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Direct-to-textile printing?

Mimaki dealer TTS makes online business happen for Onlineshopz

Onlineshopz gets all its Mimaki printers from TTS and Dimix. Since 2015, TTS delivered about four Mimaki direct-to-textile printers and two Monti Antonio calenders. Dimix supplied the UV and solvent printers. And just recently, the company invested in the revolutionary Mimaki Tx300P-1800 direct-to-textile printer.

Onlineshopz is a production company based in Denenkamp, bordering the Dutch-German frontiers. Its owners are two thirty-something entrepreneurs, Bjorn Wissink and Maarten Sinnema. They started out selling Skydancers and Skytubes under the Airlusion- umbrella (this was the original name of the company they started). Wanting to do something unique with blow-up dolls brought about the invention of the dancing doll, powered by an air blower. Originally, they intended to rent it out. But they ended up selling the dolls and branched out in delivering other printed textile products. Supported by the TTS distributors and the Mimaki printers, their idea quickly turned into a thriving reality.

Direct to textile

Onlineshopz bought its first printer and calender in 2015. Bjorn: “We bought the Mimaki JV33 in 2015 at TTS’. And got it remodeled for direct-to-textile printing. We created the skytubes from spinnaker cloth. That was exceptionally unique in The Netherlands. We completely created the product from start to finish ourselves. We had the equipment, we could print the fabrics and had confection expertise. The printer was just located in the hall, we hadn’t even moved office. We were supposed to keep the printer in a climatized environment, but we had no clue. Printers weren’t our scene, we just knew how to rent and sell.”

A production of their own

Bjorn and Maarten had vision. They didn’t just want to sell, they also wanted to own the production. That also implied printing themselves. They were in touch with TTS about textile. Maarten: “TTS knew it would be more than just skytubes. So, they advised us to use equipment that would enable us to also service other textile markets. We thought that was a tricky decision to make. I’m a psychotherapist originally and Bjorn is a business IT specialist – neither of us knew print. At all. We took a blind leap of faith and put our trust in our TTS supplier’s advice. It turned out really well.”

Expanding the range

The company started out with skytubes, but found itself quickly churning out flags, banners, beach flags and other printed textile items. All available for online sales via different vertical webshops, collated under the onlineshopz.nl mothership.

Each product is produced in house. The equipment has grown substantially in three years’ time, with solutions for sewing, sawing, printing and mounting. The building is filled with all kinds of machines. Bjorn: “If we’re going to do it, we’re going to do it ourselves. It’s the only way we can remain competitive and successful in this market.” The business is running on 22 people so far and it delivers about 100 orders per day on average.

Textile printer

The latest printer TTS delivered, is the Mimaki Tx300P-1800. Michel Prins is the designated account manager. “If you’re looking for Skydancers, there’s only Airlusion. No one else can pull off what they do.” The cooperation between both parties facilitated the complex printing process that is direct printing onto textile. The best validation for Onlineshopz that it chose the best supplier. The printer that is currently installed is designed specifically for printing directly onto textile. “Mimaki is the only supplier that creates printers that are this high-level. They keep innovating textile printing and it shows in the Mimaki Tx300P-1800.”

Expansion

The only thing holding back the growth of Onlineshopz is its production area. There are plans for a new hall expansion. Up next: new, vertically specialized webshops. A Coolblue inspired business model. And the passionate entrepreneurs have bigger aspirations still, trying to expand business into other countries. They already have online shops active in Germany, the fortunate border location made that the obvious region of choice. Next will be Belgium, France and Spain. Maarten: “We spot so many chances. Get the idea and go for it, that’s our motto.”

Mimaki to Show Business Driving Digital Print Solutions at PSI and Viscom 2019

Highlights include on-demand and personalized 360-degree direct-to-object printing, technology for striking backlit signage as well as the ability to print different designs on both sides of a substrate.

Mimaki Europe today announces that under it’s ‘Join the Experience’ joint show theme, it will exhibit its portfolio of market leading UV flatbed, solvent and sublimation printers at PSI and Viscom 2019 (8-10 January 2019 – Dusseldorf, Germany). Designed to enable profit generating applications across the sign graphics, promotional products, industrial and textile markets, visitors will see a host of print solutions designed to suit a wide range of businesses – but with the flexibility to support their needs today and tomorrow.

As one of two specific highlights of the Mimaki booths, visitors to Viscom 2019 will see the white ink capability for the highly popular Mimaki UCJV300 sign and graphics printer. This feature enables enhanced backlit applications for striking graphics and additional revenue opportunities. Visitors to the Mimaki booth at PSI will also see 360-degree direct-to-object printing from its Mimaki UJF Series, enabling high quality and personalized print onto bottles, cylinders and a wide range of promotional items.

Danna Drion, Marketing Manager, Mimaki Europe comments: “At Mimaki, our worldwide team is committed to customer service and providing products that the market wants and needs. To ensure we achieve this, not only do we spend roughly 7% of our annual revenue on R&D, but we also have a team of over 120 people dedicated to product development.”

“As such, we go to PSI and Viscom 2019 with packed booths demonstrating some of the markets fastest, highest quality and most advanced print solutions available, almost anywhere. So, whether you’re a mature sign shop, a promotional product supplier, a start-up textiles printer, a seasoned marketeer or indeed a retail manufacturer, we have products to suit all your requirements.”

PSI (Stand 10C11)

At PSI, Mimaki will show three of it’s direct-to-shape digital printers designed specifically for the international promotional products market. It will also present a range of creative promotional products in various materials including glass, plastic and (faux) leather – further demonstrating how advanced digital printing enables value adding and profit driving personalization and versioning capabilities:

  • Mimaki UJF-3042MkII – Market leading productivity and ease of use for on-demand, direct
    to object printing up to 420mm wide. Shown with the optional ‘Kebab’ capability plus white ink, visitors to PSI will witness 360-degree printing onto glass and plastic bottles.

  • Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII – Double the print width and shown with an optional ‘Ionizer’ feature, as well as clear, white and primer inks, this solution prints onto products 153mm (6in) thick. At the show, it will demonstrate amazing print quality and colour capabilities on matte black notepads.

  • Mimaki UJF-7151plus – With a maximum print size of 710mm x 510mm, this state-of-the-art high quality and high-performance printer is ideal for wide range of promotional products, ID cards and personalized gifts.

Utilising Mimaki’s renowned high build quality for ultra-reliability, high speed and rich colours, the company will demonstrate to visitors of both shows how they can ‘print and profit’ using Mimaki technology.

Viscom 2019 (Stand 14E55)

At Viscom 2019, Mimaki will display breath-taking print samples from customers around the world, as well as provide live demonstrations from nine of its solvent, UV and sublimation printers for applications in three distinct markets – Sign Graphics, Industrial Products and Textiles. Specific Mimaki show highlights include:

  • Mimaki UCJV300-160 and UCJV300-75 (UV integrated printer/cutter) – The award-winning sign and graphics solution will feature a white ink capability enabling four-layer printing to create transformative graphics for backlit applications. Perfect for applications using transparent film, the printer also enables five-layer printing for producing different designs on both sides of the substrate, simultaneously. These Mimaki capabilities provide new value adding and profit driving applications.

  • Mimaki TS55-1800 – Ideal for interior fabrics, sports and fashion apparel, flags and tapestries, the TS55-1800 Series offering continuous operation, is designed for users that demand high productivity and high-quality print. Featuring a plotter roll for small runs or a mini jumbo roll for long runs, the TS55-1800 Series has the flexibility to adapt to changing business needs.

“Exhibiting at PSI and Viscom 2019 is a great way to start a New Year, and we look forward to meeting visitors in Dusseldorf,” concludes Drion.

Here’s what Mimaki and these leading designers will be showing at Heimtextil 2019

For Heimtextil 2019, Mimaki is collaborating with more than ten different leading designers. Working in various disciplines – fashion, interior design and art – these designers will showcase the power of digital textile printing. In this interview, the designers talk about what we can expect to see of their designs.

 

Claire Vos – Interior Designer

Who is Claire Vos?
“I run Studio Roderick Vos with my husband. We met at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and have worked together ever since. Roderick is a product designer, while I’m much more focused on interiors and fabric design. Together, we work for major furniture brands, among other clients, and a few years ago, as Art Directors, we breathed new life into the furniture brand Pode. I was recently asked by Textiles & More to design an interior textile collection and it’s through this collaboration that Mimaki found me.”

What will you be showing at Heimtextil?
“I will be mixing all kinds of textile printing disciplines in my space at Heimtextil. Working from the theme ‘The Dressing Room’, my Textiles & More collection will form the basis. I’ve applied various prints from this collection to pillows, curtains and carpets, but also to all the objects at the stand. These include a chair by Pode, a footstool by Leolux and, to put the finishing touches on ‘The Dressing Room’, shoes by Anousjka Röben and a kimono by Deux d’Amsterdam. I see this collaboration with Mimaki as an opportunity to really show off all that’s possible in the area of textile printing. That fits perfectly with my own style, which I like to think of as ‘fashion for furniture’. It’s more than just interior design, I often look for the fashion element too. That’s the combination that makes my work stand out.”

What does the collaboration with Mimaki mean to you?
“I think it’s a really terrific to have the opportunity to collaborate with Mimaki. It’s a fantastic company with highly advanced machines and I’m so glad that Textiles & More brought us into contact with each other. The innovative printing techniques offered by Mimaki, such as sublimation transfer, open a whole range of new possibilities for me. For example, the layered construction of designs that it enables, results in very beautiful colour blending and extra depth.”

Sigrid Calon – Visual Artist

Who is Sigrid Calon?
“I’m a visual artist and I have a degree in textiles from the Academie voor Beeldende Vorming in Tilburg. After graduating, I spent several years focusing on the applied side of textiles, including design, styling and merchandise, and then in 2005 I decided to begin working as an artist in my own right. I soon got involved with graphics and I’ve continued to experiment with printing techniques and materials ever since. So, the collaboration with Mimaki is quite a logical step for me. I first came into contact with them in 2015 when they sponsored an exhibition of mine in Amsterdam, and now we are continuing our collaboration at Heimtextil 2019.”

What will you be showing at Heimtextil?
“Many years ago, I developed my own distinctive visual language that appears in all my work – this was also my starting point for Heimtextil 2019. Mimaki offered me the opportunity to work with new printing techniques and materials. For example, we started working with copper foil and we created a fantastic design using Mimaki’s latest print head technology. While copper foil is normally used more for things like packaging, by using it at Heimtextil in an artwork and in a completely different context, I wanted to inspire visitors and show them all what digital printing has to offer. What’s great is that we’ll be using this material together again for my exhibition in January at the De Pont museum in Tilburg. For this, we’ve also reprinted some of my existing artworks on other materials including one measuring 2×2 metres.”

What does the collaboration with Mimaki mean to you?
“First of all, I think it’s supercool that Mimaki is open to experimenting with its technology, as well as proactively supporting ‘the arts’. A couple of years ago Mimaki sponsored me, and now they’re helping me again with my new exhibition – today, we’re working together for Heimtextil 2019. It’s great to have a company behind you that supports and believes in you. Through Mimaki, I’m also exposed to new techniques and materials that open up all kinds of new possibilities for me. Finally, I know that the results are always good when I collaborate with Mimaki. No matter how much my requirements may vary, the prints are always top quality. That gives me incredible peace of mind.”

Tessa Koops – Fashion Designer

Who is Tessa Koops?
“I’m a womenswear fashion designer, specializing in clothing that feature floral/textural prints. My designs are sold through over 50 retail outlets across the Netherlands, and I also dress a number of Dutch celebrities. I focus on women who want quality, great fit and originality. I use quite a lot of prints: 90% of my work involves print and, of course, that makes this collaboration with Mimaki very appropriate.”

What will you be showing at Heimtextil?
“At Heimtextil 2019, I really want to demonstrate the possibilities of digital print. My goal is to give visitors a fantastic experience. I do that by combining art – I’m also a painter – with fashion. I normally use a lot of prints that I purchase, but this collaboration with Mimaki allowed me to completely think outside the box in terms of design. At the Mimaki stand, we will be showing one of my own paintings in different ways as a recurring motif, including as a print for dresses. Together with the other designers, this will let me really show all the diverse ways in which the Mimaki printers can be used.”

What does the collaboration with Mimaki mean to you?
“I think it’s awesome to be working together with Mimaki for Heimtextil, and I hope we can do more together in the future. I’m really excited about the possibilities that Mimaki printers can open up for me. As a fashion designer, you don’t generally tend to come into contact with machines like this. Mimaki’s technical capabilities and know-how are a terrific match for my creative input – we can truly inspire one another with our respective expertise. And that in turn enables me to think bigger, even beyond fashion design.”

Mimaki Announces Tessa Koops as Fashion Designer for Heimtextil 2019

Koops to demonstrate the power of Mimaki digital print technology for increased creativity, personalisation and profitability within the fashion industry

Mimaki Europe today announces its partnership with Dutch retail fashion designer, Tessa Koops, for Heimtextil 2019 (8-11 January 2019, Frankfurt, Germany – Stand J81, Hall 3.0). Completing its line-up of designer collaborations for the show, clothing specifically designed for Mimaki by Koops, will be used to demonstrate the power of art in fashion and the huge impact digital print can have on creativity and personalization within the fashion design and manufacturing process.

Koops joins a prestigious group of inspirational world-leading designers brought together by Mimaki for Heimtextil 2019. Under the theme of ‘The Fusion of Innovation and Design’ and celebrating digital print within all elements of art, interior design and fashion, Mimaki commissioned work from designers including Sigrid Calon and Claire Vos (Studio Roderick Vos), will also be showcased throughout the Mimaki booth.

Tessa Koops is a fashion designer of women’s clothing, specialising in dresses with floral/patterned prints. In addition to dressing different celebrities, her clothing is sold in more than 50 retail outlets across the Netherlands.
“Ordinarily, I work a lot with purchased prints for my clothing. However, this collaboration with Mimaki has enabled me to go beyond the typical design limitations of fashion and better understand how digital print can increase creativity, personalisation and diversification across a range of pieces. As you will see on the booth, one of my own paintings is used in a variety of ways including as a print for dresses,” comments Tessa Koops.

“I am very impressed and inspired by the possibilities that Mimaki printers offer the fashion industry. As a designer, you normally don’t get to experience such cutting-edge technology first hand, so this has been quite enlightening. In fact, exposure to the potential of digital print has enabled me to think in broader terms than just fashion design,” concludes Koops.

With printed applications on a diverse range of textiles, fabrics and interior materials, visitors to the Mimaki booth at Heimtextil 2019 will learn how they too can use advanced print technology to drive design innovation and profitability. Additional Mimaki designers include Anousjka Röben displaying shoes and creative studio Deux d’Amsterdam showing a unique kimono designed specifically for Mimaki – all designs were digitally printed by Textiles & More (T&M).

The Mimaki stand will showcase a printer for almost every type of textile application, with other digitally printed textiles applied to design classics in the ‘Pode’ range from Leolux, and feature walls utilising photography from Arjan Benning also being displayed.

Mimaki Announces Digitally Printed Design Collaborations to be Showcased at Heimtextil 2019

World leading designers to demonstrate creative, profit driving digitally printed applications

Mimaki Europe today announces its collaboration with over 10 inspirational world leading designers for Heimtextil 2019 (8-11 January 2019, Frankfurt, Germany – Stand J81, Hall 3.0). Under the theme of ‘The Fusion of Innovation and Design’ and celebrating digital print within all elements of art, interior design and fashion, Mimaki commissioned work from designers including Sigrid Calon and Claire Vos (Studio Roderick Vos), will be showcased throughout the Mimaki booth and used to demonstrate the power of digital print to increase the creative process.

Seeing printed applications on a diverse range of textiles, fabrics and interior materials, visitors will learn how they too can use advanced Mimaki technology to drive design innovation and profitability. From designers including Anousjka Röben displaying shoes; creative studio Deux d’Amsterdam showing a unique kimono designed specifically for Mimaki and Heimtextil, all designs were digitally printed by Textiles & More (T&M). The Mimaki stand will showcase a printer for almost every type of textile application, with additional digitally printed textiles applied to design classics in the ‘Pode’ range from Leolux, and feature walls utilising photography from Arjan Benning also being displayed.

“Heimtextil is always a really good show for us. For 2019, we’re excited to share the results of our collaboration with these amazing designers and to demonstrate what’s possible with our comprehensive range of printers,” says Mark Sollman, Mimaki Application Manager EMEA.

“From entry-level printers to production workhorses, each Mimaki system delivers premium quality print and profit-enhancing productivity. What’s more, using our wide range of inks, a huge variety of substrate applications now becomes available too. So, whether you’re a designer seeking to push the creative boundaries of textile printing, or a brand looking to increase your productivity and lower your environmental footprint, a visit to the Mimaki stand is a must,” continued Sollman.

Heimtextil visitors will experience Mimaki’s broad portfolio of printing solutions, split into three distinct areas including interior design, fashion and art. In the art section, the UCJV150-160 inkjet printer with environmentally-friendly UV-curable inks, will be used to produce wallpaper. Textiles will be printed in both the interior design and fashion areas, with the ultra-productive TS55-1800 sublimation transfer inkjet printer focusing on upholstery. Using a belt-conveying solution, the TX300P-1800B entry-level direct-to-textile system will also be printing onto stretchable fabrics used in fashion.

Claire Vos, introduced by Textiles & More (T&M) and a graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, studied her craft in Italy, Switzerland and Indonesia before settling in the Netherlands. With a contemporary graphical industrial flavour to her work, many of Vos’s products are produced using Mimaki printers for Textiles & More. Her work, shown under the theme of ‘The Dressing Room’, will be shown at Heimtextil through Mimaki-printed upholstery including chairs and cushions.

Bringing vivid colour and fine graphical elements into her work, Sigrid Calon is a visual artist. At Heimtextil, the detail and vibrancy of Calon’s art will be brought to life by a 2×2 metre artwork utilising Mimaki’s latest printhead technology delivering smooth gradations and sharp and precise details. Examples of Calon’s work will also be shown in various materials, produced by Mimaki advanced print technologies, including UV and 3D printing.

“Quite simply, fabric diversity means that designers no longer have to compromise,” states Sollman, “Whether it’s for the fast paced and ever-changing high-street marker or for more bespoke pieces, substrate availability is paramount for all fashion today.”

Danna Drion, Senior Marketing Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe, concludes: “We’re absolutely delighted to be showcasing this collection of talent at Heimtextil – it perfectly demonstrates what can be achieved when you mix design excellence with high quality digital printing from Mimaki technology. Of course, we will also show the business case that supports these projects too – profit generating print solutions that enable innovation and business growth.”

Why the Mimaki TS55-1800 is (r)evolutionary

The textile printing market is rather traditional. For example, only 4 percent currently use digital printers. The reasons for this are diverse, from sticking to familiar production methods to the fear of high investments. Mimaki wants to change that with the TS55-1800, a high-end digital textile printer for use with heat transfer sublimation paper. It is a solution designed specifically for the entry and mid-level market with an unprecedented price-quality ratio.

by Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager at Mimaki EMEA

I have been working in the printing business for decades and have a technical background. That is why I love all the new technical gadgets, but I still must admit that I’m also quite fond of traditional analogue printing techniques as well. Just as an old steam locomotive makes you aware of the history and the technological progress of trains, digital print technologies also make my heart beat faster. But ultimately, we must progress, including in the printing business; and the future of printing is undoubtedly digital. The good news is that Mimaki has now succeeded in bringing industrial digital textile printing solutions within reach of small and medium-sized businesses. That is truly a revolution, thanks to an evolutionary process of continuous innovation by Mimaki.

High ink density and speed

The textile and apparel industries are extremely dynamic and require high production volumes. These high volumes are feasible when using traditional printing techniques, but the quality can lag. Digital printing has been an excellent way to improve quality for years. However, to achieve a marketable print quality at a high production speed normally requires a high level of investment, which means that only major players in the industry can afford it. Mimaki recognized the gap in the market and decided to develop a new dye sublimation printer, designed specifically for the entry and mid-level market. The TS55-1800 is a very affordable printer that, unlike all comparable products in this segment, meets high quality and ink density demands at the faster print speeds that the market requires. It prints at a resolution of 480×600 dpi while maintaining vibrant colours using one-pass printing at 140 m² per hour. In addition, for the TS55-1800, Mimaki has also incorporated its unique MAPS (Mimaki Advanced Pass System) technology in two-pass printing mode to eliminate banding.

Mini Jumbo Roll

To offer companies as much flexibility as possible, Mimaki also decided to offer the option of using this exciting new printer with the new Mini Jumbo Roll unit. This facilitates printing continuously with 2,500 linear meters of transfer paper. Smaller printing companies can use this machine to scale up to higher production volumes, but that is not all. By replacing their 150- to 200-meter plotter rolls with Mini Jumbo Rolls, they can also save more than 20 percent on paper costs and increase production capacity since no small rollers need to be replaced. Mimaki makes it even easier for companies to make the transition to digital printing by, for the first time, supplying print media with the TS55-1800 as a package deal in the form of Mimaki Vision Jet-X transfer paper, provided by Neenah Coldenhove.
And finally, the printer has a 10-l ink system that drastically lowers ink prices per m2!

With two additional unique features, Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) and Nozzle Recovery System (NRS), already available from two-pass print mode, Mimaki ensures that production can take place without any trouble and without requiring any human intervention over longer periods of time. The Nozzle Check Unit automatically checks nozzles and cleans them if required and the NRS substitutes defective nozzles giving uninterrupted operation.

I recommend the TS55-1800, a revolutionary printer, for anyone who is interested in engaging in this lucrative market and those looking for ways to streamline existing production. Textile professionals can drastically reduce operating costs with this printer, increase production volume significantly, and at least double their annual profit. And it is an affordable entry point for those just entering the market. That is really revolutionary, and I believe it will help many companies grow in digital textile printing or take their first steps into the digital world.

Mimaki Announces Participation in “ADAPT” Consortium Launched by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Mimaki’s 3D printer to be installed in MIT’s laboratory to help its additive manufacturing technology research

Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd. (Mimaki), headquartered in Nagano Prefecture, Tomi City; President, Kazuaki IKEDA, has announced Mimaki’s participation in the “ADAPT (Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies)” consortium launched by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (hereinafter called MIT) as one of the founding members.

“ADAPT” is a consortium directed by MIT professor John Hart, who leads MIT’s Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity. With the aim of supporting the advanced additive manufacturing industry, ADAPT will promote research and education for next-generation manufacturing technology based on AM (*1) processes, including 3D printing.
*1: Manufacturing methods of forming by adding materials, through AM (additive manufacturing), laminated object manufacturing, 3D printing, etc.

“We’ve been given an opportunity to install our UV flatbed inkjet printer [UJF-7151 plus] and 3D printer [3DUJ-553] at MIT to support AM-related classes and research activities. Working towards ADAPT’s vision of amalgamation and evolution of AM technology and digital production sought by MIT professor John Hart, Mimaki will continue to contribute to ADAPT activities through our inkjet technology and mass customization printing solution. And, we will feed back synergy effects gained through ADAPT activities to future product development. In this sense, it is indeed an honor that Mimaki was selected as one of the founding members of MIT’s ADAPT,” comments Yasuhiro Haba, Executive General Manager of Sales Division, Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd.

The “ADAPT” founding members held a kick-off meeting at the international trade fair for additive manufacturing and industrial production – “formnext” – held in Frankfurt, Germany in November and are scheduled to have their next meeting at MIT in Spring, 2019.

ADAPT founding members:
ArcelorMittal/Autodesk/BigRep GmbH/Dentsply-Sirona/Electro-Optical Systems Inc./Formlabs, Inc./General Motors/Mimaki Engineering/Proto Labs, Inc./Robert Bosch GmbH/Volkswagen AG

Mimaki proudly present at FESPA Eurasia

This morning FESPA Eurasia kicked off and General Manager Arjen Evertsen of our subsidiary in Turkey was invited to cut the ceremonial ribbon at the official opening.

The exhibition is the region’s leading wide format digital printing, screen printing, signage, textile printing and garment decoration exhibition and welcomes visitors from 6 to 9 December 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Mimaki is once again a proud sponsor at FESPA Eurasia and will have a significant presence at the show with two major stands. Mimaki’s booth C20 in hall 9 is all about innovative textile solutions, whereas booth C25 in hall 10 showcases a wide variety of other innovative Mimaki technologies and products.

Mimaki Highlights

On the textile booth visitors can set eyes on the newly designed Mimaki TR 300-1850C/S Coater and Steamer as well as the brand new TS55-1800 sublimation printer. With unique features such as the Mini Jumbo roll and 10kg ink supply system, this machine is a true (r)evolution in textile printing. On the Mimaki main booth in hall 10, Mimaki experts will demonstrate printing on copper film as well as our unique 5-layer printing possibilities with the Mimaki UCJV series using our most advanced UV-Led technology. Another must see is our new Silver Metallic ink printing on the Mimaki UJF7151plus.

If you want to see it all in action, come and visit us at FESPA Eurasia, stand C20, hall 9 and stand C25 in hall 10!

Mimaki’s UV inkjet print portfolio set to unlock superior business and manufacturing benefits at InPrint 2018

– Mimaki to showcase market’s first metallic ink capability for digitally printed direct-to-object production

– Demonstrations of 360o high quality, high speed printing on cylindrical objects such as glass bottles/jars

 
Mimaki will showcase its comprehensive portfolio of UV LED inkjet printers at InPrint 2018 (Milan, Italy – 20 – 22 November 2018, stand #410). The company will demonstrate how print service providers (PSPs) and industrial manufacturers of promotional and consumer products can use Mimaki’s high quality print technology, offering market leading productivity and versatility, to support increased revenues and drive new application possibilities.

Encapsulated in Mimaki’s ‘Join the Experience’ show theme, visitors from inhouse manufacturing departments and PSPs will get a close look at product samples from the high performance Mimaki UJF Series of direct-to-object UV LED printers. In addition to seeing technology demonstrations of its new metallic ink capability, Mimaki visitors will also hear how Mimaki-powered on-demand direct-to-object printing has enabled customers to target and version products – resulting in increased consumer engagement, production efficiencies and sales, as well as a reduction in production waste.

Driving these customer benefits, visitors to the Mimaki stand will see live demonstrations of the state-of-the-art Mimaki UJF-3042MkII direct-to-shape A3 printer supporting substrates up to 153mm thick. Mimaki will also show the optional 360o cylindrical bottle printing unit for this product, designed to print onto a range of bottles and jars. This capability expands inhouse manufacturing capabilities and provides new business opportunities for PSPs.

Visitors will also see the larger A2 format Mimaki UJF-6042MkII direct-to-object LED UV printer, as well as the UJF-7151plus flatbed direct-to-object solution for printing onto thick substrates at high speed. Ideal for a wide range of promotional products including mugs and pens, Mimaki will use the UJF-7151plus to provide a technical demonstration of its new silver metallic ink – shown for the first time in Germany.

Mimaki will also feature 3D models from its 3DUJ-553, the world’s first full-colour UV-curable inkjet 3D printer offering over 10 million colours. The Mimaki UCJV300 series of integrated ‘print and cut’ roll-to-roll UV LED inkjet solutions will also be on show, supporting applications including high quality POP/POS, outdoor signage, flags and banners, as well as labels and wallpaper.

“We’re excited to attend InPrint 2018,” comments Ronald van den Broek, General Sales Manager, EMEA, Mimaki. “We will use the show platform to demonstrate how users of our technology can further innovate and add customer value, while reducing costs and increasing profits. As the first print manufacturer to release a metallic ink for industrial flatbed digital printing, we’re also keen to meet with visitors to demonstrate how they can better match brand colours, while dramatically reducing production time and increasing their product design capabilities. It should be a good show.”

3D printing brings cosmetics companies to the 21st century

With 3D printing, companies can convert digital prototypes of their products into physical objects at a breath-taking pace. In doing so, they arrive much faster at the right design and shorten their time-to-market. This provides great benefits for prototyping cosmetics packaging. However, previous 3D technology had a major limitation in terms of colour. Now this is a thing of the past with the arrival of Mimaki’s full-colour 3D printer.

Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager at Mimaki EMEA

The cosmetics industry is extremely creative. This is evident in all the beautiful packaging of, for example, perfume bottles, tubes and cream jars. Historically, a model maker was always engaged for prototyping these products. They were shown the digital design and then started working with manual techniques, including glass-blowing, moulding and screen printing, to meticulously recreate the design. This cost a great deal of time and money. Moreover, nine out of ten designs were rejected, which meant that the model maker then had to begin the next design immediately, incurring even more time and cost. Over the past few years, 3D printing has increasingly been used in the cosmetics industry, taking over a large part of the model building work, at least for early production models. The most important limitation that prevented this from a more rapid adoption is that previously, these 3D-printed objects could only be printed in white or colourless. It required a lot of imagination to really assess a 3D prototype, or a drawing of it had to be done by hand. This changed drastically with the emergence of full-colour 3D printers, and in particular, with the Mimaki 3DUJ-553.

Transparent ink

When Mimaki brought its first 3D printer to the market, it was a hit almost immediately. It finally made it possible to print with up to 10 million different colours, but also with transparent ink. A digital design of, for example, a perfume bottle, complete with printing and packaging, could now be faithfully reproduced with the 3D printer without any human effort. This was literally a revolution for prototyping in the cosmetics industry. Now it is possible to print complete photo-realistic prototypes for all kinds of products, from perfume bottles, tubes and jars to labels and packaging materials. Although they are not functional, but only suitable for marketing purposes, and to determine whether certain packaging is right for a specific product, it is ideal to take both time and cost out of the process, ensuring faster design cycles and a time to market that delivers a significant competitive advantage.
Since that time, more and more people are beginning to understand the wide range of applications for this type of rapid prototyping. For example, requests from the market can also be made to print such specific things as transparent black. In doing so, you can simulate a bottle with dark glass, which is common in perfume bottles and other cosmetics packaging. But in principle, all sorts of colours are possible by using what we call “skeleton mode.” In this mode, the 3D printer combines the transparent ink with a specific colour tone, so you can also simulate pink or green transparent bottles – or any other colour that is desired.

Faster time-to-market

Another major advantage of Mimaki 3D printing technology is that the digital models can be sent directly to the printer without any complicated adjustments. This is ideal, because the designer can manufacture prototypes completely independently without the intervention of a model builder or technical expert. That not only saves time but also eliminates the need for additional software or human expertise.
We can honestly say that full-colour 3D printing with transparency is a real breakthrough in a highly competitive market such as the cosmetics industry. There is no better way to quickly manufacture photo-realistic prototypes. The time-to-market for new products is significantly speeded up because the design phase is much less labour-intensive and produces products that you can physically view and touch. As a result, cosmetics manufacturers can bring new products to the market much more frequently and faster. This is a win-win situation, both for the cosmetics manufacturers and the enthusiastic buyers of their products.