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PROCESS COMPARISON

PrintoLUX®

Compared with the CO2 laser method, the thermosetting digital printing process by PrintoLUX® can be used on considerably more materials. Its design variety (defined colour tones in conjunction with the PrintoLUX® colour profile and photorealistic reproduction) and the low entry price are further advantages.

CO2 laser

The CO2 laser process is the easy form of laser cutting and laser engraving. While it has good values in terms of durability, the process has deficits in terms of design options and reproduction qualities. The fact that it is necessary to stock all basic colours, its restrictions in graphic and photorealistic illustrations as well as environmental pollution are further weak points. The entry price of approx. € 8,000 for one workstation is relatively high.

Comparison CO2 laser PrintoLUX®process
Material
Type of material
Acryl yes, verso
Aluminium, anodized coloured, AL
Aluminium, white matt, AS
Aluminium, anodized natural, AL
Aluminium dibond, DB
Glass, matt or pretreated yes, verso
Adhesive foil, polyester (white, silver, transparent) PK
PrintoLUX® aluminium, AE
PrintoLUX® stainless steel, VE
PrintoLUX® brass, ME
Laminated board (formica-like), RP
Plastic plates, polyester, PY
Keyboard foils, PD
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Resistance (material-dependent)
UV
at least 1 year
at least 3 years
at least 8 years

Chemical
Alcohol/ethanol
Oils
Cold cleaner
Acetone material-dependent
Acid material-dependent
Toluene

Physical
Fingernail test
Tape test
Flying sparks test
High pressure cleaning/Dry ice cleaning
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Design
Colours
Monochrome
Polychrome (RAL and Pantone) not available
Infinitely variable colour transitions not available very good
Photo quality not available very good

Printing mode
Reproduction text files
Reproduction graphic files
Reproduction photo files
Reproduction barcode files
Changes between texts, charts, barcodes

Resolution
Resolution (300 to 5.760 dpi) monochrome high (up to 2.880 dpi) photorealistic (5.760 dpi)
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Specialist knowledge
Software
Windows printer driver
Macintosh printer driver yes
No special software required
Training requirements Intensive training Basic training
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Production
Operation and serial printing
Single piece production
In-line/Integration
Direct printing
Special preparation required none Pretreatment

Workplace savety
Workplace safety Noisy (air filter system) Office (noiseless)
Impairments (in-office use) Sound Slight odour
Anmerkung zur Arbeitssicherheit Sound none
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Cost
Investment for industrial workstation
Expenditure from 8.000 € from 3.540 €

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Hermann Oberhollenzer

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