Printing directly onto wood to create unique displays
As fantastic as PVC foamex or composite aluminium is, sometimes, a project requires displays to have a more natural, or organic feel to them – and that’s where printing directly to wood can help your displays make a big impact.
We are able to print in high-quality directly onto wood, and include white thanks to our white ink technology (something impossible with standard CMYK printing). We are able to print directly to a range of woods, with the most common being plywood.
We are able to print onto wood up to 36mm thick, and our largest print bed size is 3 metres by 2.5 metres. Plywood wood is available in 8ft by 4ft sheet sizes, other woods are available in different sizes. For larger runs, we usually start with a full sheet and cut it down as required, for smaller runs, we usually cut the wood ahead of time.
Printing with white ink on wood
Depending how much wood grain you would like to see through the print will dictate if you require a flood of white ink underneath your design, or if you just require spot white ink to be used where white is required in your design.
We often print directly to wood without a flood of white ink in order to take advantage of the unique texture each piece of wood provides. Logos, large text, and colourful images look fantastic with the wood grain texture visible behind the print, and our inks are robust enough for the prints to be touched, allowing the feel of the grain to be used as part of the overall effect too.
We also print wooden displays without any white ink, allowing the wood show where white would normally be seen (such as the example shown above of a pair of trainers), maximising the effect from the source material. When planning your designs, we’d recommend incorporating areas of no print in order to take advantage of the unique atheistic and feel of each piece of wood.
Wood displays cut to custom shapes
We are able to shape-cut soft woods such as plywood up to 5mm thick. Thicker displays can be created by fixing layers of 5mm thick wood together (such as the 'Coffee time' image above, and shown in detail in the video below). This process can also be used to great effect to create an engraved finish in the wood, or create an embossed finish. If you require your display to be shape-cut but the wood is thicker than 5mm, you will need to supply it shape-cut.
Watch a project be produced using shape-cut printed wood
Unique custom wood displays for marketing and advertising
Printing directly to wood always creates a truly unique display thanks to the unique wood grain in every display. Many brands who relate to organic, natural beauty, utilise wood in their point-of-sale displays, and previously might have looked to use vinyl, or a transfer to incorporate a graphic on wood.
Watch as we print directly to wood
Watch as we show an example of the unique finish a direct print to wood can create. This example is done without any white ink at all, what would have been white in the image (the shoe laces for example) has been left blank, allowing the wood to grain to really show.
Watch as we cut wood to create a unique, shape-cut wooden display
Watch as we show an example of how wood can be cut to bespoke shapes and layered to make impactful 3D displays.