Innovative 3D printing company blossoms with Mimaki technology

Marketiger

Eindhoven based 3D printing company, Marketiger, is unique in the Netherlands. It focuses entirely on printing full-colour 3D objects, including figurines (statuettes) and maquettes and does this exclusively with the Mimaki 3DUJ-553. Founder, Maikel de Wit, sees Mimaki as a reliable partner that enables his company to face the future with confidence.

At young company Marketiger, thousands of full-colour statuettes are produced annually, all of which are based on 3D scans of people. Many of these miniature dolls can be purchased at Dutch tourist attraction, Madurodam, a miniature park that offers its visitors the opportunity to be scanned in 3D.

“It’s really funny how many of those miniature people come out of the printer”, says Marketiger founder Maikel de Wit. “But we also print maquettes, scale models and basically anything that customers need. And we do it all with our Mimaki 3D printer. It runs 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”

With a background in graphic design, commercial economics and marketing, Maikel bought his first 3D printer four years ago while on holiday in Greece. He soon became obsessed with the creative possibilities and decided to investigate whether he could use his fascination with 3D printing to start a company: Marketiger. Four years later, his company is now flourishing, with Mimaki as its most important technology partner.

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From monochrome to millions of colours
Success didn’t arrive overnight for Maikel. Marketiger started out with a few dozen single-colour Prusa 3D printers, with which the company printed all kinds of marketing tools, including key chains, business cards and USB sticks. These could be personalised by customers and were often painted by hand. However, this wasn’t a scalable business model and Maikel struggled to make the business profitable.

“As a marketer, you always have to do things differently to your competitors, or you won’t stand out from the crowd. It’s the same with 3D printing. You want to deliver the best possible product to your customers for a competitive price.”

Maikel decided to invest in a number of multi-colour printers that he built and programmed himself, but after a few experiments it turned out they weren’t reliable enough for high production volumes: “We also wanted to be capable of delivering larger quantities to our customers, with fewer technical problems, and preferably with an even better quality.”

In the meantime, he became increasingly involved in the 3D printing world and came into contact with Mimaki, who had just launched their first 3D printer. Maikel was already familiar with full-colour powder-based prints, but found them to be of poor quality. “The material is fragile and loses its colour within a year. As far as I’m concerned, you cannot sell that kind of product to customers”, says Maikel.

However, he was very impressed by the new 3D printer from Mimaki, which works on the basis of UV-cured polymer resin. “This 3D technology from Mimaki is totally unique in the market and I consider it to be the perfect replacement for the older powder technology. Not only is it a superb machine, it also prints in millions of colours and with a base material that is way stronger and a lot more colour-fast.”

24/7 production
For a relatively small company such as Marketiger, a Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer was an important strategic investment. That’s why it was vital to thoroughly evaluate the machine beforehand. “For two months we tested the printer extensively to see if it could handle the desired production volumes. During that time, Mimaki supported us extremely well, answering all our technical questions and listening carefully to our wishes.”

At the end of the trial period, the Mimaki printer had passed the test with flying colours and Marketiger decided to purchase the printer. “It was quite daring to choose a 3D printer from a company known worldwide for its industrial 2D printers, whilst being relatively small in 3D printing. But I have faith in Mimaki’s printers and technology, and I believe there is a market to be found for the products that can be created with it. This was a key factor in making our choice.”

Marketiger has since become an extremely successful 3D printing company, where the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 is continuously producing 3D prints. This success is in part due to the quality of the product, but also to the personal and customer-oriented approach. It was thanks to this combination that Marketiger was able to acquire Madurodam as a customer, which previously had its miniatures produced by a large, international supplier.

“We are really seeing a shift in the market in that area”, Maikel explains. “Even large organisations are now looking for companies like us. Clients want to work with a company that can produce high volumes but also take a flexible, customer-oriented approach. The fact that we can communicate with our customers quickly and accurately is what really differentiates Marketiger in the industry.”

Japanese culture
Maikel is full of praise for the collaboration with Mimaki: “The company has a Japanese culture, which is reflected in everything it does. It takes some getting used to, but we have quickly learnt to appreciate it. For example, sales managers will never promise something that they can’t deliver. Their customers are important to them and they’ll really go out on a limb for you, especially when disaster strikes. For instance, once they even removed a part from their own demo machine to help us out with our malfunctioning device.”

Using Mimaki technology, Marketiger is a pioneer in the Netherlands within the 3D printing market, and from that viewpoint the collaboration is extremely valuable for both parties.

“We are their benchmark customer”, Maikel concludes. “I think it’s important for us to provide Mimaki with our feedback on the product, and in turn for our needs and wishes to be attended to. The company has a wonderful product and, as far as I’m concerned, we will be steady partners for many years to come. I am confident that with Mimaki, we will be able to conquer the market in which we are currently active.”

Mimaki drives cost-effective wide format printing with innovative SWJ-320EA solvent printer

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With the SWJ-320EA now available in EMEA, this cost-effective large format solvent printer can be seen in action this week at FESPA Africa 2019.

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announces that it will showcase its innovative, cost-effective SWJ-320EA large format solvent printer at FESPA Africa 2019 (Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa – 11-13 September 2019). Addressing the demanding, ever-changing and price-sensitive super-wide format printing market, this highly productive 3.2-meter-wide printer offers an unmatched ratio of top print quality, fast printing speed and reliability at a very accessible price.

Following successful sales progression in price-sensitive markets, such as Turkey, Russia and the Middle East, the SWJ-320EA is now available for the entire EMEA region. “Addressing the needs of the highly competitive wide format market, the SWJ-320EA represents an important business differentiator for customers,” says Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe. “Combining a high level of efficiency and low operational costs with a very competitive price for the hardware and the inks, the SWJ-320EA makes a much more cost-effective choice for investment, particularly when compared to what our competitors in China, Russia and Turkey have on offer.”

Building on the legacy of Mimaki innovation, the SWJ-320EA super-wide solvent printer includes Mimaki core technologies, namely MAPS4 (Mimaki Advanced Pass System) and NRS (Nozzle Recovery System). MAPS4 helps prevent banding during the printing process. With every pass, MAPS4 is using a unique algorithm that calculates the most effective way of jetting the ink drops to avoid visible banding. This constantly changes depending on ink colour, coverage and printing speed. This feature, alongside NRS – which ensures the replacement of clogged nozzles without stopping production – enhances the printer’s performance and boosts productivity and print quality for the user. For further production benefits, the SWJ-320EA is equipped with four advanced high-speed printheads, arranged in a staggered array ensuring resolutions of up to 1200dpi and print speeds of up to 137m2/h.

Offering established world-class Mimaki speed, quality and reliability in a super-wide format, the SWJ-320EA is equipped with an extremely stable media feeding system and a newly designed tension bar. These features prevent the media from cockling and ensure high grip for extremely accurate printing, resulting in steady, premium print quality, even for larger prints. For those requiring higher volumes, a twin-roll printing function is available as an optional feature, enabling the printer to handle up to two rolls (with maximum width of 1,524mm each) and resulting in double-volume production for smaller rolls per day.

Designed to enable users to diversify their businesses in a profitable way, the Mimaki SWJ-320EA is ideal for producing a wide variety of large format indoor and outdoor applications, including POS materials, banners and billboards, displays, transport and floor images. Diversification will also be driven by a wide and varied range of compatible solvent-coated substrates, such as self-adhesive PVC film, photo paper, billboard paper, blue-back, backlit film, banner materials and tarpaulin, to name a few. The SWJ-320EA uses Mimaki CS100 solvent-based ink – available in CMYK configuration and with a capacity of 3 litres per colour. The new inks have been developed to ensure lower consumption and increased weather and scratch resistance.

A highlight at the Graphix Supply World booth (Hall 3, Stand D21-43) at FESPA Africa, the SWJ-320EA will also be exhibited at The Print Show (NEC Birmingham, UK, 17–19 September) on the Hybrid Services booth (Hall 9, Stand E10), at Salon C!Print (Madrid, Spain, 24–26 September) on the Digidelta booth (Stand C51) and at Viscom Italia (Fiera Milano, Italy, 10-12 October) on the Bompan booth (Hall 8, Stand E23/E27/G20/G26).

Mimaki Paving the Way to Luxury, Green Packaging at Luxe Pack 2019

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At Luxepack 2019, Mimaki will demonstrate how luxury brands can combine first-class packaging with smarter, more sustainable choices.

Luxury packaging will be in Mimaki Europe’s sights at Luxe Pack 2019 (Grimaldi Forum, Monaco – September 30-October 2). As a Technology Sponsor of the foremost show for creative packaging, the leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems will demonstrate how luxury brands and packaging professionals can succeed in designing and producing first-class, one-off premium packaging whilst at the same time, make smarter, more sustainable choices by using Mimaki’s advanced printing technology.

Mimaki will highlight the value of print embellishment through a show-stopping array of applications – including 360-degree-printed packaging and 3D-printed packaging mocks-up – on stand DD02BIS. In line with the show’s focus on creative, luxury packaging, the company will inspire visitors to Luxe Pack with samples of high-end cosmetic and perfume packaging. Expounding further on technological benefits for the luxury industry, the company will showcase 3D-printed top-quality prototypes of perfume bottles, demonstrating how brand owners can take advantage of the company’s cutting-edge full-colour, UV-curable 3D printing system, the 3DUJ-553.

As a technology demonstration, the UJF-3042MkII direct-to-object UV printer will run live on the Mimaki stand. Offering ease-of-use for on-demand printing, this leading-edge flatbed printer will be equipped with Mimaki’s Kebab option, enabling 360-degree direct printing on cylindrical products. Allowing UV print on a wide range of substrates in differing sizes, this combination is designed to enable users to further expand the opportunities of decoration-printing on 3D objects.

“With our market-leading, integrated portfolio of printing solutions, we offer spectacular creativity and limitless opportunities for the thriving luxury packaging industry. At the same time, we are able to address the pressing demand from the market for more sustainable choices,” explains Danna Drion, Marketing Manager, Mimaki EMEA.

As part of the company’s presence at Luxe Pack 2019, Mimaki will participate in the event conference programme for visitors. Igor Gadreaud, Development Manager, and Thierry Lim, Area Sales Manager at Mimaki France will tackle the topic of personalisation as a vector of appropriation in premium packaging development, in a speech entitled “To be unique is out, being creative is the new me!” (September 30 – 4.45pm).

“New ways of personalisation, continuous improvements in print embellishment and an increasing awareness of sustainability are key drivers for the high-end packaging industry. Building on the expertise in digital printing and with its cutting-edge technology portfolio, Mimaki is compelled to champion the evolution of the packaging industry at this important juncture,” Drion concludes.

Cycling and sublimation, the ideal jerseys for escape

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GSG masterfully implement the combination of cycling and digital printing thanks to Mimaki digital printers.

In a sport where one thousandth of a second can make the difference, the details of technical clothing have a key role to play. Back in the 20s and 30s, famous cyclist, Ambrogio Binda, said that nothing else was needed aside from the “legs” to achieve maximum results. Yet in cycling today, we know how important aerodynamics and fabric is to the sportswear worn. And for its “commercial”, visual and communicative side, the graphics and colours of a jersey play a fundamental role, as does the technology that revolves around the printing process. With this in mind, GSG made the choice for Mimaki machines, including the new TS55-1800.

Creativity and technique at the service of the cyclist

Founded 35 years ago, thanks to the intuition of Simone Fraccaro, a professional cyclist from 1974 to 1984, GSG, based in Vallà di Riese Pio X in the province of Treviso, produce technical clothing for cycling at the highest levels. The company’s mission is to intercept and respond to the needs of the sport, aiming to design and manufacture a product of high quality and reliability, to promote the best possible athletic performance, but also to create a look that allows teams to stand out among others.

“I was a professional cyclist for 11 years, an experience that has allowed me to discover the elements that affect the performance during a race. When I raced the “Giro d’Italia” in 1975, one of my greatest sufferings was the feeling of being suffocated by my uniform. With sportswear playing a very important role, I set myself a goal to bring innovation into this field; forgetting the old hypoallergenic woolen suits which were very uncomfortable, and replacing these with technologically advanced materials. Therefore, the union of skills with my partners, including an expert in screen-printing, has led to the creation of GSG; a large family now consisting of 70 people, it has achieved significant growth in turnover in the last 5 years in an increasingly demanding market, which aims for record-breaking performance. Also in the cycling segment, Made in Italy is of great importance; an Italian pride, which guarantees all-Italian design and production, with the Japanese help of its printing machines.

Technical clothing

To promote physical well-being and results on the road, the cyclist’s clothing must have the right ergonomics and aerodynamics and pass all the tests in the wind tunnel. As far as the fabric is concerned, the basic material is always polyester, with honeycomb shaped weave to create air chambers that allow transpiration and quick drying. It is also extremely printable, enabling easy transfer of colours. The microfibres can be bio-ceramic, in carbon or with special elastomers, offering a high degree of elasticity which avoid the formation of wrinkles and brakes in the air. In winter, it is ideal to wear polypropylene or meraclon underwear, as it is in summer, as well as polyester-based clothing with the addition of membranes to protect against air and cold.

“When supplying professional sports groups, it is necessary to pay attention to the smallest of details and be prepared for customisation. Athletes who compete in major competitions seek maximum performance and sometimes ask us to modify their sportswear according to the needs of each race. Given the importance of the aerodynamics of fabric on the skin, there are teams who need to gain a few hundredths of a second, a time that is often decisive in cycling, and therefore require a different length of sleeve, for example”. Simone Fraccaro also told us that a study is underway to create fabrics resembling golf balls for greater air penetration into the jersey. “Among the fabrics in vogue today is seamless technology, but it is not ideal for cycling because it weighs down when wet. It is very bandaging and not printable. In such a dynamic sport, the printing phase is fundamental: you need aggressive colour and attractive graphics.”

The eye wants its share

In cycling, the colours of the jersey are very important and GSG – which has been awarded several times for its productions – is well aware of this, as it also carries out graphic and customisation consultancy. “The colours must be attractive, brilliant and the sponsors must be clearly visible and strategically positioned on the jersey. The psychological factor is important: if you do not use the right formula that allows you to stand out using graphics and colour, the team loses interest, with the result being a less incisive personality and, especially on television, is likely to “blend in” with all the other teams. Current fashion trends sees the prevalence of fluorescent colours, but GSG has developed several innovative solutions with different colours, such as the black jersey with fabric that repels the sun’s rays and a turquoise central stripe for the English team of Sky.

The GSG-Mimaki partnership

GSG’s printing partner, Cekin in Castello di Godego (TV), has always been the Mimaki dealer in the Veneto region. Here, the partnership between Simone Fraccaro and the two owners of Cekin, Plinio Cecchin and Alberto Didonè, was born and continues under the protection and quality of the Mimaki brand. “Cecchin and I have always known each other and thanks to the advice of its service center, GSG has always been abreast of the times, following the developments of technology. I remember that we went together to a fair in San Francisco in 1993 to see with our own eyes the first sublimation inkjet printer with piezoelectric head. In the past, screen-printing was used to create team uniforms, but it was too demanding for small sports groups because it was too expensive and complicated for just a few pieces. However, with the advent of digital machines it was possible to satisfy with an excellent price/performance ratio for even those who required small quantities.”

Machinery

In GSG’s production laboratory, the JV5, JV300 and the new TS55-1800 Mimaki machines are installed, with the option of 10kg ink tanks in double four-colour. “Among the most important plus is its reliability. The machines guarantee higher speed, absence of the operator and limited maintenance. We use the machines a lot, for about 16 hours a day, so we have chosen to equip the machine with 10kg ink tanks to achieve an even higher level of efficiency and productivity. This is a flexible machine, fast and easy to handle and even for short runs it allows you to operate with extreme ease and flexibility.”

Once they print the paper with sublimation ink, using graphics in a mirror-like position with respect to the desired effect, the paper is placed cut out in contact with the fabric by means of a hot press, allowing the uniform adhesion of the paper onto the fabric. With this sublimation thermal printing process, the ink printed on the paper is transformed into gas, resulting in an image that is permanently and indelibly transferred onto the synthetic fibre of the polyester fabric. “The range of colours available today”, explained Plinio Cecchin, “is much wider than in 2000 and the colour results have also improved over the years. Previously, the colour saturation of the sublimation was not at all comparable with screen printing, but a lot of work has been done to ensure that good colour intensity is now achieved with digital.”

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Killing Eve Sparks Pursuit of Digitally Printed Pyjamas

Friedmans fabric textile application

Mimaki’s TS300P dye sublimation printer plays a starring role in Episode One of the highly anticipated second season of Killing Eve.

When Jodie Comer’s habitually glamourous character, Villanelle, stalked the streets sporting pop-art inspired kids’ pyjamas in season two of the BBC’s Killing Eve, viewers caused a social media storm trying to track down the night-time attire.

Fans of the show soon traced the bold pyjama design to Friedmans, a design studio and printed fabric supplier based in Greater Manchester, UK. According to the company’s design manager, Nick Thomas, the initial order was placed by Killing Eve’s production company, Sid Gentle Films, through Friedmans’ Funkifabrics web-to-print website: “It was as much a surprise to us as anyone else that our design ended up in the limelight. It only really came to our attention when we saw the interest on social media after the first episode had aired.”

What could have been an expensive and time-consuming task for Killing Eve’s production team was made simple by Friedmans, providing a case-in-point on the benefits of digital production in the world of fashion. When Killing Eve’s costume department decided against off-the-peg for this particular ensemble, they started exploring fabrics and quickly landed on an apt design. Stretch fabric was key to the storyline, to make the outfit appear tight on Comer, as if she was wearing children’s pyjamas, but retaining her freedom of movement. The pyjamas were also finished with red trim at the cuffs to highlight how short they were.

By using Mimaki digital production, Friedmans’ Funkifabrics offers customisation of the fabric choice, the scale of the design and run lengths from just 0.5 meters – all with speedy lead times. Consequently, Sid Gentle Films were able to produce a one-off bespoke pair of PJs that stood their ground amongst a collection of looks from a television show commended for its outlandish and luxurious fashion choices. The Los Angeles Times even quoted Comer as saying: “I think it’s my favourite outfit of the whole series.”

Villanelle’s iconic pyjamas were printed by Friedmans on a Mimaki TS300 dye sublimation printer (purchased through authorised Mimaki partner, R A Smart), before being transferred using a rotary heat press onto polyester-lycra blend fabric.

The unexpected surge of attention has been welcomed by Friedmans: “We were delighted to see the print receive such a positive reaction – especially as the show is so synonymous with great costume design,” enthuses Thomas. “Thanks to our ongoing investment in wide format textile print technology and software, we are continuing to grow as a business, reaching an ever more varied customer base. Combining this with a forward-thinking workflow, we can focus on providing on-demand delivery for customers big and small. The vibrant, customised pyjamas worn by Comer in Killing Eve are a perfect example of what can be achieved when great vision, talented design and first-rate technology come together – it’s tremendously satisfying to see such an impactful end result.”

Core Technologies that deliver the ultimate image quality

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The development of Core Technologies, including Mimaki’s Advanced Pass System and Waveform Control Technology, make the difference by delivering the ultimate in image quality and spectacular print as standard.

Mimaki’s Core Technologies are specifically engineered to assist print operators in two broad areas; ensuring stable production and delivering high image quality. A series of innovative and proprietary features result in empowering users to deliver unsurpassable image quality – a reputation Mimaki is understandably proud of.

It’s no secret that high image quality is a given at Mimaki – we take it as standard that our machines deliver the very pinnacle of output quality day in, day out. So it’s always at the front of our minds. It’s this desire that’s driven our technical team to develop a whole list of exclusive technologies that together ensure your work speaks for itself when it comes to quality.

“We build in a raft of Core Technologies that focus on helping our customers to deliver premium image quality with the minimum of fuss,” says Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager at Mimaki Europe. “Years of experience developing cutting edge print solutions has enabled the technology to trickle down so that even our ‘entry level’ products benefit from features such as Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS) and Waveform Control Technology (WCT) that help deliver these spectacular results.”

MAPS and WCT are just two of the Core Technologies, that together with the likes of Variable Dot Printing, determine how ink is placed on the substrate and maximise the control over dot placement, shape and size to create smooth, vibrant and high-density print. Mimaki’s use of high precision piezo-electric print heads assures users of consistent and reliable output and the addition of the Core Technologies exploits it to its maximum. With a seamless workflow from design creation through to RIP, printing and cutting, these Core Technologies work away in the background to assist the user in producing the highest quality output.

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“We’re proud of our reputation at Mimaki for empowering our customers to deliver beautiful printed output,” continues Benckhuysen. “The development of imaging Core Technologies is key to this and with many of the technologies featuring across our range of print devices, price is now no barrier to output quality.”

With all printers offering a range of operator-led settings for print quality, output speed and imaging, Mimaki’s Core Technologies provide the opportunity for print operators to assess a job and choose specific options to suit its precise requirements. “With Mimaki printers able to output to a vast array of substrates, ranging from paper or self-adhesive vinyl to non-flat or textured objects such as metal and glass, it’s never been more important to be able to assist operators in their quest for the ultimate in imaging quality,” concludes Benckhuysen. “Mimaki’s unique appreciation of print companies’ day-to-day requirements has resulted in innovative and practical inbuilt technology that make the difference.”

Mimaki Unlocks Latest Innovations at FESPA Africa 2019

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Get set to re-imagine the future of print, featuring Mimaki’s brand new JFX200-2513 EX, at FESPA Africa 2019.

Under the theme ‘Imagine the Future of Print’, Mimaki Europe will take visitors to FESPA Africa 2019 (Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa – 11-13 September 2019) on a journey through its cost-effective and profit-generating printing solutions. Represented by its established distributor in Africa, Graphix Supply World (GSW) on stand D21-43, hall 3, the leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems will demonstrate how businesses can use Mimaki technology to support increased revenues, address new markets and drive pioneering application possibilities.

Mimaki’s brand new JFX200-2513 EX large flatbed UV inkjet printer will be exhibited in Africa for the first time at the exhibition. With a new print mode and an extra printhead, the JFX200-2513 EX boasts substantial productivity increases on previous JFX models – when printing in four colours plus white it reaches a 280% speed increase in draft mode, and is 100% faster in all other print modes. Its predecessor, the JFX200-2513, however will not be replaced by the new model, but offered to the market at a new attractive price point.

Also equipped with Mimaki’s cutting-edge 2.5D Texture Maker, the JFX200-2513 EX uniquely enables smooth embossed print with enticing-to-touch dimensional textured effects at the touch of a button. Designed for supreme simplicity and ease of use, as well as for increased productivity, the Mimaki layering technology opens up new and valuable application opportunities for customers. Eliminating the previous time-consuming and skilled process of creating multiple Photoshop files featuring stacked stepped layers for smooth expression, Mimaki’s genuine RIP software ‘RaterLink6Plus’ completes the process in seconds. Ideal for demanding production workflows, the JFX200-2513 EX prints on substrates up to 2,500mm x 1,300mm (98.4″ x 51.2″), in a wide variety of materials including white board, transparent/coloured board, wood, cardboard and metal.

“Mimaki has a history of pioneering innovation and continues that vision, maintaining its position at the forefront of advancements in digital printing. Each new technology that we introduce has been developed to support our customers’ success today and to support their future growth for tomorrow too,” says Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe.

Mimaki will also expound the benefits of its latest 3D printing solution, the 3DFF-222, at FESPA Africa. Based on Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) and using PLA material, the 3DFF-222 is designed to enable sign and display printers to produce jigs used in direct-to-object printing in-house. The 3D printer will be combined with the Mimaki UJF MkII series in Johannesburg to illustrate to visitors how production costs can be reduced and new profitable markets reached by introducing the 3D printer to their businesses and employing it to its full capacity. Full colour and fine detail models produced by the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer will also be exhibited on the stand.

GSW executives will furthermore reveal details of an upcoming product release at the show. As part of this, FESPA Africa visitors will get exclusive insights on the SWJ-320EA solvent printer and how it will build on the legacy of Mimaki innovation.

“We are delighted to share some of our latest innovations at FESPA Africa and we strongly believe that our technology enables printers from the region to stand out from the crowd. Epitomising our show theme ‘Imagine the Future of Print’ and building on our industry-acclaimed printing platforms, we will empower our visitors to become forward-thinkers, boost productivity and ensure healthy margins,” concludes Benckhuysen.

Mimaki to champion sustainable packaging at FachPack 2019

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At Fachpack 2019, Mimaki Deutschland will demonstrate how show-stopping technology combined with sustainable choices are key to creating smarter packaging in the future.

Mimaki Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of Mimaki Europe, today announces that it will endorse green innovation in packaging at FachPack 2019 (Nuremberg, Germany, 24-26 September 2019). Addressing the exhibition’s key theme, ‘Environmentally friendly packaging’, the company – together with its local dealer, Ernst Mendel GmbH – will exhibit show-stopping technologies and an inspiring array of applications to emphasise how packaging print service providers and converters can use Mimaki solutions to make more sustainable choices.

A diverse range of cost-effective hardware and software solutions together with eye-catching applications, including layer printing with white and clear inks, added-value silver ink effects and 2.5D-textured print, will be on display on the Mimaki booth (Hall 8, Stand 8-312). The company will also highlight how a streamlined production workflow – from design software to digital printers and cutting systems – can empower greener processes for packaging manufacturing.

“Sustainability is a hot topic in today’s packaging industry and a key asset in Mimaki’s strategy,” says Mr. Hisashi Takeuchi, CEO of Mimaki Deutschland GmbH. “Visitors at our booth will experience first-hand how the use of Mimaki’s UV and UV-LED inkjet technologies and packaging solutions can make creative ideas a reality, whilst significantly decreasing the environmental impact of the production process. Championing environmentally-friendly packaging production and driving sustainable innovation in the industry will be our goal at FachPack 2019.”

Mimaki systems have many eco-friendly credentials, including:

  • All Mimaki UV printers are equipped with LED lamps which cure wet ink instantly with UV irradiation, rendering heating unnecessary and saving energy.
  • UV printing enables printing direct onto different types of substrates, giving users the choice to use more sustainable materials.
  • Digital is an on-demand solution for producing packaging and other applications, eliminating the waste caused by over-production.
  • Mimaki UV inks are GREENGUARD Gold* certified. The inks have met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air, and are acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities.

A technology highlight on the Mimaki booth will be the company’s brand-new JFX200-2513 EX. Seen for the first time in Europe at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019, this cutting-edge large flatbed UV inkjet printer uses the Mimaki 2.5D Texture Maker. This proprietary feature uniquely enables smooth embossed print with enticing-to-touch dimensional textured effects at the touch of a button. Opening new and valuable application opportunities for customers, the new Mimaki layering technology has been designed for supreme simplicity and ease of use, as well as increased productivity. Eradicating the time-consuming and skilled process of creating multiple Photoshop files featuring stacked stepped layers for smooth expression, Mimaki’s genuine RIP software ‘RaterLink6Plus’ completes the process in seconds. For further benefits, the JFX200-2513 EX enables the use of white and clear inks, and prints on a wide variety of substrates up to 2,500mm x 1,300mm (98.4″ x 51.2″), including white board, transparent/coloured board, wood cardboard and metal.

A further highlight on the Mimaki stand will be the UJF-7151plus direct-to-object UV flatbed printer. Achieving flawless print quality on a wide range of substrates, this printer enables short-run packaging applications with reduced waste and minimised use of space, making more sustainable manufacturing options more accessible. Additionally, the UJF-7151plus uses longer-life UV LEDs, consuming less energy than printers using conventional UV lamps. An ink circulation system also provides stable ink jetting and removes air bubbles from the system, reducing the need for nozzle-cleaning and thereby saving energy and costs. At FachPack, the UJF-7151plus will be equipped with Mimaki’s MUH-100-Si UV-curable metallic ink to inspire visitors with a showcase of elegant and sophisticated applications on glass, acrylic and aluminium boards, synthetic leather and cardboards.

Featuring a cutting area of 610 x 510mm, the multifunctional, versatile and compact CFL-605RT will complete Mimaki’s FachPack line-up. Ideal for packaging sampling, prototyping and short-run production, as well as packaging inlays and foam materials cutting, the system has a wide range of cutting and creasing tools, including an eccentric cutter for coated packaging board, a pen tool for line drawings and a creasing roller for folding lines.

Many Mimaki printers include a number of pioneering core technologies, which Mimaki executives will be on-hand to discuss with visitors at FachPack. MAPS (Mimaki Advanced Pass System) prevents banding and colour-shifting during the printing process by spreading the edge of each pass to create a gradient. NCU (Nozzle Check Unit) monitors nozzle outages and automatically activates a series of recovery functions, whilst NRS (Nozzle Recovery System) enables printers to replace damaged nozzles without stopping production – enhancing performance and boosting productivity and print quality for the user.

“As the label and packaging markets thrive, it is the right time to take a step back and look at environmental impact. We look forward to demonstrating how brands can make smarter, more sustainable choices with Mimaki technology at FachPack,” Mr. Takeuchi concludes.

*List of GREENGUARD Gold certified UV inks: LH-100, LUS-125, LUS-120, LUS-150, LUS-170, LUS-175, LUS-200

3D printing? It’s all about colour!

3D sample model

With industrial mass production touted as the next big thing, accurate colour simulation, achieved using the Mimaki 3DUJ-553, will be the key to its success.

There has been a lot of buzz about 3D printing in recent years. While the 3D printing market continues to expand globally, there is a strong sense in the industry that mass production will be the next big thing. Indeed, additive manufacturing is quickly moving from prototyping into full production, with enhancements in workflow, standardisation and automation underway. However, at Mimaki we have reasons to expect another scenario to play out in parallel, with the leitmotiv being “What colour you see is what colour you get”. In fact, we believe that colour will be key to the growth of additive manufacturing across a number of areas in 2019.

It’s 3D-colour time!
The latest developments in 3D printing technology have achieved full colour capabilities, meaning that additive manufacturing can now produce true-to-life, photo-realistic models. Here Mimaki is a pioneer, thanks to its established expertise in colour and colour management within the industrial 2D inkjet printing environment.

The new Mimaki 3DUJ-553 is the first ever polymer 3D printing system that enables more than 10 million different full colours. Based on UV-curable inkjet technology, it builds objects by jetting successive layers of inks that are hardened by LED UV light at each pass. The 3DUJ-553 uses CMYK, white and clear inks to produce photo-realistic products, with rich colour expression including spot colour, shades and gradients. In addition, the use of white and clear inks enables the production of special effects, such as total transparent textures or layered textures with clear on the outside and white or plain colour on the inside (and vice versa), boosting opportunities in applications.

Yet, this is only one side to the story. The other one concerns the support of ICC colour profiles – a world premiere in 3D printing – which is crucial to achieving accurate colour simulation and perfect reproducibility from the design screen to the real printed 3D object. Mimaki has drawn on its knowhow from 2D printing and applied it to 3D: MPM3, a proprietary colour management software, enables colour accuracy, colour adjustments, as well as colour matching among same printer models through equalisation (by measuring colour charts), allowing the same colour output on multiple 3D printers – no matter where in the world they are located. For further quality benefits, Mimaki has also introduced an enhanced waveform control system, which adapts the waveform for each ink that is used. What is waveform? It is the process whereby ink droplets are jetted in near-perfect circles and positioned with absolute precision, resulting in flawless print quality.

Thus, how can Mimaki’s colour-powerful 3DUJ-553 change designers’ lives? Three key terms here: output quality, simulation matching and consistency. The new 3D printing system helps designers ensure that the projects they create on screen perfectly match the printed output, broadening up creative opportunities and enabling time and cost savings – provided, of course, that screen calibration is done properly! Consistency and repeatability bring in further time and cost benefits in terms of less reliance on transportation, thereby decreasing the environmental impact. As soon as the project is ready to be printed, production can run locally with the guarantee that the final product looks and feels the same.

Mimaki 3D Link Software

Beyond colour
Colour is not the only strength of our core 3D printing technology. Mimaki’s long expertise in industrial 2D inkjet printing, as well as in inkjet direct-to-object printing has enabled us to be accurate in every detail of our 3D printing systems.

The 3DUJ-553 is equipped with in-head ink circulation systems, which helps prevent pigment sedimentation and removes air bubbles near the nozzles. With NCU (Nozzle Check Unit), automatic cleaning is performed when a nozzle is missing or damaged. Both technologies are borrowed from Mimaki’s 2D inkjet printing knowledge, ensuring advanced uptime, improved productivity, reliability and production stability is also achieved in 3D printing.

Another feature worth mentioning is the modelling area of 500x500x300mm, which makes the 3DUJ-553 suitable for a wide range of applications, including large-scale prototyping and modelling, with high detail accuracy and efficient positioning of printable objects.

All in all, we expect new frontiers to open up for 3D applications across the coming years. Technology-wise, Mimaki is ready to take on the 3D printing challenges. Application-wise, there are different market segments that can be addressed with the new 3DUJ-553. Ranging from scaled models, mock-ups and prototyping, to 3D art, tools and equipment, figurines, and medical and educational applications: colour-powerful 3D printing technology is set to enhance the way those industries envision creativity and improve the overall production process.

Mimaki Endorses Sustainable Choices at Labelexpo Europe 2019

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Mimaki reimagines the future of labelling and packaging with a greater focus on sustainability at Labelexpo Europe 2019.

Under the theme ‘Reimagine the Future of Labelling and Packaging’, Mimaki Europe will focus on greater sustainability at Labelexpo Europe 2019. The leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems will demonstrate how businesses can use Mimaki’s wide range of solutions to make more sustainable choices when designing and manufacturing labels and packaging.

Mimaki will exhibit a show-stopping array of applications from die-cut labels, metallic stickers and rigid decals, to folding cartons, corrugated boxes and 360-degree-printed-packaging, on stand A40, Hall 8.0. All samples on the Mimaki stand at Labelexpo will be produced with improved sustainability in mind, according to Marketing Manager, Mimaki EMEA, Danna Drion, who enthuses: “We look forward to demonstrating how brands can realise creative ideas whilst at the same time, make smarter, more sustainable choices with Mimaki technology. Digital is an obvious solution for producing labels and packaging on-demand and eliminating waste caused by lengthy start-ups and job changeovers as well as over-stocking. In addition, Mimaki has a market-leading range of compatible substrates so brands can always make sustainable choices for their products.”

A technology highlight on the Mimaki stand will be the UJF-7151plus direct-to-object UV flatbed printer. Printing short-run packaging applications live at Labelexpo Europe 2019, visitors will see the flawless print quality achievable for rigid decals, packaging mock-ups and stickers. Using Mimaki LH-100 and LUS-120 inks, which are GREENGUARD Gold certified, the printing inks have met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air, and is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. Using longer-life UV LEDs, the printer consumes less energy than those using conventional UV lamps.

Compatible with the UJF-7151plus, Mimaki’s MUH-100-Si UV-curable metallic ink will also feature at the show. Launched this year, this ink can be printed directly onto products such as reusable glass bottles without requiring any further manual processing or handling, enabling users to produce elegant and sophisticated applications with minimal labour.

A further highlight will be Mimaki’s UCJV300-75 UV integrated printer/cutter. The award-winning solution can produce unique five-layer printing to create distinct designs, simultaneously, on each side of a substrate. This makes it ideal for applications using transparent film, such as labels and flexible packaging, creating new, value-adding application possibilities for users. All UCJV Series inks are also GREENGUARD Gold certified.

Mimaki will also exhibit two further systems at the show, both of which are ideally suited to customers within the labelling and packaging markets:

Mimaki CJV150-75: Featuring a state-of-the-art cut-and-print function, this high-quality inkjet printer/cutter eliminates problems faced when printing onto substrates before cutting, such as film separation and faulty cut results, and is ideal for sticker and label production. With a maximum print/cut width of 800mm, the system also offers vibrant inks, including silver, orange and light black for maximum product impact.

Mimaki CFL-605RT: A compact flatbed cutting plotter with a maximum cutting area of 610 x 510mm. The system has a range of cutting and creasing tools, including an eccentric cutter for coated packaging board, a pen tool for line drawings and a creasing roller for folding lines. This makes it ideal for numerous packaging applications, including packaging samples and prototypes, cartons, packaging inlays and more.

“We’re at an important juncture in the label and packaging industries. While markets are thriving and investment is rife, it’s also the right time to take a step back and look at the environmental impact. There are many positive choices we can make together as an industry,” Drion adds.