Four colour printing directly onto metal front panels

Written by: Chris Shaw | Published:

A new six colour printing process that enables high definition printing directly onto the base material of front panels has been announced by Elma Electronic.

The process has been established to provide industrial designers with freedom to use gradients, tints and other complex shadings, in the same way as printing on paper. According to Elma, as well as providing the control functionality required to operate the equipment, the new development opens up considerable options for enhancing corporate and product identity.

The process offers a resolution up to 5760 x 1440dpi over an area of 300 x 500mm. The six colour inkjet process, cmyk plus separate red and blue, can be printed directly on to steel, aluminium and other metals. It is said to offer high adhesion and resistance to solvents and cleaners without having to use protective coatings over the printing.

The process can be driven from a number of industry standard formats such as AutoCAD, EPS files or PDFs.


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