Virginia Tech researchers 3D print latex rubber

22nd July 2020

One of the biggest hurdles in 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is the development of materials that can be 3D-printed without compromising their performance. Some materials have proven more difficult to print than others, including latex. But researchers at Virginia Tech have demonstrated a technique that could help solve this problem.

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HP announces rigid latex printing

26th March 2018

HP has long relied on its water-based latex printing technology for wide format printing to flexible materials but has been forced to stick with UV technology for rigid materials. However, that may all be about to change with the company having announced a new latex printer that’s capable of printing to rigid material. Continue reading “HP announces rigid latex printing”

Ricoh to ship latex wide format

8th January 2014

Ricoh has said that its new Pro L4100 latex large format printers will start shipping in the UK from March of this year. These are rebadged Mimaki models and use the new Mimaki inks, including orange, green and white as well as CMYK. The printers use Ricoh print heads, which use three different drop sizes down to four picolitres. There’s a choice of two print widths: 1361 mm or 1610 mm.
Ricoh will be supplying the printers with a ColorGate RIP. Stephen Palmer, director of production print for Ricoh UK, explains. “It is intuitive, reducing the learning curve and improving productivity. And it includes excellent colour management tools ideal for demanding commercial print environments.”