Creating unique and memorable design means having the freedom to go wherever your creativity takes you. There’s nothing more frustrating than being held back by technology or lack of budget, so OKI’s new white toner LED printers will come as welcome news to anyone trying to create stunning designs with limited resources.
According to OKI, its new print technology “removes the last barrier to creativity and design”. White printing gives you the freedom to get truly creative and produce imaginative designs but the cost can be prohibitive for smaller businesses. Back in 2009, we wrote about the World’s First Metallic and White Ink Printer and speculated that white printing would one day be available for office and home printers.
That day has now come to pass and OKI’s C711WT and C920WT put white printing firmly in the grasp of smaller graphics-based businesses. Both machines will print on a range of coloured media and clear film, using cyan, magenta, yellow and white toner to create eye-catching designs.
The C711WT can print on media up to A4 and 250gsm, while the C920WT will print up to A3+ and 300gsm. With the reduced cost of white printing, it’s now practical to create short runs of packaging, window graphics, stationery and much more, in-house.
The Soljet Pro III XC-540MT featured in our original article is a huge machine aimed at the commercial market and weighs in at a staggering 197kg. By contrast, the C711WT weighs just 28kg and is small enough to sit on a desktop. We’re not suggesting that the OKIs are in the same league as the Soljet but they make it possible to produce designs that were previously out of reach for many.
by Anthony Morgan