Canon U.S.A., Inc. has announced the launch of Océ Touchstone dimensional printing software, positioned for large format print solutions.
Utilizing the ink drop placement and repetition provided by Océ Arizona UV curable flatbed printers, print providers have been able to print multiple layers of ink and produce dimensional effects ranging from common textures such as woodgrain to special effects such as varnish highlights, embossed type and logos, or even braille.
“Our commitment to our customers and the drive to expand our large format capabilities, has led to the development of the Océ Touchstone Dimensional Printing Software,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We are thrilled to introduce this simple solution that will help print providers improve their workflow and create new possibilities for both their organizations and their customers.”
Through Canon-created Adobe CC Photoshop and Illustrator extensions, graphic designers can build the dimensional effects, preview and refine these effects on screen, and then export the file as a single PDF file that can be sent to an Océ Touchstone enabled print provider for final print production.
Canon worked with graphics RIP provider ONYX, a Canon group company, to marry the patented Océ ALPS (Advanced Layer Printing System) technology with a special ONYX Thrive printer driver so that the RIP could now interpret the height map contained within the PDF, convert that data into separate print layers and send it to the Océ Arizona printer as a single batch file containing all the layers in the correct print sequence. Carriage height adjustment is, reportedly, automated and the multiple layers can be left to print unattended.
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