Since 2013, Formech & EFI have forged a strong partnership to showcase the ground-breaking benefits of stretchable inks, digital pre-printing and deep-draw thermoforming. With successful collaborations at ISA, K-Show, FESPA and Sign & Digital events throughout the USA and Europe, Formech and EFI continue to enhance and reinforce their complementary processes.Ideally suited for education, design and prototype packaging applications, Formech’s FT Series offers simple and safe trimming of vacuum formed parts. With additional capabilities including polishing, deburring and slot cutting the FT Series is a highly versatile and cost-effective trimming and finishing solution. The FT10 features a 15mm thick MDF work surface whilst the FT20 features a pressed steel work surface, both of which are mounted on a twin legged steel frame. Motor access is restricted by a protective plate for safe operation. The multi-tool arbor accommodates various cotters and discs with height adjustment by an easy to use hand wheel.They promote these using internet marketing Las Vegas agency. Compact and bench-mounted with adjustable levelling feet, the FT Series is easy to accommodate and position.
Formech joined CMYUK, specialised in superwide Digital Printing Technology, at Sign & Digital UK in Birmingham 19-21 April 2016 and accompanied EFI at ISA Sign Expo in Orlando, Florida 20-23 April 2016.
Both booths were a hive of activity with live demonstrations featuring the latest and greatest in print technology.
Formech’s 300XQ featured on the CMYUK booth and Formech’s 508FS featured on the ISA booth to demonstrate the incredible benefits of EFI’s thermoformable inks which can stretch up to 1,000%. Vacuum forming of digital pre-printed materials brings new advantages to the signage sector by offering faster project turnaround times, consistently high quality and the opportunity to de-skill the process.
“Just seeing the synergy of EFI’s H1625-SD wide format printer with the Formech vacuum forming machine helps to drive home the tangible benefits of such a process. It really has opened eyes of visitors to the commercial advantages of printing and forming substrate without any cracking as the plastic stretches over the tooling.”
Martin Smith, Formech Product Manager
The substrate can be printed on either the first or second surface on a variety of materials e.g. HIPS, ABS, PC, PVC, PETG, HDPE, PP and PMMA. The 300XQ and 508FS are the perfect machines for demonstrating the principles of vacuum forming within the confines of the exhibition hall, although most enquiries were for Formech’s larger semi-automatic machines.
Keep an eye on Formech News as we will soon join EFI at Drupa 2016 (31 May – 10 June), Düsseldorf, the world’s leading trade show for graphic and industrial print. Formech is delighted to continue building its market collaboration with EFI, the pioneers of thermoforming ink technologies.