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Reviews of the 8 Best Large Format Printers for Printing Vehicle Wraps

Posted by Adam Sokoloff on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 @ 07:30 AM

From time to time, here at Sunrise Signs we like to bring you reviews of products that are essential in the vehicle wraps industry. Today we’re taking a look at what printers are the best for printing vehicle wraps. And, not surprisingly, we have eight we like; two from HP, two from Roland, two from Mutoh and two from Mimaki—and we look at these manufacturers value and high-end models.

1. HP Latex 280

Best large format printers for vehicle wrap printing

Considered to be on the high-end of HP’s lineup of large format printers. It’s great for vehicle wraps printing because with this machine, it delivers a fast turnaround so it’s great for jobs you need to print ASAP and you can laminate right way—no need  to wait until the print is dry. HP says this printer gives you “wider options with a shorter turnaround.”  Features include:

  • Addressable width is 104-inches
  • Ability to print on vinyl, textiles, paper and film
  • Prints up to 70 percent faster (753 square feet in two hours)
  • Ability to produce double-sided prints
  • Manage printer settings with an intuitive touchscreen
  • Works with latex and water-based inks including GREENGUARD latex inks
  • Comes with automatic cutter for paper, vinyl, media, backlit polyester film and thin banners
  • Print resolution is 1200 x 1200 dpi
  • Six Print heads included are 2 yellow, 2 black, 2 cyan, 2 magenta
  • Price on this high-end large format printer for printing vehicle wraps can range from $42K to $55K depending on where purchased
  • More information can be found on the HP spec  sheet.

2. HP Latex 260

Best HP Large Format Printers

Next on our list in the HP Latex 260—the value printer compared to the 280 model. Hewlett Packard says this latex printers comes with “more options and less worries.”  This model also allows you to print on many forms of media including vinyl, textiles, paper and film. Like the HP 280, this model uses eco-friendly latex ink and no outgassing of ink is necessary. Again, you can go right from printing to lamination. One disadvantage is it requires two 220 electrical lines. Features include:

  • Accessible width is 61-inches
  • Prints 246 square feet in two hours
  • Comes with a media roll feed, take up-reel and automatic cutter
  • Works with latex and water-based inks including GREENGUARD latex inks
  • Six Print heads included are 2 yellow, 2 black, 2 cyan, 2 magenta
  • Print resolution is 1200 x 1200 dpi
  • Price ranges between $13K and $23K depending on where purchase
  • Get more info from their technical data sheet.

3. Roland XR 640

Best Roland large format printer

Roland also has two printers we like, the first is their high-end, the XR 640 model. Its two-line mirrored print heads and contour cutting capabilities are great features. Like other large format printers for printing vehicle wraps, the Roland XR 640 uses eco-friendly inks. Additional features include:

  • Four dual print head with seven or eight color configurations
  • New featured ink colors include light black, white and silver metallic
  • Comes with a 64-inch cutter
  • Four ink configurations plus nine ink colors: Cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan, light magenta, light black, metallic, and white
  • Print resolution up to 720 x 1440 dpi
  • Prints 528 square feet in 49 minutes, two hours
  • Two-year warranty that includes parts, labor and two free service visits
  • Built-in PANTONE spot-color library
  • Cost is around $30K
  • Find more specifications for this printer from the Roland website.

4. Roland SP 540

Best wide format Roland printer for vehicle wraps

The value lineup of Roland wide format printers is the VersaCAMM. There are two models—the 30-ince and the 54-inch.They both use intelligent pass control, eco-friendly ink and both can support rolls of vinyl up to 66 pounds. Other features include:

  • VersaWorks 3.2 RIP software
  • 1140 x 720 dpi resolution
  • Integrated heater system and Ethernet connectivity
  • Printing speed on vinyl comes in three settings; high speed (61 square feet per hour), standard (44 square feet per hour) and high-quality (17 square feet per hour)
  • There are four ink colors: Magenta, cyan, yellow, and black
  • One-year limited warranty
  • Price is approximately $14K
  • Read more specifications from the technical data sheet.

5. Mutoh Valuejet 1638

Best Mutoh large format printer

This eco-solvent wide format printer offers a dual-head design and a print speed of 1,000 square feet per hour. Additional features on this high-end Mutoh printer include:

  • Two print heads (CMYK)
  • Ten print modes with resolutions of 1440, 1080, 720 and 360 dpi
  • One-year warranty
  • ColorVerify process control
  • Media width is 64-inches; prints at 63.6-inches
  • Print methods are drop-on demand and the Piezo drive method
  • Cost is approximately $28K
  • Learn more about this printer’s specs from the Mutoh website.

6. Mutoh Valuejet 1624

Best Mutoh printer for printing vehicle wraps

Next from Mutoh is the Valuejet 1624 model that is considered their “value” large format printer for printing vehicle wraps, banners and more.  This model was designed specifically for on-printer color calibration and can be equipped with the SpectroVue VM-10 spectrophotometer for optimal color reproduction.  Some of the specs include:

  • Eco Ultra ink/ 180 nozzles x 8 rows on one head
  • Drop-on demand or Piezo drive print methods
  • Maximum print width is 64-inches
  • Print mode is KCMY
  • Print speed is 600 square feet per hour
  • Cost is approximately $18K
  • Two-year on-site warranty
  • Learn more about this printer from Mutoh on their product data sheet.

7. Mimaki JV33

Best Mimaki Large Format Printer

Our next printer comes from Mimaki—the JV33 model.  Considered their higher-end model, this wide format printer has been redesigned and offers increased print speed and produces a higher quality of prints than prior models. Features include:

  • Print head offer on-demand or Piezo head (180 nozzles x 8 lines on one head)
  • Print resolutions are 540, 720 and 1440 dpi
  • Maximum print width is 63.3-inches
  • Ink types are solvent, pigment and dye sublimation
  • Media cutting is at the Y direction right on the cutting head
  • Four and six-color options (MCYK)
  • Cost ranges from $14K to $17K
  • See their technical data sheet for more specifications.

8. Mimaki CJV30-130

Best Mimaki printer for printing vehicle wraps

Last, but not least on our list of the best printers for printing vehicle wraps is Mimaki’s CJV30-130 model. It offers simultaneous printing of colors and white ink offering vibrant and vivid images. Some of the features include:

  • Maximum printing and cut width is 63.3-inches
  • Print resolutions are 540, 720, and 1440 dpi
  • Ink capacities are solvent, SS21 ink and ES3 ink
  • Four and six color modes (MCYK)
  • Media cutting at the Y direction from the print head
  • Cost ranges from $12 to $16
  • Get more specs from the Mimaki website.

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