Add Color to Your Items With a UV Printer

WE’RE ON KICKSTARTER!
Our Kickstarter for a UV Printer is now live! Check it out at: http://bit.ly/SupportFE and make a pledge so that you can be the first to use this printer yourself. Or you could pledge to have us provide service options for you. Hurry because some of the rewards are limited.

Learn more about UV Printing below:

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Photo Courtesy of Roland DGA

WHAT IS UV PRINTING
Ultraviolet printing is the process of using UV inks, which are dried and cured with UVlight. With this process you can add multiple layers and gloss to create a variety of textures.

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Photo Courtesy of Roland DGA

WHAT CAN IT PRINT ON?
This specific printer uses a low heat lamp that enables printing on a wide range of materials, including PVC, PET, ABS, wood, boards, acrylic, and metal. It’s even capable of printing onto electronics so you can print directly onto the back of your phone or laptop.

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Photo Courtesy of Roland DGA

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR ME?
This allows you to create and customize a wide variety of products, as well as their prototypes, packaging and parts. From toys and sports gear to promotional items the possibilities are endless.

 

WHAT THE DIFFERENCE IN COST FOR DIY MODEL AND GOING TO A TRADITIONAL PRINTER?
This UV Printer is very unique because there’s no one in our local area that we know of that offers printing on raised or 3d materials. You’ll be able to find people using UV printing on traditional paper but this takes it beyond flat paper print. There are a handful of online vendors that will do a specific line of items and often times wont allow for full customization with multiple layers of ink or spot gloss to create textures. But just for kicks we have a comparison below:

 

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Photo Credit: Dannie Phan

Image on 12×20 Birch Plywood
Online Shops: $80
DIY Option: $5 for the wood $10-$16 for the ink and time ($15-$21)

Perfect for photographers and graphic designers to get their work on new mediums. It’s not just limited to wood, you can print onto canvas, plastics, and metals too!

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Photo Credit: Dannie Phan

36 Photo Magnets
Online Shops: $120
DIY Option: $10 magnets $10-$16 for the ink and time ($20-$26)

This is a great example of small items that can be added into a small business catalogue of items. Why stop at magnets when you can make custom photo jewelry and coasters.

 

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Photo Credit: Dannie Phan

Pair of Custom Moleskin
Online Shops: $150
DIY Options: $25 for notebook $10-$16 for the ink and time ($35-$41)

Brand and market your company on products that you love. With other providers, some products require a minimum of 100 orders and others may limit you on the amount of color on your final piece.

 

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Photo Credit: Dannie Phan

14 Phone Cases
Online Shops: $500
DIY Option: $30 for the cases $10 – $16 for the ink and time ($40-$46)

If you’re looking to develop a new prototype or develop a small volume of customizable items, it can be much faster to develop it domestically so that you can have quick turnarounds and immediately make changes to your product during production.

 

HOW HARD IS THIS TO LEARN?

It’s as easy as drag and drop! It’s very similar to using a normal printer, except you’ll have a handful of more options to chose from such as adding multiple layers or gloss. If you have any experience with graphic design it will be a piece of cake.

 

I’VE NEVER BEEN TO A MAKER STUDIO. WHEN CAN I VISIT YOU?

Feel free to swing by our studio at 16540 Harbor Blvd, Fountain Valley, CA 92708 during our normal business hours of M-F 10am-8pm and Sa-Su 10am-6pm.

If you would like to bring a bunch of your friends or organize a group tour with our founders give us a call at (657) 210-4637 or email us at info@factoryenova.com and we can set something up!

We will be hosting a handful of Open Houses and Demo Events on the following days:

Saturday, November 15th – 11AM – 1PM
Thursday, November 20th – 7PM – 9PM
Monday, November 24th – 7PM – 9PM
Wednesday, December 3rd – 7PM – 9PM

We would be super excited to see you in our space!

And just a friendly reminder: Our Kickstarter for a UV Printer is now live!  So pledge now!

 

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