Corrugated iron is traditionally used in roofing, but why not think about it for signage or artworks? The images below show the Flatbed printer itself (in sleep mode!) and a recent artwork we completed showing just how solid colours and images can produce very effectively on this medium.
We asked Cezarne, our Flatbed operator (and sometime Sculptor when she’s not busy looking after her 3 amazing grandkids!), for some tips and hints about this work:
About how long did it take to print this item?
The print itself only took 30 minutes. This machine can print up to 23.6 sqm/hour!
The main challenge is to get the printer heads set at the correct height – with sufficient clearance over the corrugated ripples to avoid costly ‘head strikes’, but not too high that overspray affects print quality.
How many passes were involved? Any other technical info that is significant or interesting?
The print condition was set to 16 pass, bio direction with the dot size set to 6/3/2. The great thing about the Flatbed is that it will print on virtually any substrate up to 50mm thick. I recently printed onto wood at this thickness and it looked great (and it's a sustainable solution too!).
For me, one of the main features of the Flatbed is not only the high class results that can be achieved, but also that there are no messy inks to deal with as all the inks are in cartridges, with no intense solvent fumes.
In your opinion, what substrates get the best results on the Flatbed?
I’ve done a lot of experimentation on various substrates over the last few months. Whilst there is fantastic potential for many applications, the most successful in my opinion is direct print onto acrylic which achieves stunning, near photographic image quality.
Watch this space … more on printing direct onto acrylic to follow!