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    UV Flatbed printers

    Hopefully somebody out there has some knowledge of these.

    I want to print designs using various translucent colors on clear acrylic. The remainder
    of the area will be non-translucent Black. The area behind the design will then
    be backlit allowing the non-Black areas to "lightup".

    Are UV Printers a good choice for doing this?

    Larry
    GWeike LC6090 130 Watt 24" x 36" Table
    Shopbot 96 x 48
    Kossel Clear 3D Printer

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    I am dreaming of having a flatbed printer someday.... I would ask for samples from the various sales reps... I have some samples on the way and I am sending some material like Glow in the Dark to them to print.

    Mild Solvent Pigment Inks might fit your need... They are not UV Cure but another approach. I was looking at Direct Jet 2-17 but no white.... Others they sell have white. The other dream machine is the UJF-3042 UV Cure.

    Good Luck,

    AL
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    I worked in the trade show graphics industry for years. We used to print to transparent film and laminate to plex.
    These were photographic prints (am I showing my age? ;-) The blacks weren't a deep black so you didn't want to
    hit it with too much back light. Also we laminated a frosted sheet to the back (or laminated to a milk plex). Some
    materials we bought already had a "frosted coating" (it was called Dura Trans).

    So it you want to play around and make some testing pieces to see if you thoughts work there are a couple things to do.

    Check these guys out

    www.papilio.com/inkjet adhesive transparency clear film media.html

    They have an amazing selection of materials.

    But this will give you chance to see it.

    Check this out to,
    www.qlt.com/biz/c3.html

    There are a handful of manufactures for this type of machine.

    Check with Rodne Gold as I believe he purchased something similar in China.
    Martin Boekers

    1 - Epilog Radius 25watt laser 1998
    1 - Epilog Legend EXT36 75watt laser 2005
    1 - Epilog Legend EXT36 75watt laser 2007
    1 - Epilog Fusion M2 32 120watt laser with camera 2015
    2 - Geo Knight K20S 16x20 Heat Press
    Geo Knight K Mug Press,
    Ricoh GX-7000 Dye Sub Printer
    Zerox Phaser 6360 Laser Printer
    numerous other tools and implements
    of distruction/distraction!

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