Whites Law Bindery is a well-known niche book bindery specialising in short run and one-off publications such as high quality, hand-crafted leather-bound volumes, ledgers, presentation boxes and illuminated bound manuscripts. The installation of the Octopus X4 will increase the range of substrates and materials that can be used for printing onto directly.
Mobilewraps is using the new Octopus to expand the range of digital print options available to local agencies, designers and sign shops. The Octopus is believed to be the first UV flatbed printer to be installed in Tasmania, although it can also be used to print roll-to-roll.
The purchases follow the debut appearance of the Octopus at the PacPrint exhibition in May where its ability to print on a wide range of substrates attracted a good deal of interest.
It prints up to 2040mm wide and can handle practically any substrate up to 40mm thick, ranging from conventional signage media (cardboard, banners, mesh and vinyl sheets) to wood, metals, glass and ceramics.
The Octopus features four Xaar XJ-500 print heads with ink supply from six litre capacity metal tanks. Ink curing is by means of an air-cooled UV lamp mounted on the print carriage. Print resolution is 360 x 360 dpi at a peed of up to 45sqm per hour.
These two latest purchases bring the number of Octopus installations to three since the launch of the printer late last year.