Roll media support is particularly beneficial when printing prototypes that use both rigid and flexible substrates. The client is assured of the same color fidelity and high quality no matter the media. With white ink capability, you can print prototypes directly onto colored or clear media and substrates.
(2) A robust digital cutting table with a wide variety of easy-to-use tools for cutting, creasing, routing and trimming. This is an investment that can pay you back greatly if used to maximum advantage and not just for finishing packaging jobs.
(3) A software system that can automatically and intelligently nest images for maximum media usage and streamline the workflow.
With the right printer/cutter/software mix, you can now go from ‘zero to sixty’ in no time and produce the highest quality prints onto a wide range of substrates; cut, crease and route the material; and ship it to the package designer all in the same day. Producing this the old way would have taken days and required far more labor and expense.
For existing graphics shops, the ability to produce custom, short-run and prototype packaging represents not only potential new revenue but can be a value-add in promoting your own products and services. For example: a company that sells custom pop-up displays can customize the box to include variable data graphics that represent the customer, the setup location, unique assembly instructions, thumbnail image, theme, etc. Compared to just a plain box, the unspoken statement is one of full service to your customers. It’s a value-add for your clients and a boost for your reference potential.
The capabilities of flatbed-based UV printers and digital cutting systems can give you the ability to enter new markets, and packaging prototyping is just one example.