Color Swatch

Real metal in digital printing – from lot size of 1

Easy and efficient.

DIGITAL METAL® combines digital printing with coating- and metal-transfer
process to create metallized surfaces, even for small runs or individual prints
such as personalizations.

Create new effects with ease.

Go down

Finally! Real metal in digital printing

This is how it works

  • The specified design is printed directly onto the substrate with toner or electro-ink
  • The foil is applied onto the preprinted material
  • After detaching carrier film, the metallized coating layers remain on the toner/electro-ink
  • Overprinting in digital or offset printing
  • Flawless enhancement results without deformation of substrate
Video Preview

Have we got your attention?

Your benefits at a glance

Fundamental cost-effectiveness
  • Quick job switching, digitally per computer
  • Totally cost-efficient even for smaller
    enhancement jobs – from the first print
  • Very short production times – speed to Market
Applications aplenty

    The innovative DIGITAL METAL® enhancement process features versatility of design and makes it an attractive alternative to metallized paper or cardboard.
    DIGITAL METAL® lets you choose from different paper materials and allows you to remain flexible.

  • labels (also self-adhesive labels)
  • flyers and brochures
  • invitations and mailings
  • magazine titles
  • packaging
  • greeting cards
  • photo books and calenders
  • sample prints, for instance, as inexpensive
    proofs or mockups
Creative leeway
  • classy gold, silver, iridescent effects or holograms in digital printing
  • high gloss
  • many different metal color shades from excellent overprinting properties
  • full-shade and half-shade effects
  • enhancement of fine, delicate designs, single surfaces and cut-outs
  • full-surface decoration of large surfaces
  • enhancements are edge-sharp and only on specified areas
  • pure white remains pure white after enhancement, without haziness
  • adheres to different types of paper
  • each sheet can be individually enhanced, ideal for personalization or numbering
The DM-Liner

Modern design, compelling technology

The DM-LINER®

The DM-Liner
Machine Thumbnail 1 Machine Thumbnail 2 Machine Thumbnail 3
Dimensions
  • length: approx. 1,950mm
  • width: approx. 1,300mm
  • height: approx. 1,800mm
Enhancement surface
  • stamping width: max. 390mm
  • stamping length: max. 500mm
Upon request, we are also glad to adapt the material shuttles (stackers) to the sheet lengths you require.
Paper formats
  • from 210x197 mm
    to 390x500mm
automatic foil clamping: user-friendly trimming and changing of foils
Paper grammages
  • from 90 – 350 g/m2
We will gladly test other paper weights upon request, just give us the specs.
Pass-through speed
  • 5 - 30m per minute
Ergonomic operating height
  • working height: approx. 1080 mm
  • Footwell: approx. 100 mm
  • Un- and rewinder: approx.1500 mm

Providing you with a reliable overview

The web-based software

  • Pay-per-stamp pricing:
    Foil stamps are the size of conventional sheet formats.
  • Only stamps used are actually invoiced
    No prefinancing required, since KURZ delivers to consignment stock.
  • Convenient, once-per-month invoicing model
  • Automatic logging of used stamps (by barcode)
  • Automatic foil reorder upon reaching minimum level
  • Clear inventory maintenance Stock displayed on machine/PC
  • Comfortable administration, saving and adaptation of machine parameters
    Materials management (paper formats and materials) is saved, jobs can be automatically called up for recurring orders.
  • User management with authorization levels You have the option of setting up different access levels for various user types.
    Individual web interface for e.g. machine operators, account managers, stock controllers, service technicians, etc.

Specially developed for brilliant effects in digital printing.

The Metal Foils

DIGITAL METAL® Silver

DIGITAL METAL® Silver

Shiny metal gloss

Almost all color shades can be produced by overprinting with ink and toner.
Gloss is absolutely excellent!

DIGITAL DIFFRACTION

DIGITAL DIFFRACTION®

Diffractive decorations

Diffractive surfaces are an iridescent eye-catcher from any angle. An effective and on-trend alternative or complement to the usual colours.

DIGITAL METAL® Gold

DIGITAL METAL® Gold

Value perception with classic gold

The all-time classic enhancer gold is also available for DIGITAL METAL®!

DIGITAL HOLO

DIGITAL HOLO®

Endless holograms

DIGITAL HOLO® are holographic design elements with images that change as their position changes. They strengthen brand identity by demonstrating the authenticity.

Please see in the following part a list of questions and respective answers to the DIGITAL METAL® System.

Frequently asked questions

Layout creation when using DIGITAL METAL®
  • What should be considered when planning a design for a DIGITAL METAL® application?

    It is advisable to take DIGITAL METAL® into consideration from the outset in the product design and all project decision making. The use of DIGITAL METAL® should be planned before the design is finalized. This helps ensuring a harmonious design without the effect of something superimposed

  • Is DIGITAL METAL® suitable for partial or full-surface decoration?

    For both. In general, it should be investigated from case to case whether partial foil application can enhance the design more effectively than a full-surface application.

  • Can spatial effects be realized with DIGITAL METAL® foil?

    The foil reduces the spatial effect somewhat. It is therefore not recommendable to cover three-dimensional designs completely with foil.

  • How can a design be emphasized with DIGITAL METAL®?

    If something needs to be emphasized, it is also possible to take the opposite approach, i.e. to apply foil to the surrounding area in order to accentuate the design element.

    DIGITAL METAL® is wonderfully suited for creating a secondary design layer. For example, foil can be used for good effects to superimpose a design on a large patterned area.

  • Are sharp designs suitable for DIGITAL METAL®?

    Designs with sharp edges are suitable for DIGITAL METAL®. Soft transitions, on the other hand, can appear unclean. The required resolution would be too high for this process.

  • Can DIGITAL METAL® be used for rendering light areas?

    The DIGITAL METAL® itself has a gray colour value. This makes it unsuitable for rendering light areas. It is therefore better to exclude the foil from light areas.

    An alternative solution that KURZ recommends is to use the DIGITAL DIFFRACTION® design. The holographic foil reflects the light differently than the silver-coloured foil and therefore appears lighter. Their rainbow designs also deliver striking colour reflections.

  • Can DIGITAL METAL® be used for rendering dark areas?

    The light-reflecting foil turns black into a shimmering dark gray. To achieve a deep black colour, the foil should therefore be excluded from these areas.

Overprinting of DIGITAL METAL®
  • Can sheets be overprinted after application of DIGITAL METAL®?

    Yes.

    The DIGITAL METAL® reduces the brightness value of the printing inks. It is therefore necessary to select a lighter colour tone when overprinting.

  • What should be considered for the overprinting of DIGITAL METAL®?

    When DIGITAL METAL® is overprinted with fine lines or lettering, the foil sheen reduces the contrast. A higher line thickness will make the printed design more recognizable or readable. The contrast is also relatively low when overprinting with a light colour. In this case it is recommended to increase the ink coverage.

    When silver-coloured DIGITAL METAL® foils are overprinted with specific proportions of cyan, magenta, yellow and black, it is possible to produce a gold colour tone. The gold can be created in all possible gradations from light gold tones to almost bronze-coloured deep gold nuances. 100 % silver foil + 0% cyan + 10% magenta + 100% yellow and 0% black can be used to create a pure, light gold; without the silver foil, this tone corresponds to a slightly reddish yellow. By overprinting various proportions of process colours it is possible to produce a variety of custom metallic colour tones. KURZ can provide specific examples of this on request.

Substrates for DIGITAL METAL®
  • Do different papers affect the foil finish when using DIGITAL METAL®?

    Yes. High-quality coated and smooth paper as well as cardboard are ideally suited for achieving an outstanding rendering of metallic colour tones and effects.

    Glossy photo printing paper varieties fulfil these requirements very well. Matt coated papers deliver a less smooth surface.

    Uncoated and structured paper varieties are also suitable for DIGITAL METAL®, but need sometimes more than one layer of toner.

    Please keep in mind when using paper with primered surface for DIGITAL METAL®, the foil will be transferred not only to the tonered areas but can also transfer to the primered areas.

  • Are there any recommendations for substrates which can be used for DIGITAL METAL®?

    Photo printing materials are particularly suitable for DIGITAL METAL® because they do not fully absorb the toner layer. Here are a few examples of photo printing materials that have been successfully tested for DIGITAL METAL® applications:

    • Galaxi Brilliant
    • Galaxy Super Matt
    • Profigloss
    • DigiGold Gloss
    • Color Copy
    • Heaven 42

    Furthermore, the following cardboard materials are ideally suited for DIGITAL METAL® applications:

    • Algro Design
    • Invercote Creato
    • Carta Integra
    • Symbol Card
  • What is the minimum and maximum paper thickness for DIGITAL METAL® application?

    Paper in the range 90 - 350 g/m² can be used for DIGITAL METAL® applications.

  • Can DIGITAL METAL® be applied to plastic materials?

    No.

Settings for DM-LINER®
  • What are the ideal machine settings for achieving good results with DIGITAL METAL®?
    • Foil tension should be kept as low as possible, but not so low as to cause creasing
    • Good transfer results can be achieved at a machine speed between 10 – 30 m/min. The results at higher speed are very dependent on the substrate and design
    • The stamping temperature should be between 140°C and 170°C.
    • The contact pressure should be around 5000 N
    • The distance between two running sheets in the DM-LINER® machine should be around 5 mm. This setting can be entered and changed in the menu of the DM-LINER® according to the paper format (paper format + 5 mm).
Trouble-Shooting
  • What should be done if DIGITAL METAL® is not fully transferred to the tonered areas?
    • Control of the toner layer, maybe two layers of toner are necessary due to the roughness of the substrate
    • Increase the contact pressure
    • Increase the temperature
    • Reduce speed
  • Why is DIGITAL METAL® sometimes adhering to locations outside the tonered image?

    Reason 1: Toner is “splashing” onto locations outside of the design. This can be avoided if toner layer is adjusted and digital press is cleaned up

    Reason 2: When using paper with a primered surface, the foil will be transferred to the paper as well. This can be avoided by using paper without a primered surface.

  • How can pinholes be eliminated in the surface?
    • Control of the toner layer
    • Apply two layers of toner
    • Increase the temperature
  • How to eliminate the problem of “foil breaking up”?
    • Change the release angle
    • Adjust the foil tension
    • Check the toner layer
    • Adjust the temperature

Real metal in digital printing...

...from the first print

Selected E-Card image
Happy Birthday!
Easy as that! Interact!

Send brilliant effects also to your friends as E-Cards! Create new effects with ease from the first print.

Choose your postcard
Choose your foil

Enhance your text on the E-Card with classic gold or shiny metal gloss!

We look forward to your message!

Contact

Thank you for your message!

An error occured, we're Sorry!
Please try again

LEONHARD KURZ Stiftung & Co. KG

Schwabacher Str. 482

90763 Fuerth

Germany

Phone: +49 911 71 41-9888

Fax: +49 911 71 41-9822

HR A 5526 Fuerth

EG-USt-Nr. DE 132748097


www.kurz.de