Formax ColorMax8 Digital Color Printer - MachineShark
Formax ColorMax8 Digital Color Printer - MachineShark
Formax ColorMax8 Digital Color Printer - MachineShark
Formax ColorMax8 Digital Color Printer - MachineShark

Formax ColorMax8 Digital Color Printer

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    Formax ColorMax8 Digital Color Printer

    The ColorMax8 Digital Color Printer combines the latest in inkjet technology with the capacity to produce full bleed, full-color mailing and packaging solutions. In addition to envelope printing and addressing, the wider, flatter paper path allows users to print on stuffed envelopes, 10 x 13 flats, chipboard, corrugated cardboard, cartons, padded envelopes and more, up to 3/8” thick. Its Memjet® print head has 70,400 ink nozzles and no moving parts, which offers higher speeds, lower ink and maintenance costs and less noise.

    An intuitive 7” color touchscreen provides greater control over the entire print process, displaying system status and providing access to common functions and settings. The ColorMax 8 produces full-color CMYK output, up to 16.8 million colors, on a variety of paper stocks and sizes, with full-bleed capability on media up to 8.5” wide. It can print 1600 x 1600 dpi at 6 inches per second, and 1600 x 800 dpi at 12 inches per second.

    With its thermal inkjet technology, it doesn’t require heat or contact to create an image, so it can safely be used with pre-printed envelopes and windowed envelopes without damaging the window or marring the original image. High-capacity ink tanks and fully-automated print head cleaning ensure optimum print quality throughout print runs.


    *The Formax ColorMax8 Digital Color Printer comes with an on-site installation, training, and maintenance with a 90 day warranty and an optional Annual Service Agreement.


    Product Features

    • Intuitive 7" color touchscreen
    • Full CMYK color
    • Full bleed up to 8.5" wide
    • Prints on a wide range of media
    • High-capacity ink tanks
    • Intuitive 7” color touchscreen displays system status, image preview, and provides access to stored jobs
    • Memjet® print head has 70,400 ink nozzlesfor higher speeds, lower ink use and less noise than standard print heads
    • Clamshell design offers easy front access to ink tanks and paper path
    • Wide, flat paper path allows for printing on stuffed envelopes, 10x13 flats, chipboard, cartons, padded envelopes and more


    Operating Features

    • 7” Color Touchscreen: Intuitive control panel interface with image preview, system status, and access to common functions and settings
    • Fast Processing: Prints up to 8,000 #10 envelopes per hour
    • Addressing and Variable Data: Letterhead, invitations, window/non-window envelopes, invoices, postage, barcodes and more
    • Accommodates Media Up to 3/8” Thick: Wide, flat paper path handles stuffed envelopes, 10x13 flats, chipboard, corrugated cardboard, cartons, padded envelopes, pharmaceutical pill packs, and more
    • Electronic Thickness Control: Set the paper path thickness via the touchscreen control panel
    • Top-Loading Feed System: Holds up to 575 #10 envelopes, and media up to 10.5” x 17”
    • Stored Jobs: Holds up to 60 GB of print jobs, ready to be recalled at any time
    • Accurate Feeding: Pressure roller transport system with star rollers


    Printing Features

    • Full-Color High-Resolution Printing: CMYK output, up to 1600 x 1600 dpi
    • Full-Bleed: Up to 8.5” wide
    • High-Capacity Ink Tanks: Cyan 250ml, Magenta 250ml, Yellow 250ml, Black 500ml
    • Easy Ink Access: Clamsell design provides easy front access to ink tanks
    • Up to 16.8 Million Colors
    • Fixed Print Head: Single 8.77” bar spans the width of the printing surface


    Technical Features

    • Automated Print Head Maintenance: Cleaning and capping station automatically maintains print quality
    • TruType or Postscript System Fonts
    • USB and Ethernet PC Interface
    • Electronic Firmware Updates via PC Connection
    • MemjetTM Technology: Innovative print head has no moving parts, features 70,400 color ink nozzles for higher speeds, lower ink costs and less noise than standard print heads



    • Output Conveyor Stacker: Keeps printed materials neat for further processing
    • Infrared Dryer: Helps to quickly set ink on glossy stock
    • cmColor RIP & Color Match Software: Provides a range of color management tools

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    About Formax


    Find Your Solution Here.

    Formax is the industry leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of digital print & finishing, mailing, pressure seal, and data destruction solutions. Superior products and an unparalleled level of service and sales support allow Formax dealers to provide the ideal solution to streamlining virtually all of your outgoing and incoming mail, destruction of confidential data and in-plant digital print finishing.

    Founded in 1987, Formax is a privately held company with corporate headquarters based in Dover, New Hampshire and a manufacturing facility in Turlock, California.  Since the company successfully patented its first pressure sealer decades ago, it has continued to evolve with the same never ending focus on innovation, quality and value.  The Formax product line is represented through an extensive dealer network across North America and around the world.  


      Formax is the industry leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of pressure seal, mailing, data destruction and digital print finishing solutions, and provides sales and service support through a nationwide dealer network. Formax stands behind its equipment and offers the following warranties:

      Folders, Pressure Sealers, Inserters, ColorMax, Cutters, Joggers, Signers, Bursters

      • 90 day warranty on parts and labor
      • 90 day warranty on parts (drop shipped equipment only)  


      • Lifetime limited warranty on Deskside and Office cutting heads
      • Lifetime limited warranty on Industrial cutting heads (parts only)
      • 1-year warranty on High Security and Specialty cutting heads    
      • 1-year warranty on all other parts

      Formax agrees to repair or replace, at its option, any defective part or component covered by this warranty, provided there was no abuse and we first receive written notice of a defect within the applicable warranty period.  Wearable parts are not covered under warranty. This warranty extends only to the original purchaser and does not include labor or the payment of any labor charges or incidental or consequential expenses.

      Warranty claims must be submitted with a replacement part order. All parts are shipped FOB Dover, NH.


        If you require a lift-gate or inside delivery for any Formax products, you may be charged an extra fee. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE DETAILS.

        *Please note Formax does not accept returns. If the machine is not performing to its capabilities, we can warranty it, troubleshoot, and, if applicable, except an exchange!


        As soon as your order is placed, you will receive an order confirmation e-mail.  This confirms your order has been received in our system and your credit card is authorized for purchase.  As soon as we receive your order, we begin processing to confirm that it is in stock and available for immediate shipment.  If your item is on backorder or unavailable, we will reach out to you via e-mail to confirm if you'd like to keep your order or cancel for a full refund.  If your item(s) are available for immediate shipment, we will process the charges and submit the order for shipment.


        Please reference your product page specific lead times. After shipment, items will arrive in 2-7 business days.

        Some models are custom made, and can take as long as 4-5 weeks to ship depending on the model and series. Please contact customer service before ordering if delivery time is a concern of yours.

        Certain items due to high demand and low supply can only be placed on back order at specific times. Please contact customer service to hear about any items availability.

        Please contact us for rush shipping rates and options. We will send you tracking information within 24 hours of your order leaving the warehouse to the e-mail address you provided when checking out.  If you do not receive tracking information from us within four business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us at

        Large items that ship via freight (not UPS or Fedex) require a signature upon delivery. You will receive a call from the shipping company to arrange a time and day for delivery that works for you.


        Please inspect the packaging of your item(s) when they arrive, if you notice any damage you should REFUSE the package, and make note of it on the delivery receipt.  If your item(s) do arrived damaged, please contact us immediately and send photos to . We will process an insurance claim on your behalf and happily work with you to resolve the issue and refund or replace your order.


        Generally, most of the items we carry can be returned within 30 days of receipt in new condition and unopened.

        Returned products must be sent back with their original packaging and have all of the parts and components that they came with. Please contact the manufacturer for any warranty issues.

        Please document (photograph) any damages upon receiving the item and report these damages to the delivery carrier if product was sent by LTL or freight (not by UPS, Fedex, USPS, etc).

        Some items may be subject to a 15% restocking fee. Customer is responsible for return shipping and original shipping cost, even if the item was "free shipping". Any damages to products may void the return.

        Returns must be accompanied with an RMA number. Please contact us in order to have one generated.

        Should you have any questions about a particular product’s return policy we’re here to help. Please contact us and we will respond within 24 hours.

        As stated in the Product Quality Guarantee, any item that arrives in less than perfect condition or missing parts will be handled at no extra cost. Refunds will be issued to the original credit card that you use when placing your order.

        It is the customers' responsibility to confirm the product will comply with their state, county or city codes. If you will be receiving an inspection by a county or city inspector, please ask them what they require.

        Service Information

        Equipment Maintenance From Formax
        All product solutions offered by Formax Direct are available with full services rendered on-site. Formax also offers a comprehensive maintenance program designed to deliver optimal performance and longevity for your equipment. Formax Service Agreements are the best way to protect your investment. Formax provides on-site technical services in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Our service hours are:

        • Standard business hours of 8:00AM to 5:00PM Monday thru Friday, excluding holidays
        • After hours emergency support including weekends, excluding major holidays

        Requests for service can be made by calling 1-800-232-5535, Ext. 21 or by pressing 0 and asking to speak with our service dispatcher. Service calls can also be placed by clicking here and filling out the service request form.

        Installation & Training on Equipment Purchases
        Formax takes pride in exceeding your service expectations and will do this right from the start. All equipment solutions purchased from Formax Direct include on-site installation and training of key operators. Our goal is to make sure all operators are fully trained and comfortable in the operation of the equipment. A refresher course for further operator training is also available within the first 90 days after installation. Our goal is for all of our customers to reach the maximum benefit and return on investment from their new equipment purchase.

        Ongoing Service Options
        Formax offers several service options including:

        • Service Agreement that includes complete equipment maintenance
        • On-Site support per request
        • Telephone technical support

        When calling Formax for service you can expect:

        • To speak with a service dispatcher to log your call and to receive an estimated time of arrival either at the time of your call or within 60 minutes.
        • On-site technical support in most cases occurs the same day a service call is placed or at most within 24 hours. Priority is always given to mission-critical applications such as payroll so that your company is able to meet its most important deadlines.
        • If we are unable to restore full functionality to your Formax product within 24 hours of our original arrival, we will be happy to furnish your company with a loaner when and where available.

        Service Agreements
        Formax Service Agreements provide complete equipment maintenance that increase equipment longevity and productivity. Standard hours of operation are 8:00AM - 5:00PM Monday thru Friday, excluding holidays. Formax Service Agreements cover parts, labor and either one or two preventative maintenance calls per year for most machines. Preventative maintenance calls are scheduled periodically and include:

        • Inspection of all components
        • All necessary adjustments, cleaning, proper lubrication and oiling
        • Test-run of customer media whenever available
        • Follow-up operator training on request

        Other benefits of a Formax Service Agreement include: your ability to budget a fixed cost for maintaining your equipment, priority service, and the elimination of delays involved with generating a purchase order to track invoicing and call placement.

        Customer Reviews

        Based on 4 reviews
        Aaron James
        Easy to use and high-quality

        For some of us, quality is more important than the price. This printer, however, has both high quality and low price for what you get. I am amazed by how easy it is to use and how efficient it is. The inks last ages thanks to the Memjet technology, while still printing high-quality, colorful prints/documents. The automatic maintenance of the printer is another huge plus. I would not hesitate when getting this printer , it is well worth it.

        Cindy T.
        Fast and high-capacity

        Prints very quickly and in high-quality, it works well with a variety of media and it maintains itself automatically. Very good product and fast shipping.

        Matt Parsons
        Quality product

        As you can determine from the price, this is a top-shelf product. It works flawlessly in our busy office and produces the highest quality prints while using lower amounts of ink than other printers. It is very quiet, works with a variety of materials, as well as full envelopes, and can hold an incredible amount of jobs on hold. If you want the best product for your business, I highly recommend getting this printer.

        Yvonne I.
        Fabulous printer

        This is the best printer I have had in all the years of printing things. It can store a lot in terms of both ink and stored jobs. It also has a touchscreen, which is very intuitive and multi-functional – you can even set the paper path thickness. All in all, I think this is a superb product, especially for the price you pay for the sheer quality that this offers. Plus, shipping is free and very quick!