Understanding the Best Ink Options Available for Wide-Format Digital Printing
The cost of ink is a large consideration when deciding which ink set to purchase, but there are also the considerations of durability, adhesion, color brightness and coverage. Before you dive into a new wide-format printer, you must carefully consider what you want to accomplish and which ink set will help you get there.
There are many varieties of inks available in the digital printing arena, from solvent and eco-solvent to latex, UV, solvent UV, aqueous (both dye and pigment) and dye sublimation. All inks have a few main components in common: a colorant (dye or pigment) and a carrier liquid. One of the defining qualities is the process where the color is adhered to the material or substrate.
The goal for this article is to cover the different qualities of each ink, list some of the applications for which they are used, and briefly touch on the pros and cons of each to help you make the best decision for your business.
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Ray Weiss, digital imaging specialist for SGIA, joined the association in 2014. He provides technical information on digital printing and imaging issues as well as digital equipment materials and vendor referrals. After eight years in the security field with the USAF, Ray began his career in the graphics industry with a typesetting and prepress business in Washington, D.C., which grew into an offset print operation in Maryland. He moved into sales, training, support and service in the wide-format industry. Ray has extensive experience with many of the major RIP software and printer manufacturers, and worked closely with the Smithsonian Institution to implement a color managed workflow in the exhibits department.