Wide format printing is an industrial printing technique that allows you to create large visuals indoor and outdoor purposes. Also referred to as large format printing, wide format printing requires the use of specialized printers which can accommodate the large, yet varying print sizes. There are several printing technologies used in wide format printing. Some of these are Thermal Inkjet or TIJ technology and Continuous Inkjet or CIJ technology which can be used with Needham Ink that is OEM compatible.

When it comes to wide format printing, there are various types of ink that you can use to create impressive designs. Let us look at some of them.

Aqueous Ink

This ink is water-based. It must be mixed with water when applied and as it dries up, the water evaporated leaving a bright print behind. The ink comes in two varieties called dye and pigment. These varieties do not contain harmful chemicals and are great for detailed images. They are not water resistant and should only be used for indoor printing.

Solvent Ink

A form of pigment ink that is prepared using volatile organic compounds. Solvent ink is waterproof and resistant to UV rays. It is more durable than aqueous ink and holds quite well on most types of surfaces. One major drawback of this ink is the use of toxic chemicals in its preparation, which makes it non-ideal for businesses such as restaurants and shops. Industrial printing companies that use solvent ink must ensure there is adequate ventilation to avoid inhaling the dangerous fumes that may be emitted during printing.

Dry Sublimation Ink

This is available in two types. The aqueous type is mostly used for standard large format printing while the solvent type is common in more sophisticated large format printers.

UV Cured Ink

If you are in need of a type of ink that dries quickly on a number of surfaces, consider using UV cured inks. The drying process involves exposure to strong ultraviolet rays. This makes the ink more expensive than its counterparts although most people still use it because of its durability.

 Latex Ink

This is a form of solvent ink that does not contain any toxic chemicals. It is one of the most versatile, options that deliver high-quality images that may last indefinitely. The ink is odorless and eco-friendly. It is best suited for printing companies that produce both indoor and outdoor products.

In Conclusion

Most of the products we encounter in our day to day life are printed using one of the wide format inks mentioned above. These inks are more advantageous than ordinary ink because of their durability, quick drying time and waterproof capability. They are also cost effective and can be used for many industrial applications.