Sometimes called wide-format printing or grand-format printing, large format printing requires the use of specialty production equipment that can accommodate bigger-than-normal print dimensions.
In the print industry, "large format" is actually a relative term because maximum print sizes vary from printer to printer. But generally speaking, large format refers to the following categories of print materials - Window and Wall Posters, Maps, Diagrams and Charts, Event Announcements, Large Wall Calendars, Store Displays, Promotional Signage, Child Growth Charts etc.
The printing process for large format printing is very similar to that of digital printing, which makes it an ideal process for full-color items. The press will lay down toner through the use of large nozzles. The ink is directly applied to the product, which creates a much more authentic feel than mounting printed pieces to substrates. The printing process is quick like digital printing and has the ability to produce high-quality images and photographs.
Large format printing Houston presses are often either flatbed printers, roll-to-roll printers, or a combination of both. In a flatbed printer, a substrate will be placed on the bed, which will act as a carrier to propel the material through the printer. During the printing process, the UV light hits the liquid ink and turns it into solid ink on the chosen substrate. Flatbed printers are great options for those who are looking to print directly on thicker or less traditional substrates.
A roll-to-roll printer is often used to print items such as banners, canvas, or printed pieces on flexible materials that will come on rolls. The roll of material will be loaded on one side and be carried through the printer where it will be re-rolled onto another uptake roller. These types of printers are ideal for long runs of flexible material as the process can be streamlined and production can move faster with less interruption.
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