Graphic Station has been busy breaking in its new Mimaki JFX200-2513 LED UV wide-format printer after its installation by i-Sub Digital this month, following its lightning-speed purchase of the first JFX200-2513 in Europe at Sign and Digital UK 2014 in April.
Graphic Station director Paul Fox arrived at the show in Birmingham before the doors opened, after working with i-Sub Digital's Emma Plant over previous weeks to find the ideal printer for the Romford-based business's needs.
After waiting for installation, the Graphic Station team has been busy testing it out with a huge variety of output, ranging from high-quality office signage to innovative retail branding to creative home décor.
"We've done so many different things," says Paul Fox. "We're working with an artist to print onto Welsh black slate, we've printed onto wood, MDF, acrylic and Dibond, produced promotional work for Arriva's London headquarters, working on branded cupboards for a national cake shop chain, taxi-cab signs – we've tried a whole range of materials and designs, with brilliant results."
Graphic Station is also looking to work with a local non-profit art group, to 'give something back to the community', he adds.
The Mimaki JFX200-2513 is a 2.4m x 1.2m LED UV flatbed printer with CMYK UV ink plus white, clear and primer options for imaginative designs and vibrant colours. It can produce superior output at up to 25sqm/hr onto substrates up to 50mm thick. Despite these market-leading features, the Mimaki JFX200-2513 is priced to be a markedly affordable choice for sign-makers and display producers.
"The Mimaki JFX200-2513 with UV ink can print onto a large range of substrates, meaning Graphic Station can be really inventive about what it offers its customers," says Andy Spreag, director of i-Sub Digital.
"We were thrilled to sell the first Mimaki JFX200-2513 in Europe at Sign and Digital UK 2014 – and the first machine of the show – so it's great to see the new owner put it through its paces with such energy."
Paul Fox says he now has his eye on the Mimaki UJF-3042 desktop printer with i-Sub Digital's exclusive Digi-Foil foiling system, offering the opportunity to diversify with packaging mock-ups, personalisation, decoration and endless other applications. Metallic, coloured, holographic and other effects, identical to traditional foiling processes, can be produced digitally in minutes with significantly less waste. "When I saw the UJF-3042 with Digi-Foil I was blown away by it," he says.