Specifically developed for the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 printer to simulate metallic effects
Epson today launches its MetallicProof Film, a breakthrough material enabling packaging designers and pre-press houses to produce metallic effects on contract proofs, mock-ups and prototypes at a fraction of the cost of press proofs or earlier digital proofing systems. MetallicProof Film has been specially developed for use with the revolutionary new Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 inkjet printer, the only inkjet in the world to offer a water-based opaque white ink, and will be demonstrated for the first time at IPEX 2010 (May 18-25, Hall 10 C260).
Metallised foils are widely used for product labels and flexible packaging for snacks and confectionary products. This new metallic proofing film will be welcomed by designers and proofers, who can now preview accurate effects quickly and cost-effectively.
The Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 printer is already revolutionising packaging proofing. It prints high saturation UltraChrome HDR ink on a choice of proofing media, including clear films, paper and the new MetallicProof Film, on rolls or cut sheets up to 24 inches (609mm) wide.
Used on clear or metallic film, the Epson UltraChrome HDR White Ink provides an opaque base layer on the media enabling high colour saturation and resolution as if printed on paper. Alternatively, it can be used in combination with the printer's seven ink colours to create special effects such as pastels.
When printing onto the MetallicProof Film without using the white ink base, metallic colours can be achieved such as gold and bronze, as well as blues, reds, greens etc.
The MetallicProof Film features a specially-developed coating that is capable of high ink absorption for a wide colour gamut while delivering fast drying times for greater productivity.
Several proofing applications have already been released with drivers for the Stylus Pro WT7900 and specific controls for managing white ink placement. These include Compose Star Proof, EFI Fiery XF 4.1 and ColourProof XF 4.1 and GMG ColourProof.
MetallicProof Film is available in 100 foot (30.5m) long rolls of either 17 inch (432mm) or 24 inch (610mm) widths, priced at 539 or 770 Euros respectively. The film is 5.9 mil (150 microns) thick and joins the existing range of Epson ClearProof Film and CrystalClear Film, also developed specifically for the Stylus Pro WT7900.
ClearProof Film is intended for contract proofing and is a clear film with instant-dry capability. CrystalClear Film is a lower priced, optically-clear film intended for concepts and draft proofs.
Epson has also announced two other forthcoming materials for the Stylus Pro WT7900: ShrinkWrap Film and ClearProof Adhesive Film. These will be available later this year.
Epson MetallicProof Film key features
- Designed for the Epson Stylus Pro WT7900 printer with UltraChrome HDR wide-gamut ink set with white
- High gloss mirror silver finish
- Can reproduce other metallic colours by overprinting coloured inks
- Quick drying
- Media thickness: 5.9 mil (150 microns)
- 17 inch x 100 foot (432mm x 30.5m) rolls: 539 Euros
- 24 inch x 100 foot (610mm x 30.5m) rolls: 770 Euros