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Helix® Digital Cylinder Printer

Helix® Digital Cylinder Printer

The Helix® digital cylinder printer is designed to print superior quality full-color (CMYKWW + varnish) images on straight-walled and tapered cylinders. Fast and flexible, this cylinder printing machine is ideal for use in the drinkware, barware, candle, and industrial printing industries.

The Helix® UV cylindrical printer strikes an ideal balance between speed and image quality thanks to its patented Helix® software, which places 7-picoliter drops of ink precisely along the cylinder at extremely high speed. This heavy-duty state-of-the-art machine is designed and built in the U.S. The Helix® sports a wide frame, allowing easy access and maintenance of the machine. It also includes an illuminated interior for further ease of service.

The Helix® digital cylinder printer minimizes setup time with an advanced quick-change tooling fixture that easily adjusts to print on both straight and tapered parts. Inkcups offers a custom tooling service from concept to build. Simply send in a few of your drinkware or cylindrical items and we will create tooling that will fit perfectly into your Helix® rotary inkjet printer. Easily adjust a fixture’s angle for tapers by saving each product’s specifications in the system software. Simply set the angle and assign a number to the product type. The Helix®’s part fixture will auto-adjust once that number is selected for a quick and easy part changeover.

Time-consuming prepress and screen-making steps are eliminated with this all-digital inkjet-based process. Import an image, choose the quantity for production, and print directly on the product via user-friendly control software. Rotary printing could not be easier! Interested in hearing more about it? Listen to our Digital Cylinder Printing and Technology podcast!

Choose from a variety of UV inks to print utilizing the Helix® cylindrical inkjet printer. The DL Series was formulated for excellent adhesion to glass and plastic. Paired with MagiCoat pre-treatment solution, glassware items can handle up to 200 residential washes (depending on temperature and detergent). The Prop. 65 compliant S1 Series is the perfect solution for a variety of rigid substrates such as stainless steel and metal. This UV inkjet ink recently got an upgrade with a new UV curable white ink- Vivid White. Finally, the XFlexx Series is compatible with flexible applications such as squeezable water bottles. This Series fully passes the squeeze test without cracking. In addition to the numerous inkjet inks we carry, we also perform all adhesion requirements for you. This is done during the sampling process. Once we have completed adhesion testing according to ASTM, we will send your samples back to you along with the report.

Inkcups truly offers a full solution from consulting to setting up the machine for print to training your operators on how to use the Helix® digital cylinder printer. Training can either be done at one of our facilities or at your facility. We want to ensure your operators understand how to operate and how to perform daily maintenance to the machine.

Get started with the Helix® digital cylinder printer. Contact us to start the sampling process.

See our full line-up of cylindrical printers or visit the Support Hub to learn more about this UV printing method.

Need help with the Helix® or any other digital printer? Visit our FAQs section.

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Digital Cylinder Printers by Inkcups Overview brochure
Helix® Video Demonstration
Helix® Video Demonstration - Candle Holder
Helix® for Barware Video Demonstration


Product Type
Cylinder or Taper (360 degree print)
Speed (based on bed size)
11 seconds per part (Based upon a 2.3" image (60mm) CMYKWW no varnish)
Part Diameter
51 mm - 114 mm (2 - 4.5 in) - with Extended Range Kit - 38 mm - 127 mm (1.5 - 5.0 in)
Part Length
51 mm - 305 mm (2 - 12 in)
Lamp Style
Ink Type
Ink Configuration
CMYKWW (Varnish optional)
Print Modes
4 pass • 6 pass • 8 pass • 12 pass • 16 pass • 24 pass
Bulk Ink System
3 Liter
Dimensions (lxwxh)
2.31 x 0.64 x 1.68 m (91 x 25 x 66 in)
220/208 VAC, Single Phase, 4 Amp
Maximum Resolution
1200 dpi
Bed Type
1,230 lbs. (558 kg)


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