look has already been done by pioneers in the industry but was never perfected," Downey says. "Therefore, you didn't see a lot of it and the general populations missed it." This includes printing on different materials, using new ink col- ors, or incorporating non-traditional installation methods. But today, a lot of "new" concepts are reaching mainstream audiences, with emphasis on the exibility of the products that carry this innovation forward. For example, "Mimaki has recently introduced a UV-LED Cur- able ink platform, the UCJV Series, that has been embraced by Avery and 3M for vehicle wrap applications," explains Maxwell. "We believe this technology is a game-changer. Now our customers can utilize UV-LED Curable workows that remove some of the post process- ing bottlenecks other ink technologies have and open up new pos- sibilities in the process." Richart, who has certainly put in his time in the wraps arena, gives his unique take on innovative processes. "We haven't seen many new concepts introduced of late; however, different projects may require a different printing processes that are a little out of the norm," he says, pointing to work he has output on a Roland TrueVIS VG 640 printer/cutter. "Sometimes we will print a design on satin silver metallic and then apply a gloss overlaminate to achieve a partial wrap on a silver car, making it blend better." WRAPS PRINTERS TOOLS & EQUIPMENT COMPANY PRINTER WIDTH MAX SPEED MAX RESOLUTION INK TYPE Mutoh ValueJet 1624X 64" 600 sqft/hr 1,440 dpi Eco-Ultra Roland SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 64" 528 sqft/hr 1,440 dpi Eco-Sol MAX 2 Mimaki JV150-160 64" 605 sqft/hr 1,440 dpi Eco-Solvent or Dye Dub OKI Data ColorPainter M-64s 64" 716 sqft/hr 900 dpi Eco-Solvent SX It's not uncommon for a printer to be able to produce wrap projects for eight to 10 years. (Image courtesy of Mutoh America) The 64" SureColor S-Series mild-solvent-based production printer offers yet another option for wrap shops. (Image courtesy of Epson America)

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