Looking to add a professional polish to CD-Rs?
Trace Affex today unveiled the Affex CD-Artist IV printer. Based on Hewlett-Packard’s color ink-jet technology, the printer provides 2400×1200 dot per inch print density, which Trace Affex claims is the highest in the industry. It’s also the first CD printer to be based on the HP 970 DeskJet printer, according to Trace Affex.
The Affex CD-Artist IV features HP’s PhotoREt color layering, color optimization and color resultion technologies. The unit also sports a proprietary CD locking mechanism that provides +/-.002″ print registration. It also includes a steel snap-in locking tray that allows users to print on 80mm x 63mm CD-R business cards. Other trays are available for special-sized CD-R business cards.
The Affex CD-Artist IV also features Trace Affex’s “Reload,” which enables users to print multiple copies of a CD — users select the number of copies needed, load a CD, then send the print command. The printer prints the CD-R, the user loads the next CD-R, and printing continues.
Trace Affex VP Frank Nunes explained that the new printer’s drivers were designed by HP and Trace Affex to optimize the print engine.
“The Affex CD-Artist IV is the perfect solution for anyone who wants to print precise images and spectacular colors on inkjet printable CD-Rs or CD-R business cards,” Frank Nunes.
The Affex CD-Artist IV sports parallel and USB interfaces, and works with Mac OS 8.5 and above. The unit can also be configured with an HP JetDirect print server for networking. It is also supported by software RIP programs including Birmy’s PowerRIP 2000. The printer carries a suggested retail price of US$2,495.