This earthly element Aluminum wasn’t just meant to be a convenient wrapping
medium for leftovers and other food stuff. After silicon, the Earth’s crust has
been found to contain this component in abundant quantities. Aside from
packaging items like being made into soda cans, aircrafts and automobiles have
made the most out of this strong yet lightweight material. Even a good number of
smart phone manufacturers have used aluminum to make their products have that
cool yet durable feel.
The University of Wisconsin has determined that this material is about 8 percent
of the Earth’s bulk, so it’s no surprise that this metal gets overlooked often.
The U.S. Geological Survey has also discovered aluminum to be quite lightweight,
just a third of the weight when compared to copper or steel. Able to resist
corrosion and to keep its shape even after repeated use has made this malleable
metal much in demand. It can be recycled and is convenient to mold and fold.
Some drawbacks noticed about aluminum is that the metal oxidizes or loses
electrons, which like other metals lead to rusting. But, it doesn’t become as
crumbly and flaky like iron oxide. The product of such a reaction which is
aluminum oxide actually sticks to the original surface and prevents further
decay. This was from other studies collated by the University of Wisconsin.
DISCOVER PROLAB DIGITAL
ALUMINUM PRINT OPTIONS
Metal and aluminum artwork has been part of the repertoire of Prolab Digital for
more than a quarter of a century. This studio has been a staple for Los Angeles
residents in acquiring high quality printed art pieces.
There’s no denying that metal and aluminum artworks have been growing in
popularity over the past few years or so. These medium lends an ethereal feel to
the images that are rendered on this fascinating surface. That play of light
gives another life to what’s printed on it and the movement is different
compared to the other usual and commercially available substrates.
Prolab Digital is more than capable of handling any HD metal printing or
aluminum printing project. Their metal printing equipment provides their clients
with the most amazing finished product that can be made.
Their efficient UV flatbed printer can apply the image directly on to an
aluminum Di-Bond material of up to 1/8” in thickness. The maximum size for this
is 48” x 96”. The file will be reproduced straight onto the aluminum Di-Bond or
most probably use the largest Dye-sublimation heat press available here on the
West Coast so that the ink fuses diametrically into the metal. This aluminum
metal surface gets penetrated by Prolab Digital’s specially formulated printer
inks. This ensures the permanency of the image and prevents it from getting
scratched out or rubbed off. A more edgy brushed aluminum feel or a glossy
baked-on white enamel surface can be achieved on these metal printing and
The Epson 11880 8 Hi-Fi color dye sublimation printer produces these HD Aluminum
images. The features of this printer offer the widest color scope and fidelity
in the HD aluminum metal printing process.
This HD Process begins by printing the image with dye sublimation ink to
transfer paper. This gets transferred on top of the HD Aluminum media and then
subjected to a heat press. The ink gets raised to a temperature 400 degrees that
forms into a gas. Through the force of 80 tons of pressure, this them penetrates
into the HD aluminum material. The 4 types of HD Aluminum offered at varying
sizes from 5” x 7” to 48” x 96” are Brushed Gloss, Brushed Matte, Gloss White,
and Matte White aluminum.
UNLEASH THE POWER OF UV
Due to its special UV inks and the UV ink-curing light source, this is what sets
UV direct printing apart from the rest. This very intense UV light causes quite
a chemical reaction and vastly differentiates itself from the run-of-the-mill
inkjet process. A UV light source is present on either end of the print-head. As
the ink is being sprayed from the jet, there is a present light source that
follows this motion which instantly cures the ink and thereby causing it to
cling more permanently to the substrate. As the overlapping ink undergoes
multiple passes, this is how the image gets built up. The individual layers
subsequently get cured through this laying down process. A hard, durable surface
develops instantly as these get exposed to these special UV inks from that light
source. Any flat substrate can potentially be printed on as a result of that
“instant hard” quality. The final image can go from a transparent to an
opaque-look through the addition of a white ink option that is available on your
UV direct printing system.
UV flatbed printing or direct-to-substrate printing can also be considered as
other terms for the process known as UV direct printing. The final substrate
directly receives the ink process, hence the reason for the moniker. Because the
ink can become so hardened, a pretty decent surface protection becomes part of
the feature. Glass, plex or lamination protection are deemed unnecessary.
Here are a few advantages
when using UV direct printing:
The ink dots are given minimal room to spread so that causes an apparent dot
sharpness and there is great improvement with the color saturation. The actual
substrate doesn’t actually absorb any ink. The hardened outer surface of the
substrate is where the ink resides when it is hardened.
With properties such as quick, hard drying, and low absorption, there is
significant reduction for the substrate to undergo a chemical reaction. A
flexibility in the use of various substrates can then become options in this
case. Recycled materials, papyrus, or other surfaces can then undergo such a
process because of this unique process.
Volatile organic compounds don’t become an issue because the special UV inks
employed don’t release such compounds. This commends the process as greener and
more viable in order to protect our environment and improve air safety
Inevitable handling, ease of transportation, and subsequent installation are
further supported due to the resulting scratch-resistant surface. Savings
increase because of a more durable product. You don’t have to be too afraid of
people who walk by and wish to take a closer look at the art piece. It’s now
made of much sterner stuff.
The instant curing process also adds to faster production times Your UV print
provider saves time because some jobs can even be two-sided. Regardless of the
printing process, the set-up time remains constant.
Additional materials may not be needed as much so that helps to lower the cost.
You save on labor as well because there may be no need to provide extra
mounting. The surface stands up well so there is no need again to spend for more
protection in terms of a laminate or glass.
Based on the requirement for a certain project, these UV prints can be produced
with high levels of gloss or dull finishes. When you choose lightweight
alternative substrates, you may also get to save on some installation expenses
Overall, un-coated stocks and non-porous substrates now become viable options.
Take your pick from plastic, glass, metal, wood, ceramic, Formica, heavy card
stocks, metallic papers, and much more to meet your unique printing needs.
INFUSING YOUR ART PIECES
WITH THAT METALLIC EDGE
Metals never seem to lose their luster over time. Perhaps, that’s why these
elements have become such an enduring part of mankind’s history. From the time
that iron and bronze were fashioned into armor, and even as the blacksmith
deftly crafted this material into effective weapons, metal has always maintained
To this very day, we are dependent on metal for our means to function. Our
transport vehicles, planes, trains, and automobiles, are encased in this stuff.
The very engines in these carriers and the very engines of industry for that
matter are very dependent on metal. Through the centuries, that durability and
strength has pushed man to even greater heights. Even our technological
innovations would not be possible without these essential components that even
exist on the minutest levels within circuit boards and chip sets.
It’s no surprise then that artists have also used this medium to create pieces
meant to last beyond even the physical life span of the one who created the
work. The initial designer may not be present over time, but the legacy of his
or her work lives on. And this especially holds true when metal becomes the
material of choice.
So, when images get printed directly to an aluminum substrate, those same
properties also get inherited by the image being produced. A beautiful landscape
suddenly becomes even shinier and the details become even more pronounced by the
metal’s natural sheen. What one untrained eye would assume to be specks of dust
are truthfully depicted as stars in the sky or distant reflections and dreams
that hopefully can come true.
The mystery and magic that alchemists try to conjure through their experiments
with metals can now be unlocked through images masterfully presented on this
surface. There seems to be an otherworldly glow that comes through the artwork.
Maybe because the colors get more pronounced through the ink hardening process.
Or the combination of both ink and metal just transforms the picture into
something much more than what it was before.
That natural edge which metal enthuses have influenced photographers and other
artists to consider this surface for their visual masterpieces. The bonus effect
is that their work gets inevitably protected due to the process involved. The
piece gets preserved for more than one’s lifetime and can be treasured by many
more generations to follow.
With anything valuable, there is a perceived high cost to acquiring such items.
But, if it’s meant to preserve a thing of beauty that can last for more than a
century, that investment cannot be quantified by just mere numbers. The metal is
just the means to keep it intact. The artwork brings out those uncanny and
enlightening characteristics. With that impressive support, those art pieces
will make others see how marvelous the environment can be, especially when
captured for that one singular moment. That simple image of a waterfall, or a
man-mage infrastructure, these pictures depicting a second in time leads into
eternity. That again only adds to the enduring quality that aluminum and metal
printing hope to bring out.
HOW PROLAB DIGITAL SHARES
THE AWESOMENESS OF ALUMINUM
Because Prolab Digital has the means and the knowhow to produce the finest
images possible for their clients, you can be certain that the aluminum prints
you order can be displayed and appreciated for many, many, many years. The UV
direct printing process may seem daunting but the staff is right there with you
to guide you through all the twists and turns. Your printing projects will
always be top priority and carefully handled by such highly trained
Prolab Digital’s Los Angeles team will always be there for you. They can assist
you in going through a litany of options that can create the best image for your
unique requirements. Because the material is meant to last for quite a long
time, the image intended to be placed on it should also contain that same
enduring quality. When it comes to appreciating the expression that artists and
photographers want to convey, they know their stuff.