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  • Mimaki CJV, Direct to foam board, thoughts please?

    Posted by DeCal on May 21, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Hey guys,

    I run a cjv300-160

    Question I have is I want to print directly on to foam board. I know it’s not designed for that but surely it’s possible and has anyone tried it?

    My initial though is that I could make 2 tables the exact same height to go in front and behind to support the material?

    Thanks in advance



    John Thomson replied 2 years, 2 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Gil Johnson

    May 21, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    I wouldn’t try it Dean,

    Even if you put the head height setting to its highest it’s nowhere near enough clearance, do you really want a head strike on 2 x DX5 print heads???? [emoji51]

  • Colin Crabb

    May 21, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    cjv300 is a solvent machine, using heat to dry the ink – inks unlikely to dry on the foamboard due to the extra thickness of the material, or if you did crank the heat up it would warp the board I would imagine – thats even if you can adjust the head height clearance accurately as Gil says.

    Direct to board printers tend to be UV to eliminate the drying issue (and yes, there are a few Hybrid machines)

  • DeCal

    May 21, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Fair play guys, i was clearly being way to optimistic in thinking i could do it….


  • John Thomson

    May 22, 2020 at 10:09 am

    This can be done but as Colin said solvent ink is not an option….it has to be UV.

    I have 2 Chinese made solvent printers, as in the video ( mine run DX7 heads) and these can also be ordered as a UV ink hybrid flatbed.

    The video was made by the South African importer but show how it works.

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