3sixty Tube

Revolutionized Digital Printing Technologies

   As a revolutionized industrial UV-LED inkjet printer, 3sixty Tube (TBT) is specially designed for high-speed 360° seamless direct printing on tubes widely used in food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Ideal for prototyping,  customized packaging and promotional items, 3sixty Tube offers outstanding print quality, exceptional productivity and great flexibility. 3sixty Tube features twin-tube simultaneous printing and automatic operation of loading, printing, curing & unloading for high production efficiency and low manpower cost.

   Throughout the market, tube packaging is mostly screen printed or label printed. Screen printing requires costly screens for each color which means high cost per tube for small-scale orders, and doesn’t allow complicate designs and rich gradients. Labeled tubes look less professional than surface-printed tubes, of which the labels will get creasing or tearing in the tube filling and sealing process.

   As an ideal alternative to the above technologies, 3sixty Tube is endowed with new digital inkjet printing to revolutionize the tube packaging industry. 3sixty Tube produces smooth gradients, photorealistic images and crisp small-sized texts, achieving cost-effective medium- & short-run tube printing with efficient workflows and fast delivery time.

Advanced Tube Handling Mechanism Accomplishes High-efficiency Production

Automated Loading and Unloading System

   Configured with an automated loading and unloading system, 3sixty Tube excels at automatic handling of tubes from loading, printing, curing, to unloading.

   The operator only needs to add a batch of tubes into the hopper, and then the system will transmit and load tubes two by two onto the mandrels forprinting. After being cured, the tubes will be unloaded to the exit channel. The automation design liberates the operator from repetitive and boring work, increasing production efficiency and lowering manpower cost.

2 Sets of Operation Stations

  3sixty Tube achieves high-efficiency production of short- & medium-run tube decoration featuring twin-tube simultaneous printing and 2 sets of operation stations for loading, printing, curing and unloading. 2 sets of operation stations rotate in and out alternately for continuous printing of tubes, optimizing production workflows, saving operating space and resulting in the most effective industrial inkjet printing.

   Automatic Print Head Protection System monitors whether the print heads will be scratched or exposed to UV lights, and immediately stops the movement of the carriage in case of the emergency situations, effectively ensuring the safety of print heads.

   Based on an all-in-one design concept, the small and compact Print Head Maintenance Module allows automatic purging, wiping and capping for convenient unattended operation.

   Automatic Ink Supply System monitors and controls ink levels of the main/ sub ink tanks with liquid level sensors.

   We offer a range of UV curable inks with bright colors, as well as advantages of excellent hardness, durability and scratch, chemical, and water resistance. Specifically developed for direct printing on tubes.

Customized Printing Methods & Algorithms

   Through relentless exploration and practice, we have developed 3sixty Tube, integrated multiple proven and innovative technologies of great significance to achieve perfect print output effects on tapered/ cylindrical objects, be it metal, glass, wood, plastic, paper and many more.

  • Thanks to the Rotational Print Pass Method (RPPM) and Special Print Head Arrangement Method, 3sixty Tube is endowed with amazing print productivity and quality for simultaneous printing of 2 tapered/ cylindrical objects.

  • Ink Droplet Conversion Algorithm realizes consistent resolutions and stable visual effects in different objects tubes, ideal for printing tubes even with small sizes.

  • Ink Droplet Compensation Algorithm for taper printing ensures even image density on different sections of the taper and avoiding image deformation.

  • Combining special algorithms, 3sixty Tube thoroughly eliminates gaps or overlaps of images in 360° seamless printing.

  • 3sixty Tube supports Colorful Variable Data Printing, including logos, images, texts, numbers, codes, etc.


Print System

DOD piezo electric grayscale print heads, automatic voltage and temperature control

UV-LED curing system



Ink system

UV curable C, M, Y, K, White, Varnish, and Primer inks

1L main ink tank for each color

Automatic ink supply system

RIP and user interface

ColorPRINT Bottle RIP software

Color LCD Display Panel

Printer COntrol Software (PCS)


Popular desktop file formats, including; JPEG, TIFF, EPS, and DCS

Media Type

White/ black/ colored tubes


Gigabit Ethernet interface

Tube handling

2sets of operation stations; Automatic loading and unloading

Tube size

Length: 0 - 230mm (0" - 9.06")

Diameter: 18 - 50mm(0.71" - 1.97")

Rotary Degree of tubes


Printable size

Feeding direction (R-axis): entire surface of the tubes

Printing length (Y-axis): within 220mm (8.66")

Printer Dimensions

Width: 1400mm (55.1")

Depth: 1561mm (61.5")

Height: 1690mm (66.5")

Image size

110mm * 110mm (4.33" * 4.33")

Print Resolution

900 * 600 DPI

Color | Productivity

W + CMYK | 18sec/ 4 pcs

W + CMYK + V | 35 sec/ 4pcs

Operational Environment

Temperature: 16-28°C (61-82°F)

Humidity: 40-70% (Recommended)

Altitude: Up to 1000m (3281ft)

Electrical: Single phase 220V±10% (50/ 60Hz, AC); 7A; 1500W