What Are The Different Types Of Large Format Printing
When it comes to large format commercial printing, there are three primary methods that are used most often. These methods are UV/LED cured printing, latex printing, and dye sublimation. Each of these methods has its own unique benefits that make it well-suited for specific applications.
What Is Large Format Digital Print?
Large format digital print is a type of commercial print media that uses a large format printing press to produce prints that are larger than the average size – sometimes significantly larger, such as printed wall banners. These prints can be used for a variety of purposes, such as signage, displays, and advertising.
Examples of large format print include:
- Outdoor retail signage
- Trade show displays
- Fabric-based applications
Types Of Large Format Printing:
1. UV / LED Cured Printing
UV / LED cured printing is a type of large format digital print that uses ultraviolet (UV) light or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to cure or dry the ink. This type of printing is often used for prominently placed window signage and long-term outdoor displays, as the UV / LED curing process helps to make the prints more resistant to colour degradation from sunlight exposure.
2. Latex Printing
Latex printing uses water-based latex inks to produce large format content on a variety of substrates. Latex inks are known for their durability and resistance to weathering, making them perfect for outdoor signage and other applications where the prints will be exposed to the elements. Latex printing is also a sustainable option for environmentally conscious businesses.
3. Dye Sublimation
Dye sublimation is a large format digital print method that utilises heat to transfer dye directly onto a textile substrate, without the need for a separate curing process. This type of printing is often used for fabric-based applications, such as flags, banners, and trade show displays. The benefit of dye sublimation is that the prints are highly resistant to fading and other forms of damage.
Working With A Large Format Printing Company
What these three methods have in common is their suitability for both outdoor and indoor applications and their compatibility with a wide range of print substrates. Your choice will depend firstly on your performance requirements – such as whether you require printed media for long-term placement or a short-term requirement, such as an event – and also on your budget, delivery timescales, and installation needs (e.g. accessibility).
When choosing a large format printing company, it is important to consider factors such as experience, expertise, price, reputation, and reviews. Doing your research ahead of time will help you to find the best company for your specific project needs.
An experienced print media specialist, such as one of our team at MTA Digital, can guide you through your options and help you make the best choice for your application. Request a quote to find out more.