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The Basics

UV Printer

Our UV Printer takes making to a whole new level. You can print directly on a variety of materials including paper, foam board, wood, glass, aluminum, many types of plastics and much more! Signage, plaques, phone cases, and keys are just some of the items you can customize through UV printing. Please note, the UV printer cannot print on fabric. If you bring your own material you are only charged for ink usage.

UV printing is similar to traditional printing in that it uses ink. But unlike traditional printing, UV inks dry from being exposed to ultra-violet lights that almost instantly turn the liquid ink into a solid. For most projects, print times can range from just a few minutes to 20+ minutes, depending on the size and quality of the project. Set-up can take a few minutes as well, so please factor that in when trying to determine how many projects you can accomplish during a reservation.

The Roland VersaWorks software, which controls the UV printer, can help you crop, scale, flip, and multiply your prints. Still, it’s best to have your design ready when you arrive. Photoshop, Illustrator, and even Microsoft Office products can be used to create designs--as long as the file is saved as a PDF. Using Adobe Illustrator and the Roland VersaWorks swatch (available in the MakerSpace), you can make your project really pop by adding a layer of gloss.

Features

  • The UV printer bed size accommodates projects up to 3.94" thick and 30" x 13" wide
  • ECO-UV inks in CMYK, White and Gloss (for added protection and shine)
  • Dedicated print heads for White and Gloss inks speed up production
  • Materials available for purchase: 8x10 foam core backing boards ($2.00 each), 5x7 wood pieces ($1.50 each)

What You’ll Need

You’ll need a design saved as a PDF. A staff member is required to prepare the machine for you.

Cost

  • Ink
    • 1-5cc* - $2.50
    • 5-10cc - $5.00
    • 10-15 cc - $7.50.
    • For each additional increment of 5cc used, you will be charged another $2.50 per foot.

*Most projects will be in the 1-5 cc range. Price includes: failed prints due to design error and/or prints that do not complete before a reservation expires.

Station Reservations

Reserve the vinyl printer/cutter. Please note:

  • Customers are permitted one 120-minute session per day.
  • There is a 10-minute grace period before reservations are automatically cancelled.
  • The computer will shut off and the printer will stop printing when a session expires.
  • Reservations can be made up to 6 weeks in advance.

Don’t have a reservation? Ask a staff member in the MakerSpace to add your name to the stand-by list. If an appointment is missed or extra time is available at the end of another customer’s session, you may be able to use the printer. The stand-by list is only available in person. You must be present if/when availability opens up.