The Roland LEF-12i Flatbed UV Printer is a digital printer that can print high-quality images on a wide range of materials, including plastics, metals, and glass. The printer uses UV technology to cure ink as it is printed onto a material. It features a flatbed design, which allows users to print on a wide range of materials, including plastics, metals, glass, and even three-dimensional objects.
This document provides instructions for using the printer with the Roland VersaWorks software and Adobe Illustrator.
The printer uses several UV-LED lamps to cure the ink, which enables it to print on non-porous and uneven surfaces that traditional printers cannot handle. The UV-curable ink also provides a high level of durability, making it suitable for outdoor applications and products that will be exposed to wear and tear.
Users load their material onto the flatbed and send their design file to the printer using the Roland VersaWorks software. VersaWorks provides a range of tools for color management, print quality, and media selection, allowing users to achieve high-quality results with minimal effort.
Using the Roland UV Printer with Roland VersaWorks is a powerful and flexible way to create high-quality prints on a variety of materials. By following these instructions, you should be able to produce great results with your printer.
UV printers use ultraviolet (UV) light to cure or dry ink as it is printed onto a material. This allows for printing on a wide range of surfaces, including uneven or non-porous materials that traditional printers cannot handle. The ink is typically applied to the material in layers, with each layer building up the image or design. The UV light cures the ink by polymerizing it, which means that it solidifies and adheres to the material.
The ink used in UV printers is specially formulated to cure when exposed to UV light. This type of ink is made up of a combination of monomers, oligomers, photoinitiators, pigments, and other additives. When the ink is exposed to UV light, the photoinitiators start a chemical reaction that causes the ink to harden and bond to the material.
Because the ink cures almost instantly when exposed to UV light, it can be printed in very thin layers, allowing for highly detailed images and designs. The ability to print in multiple layers also enables UV printers to produce three-dimensional effects and simulate embossing or texture.
To print an image or design using a UV printer, the design file is typically prepared using specialized software, such as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW. The printer software then translates the design file into a series of instructions that control the movement of the print head and the application of the ink.
As the ink is applied to the material in layers, the printer software ensures that each layer is printed accurately and precisely. Once all of the layers have been printed, the material is exposed to UV light, which cures the ink and fixes the image or design onto the surface.