Printing on materials other than standard paper doesn’t have to be as daunting as it may sound. If you’re looking to print on card for example, then we have a range of printers that can suit your needs.
What you need to do and print will determine what kind of printer and features you need for the task. Let’s take a look at a couple of the options.
Common Print Needs
Most common will be the need to print point-of-sale material, business cards and other light card design related media and this is where you have a couple of options. Firstly, you definitely want to go for a laser printer as the quick print speeds and vibrant colour will really show off what you need to on a range of materials.
Xerox’s Phaser 7800 series will be a great option as some of these models allow for printing all the way up to 350gsm. This is easily enough thickness for the kind of card you’ll be printing on. Add in some large and flexible trays, quick speeds and fantastic colour output and this range of machines could be ideal for your card printing needs.
Alternatively, you can opt for the slightly cheaper Oki C931dn, which can also handle up to 350gsm. This is a great machine and can still print at quick speeds with great colour output, whilst still containing multiple trays for great flexibility.
If what you require is slightly more complicated such as print mock-ups of box packaging or packaging designs, then you’ll need to start looking at a wide format inkjet printer with a rear flat print path.
The Epson SureColor P400 A3+ would be a great option as it allows for various types of media to be printed up to a whopping 1.3mm thickness (approx. 870gsm). The slightly more expensive Canon Pixma 10s comes with stunning colour output and allows for printing on a more typical thickness for a rear fed inkjet, which is around 400gsm. Both would be perfect for what you need.
To put paper thickness into a little more perspective, let’s take an approximate look at gsm (grams per square metre) and what materials come in at what –
40 – 110gsm – Tracing paper
40 – 55gsm – Newsprint
80gsm – Standard printer paper
100 – 150gsm – Regular cardstock/promotional poster
180 – 250gsm – Heavy-weight drawing paper/Bristol paper
300+gsm – Business cards, postcards etc