Saturday, April 21, 2007
In the wide-format sector, the debate between UV and solvent is at its height. Solvent printers are cheaper and faster and their inks arguably produce a wider colour gamut. UV printers, on the other hand, offer less waste, less downtime, a wider range of substrates and applications, and easier use. But UV is more expensive - estimates put the inks at around 15-30% more - and its colour gamut is generally held to be smaller and less vibrant than the dye-based inks used by solvent printers.