Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced the availability of LUS-350 UV-LED ink, a highly durable yet flexible high-performance ink for the thermoforming market.
After printing, the ink is fully cured onto a hard surface and is resistant to scratching or dimpling. When heated, it transforms into a pliable state with up to 350 percent elongation possible. When cooled, it returns to a hard, durable surface in the shape of the thermoforming mold. This ink offers a fine finish for applications such as automotive components, molded signs and prototypes.
LUS-350 ink does not crack after molding, making it an ideal ink for printing onto substrate such as PETG, acrylic, polycarbonate, polystyrene and PVC before the thermoforming process. Intricate textures of decorative fine prints are retained even after molding. Raised areas of thickly applied ink and double/triple layer printing also stay intact without cracking.