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Five Ways to Improve Interior Decoration with Digital Printing

Digital printing is becoming more and more accessible and affordable. This leads to an increase in creative ways to create interior decoration using on-demand printing. Here are five inspiring ways to use digital print technology to decorate a home or business environment.

Mark Sollman, Application Manager at Mimaki

With any innovative technology, it can initially take time before we recognise and acknowledge its full potential. Think about the introduction of the iPad in 2010. At the time, everyone wondered what they would do with such an oversized iPhone, but since then, more than 350 million iPads have been sold — a multiple of that of tablet computers from other brands. In 2010, it was difficult to recognise the broad number of uses for the tablet, and in 2018, we see the same thing in digital printing for decoration of homes and businesses. The essence of the technology is clear, but what can you actually use it for? Focusing on a few inspiring examples of innovative digital print applications has the ability to drive a revolution in the field of interior decoration. Here are five tips to get you started.

1. Wallpaper

Wallpaper is indeed the most obvious use of digital printing for interior decoration. For a long time, wallpaper had a very corny and old-fashioned image, but new modern designs and on-demand digital printing changed this. As a result, this decor staple from way back when has suddenly become cool again in recent years. Nowadays, suppliers can provide wallpaper in just about any design, either based on their own designs or according to a customer’s specifications. Do you want wallpaper with a specific photo, colour scheme or maybe of a certain structure or fabric? Thanks to inkjet print technology, all of this is completely possible, namely using sublimation, UV or latex printing.

2. Upholstery

Digital printing and upholstery is a golden combination. The design of a fabric no longer needs to be generic and suitable for mass production. Various types of fabrics can be printed on-demand (even silk!) with any possible design and in any required quantity. As such, the uses are endless and affordable. Think about unique curtains, upholstery for chairs and couches, bedding and pillows. The upholstery can be designed to perfectly blend in with the colour scheme or print required by the interior decorator. Sublimation print technology also delivers very lively colours, enabling even bright tropical colours to be used effectively.

3. Glass

When we mention decorative glass, most people think about stained glass windows. Thanks to UV curable digital printing technology, printing can be done on more and more materials, including glass! An additional benefit of this technique is that the printed designs are scratch- and waterproof and it will not fade with time. This sounds awesome, but does this mean we are going to print masses of one type of stained glass window? No, there are many more uses of glass printing besides stained glass windows. Keep in mind that glass does not always need to functionally fit in a frame. Glass panels could, for example, also be used to give an artsy or modern twist to the architecture or interior decoration. It is possible to print more than two thousand transparent or covering colours on standard glass or structured glass. This can be done to completely transform a bathroom, meeting room, office, hotel lobby, or a wall.

4. Tiles

In addition to glass, it is also possible to print directly on ceramic tiles. This offers amazing new opportunities to print unique designs on floor and wall tiles for kitchens, bathrooms, swimming pools or to create a complete mural. Printing on demand enables a design to be distributed seamlessly across multiple tiles, or even an entire wall. This introduces a new level of interior decoration potential for these areas. Finally, there is also another recognisable use: do you need more tiles for a certain project where the original tiles you purchased are no longer available? A small batch can be reproduced on request using digital printing technology.

5. Wood

We started with the most obvious use of digital printing and end with probably the most surprising: wood. For those who like a more rustic, country atmosphere in the home or business environment, digital UV printing technology can be used to print directly on wood. This can be done on small objects or panels, but there are also large format printers that can be used to print directly on a door! This gives restaurants, cafés or hotels new options to include unique printed wooden elements in their interior design. Without digital printing technology, this would indeed be almost impossible and unaffordable, due to the manual labour required. Now this unique design element is within easy reach for projects of any size.

Behind the Flags and Banners at 2018 FIFA World Cup

From video assistant referees (VARs) to goal-line technology, many state-of-the-art technologies operate in the background for the success of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Sergey Babenko, the CEO of Simvol, who is one of the official signage producers for the 21st FIFA World Cup, reflects on one technology that is often overlooked, but has massively contributed to the look and feel of the biggest football event of the year: digital printing.

Founded in 1996, Simvol is Russia’s largest producer of flags and State symbolic textile-based signage. The company is located in Kropotkin, Krasnodar Territory, and has sales offices in all major Russian cities. Led by CEO Sergey Babenko, Simvol was most recently tapped to produce signage for the 2018 Soccer World Cup hosted by Russia.

“We had already done significant work to support the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi,” Babenko explained. “We were very proud of the work we did in the production and installation of all of the flags and banners for one of the most important events in our country, under the most difficult mountain conditions. So it made sense to tap us to produce flags for the 2018 Soccer World Cup. Participants see our products in almost all of the cities where the matches are being held, including Sochi, Volgograd, Samara, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Plus, we produced sportswear and accessories to help fans actively support their teams. It is exciting to think that these items will be spread all around the world once the matches are over!”

Early adopter

While Simvol began its life producing screen-printed sewn flags without any uniform standards and sizes, the production process today has evolved dramatically.

“Screen printing is very labor intensive,” said Sergey Babenko. “And the results were unpredictable. To overcome these issues, Simvol was one of the first companies in Russia to adopt heat transfer dye sublimation printing technology. We worked with Smart-T, a reseller to the industry, to determine the best printing solution for our needs. Not only did we transition much of our production to heat transfer dye sublimation, but we were also creative in the use of our existing screen-printing equipment to add unique finishing to our dye sub flags and signs. Plus, we also offer embroidery, applique, fringe and other embellishments to set our flags apart from the competition.”

While Simvol’s early experimentation with heat-transfer dye sublimation was less than satisfactory, the company continued to evaluate new offerings as they came on the market. “In 2004,” Babenko added, “we reached out to Smart-T and they immediately proposed a solution. We acquired a Mimaki JV4, which increased our press speed by a factor of 10, and we are still using that printer today! In addition to flags, we started printing desktop tags, pennants and chevrons.”

Along with the JV4, Simvol has also added a number of other printers to its fleet over time. This includes a Mimaki DS-1600 for direct-to-fabric printing and a TS34 for heat-transfer dye sublimation. Most recently, the company acquired a Mimaki JV300. “This is the model we look to use as our primary production platform in the future,” Babenko commented. “It has the ability to replace all of our other printers.”

Babenko is also excited about the Mimaki Tiger 1800B production class textile printer. “This printer has exceptional speed and quality,” he said. “As we continue to grow, we will consider adding one or more of these printers to our fleet. It will really set us apart in the marketplace and allow us to produce orders even faster.”

Out-of-this-world experience

Simvol has other notable accomplishments in its history book as well. The backdrop with the standard of the President of Russia against which he holds official events was produced by Simvol. And the company’s work has also visited space. “We developed and produced a pennant in honor of the 95-year anniversary of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation,” Babenko stated, “which the Russian astronaut Anton Shkaplerov took into orbit. Also, for more than ten years Simvol has produced battle flags at the request of the Government and Ministries of Russian Federation.”

Today, the company produces a wide range of textile-based products, including flags, banners, pennants and sportswear on five Mimaki printers. Simvol produces some 40,000 jobs per year, with run lengths ranging from one to 10,000.

Babenko is also very proud of his staff. “I have a staff of very talented people who love what they do and are dedicated to delivering the best quality,” he concluded. “We closely follow all new trends and are always seeking new markets and opportunities. The support we get from Mimaki and Smart-T are key to our success, and we look forward to continuing our journey with them far into the future.”

Mimaki Joins Stars Innovation’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Mimaki Joins Stars Innovation ’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Mimaki joined Stars Innovation S.A.L., its partner in Lebanon, last week to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Taking place at Casino du Liban, the ceremony saw Stars Innovation award Mimaki Europe and other partners for their long-established strategic partnerships. The celebration also coincided with Project Lebanon 2018, the premier trade exhibition for construction materials and equipment in the region, in which Stars Innovation participated with great results. The show took place from 26 – 29 June at the Seaside Arena, Beirut.

“Our sincere congratulations go to Stars Innovation on their 20th anniversary,” said Ms Danna Drion, Senior Marketing Manager EMEA of Mimaki Europe. “Stars Innovation has always been a valued partner of Mimaki in the region. Having benefited from their impeccable knowledge and unbeatable expertise, we believe Stars Innovation is the right partner to help us maintain our position as the market leader in Lebanon. We look forward to continuing our relationship for years to come.”

Mimaki solutions highlighted at Project Lebanon 2018

At the show, Stars Innovation put a number of Mimaki’s latest solutions on display, from its industry leading UV printers to its innovative range of textile printers. Some of Mimaki’s latest releases especially attracted much attention from the crowd:

  • The UCJV300 Series. This latest UV release from Mimaki was the main attraction at the stand of Stars Innovation. UCJV300 printers deliver a remarkable range of applications and versatility with four-layer printing in addition to five-layer printing capabilities. Their integrated cut functionality enables volume production of labels, decals, window clings, vehicle markings and more in each unit. The printers also utilize flexible UV inks that cure instantly, allowing customers to quickly print and immediately move to the finished product without waiting for drying.
  • The Tx300P-1800. Engineered exclusively for direct-to-fabric printing, the Mimaki Tx300P-1800 includes many features found in high-end direct-print models, but with a lower cost-of-ownership model that is suitable for users creating samples or short-run pieces. It also features Mimaki’s unique dual ink capability, with which users can simultaneously load both textile pigment and sublimation dye inks on one printer.

Sakae Sagane, Chairman of Mimaki Europe, has retired

Sagane turned Mimaki into a reputable global brand and a major industry player in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Mimaki today announced that its Chairman, Sakae Sagane, who also served as Executive Vice President for Mimaki Engineering Company, has retired effective 28 June 2018, after leading Mimaki Europe since 2005. Sagane grew Mimaki Europe from a small Mimaki subsidiary to the business unit contributing the most revenue compared to other Mimaki subsidiaries. Under his leadership, Mimaki Europe grew its network of dealers and distributors across the region, completed the acquisition of Mimaki-nbn GmbH in 2008 (now Mimaki Deutschland), and established Mimaki Eurasia in Turkey to more specifically address the needs within that region. In addition, Mimaki Europe positioned itself as a major industry player under his leadership, strengthening its position in signs and display graphics and textiles, while also beginning to establish a foothold in 3D printing. Annual turnover for Mimaki Europe was €46 million in 2006, growing to €125 million by the end of Mimaki’s fiscal year in March 2018, contributing more than 31% of total Mimaki turnover.

“Mimaki Europe has truly prospered under Sagane’s leadership, as have our customers,” said Yuji Ikeda, Managing Director at Mimaki Europe. “His vision took us from a small regional player to a force to be reckoned with in the markets we serve. This includes several acquisitions and our joint venture with Bompan in Italy that have enabled Mimaki to become a total solutions provider with an end-to-end ecosystem of solutions for the growing digital textile printing market. He also helped us successfully navigate through and overcome the difficulties of the European debt crisis. Mimaki Europe started out with only 5 employees back in 2005 and this number has grown to more than 100 today. We sincerely thank him for his many years of service. He will be missed.”

“The time I spent developing Mimaki Europe has been extremely rewarding,” Sagane said. “We have an outstanding team that has been a delight to work with, and a cadre of loyal and innovative customers that both pushed us to higher performance levels and rewarded us with their business. It is with mixed emotions that I leave this vibrant and growing business to take on the next phase of my life.”

Staying in the Fast Lane

On-Demand Car Wrapping with UV Print Technology

MTR Indoor Outdoor Signing, a sign maker located in Limburg, The Netherlands, recently invested in the UCJV300-160, the latest large format, UV LED curable integrated printing/cutting machine from Mimaki. One month in, owner Marco Tobben wonders how they ever managed without it.

Always in the Fast Lane

Tobben started out as a race car driver. He drove internationally in karting competitions and Formula Ford in Zandvoort, The Netherlands. Via his racing sponsorship deals, which involved placing logos and other decorations on racing vehicles, he became fascinated with the sign industry, establishing his own company while still in the racing industry and even co-founding a racing team with the transport company he was using. “I set up a plotter in my parents’ garage, and the orders just started rolling in,” he said. “Racing sponsors have been very supportive of my new venture.”

Full Speed Ahead

With the exponential growth of Tobben’s sign company, he chose to focus on its further development in lieu of his racing career. Thus, MTR Indoor Outdoor Signing began its life as a production company for outdoor visual communication, primarily focusing on car and front wall signage. Indoor signage is also a growing segment, as cooperation with architects and design agencies increases. “It’s up to us, in conjunction with our suppliers, to inform customers about the additional services we can offer them,” Tobben states, “and we have received a warm reception.”

When determining which printers would best meet his new company’s growing needs, Tobben visited Mimaki showroom in Diemen and was impressed by the extensive Mimaki product portfolio, including cutters and plotters. “We knew we would be calling on Mimaki, and its dealer Dimix, when we were ready to take the next step,” he said. “We felt very comfortable with both Mimaki and Dimix, and the full range of support they would be able to deliver. While most of our customers learn about us via word of mouth, you have to be able to meet their expectations. Delivering a good job is the best sales strategy.”

Undeniable Quality

The goal at MTR Indoor Outdoor Signing was to be a frontrunner. Tobben believed that the way to differentiate himself and gain more market share was to find a roll-to-roll printer/cutter with UV curing, which he could not find on the market. Patrick van Doorn, Sales manager at Mimaki dealer Dimix, kept in touch with Tobben and was thrilled to finally be able to reveal Mimaki’s big news on the special printer Tobben was seeking, the UCJV300-160.

“While I believed UV LED curable printing was the best approach,” Tobben admits, “I still had concerns. I was quite sceptical about UV curing on the flexible substrates required for vehicle wraps because UV curing tends to deliver a hard result that breaks upon moulding. That is not acceptable in car lettering or wrapping. We tested extensively, including wrapping of doors, bumpers, you name it. It was amazing. We could even remove the film, roughen it up, heat it up again and apply it once more. It still looked brand-new! This, combined with Mimaki’s print quality, convinced me to move ahead with acquiring the UCJV300-160.” Marco Tobben confirms.

With its new printer, the company can offer full print coverage and has more flexibility in terms of the types of materials that can be used. “For our racing business,” Tobben explains, “we now work with neon yellow film with added white that delivers stunning results. The Clearview film enables us to create a day and night effect. Possibilities are ever-increasing, which only boosts our reach as a printing company. We can really go overboard creatively and still rely on in-house resources only. We are also excited about our ability to print raised inks, which produce a 3D effect. We’ve barely scratched the surface on the new business opportunities this printer will bring us.”

A Job Well Done

The increased possibilities with the Mimaki printer also enable more opportunities for the people operating the printer. The company spends a great deal of time and resources training and guiding young people. And since its installation, MTR Indoor Outdoor Signing has encountered zero problems with the Mimaki UCJV300-160. “We turn it on in the evening, and the next morning everything is done. I check the camera log regularly; but so far, I haven’t had to intervene once,” a satisfied Tobben states.

Tobben concludes, “Our forte is creating uniqueness. We never create the same thing twice. Our new Mimaki printing/cutting system gives us the flexibility to be as creative as we want, and our customers are loving it! And that’s what’s most important to us.”

Mimaki recognised with two prestigious EDP Awards at FESPA 2018

Mimaki UCJV300-160 printer/cutter, Mimaki 3DUJ-553 full color 3D printer named best in class

Mimaki today reported that the European Digital Press Association (EDP) has honoured the company with two prestigious EDP awards. Europe’s 21 leading trade magazines with an editorial focus on digital print processes come together each year to honour the best technological developments among products and other developments announced or presented within the previous 12 months.

“We are honoured to again be a recipient of these prestigious awards, receiving best-in-class awards for our UCJV300-160 roll-to-roll printer and our unique 3DUJ-553 full-colour 3D printer,” said Danna Drion, Marketing Manager EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “We appreciate the time and effort the editors put in to reviewing more than 120 entries, and we are pleased to be included in the final award process with these two outstanding products.”

About the Mimaki UCJV300 Series

The new UCJV300 Series printers, which includes the UCJV300-160 EDP recognized as the best roll-to-roll printer up to 170 cm, offer in-line cutting capabilities and feature layered print technology, such as four-layer and five-layer for transitional or double facing images. Prints are instantly-cured at even the highest production speeds, allowing customers to quickly print and immediately move to the finished product. The Greenguard Gold certified LUS-170 inks are environmentally friendly and energy efficient. The flexibility of the ink makes it ideal for a wide range of applications, including those with curved surfaces like vehicle wraps and fleet graphics.

About the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 Full-Colour 3D Printer

The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer was recognized as the best 3D additive full-colour printer. It is unique in its colour capabilities, with the ability to produce more than 10 million colours in layers as fine as 19 microns. Its water-soluble support material can be easily washed off when the object has been produced, saving time and reducing the possibility of damaging the object when support material is removed. The availability of clear ink adds an extra dimension to printed pieces for an enhanced appearance.

Mimaki to demonstrate complete digital textile printing ecosystem at FESPA 2018

Single source for pre-treatment, printing, steaming, washing and production management

Mimaki today announced it is demonstrating the Rimslow Series, a complete, end-to-end digital textile and apparel printing ecosystem at FESPA 2018, scheduled for 15 to 18 May in Berlin. Mimaki is located in Stand 1.2-D20/D30 at the show. The ability to acquire a complete system from a single supplier makes it easier for businesses to enter the digital textile and apparel printing market, and for existing textile and apparel businesses to add digital printing to the mix to complement conventional textile printing processes.

“Currently, businesses wishing to participate in the digital textile printing revolution must purchase printers and pre- and post-treatment solutions from different manufacturers,” said Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “Not only is this inconvenient, but there can be implementation issues with no single source of responsibility to resolve them. Following our acquisition of Australian company Rimslow last year, Mimaki now has all the necessary components in place, including pre-treatment of fabrics, digital printing, and steaming and washing post-print with the Rimslow Series.”

Mimaki also announced its first development in the Internet of Things (IoT) for Textiles and Apparel (TA), adding another layer to speed processing and to reduce errors. Named Mimaki Job Controller TA, the new development includes functions to provide production condition management, barcode scanning, and visibility into the production database. Together with Mimaki’s range of textile machines, these components comprise a complete digital textile printing ecosystem that makes entry into digital textile printing a virtually risk-free venture.

Mimaki Digital Textile and Apparel Ecosystem: The Details

Printing textiles with digital inkjet technologies typically requires four discrete steps:

  • Pre-treatment of fabrics prior to printing is required to ensure optimum interaction between the ink and the fabric and to prevent ink bleeding. By using the Mimaki TR300-1850C Pre-Treatment Unit, businesses can bring the pre-treatment in-house, reducing costs, shortening production cycles, and gaining increased control over the entire process.
  • Direct inkjet printing of textiles is accomplished using a Mimaki textile printer such as the new Tiger 1800B MkII production-class digital textile printer, which will be on display at FESPA.
  • Steaming of the printed fabric is required to fix the ink on the fabric. This is accomplished with the Mimaki TR300-1850S or the Mimaki TR600-1850S Steamer.
  • In the washing step, leftover ink and treatment agent are removed from the fabric, and making it ready for the next steps in manufacturing and/or distribution. The Mimaki TR600-1850W Washer is used during this step.

An important factor in controlling the quality of the finished product is the ability to control the production process and ensure consistency from one run to the next. With the new development in Mimaki IoT for the TA Market, this is accomplished with three important components:

  • Production Condition Management, designed to record production condition data and manage production conditions that can change depending on the type of textiles, inks and final products being produced. This data can be used to ensure consistency when repeating jobs and to simplify the ability to use multiple printing units in parallel to increase printing throughput and ensure efficient workload distribution.
  • Production Condition Barcodes can be used to call the production condition management data from the production database to set up a job automatically. This speeds job set-up, reduces human error, and makes it easier for even less experienced operators to deliver quality printed textiles.
  • Visibility into the production database provides management with relevant information, including actual production numbers, production staff involved in the process, production time and failure rates, in addition to production conditions. This provides management with real-time data for better decision-making and continuous improvement efforts, including cost/profit calculations and better production planning.

“With the launch of the Mimaki Digital Textile and Apparel Ecosystem, and following our joint venture with Bompan in Italy, we are working towards the realisation of bringing a Total Solutions Approach to the digital production of textiles and apparel,” van den Broek added. “We are excited to hear feedback from FESPA visitors who will have a first opportunity to see our textile production line in action.”

Mimaki enhances digital textile printing capabilities with Tiger 1800B MkII

Newly improved sublimation model to make its world debut at FESPA 2018

Mimaki today announced that its production-class Tiger 1800B digital textile printer family has been enhanced with new features and capabilities as the company continues to drive higher quality in digital textile printing. The Tiger 1800B MkII, which will debut at FESPA 2018, offers an additional high-quality mode at 1200 dpi and several enhancements to improve quality, including reduction of banding and other printing defects.

“The conventional-to-digital transformation continues to heat up in textiles and apparel, and Mimaki, an early mover in this space, is dedicated to bringing affordable, industry-leading solutions to this segment,” said Bert Benckhuysen, Product Manager EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “The Tiger 1800B MkII printers, available in two models for direct to textile and heat transfer sublimation, are just another example of this strategy in action. And our strategy goes beyond simply providing outstanding printers – especially in an emerging market such as this, it is critical to be a Total Solutions Provider. To that end, we are also making available a new range of pre-treatment and post-treatment machines, and we are working towards the development of Internet of Things for Textiles and Apparel market.”

Mimaki at FESPA

FESPA Berlin, scheduled for 15 to 18 May, is the place to be to see the latest digital textile innovations, and Mimaki Stand 1.2-D20/D30 should be a first stop for designers and textile manufacturers seeking to learn more about the future of digitally printed textiles. Mimaki is showing a wide range of solutions at the show and the Tiger-1800B MkII is definitely one of the high points.

  • The Mimaki Tiger-1800B MkII prints at up to 385 square meters per hour and can cover a wide production range, from sample making to small to medium print runs. An additional 1200 dpi print mode is available for enhanced print quality.
  • A set of Mimaki’s unique Core Technologies has also been added to the machine. Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS) minimizes banding and colour shifting by spreading the edge of the pass, making the boundary area a gradation, resulting in a smoother printed image. Mimaki’s proven Nozzle Checking Unit (NCU) and Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) are also incorporated in these new printers, enabling continuous high quality printing even if nozzle errors occur.
  • Mimaki is also making available an extensive line-up of optional devices to meet just about every fabric and transfer paper printing need. This includes a feeding unit for roll media equipped with a centering device and tension bar; a jumbo roll unit to enable printing of long-length roll fabric or heat transfer paper; and drying and winding or pleating options for printed fabrics.

Mimaki Vision Jet-X

At FESPA 2018, Tiger-1800B MkII will be shown in combination with the jumbo roll of Mimaki Vision Jet-X sublimation transfer paper. Available in 1620 and 1830 mm widths, the Mimaki Vision Jet-X is lightweight (57g/m2), but suitable for producing almost everything from sports apparel, flags and banners requiring a high density of ink deposition to fashion and home fabrics with less ink coverage. It yields stable paper feeding and printing, preventing shrinkage and mis-registration of paper.

“We are looking forward to share with visitors to our stand how easy and profitable entry into the digital textile printing market can be, both for those new to textiles and those wishing to add digital printing as a complement to existing traditional textile printing methodologies,” Benckhuysen added. “As always, our experts will be on hand to answer questions and to learn more about our visitors’ businesses and requirements to guide future development.”

Mimaki Tiger 1800B MkII Specifications

 

Item Tiger-1800B Mk II

Direct-to-textile model

Tiger-1800B Mk II

Sublimation model

Print head 16 print heads

(8x 2 lines in a staggered layout)

8 print heads

(4x 2 lines in a staggered layout)

Print resolution 600 / 1,200dpi 600 / 1,200dpi
Print speed

(Fabric width: 1,500mm)

Max. 385㎡/h *1 Max.385㎡/h *1
Max. print width 1,850mm/72.8”
Max. media width 1,900mm/74.8”
Ink Type Reactive:MLRc500

(Acid/Sublimation/Pigment: TBD)

Sublimation:Sb510
Capacity 10kg (ink tank)
Ink set Reactive:C,M,Y,K,Or,Bl,R,Lk

(Acid/sublimation/Pigment: TBD)

C,M,Y,K
Loadable ink color 8 4
Media core diameter 2 inch *2 3 inch *3
Roll weight 100kg (221 lb) or less *2 Feeding: 1,000kg (2205 lb) or less *3

Winding: 500kg (1103 lb) or less  *3

Roll diameter 400mm (15.7”) or less  *2 Feeding: 1,000mm (39.4”) or less *3

Winding: 500mm (19.7”) or less *3

Interface USB 2.0 / Ethernet
Power Unit: 3-phase 380V ±10%, 65A or less
Heater: 3-phase 380V ±10%, 40A or less
Operational environment Temperature: 20 – 25oC / 68 – 77oF   Humidity :35 – 65% Rh
Outer dimension

(W×D×H)

Main unit: 5,250×2,010×2,024mm

(206.7×79.1×79.7”)

Feeding unit : 2,240x475x1,167mm *2

(88.2×18.7×45.9”)   *2

Heater/Winding unit:

2,825×1,300×1,034mm *2

(111.2×51.2×40.7”) *2

Main unit: 5,250×2,010×2,024mm

(206.7×79.1×79.7”)

Feeding unit :2,730×1,703×1,315mm *3

(107.5×67.0x51.8”)  *3

Heater/Winding unit:

2,895×2,400×1,084mm *3

(114.0×94.5×42.7”) *3

Weight Main unit: 4,750㎏/1,0472lb

Feeding unit:130kg/287lb  *2

Heater/Winding unit:840kg/1,852lb *2

Main unit: 4,750㎏/1,0472lb

Feeding unit:722kg/1,592lb *3

Heater/Winding unit:1,580kg/3,484lb *3

 

*1:385㎡/h: Printed with high speed (3drop) mode – 600×600dpi, 1pass, 1Layer
*2 : When the standard unit (option) is attached to Feeding/Winding unit.
*3:When the jumbo roll unit (option) is attached to Feeding/Winding unit.

* Specifications, designs and dimensions stated in this list may be subject to change without notice due to technical improvement etc.

Mimaki Europe Forms a Strategic Partnership with 3M

Mimaki and 3M, global industry leaders, offer comprehensive warranty for the performance of finished graphics

Mimaki Europe announced today that the company’s UCJV Series with LUS-200 inks will carry the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, the most comprehensive finished graphics warranty in the industry. The warranty will be available in Europe, mid-summer 2018.

The 3M™ MCS™ Warranty provides full, non-prorated protection for the intended life of each graphic, including fading, cracking, peeling and other aspects of the graphic performance. 3M offers this level of assurance based on its expertise in weathering technology and rigorous testing of ink and printer combinations. The 3M™ MCS™ Warranty covers up to eight years on some interior finished graphics, and up to six years on some outdoor applications like vehicle wraps when using 3M media and installed using 3M guidelines.

“3M is proud to offer graphic manufacturers a wide selection of guaranteed premier printing solutions,” said Steve Meinz, global portfolio manager for 3M Commercial Solutions Division. “Working with Mimaki, we are excited to provide our customers with an expanded portfolio of 3M™ MCS™ Warranty printing solutions.”

The new UCJV300 Series printers offer in-line cutting capabilities and feature layered print technology, such as four-layer and five-layer for transitional or double facing images. Their prints are instantly cured at even the highest production speeds, allowing customers to quickly print and immediately move to the finished product. The LUS-200 inks are environmentally friendly and energy efficient. They are ideal for a wide range of applications, including those with curved surfaces like vehicle wraps and fleet graphics.

“We are excited that this collaboration with 3M will elevate the performance capabilities of the products and solutions supported by our systems,” said Bert Benckhuysen, Product Manager EMEA at Mimaki Europe.

“The ability to offer a warranty of eight years on some interior graphics and up to six years on outdoor solutions expands our clients’ portfolio flexibility and ensures peace of mind.”

For more information on the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, including coverage details and the list of approved 3M media, and for graphic manufacturers to register for a certificate of 3M™ MCS™ Warranty visit www.3Mgraphics.com/warranties.

Experience the magic of full-colour 3D-printing

Making a full-colour print on paper was once a costly and time-consuming process, but nowadays, cheap full-colour prints roll off affordable Inkjet printers in seconds. However, it is not widely known that 3D printers have also entered the full-colour era. With the Mimaki 3DUJ-553, it is possible to print very complex and realistic 3D objects in as many as 10 million colours.

Written by: Bert Benckhuysen, senior product manager at Mimaki EMEA

Biologically, the human eye can only see three colours; namely: red, green and blue. However, the different cells in the retina are also able to see the presence of light and perceive different wavelengths. This information is combined through an almost magical process in the brain, allowing us to interpret millions of colours. Colour is magical, and that is the magic that creates the enormous difference between a standard mono-colour 3D print, or even one in primary colours, versus one in full-colour. So, let us look at the advantages that this revolutionary step brings to 3D printing.

Vivid colours

The use of colour is particularly functional in a 3D print with one or more primary colours. It helps to distinguish different components by making contrast or (textual) markings visible. But a 3D model really comes to life if you can print in up to 10 million colours. You only need to think of realistic skin and flesh colours for printing medical models and statuettes as an example. It allows you to visualize reality in a way that was previously only possible after extensive craftsmanship. But the fact that you can use vivid, vibrant colours when printing a 3D model, even colour-accurate based on an ICC profile, is revolutionary. It is therefore no longer necessary to manually paint a printed object in the right colours; it can be delivered directly to the customer as soon as it is printed!

Less post-processing

In many cases, post-processing is a considerably labour-intensive component of 3D printing. Many 3D printed models must undergo extensive processing after printing is completed, including removal of supporting material, sanding, spraying, painting and UV coating. With Mimaki, both colour and UV treatment are part of the printing process, but that is not all. In addition, water-soluble support material is used in printing, so a tub of lukewarm water is sufficient to ready a printed object for a customer. There is no additional manual work involved, and there is no risk that small details will fade or break off when removing the supporting material.

High quality

With full-colour 3D printing, some manufacturers use a technique based on fine layers of powder that are cured using different techniques. This results in objects that are admittedly colourful, but the detailing is limited, and the firmness leaves a lot to be desired because of the technique used. Mimaki chose to use Inkjet technology in its 3D printers with a drop size of only 19 microns. This makes the printed models very detailed, colour-fast and, moreover, the strength of the material is also comparable to ABS. With a Mimaki printer, printing a 3D model is truly What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG): a magical process in which a colourful, lifelike 3D model rolls from the printer directly in quantities as low as one driven by an easy-to-use software suite and requiring minimal post-processing. It’s truly a magical revolution.