After installing Roland DG VersaUV LEF-20 and Roland DG TrueVis printers, QuickPrint has discovered a wealth of new printing applications, like printing a variety of different aircraft directly onto gold ingots.
Exeter based QuickPrint is a business that moves with the times, without forgetting about history. The company started life as a litho printer in 1961 and still uses this technique alongside more modern technology. After spotting a market for exterior print such as banners, the company invested in digital wide format printing systems to produce them. In so doing, it unlocked a range of other exterior print applications, like shop signs and vehicle graphics – followed by large format exhibition graphics, roll ups, pop ups, posters, labels and much more.
All these are produced to order on a TrueVIS VG-640 combined printer/cutter, which replaced an older VS-640 around a year ago. It is integral to QuickPrint's mission to continually discover new services, products and ideas.
‘The VS-640 stood us well for years, but the new TrueVIS gave us increased speed and quality – a massive bonus,’ explained Richard Frayne, director of QuickPrint (South West) Ltd. ‘Customers are
demanding fast turnaround, full colour work and the TrueVis VG offers both speed and quality. It is a win-win,’
Alongside the VG-640 is a VersaUV LEF-20 UV flatbed printer, a compact device with a built in carbon extractor in the base. This can print an extraordinary range of colours, including white and gloss highlights, and even unique textures onto practically any material or product up to 100 mm thick. For QuickPrint, this includes printing designs of famous aircraft, such as the Spitfire, onto gold plated ingots. The company receives the ingots from a specialist mint company, prints a layer of white on the VersaUV LEF-20, and then over-prints with stunning CMYK colour images.
Richard explains that a course at the Roland Academy enabled his team to learn more about the potential of the LEF. It is this machine that is ‘opening doors’ for QuickPrint, he says.
‘When we provide large format work to our customers, it is nice to offer the full service,’ he said. ‘We can also offer quotes to other business, for more unusual work, thanks to the LEF.
‘It is a very versatile machine; it can print onto almost anything up to 100 mm high. If you can print it, we can offer it – we are a one stop shop, always looking for new products and new services.’