Professional Photopolymer Hot Foil &
Pad Printing Plate Maker
at just £125.00+VAT
(Recommended Retail Price
Benefits of making your own Hot Foil Polymer Plates
Keeps set up costs low
(Thus making you more competitive)
You can turn jobs around
faster (e.g. same day)
No need to keep or invest
in metal type - use any font on your PC
Incorporate logos etc.
without any problem
Ideal for one-off jobs or
where small runs are required where the cost of a
metal plate cannot be justified.
Exposure Units / Plate Makers
supply a top of the range Plate Maker at a highly attractive price. Unlike others, we do not try and sell you 'Nail Dryers' as cheap
substitutes. Whilst we can very easily buy in Nail Dryers and sell
them to you even cheaper than our competitor, we would rather not as we
feel that you need proper tools for the job, otherwise, you will be
compromising on quality.
Whilst others charge around £485.00 for a similar unit to our UV Ultra MK
2, we sell it a rock-bottom price of just £125.00+VAT! We buy in
bulk and pass savings on to you.
Our Plate Makers are extremely well made from industrial grade steel and
then powder coated to give you many years of trouble-free service.
Each Unit is supplied with 6 x 9watt Lamps (365NM) to give you the correct
amount of UV light in order to produce high quality plates. Less than 6
lamps could mean that it will taker longer to expose your plates and
it may even have a bearing on the final quality of your printing plate.
For UV lamps to work effectively, they need to be pointing directly at the
plate and not at angles as in Nail Dryers sold by others. Two lamps are
not sufficient, ideally you need all six lamps to point at the printing
UV Ultra MK 2 £125.00+VAT
The UV Ultra is also a quality exposure unit with a 999 seconds digital
timer and a separate 'Post Exposure Tray'. A digital timer is very useful
when you require precise exposure times. At the end of the chosen exposure
cycle, the lamps switch off automatically thereby avoiding any over
The MK 2 is manufactured our of industrial grade steel and professionally
powder coated. It is fully 'CE' compliant too. Six powerful UV Lamps
(365 NM) will ensure that you get perfect exposure everytime.
Other systems on the
market either have a very simple 2 minute timer (which is not enough to
expose plates) or a Analogue Mechanical Timer. However, the UV Ultra MK 2
has a digital 999 seconds timer which outshines all other systems on the
times are very important in making high quality plates as under or over
exposure can have detrimental effects on your plate. However, with the UV
Ultra MK 2, you can set the timer to the second, thus making the UV Ultra
MK 2 a highly sought-after price of equipment over anything else on the
Just look at the UV Ultra
MK 2's cool features!
New modern design
Robust all metal construction (not plastic)
Light source: Ultra Violet Light (UV)
6 x 8w Powerful UV lamps 365 NM (Not just 2 small lamps)
Easy to replace 'twist 'n lock' UV lamps
Exposure duration: 0 - 999 Seconds Digital Timer (not a very short 2
minute Analogue Timer)
Post Exposure Drawer
Firm contact between artwork and media
Fused for safety
Maximum exposure area 260mm x 210mm (No need to struggle with a very small
Power supply 220/240v (Adapters for Europe supplied)
Machine dimensions (unpacked) 300 x 290 x 75mm
Machine dimensions (packed) 320 x 310 x 90mm
Fully 'CE' approved.
Spare lamps £2.50+VAT each.
The Hot Foil Plate Making Process (simplified)
Create mono artwork onto
transparency artwork paper (using laser printer is best)
Place artwork and Negative
Film together in the 'UV Ultra' plate maker and expose for a few
Wash Negative in Fixer
solution and then develop in developer solution
Once dry, place negative
film and blank polymer plate into the 'UV Ultra' plate maker and
a specified time period.
Wash plate in hot water,
which creates a relief image of your text and logos
Dry plate, post expose in UV
Ultra Unit - Your hot foil plate is now ready to use.
~ Total time taken to make a hot foil plate from scratch is about 30
minutes (using this method only).
~ Several plates can also be made at once on our UV Ultra Unit.
FREE - Easy-to-understand Instruction
Manual supplied with purchase with many images in full colour
This Mini Starter Kit
supply a mini optional 'Starter Kit' for making polymer hot foil plates. The
Starter Kit consists of:-
2 x A4 Artwork Sheets (For laser printers)*
2 x A4 Negative Film
100ml Negative Developer
100ml Negative Fixer
2 x Lifting Tongs
10 x Polymer Hot Foil Plates cut to Business Card Size (Metal backed for
better heat transfer)
3 x Tubs for Developer, Water and Fixer
Images shown above are for illustration purposes only and contents
appearance may vary subject to availability.
20 x A4 Artwork Sheets £12.00+VAT
1 Liter of Developer £11.60+VAT
1 Liter of Fixer £11.60+VAT
20 x A4 Negative Film £27.00+VAT
1 x A4 Sheet of Polymer Hot Foil Plate (uncut) £32.00+VAT
(or cut into 10 x equal Business Card Sizes £34.00+VAT
With improvements in the quality of polymers,
better quality exposure unit, and better grades of foils, it has now
become possible to create your own hot foil polymer plates in-house, at a
fraction of the cost of metal plates.
No more waiting for days for your plate to arrive by post - now you can
take an order and deliver the product within the hour!
Polymer Hot Foil Plates - NEW!
A new type of Hot Foil Polymer Plate that you
can cut with a scissors! This new Plate can also withstand temperatures of
upto 160 degrees Centigrade.
Sold as A4 Sheet. Price: £16.99+VAT
There will always be instances where you will need to perhaps print
basic text in order to print just a small quantity of products (or even
one-off's). In such cases, it may be too time consuming to even make a
Plate and may even be a little prohibitive in terms of costs. This
where Metal Letters (know in the trade as 'Type') could prove to be
immensely useful and highly cost-effective.
Two powerful, cost effective, shears which
have the ability to accurately cut PCB laminates, plastics, polymer plates
up to 2.00mm thick and aluminium up to 1.5mm. Now you can cut polymer
plates to size, on demand.
Using the correct tools for the job also means there is a lot less chance
injury. Our competitor encourages you to use very sharp knifes to cut
we feel could cause you severe injuries if the knife should slip whilst
An important feature of these shears is
safety. Free access to the cutting area is prevented by heavy Perspex
shielding extending along both sides of the blade. A safety latch is
fitted to the pivot to prevent operation without it first being released.
For positional accuracy the cutting bed is fitted with a rule which is
recessed to assist in securing the PCB or sheeting whilst cutting is in
The 8" Cutter is extremely compact with an overall height of
only 575mm and a footprint of 335 X 140mm. It has a cutting bed of 110mm
wide from the blade although wider material can be cut.
The larger 12" Cutter will cut materials up to has a
height of 670mm and a footprint of 440 x 245mm. It has a larger cutting
bed 225mm wide from the blade although once again wider material can be
You can also cut metal plates with a tin cutter (like a scissors) from DIY
stores, but in our opinion, they can leave
a kink in the plate as you cut through the plate in stages. This can
adversely affect the quality of the printing plate.
What is required to ensure
good quality polymer plates?
Factors such as quality of artwork, correct exposure times, washing
out, use of correct grade of foil (for hot foil), selecting the
correct hot foil machine temperature, dwell time, substrates etc. can all affect
the quality of your finished plate and hence printing quality. We will
give you good guidelines with your purchase (and also offer after-sales
telephone support) but would like to stress that some, or a
combination of such factors can affect the quality of your plate and
printing which are out of our control for which we cannot hold any
exposure units are sold on this strict understanding.
It must however be pointed out from the outset (which others fail to
mention) that polymer plates will not totally replace the need for metal
plates. Unlike polymer plates, metal plates is not something which you can
make at home due to their complexity. Making Polymer Plates requires
practice and following tips contained within our instruction manual
plates may still be required where you have the following within
your design: very fine fonts, fine lines, large print areas etc. Metal
plates may also be required for certain surfaces.
These plates work best on machines which have 'toggle action' and those
with pressure adjustment screws.
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