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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · What is Aqueous Printers?


is inkjet aqueous? who makes it and what is its advantage?


Dec 11, 2012 at 04:52 AM
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Aqueous inks are waterbased and designed for indoor use. Most printers are aqueous. Pigment based printers are desined for outdoor use. Very few small size printers are offered in pigment but most large format printers are usually offered in both.


Dec 11, 2012 at 01:38 PM
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Actually, an "aqueous" printer is simply a printer that uses water-based inks. In general, the two categories are either aqueous based and solvent based.

Wide format pigmented fine art inkjet printers are generally aqueous printers. You can use media designed for outdoor use, but only with coating to extend longevity. Solvent printers are generally associated with commercial printers and sign shops. Outdoor media from a solvent printer is generally hardier but lacks the quality of output possible with the current generation of aqueous pigmented printers. Although a solvent printer can print on canvas without coating (convenience and mass production), it won't have the quality of a current generation aqueous fine art pigmented printer that has been coated by hvlp.

Epson makes both aqueous and solvent based printers. Mimaki and Roland are solvent printers that come to mind. Unless you're interested in opening your own sign shop or commercial printing business, aqueous printers are the usual choice.



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kdphotography wrote:
Actually, an "aqueous" printer is simply a printer that uses water-based inks. In general, the two categories are either aqueous based and solvent based.

Wide format pigmented fine art inkjet printers are generally aqueous printers. You can use media designed for outdoor use, but only with coating to extend longevity. Solvent printers are generally associated with commercial printers and sign shops. Outdoor media from a solvent printer is generally hardier but lacks the quality of output possible with the current generation of aqueous pigmented printers. Although a solvent printer can print on canvas without coating (convenience and mass production), it
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thanks, mine is Epson 3880, is it aqeuos? in general, how do i find out which is which?



Dec 11, 2012 at 03:38 PM
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The Epson 3880 is an "aqueous" pigmented ink printer. At the lower levels, your choices in printers are either dye-based or pigmented printers. I've never seen/heard of a solvent printer in such a small format as a 3880; it's simply too limiting in width of output from a commercial standpoint. When I think of solvent printers, I think in terms of 50+" width printers...


Dec 11, 2012 at 03:55 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · What is Aqueous Printers?


Many solvent printers use what can be thought of as paint (thick), whereas aqueous (waterbased) technology uses ink (watery). While both "spray" their colors, aqueous printers can get much tinier droplets since water can be misted much finer than sticky, messy paint. However, paint is far more durable, hence why sign shops can make signs that are cheap and can last a decade outdoors.

If you look up close at some vinyl signage, you'll see very large, dull-pencil-tip sized dots - that's because the solvent can't be reliably ejected any smaller than that.

You'd know if you had a solvent printer, as it would cost many, many thousands of dollars, and require unique supplies and maintenance.



Dec 11, 2012 at 04:04 PM





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