What do you do when you need a banner that’s 3 feet by 5 feet? Or when you need graphic signs for your storefront? You’ll need the services of a printer who has wide format capabilities.
Wide format printing is a relatively new technology, having been pioneered by Xerox. (The inkjet technology that most wide format printers use was developed by HP and Canon.) Over the past 20 years, wide format printing has become far more advanced and its capabilities have grown exponentially.
A wide format printer can print anywhere between 18 to 100 inches wide and often on a continuous roll for unlimited length. These printers often use aqueous ink (water based), but can also use solvent inks or UV cured inks for a longer lasting print in extreme conditions like prolonged sun exposure. Depending on the printer’s capabilities, substrates (printing surfaces) can range from paper to vinyl, from acrylic and PVC to metal. Not all wide format printers use rolls, however. There are sheet-fed printers that handle the more rigid substrates.
Wide format printing can handle banners, posters, signage, vehicle wraps, even wallpaper or media backdrops. Some more sophisticated uses include backlit film, magnetic substrates, and waterproof applications.
Master Print has the capability, through the Vomela network, to provide wide format printing services. If you have a project and you’re not sure how to get it done, contact your salesperson or account manager and ask those questions. We’re here to help!