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What is large format printing?

What is large format printing? 

In short, large format printing is the process of taking digitally generated artwork and printing it to large-sized substrates.

What makes it different from traditional printing?

Apart from the machinery used, the main difference is the size of the printing area and the different materials that can be printed on. Most traditional printers have a maximum size of around SRA2 (450mm x 640mm) and you can only use common materials like paper.

Large format printing machines can print up to around 3m x 2m, on to dozens of different substrates. At Digital Plus, we have the capacity to print on to over 50 different materials.

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What products are available?

Large format printing allows you to produce a wide range of internal signage, for example, PVC, acrylic or aluminium signs. It’s possible to print wall coverings and window and floor graphics, and external signs can be produced using products such as Dibond and Correx. There are many different ways to print exhibition graphics too, whether freestanding or hung from a ceiling or wall.

These examples are just some of the most common ways large format printing is used. They are by no means the only ways. It’s possible to approach a large format digital printers with an idea for a unique sign or display and they will recommend the best way to achieve it.

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What machinery is typically involved in large format printing? 

The machines involved are large flatbed printing machines, which can print as large as 3m x 2m, and roll-fed printers which print to 5 meters wide by any length. We have 5 professional large format printers on site, plus machines for cutting, mounting, laminating and plotting lettering.

The largest print run we’ve completed was for vinyl wall coverings. They spanned 420m2 and took 10 hours to complete.

The benefits of choosing large format printing:

  • Great for short runs
  • Quick turnaround
  • Print images as big as you like
  • Print long-lasting outdoor graphics (ink contains UV inhibitor)
  • Wide range of materials to print on
  • Recyclable print materials available
  • Materials to suit every budget

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Do you have any more questions about large format printing? You can get in touch on 0113 278 3133 or via sales@digitalplus.co.uk.