Canon introduces Colorado 1630

Canon has added a new model to its range of UVgel roll-to-roll printers, the Colorado 1630, positioned as an affordable, entry-level device. The UVgel printers produce durable, odourless and instantly dry prints on almost any media from plain paper to self adhesive vinyl and banners.

Canon’s Colorado 1630 is a budget version of the existing 1650.

As with the existing 1650 model, it uses the same UV gel 460, takes media up to 1625mm wide and can print at up to 1,800 dpi resolution. It’s slower than the 1650 with maximum print speed of 111 sqm/hr, which drops to 29 sqm/hr in high quality mode.

In addition, a number of standard features from the 1650 are not included with the 1630 but instead offered as optional extras. This includes adding a second media roll, as well as the ‘print side in’ option that allows customers to print on both the inside and outside of the roll for maximum media.

There’s also an optional FLXfinish module, which allows users to alter the LED curing to produce a matte finish although this does lead to a dramatic drop in print speed. However, the real advantage of the FLXfinish module is that it allows for printing on cheaper porous substrates, such as uncoated papers and soft signage materials.

Canon’s UVgel is supplied as a gel, but heated in the printheads to 65ºC until it turns to a liquid that can be jetted. However, once the ink hits the much cooler substrate it returns back to its gel state. Initially, the ink is pinned before a final cure from the LED lamp, which is mounted to a separate carriage so that its independent of the printheads. This approach means that it will print to a wide range of substrates, without requiring any pre-treatment, and without the risk of any dot gain. It prints CMYK and uses Canon’s own 425 piezo-electric printheads, for which Canon is claiming up to 1800 dpi resolution. It has proven particularly popular for printing wallpaper and Canon sells a dedicated UVgel wallpaper solution for automated production.

Michele Tuscano, Canon’s head of Global Partner Channel and Vice President EMEA for Large Format Graphics, commented: “Since launching the Colorado series in 2017, the technology has truly disrupted the market and, with over 2,000 installations worldwide printing more than 25 million square metres to date, feedback has been extremely positive. Enabling our customers and partners to expand their application possibilities and grow their business is an essential driver for us at Canon Production Printing and increasingly we’ve seen a demand for a 1.6 m UVgel printer that can serve all PSPs. That’s why we’re introducing this new addition of the 1630 to the Colorado printer family, so customers can benefit from a highly automated, robust and stable printer with a modular architecture that offers a great deal of flexibility at an attractive investment level.”

You can find further details on the Colorado range and the UVgel inks from

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