Direct Graphic and Display Printing

Direct Graphic and Display Printing uses a large format, full colour plus white, ultra-fine inkjet printing process which allows artwork to be printed directly on to virtually any flat surface up to 3m x 2m and up to 50mm in depth, or larger sizes using roll-to-roll printing photographic paper, vinyl and wallpaper, giving greater flexibility in the production of larger works. Direct printing uses nine channels loaded with CMYK plus two light colours alongside white and a varnish and separate primer to produce works on a range of substrates. With an improve 9 picolitre output for fine art applications, our top of the range Swiss Q Nyala offers improved precision printing on an extended range of substrates.

These ultra-fine droplets of ink are deposited directly on to the printing medai which is then almost instantly cured, or dried by UV (ultraviolet) light. The specially developed ink droplets are bonded to the surface of your chosen media – giving you a smooth, stable, abrasion resistant and long-lasting image which is weather-resistant for up to five years.

The UV inks that we use for our Direct Printing are archival for over 70 years. The overall archival stability of each piece is also determined by the substrate chosen to print to, and like any process, how you store your finished piece.

For outdoor use, Direct Printing is also weather-resistant for up to 5 years.

Direct Graphic and Display Printing – Materials:

We work with architects, developers and companies in the retail sector to produce images, logos and graphics on Foamex, Foamboard, Dibond, Acrylic, Rigid PVC, Birch Plywood and many others by request.

With little to no heat emitted from the LED lights, the Swiss Q Nyala LED printer offers new solutions for the challenges of printing heat-sensitive media such as paper or fabrics, offering unparalleled new possibilities for printing on extended substrates. The following gives an indication into the benefits of our most popular substrates for graphic and display printing.

Direct Prints on Foamex

With its lightweight and semi-rigidity, Foamex is a popular choice for short-term applications, touring exhibitions and those wanting to add another dimension to graphics in a cost-effective way.

Foamex is a lightweight mounting board with a polyurethane foam core. Graphics are produced on Foamex with a matte finish.

Key benefits:

– Ideal for short-term applications

– Lightweight

– Cost-effective

– Suitable for indoor or outdoor display

Direct Prints on Dibond

Dibond consists of a polyethylene core between 2 brushed aluminium panels, ensuring prints on this triple-layered composite panel are lightweight yet rigid and stable, making Dibond a popular choice for outdoor signage solutions.

Key benefits:

– Ideal for longer-term applications

– Lightweight, rigid and stable Aluminium Dibond

– Suitable for indoor or outdoor display

Direct Prints on Foamboard

Foamboard is a lightweight and easily cut material, consisting of a polystyrene foam clad with an outer facing of coated paper on each side. Due to its lightweight nature, Foamboard is a popular choice for short-term applications.

Key benefits:

– Ideal for short-term applications

– Lightweight

– Cost effective

– Suitable for indoor or outdoor display

Direct Prints on Acrylic

Acrylic, otherwise known by its brand name Perspex, is a commonly used name for Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA) which is commonly an exceptionally clear thermoplastic sheet (although other finishes are available).

Key benefits:

– Ideal for longer-term applications

– Areas can be left transparent for light to shine through

– Suitable for indoor or outdoor display

Direct Prints on Birch Plywood

Birch Plywood is a hardwood comprised of multiple veneers to increase structural stability. Birch Plywood is a popular for a range of applications where excellent strength

Key benefits:

– Ideal for longer-term applications

– Areas can be left transparent for light to shine through

– Suitable for indoor or outdoor display

Direct Prints on Rigid PVC

Polyvinyl Chloride, commonly known as PVC, is a strong but lightweight plastic used for a variety of applications including construction and signage. Rigid PVC is strong, stable and water-resistant, making it ideal for outdoor applications.

Key benefits:

– Excellent strength and stability

– Lightweight

– Suitable for indoor or outdoor display