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Mimaki to premiere latest innovations at Salon C!Print

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Cutting-edge digital print technology to be showcased for the first time in France.

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announces that it will exhibit its broad portfolio of cutting-edge digital print technologies at Salon C!Print (4 – 6 February, Lyon, France). This will include the first showing in France of the company’s brand-new SWJ-320EA large format solvent printer, JFX200-2513 EX large flatbed UV inkjet printer and two models of the recently launched Plus series.

Visitors to the Mimaki booth (2L22) will experience the extensive business-enhancing applications possible with the company’s range of sign graphics, industrial products and textiles printers. Crucially, these printing platforms are designed to enable large format print service providers to achieve unparalleled flexibility and enhanced application opportunities for increased and diversified business growth.

Mimaki will have eight printers in operation at the exhibition, with highlights including:

  • Mimaki JFX200-2513 EX: A large flatbed UV inkjet printer, incorporating Mimaki core technologies, including NCU (Nozzle Check Unit) and NRS (Nozzle Recovery System). The JFX200-2513 EX is equipped with Mimaki 2.5D Texture Maker, a proprietary layering technology that uniquely enables smooth embossed print with enticing-to-touch dimensional textured effects. Ideal for demanding production workflows, the JFX200-2513 prints on substrates up to 2,500mm x 1,300mm, in a wide variety of materials including white board, transparent/coloured board, wood, cardboard and metal.
  • Mimaki SWJ-320EA: A super-wide solvent printer, the SWJ-320EA combines a high level of efficiency and low operational costs with a very competitive price for the hardware and the inks. Featuring MAPS4 (Mimaki Advanced Pass System) and NRS (Nozzle Recovery System), this printer is equipped with four advanced high-speed printheads arranged in a staggered array ensuring resolutions of up to 1200 dpi and print speeds at up to 137m2/h. The SWJ-320EA also features an extremely stable media feeding system and a newly designed tension bar enabling to prevent the media from cockling and ensuring high grip for extremely accurate printing.
  • JV300-160 Plus: A next-generation eco-solvent/sublimation printer, the JV300-160 Plus sets a new benchmark for professional wide format printers, sportswear and fashion manufacturers, as well as print shops. Offering the unrivalled versatility of multiple ink types and wider colour gamut (including, orange and light black), it delivers photo-quality prints at outstanding speeds (up to 105.9m2/h in super-draft mode).
  • CG-160FXll Plus: An advanced multi-cutting plotter, the Mimaki CG-160FXII features a new ID Cut function which enables users to vastly improve work efficiency. When combined with the JV300-160 Plus, it allows continuous cutting operations to be performed automatically for small-quantity and multi-product orders of stickers and labels. The combined systems ensure that an entire operation can be completed in a single specification of data, so that operators can proceed with other jobs simultaneously.

“At Salon C!Print Mimaki will confirm its leading role as a strong, customer- and service-oriented technology provider to the visual communication industry,” says Danna Drion, Marketing Manager at Mimaki EMEA. “We have a fantastic range of ground breaking, advanced print solutions to showcase on our booth, together with an incredibly comprehensive range of applications in different markets. Our aim is to attract visitors to the foremost print show in France with printing technologies and application opportunities that are relevant to them and their businesses, and also stimulate new ideas,” concludes Drion.

Mimaki Deutschland to demonstrate comprehensive range of technology for profitable sign, 3D and textile applications at viscom 2020

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Join the colourful experience at the Mimaki Deutschland booth next January at viscom 2020.

Mimaki Deutschland GmbH, a subsidiary of Mimaki Europe, will take visitors to viscom 2020 (Düsseldorf, Germany, 7-9 January 2020) on a journey through its comprehensive portfolio of cost-effective and profit-generating inkjet printing solutions. Under the theme ‘Join the colourful experience’, the leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems will demonstrate how sign makers, textile and digital print service providers can use Mimaki technology to produce an unrivalled range of eye-catching print applications and enter new profitable markets. This diverse solutions and applications line-up will also attract visitors from PSI and PromoTex Expo, tradeshows held at Messe Düsseldorf concurrently with viscom 2020.

Central to the Mimaki booth (Hall 13, Stand F41) will be the company’s JV300-160 Plus and CG-160FXll Plus from Mimaki’s recently launched Plus series, the next generation of its industry-acclaimed large-format printing and cutting solutions. Shown for the first time in Germany, the JV300-160 Plus and the CG-160FXII Plus boast substantial productivity increases on previous models, in addition to delivering superior print quality at faster printing speeds. This is enabled by MAPS4, the latest version of the Mimaki Advanced Pass System which uses a unique algorithm to calculate the most effective way of jetting ink drops to avoid visible banding. Reliable productivity is assured with Mimaki’s pioneering NCU (Nozzle Check Unit) and NRS (Nozzle Recovery System), while a brand-new, advanced Take-Up device enables the handling of rolls up to 45kg – preventing media shifting and ensuring a smoother, more efficient production process.

A next-generation eco-solvent/sublimation printer, the JV300-160 Plus sets a new benchmark for professional wide format printers, sportswear and fashion manufacturers, as well as print shops. Offering the unrivalled versatility of multiple ink types and a wider colour gamut (including orange and light black), it delivers photo-quality prints at outstanding speeds (up to 105.9m2 per hour in super-draft mode). At viscom 2020, Mimaki will demonstrate the JV300-160 Plus printing live with orange ink. The Mimaki CG-160FXll Plus is a brand-new multi-cutting plotter featuring a new ID Cut function which enables users to vastly improve work efficiency. When combined with the JV300-160 Plus, it allows continuous cutting operations to be performed automatically for small-quantity and multi-product orders of stickers and labels. The combined systems ensure that an entire operation can be completed in a single specification of data, so that operators can proceed with other jobs simultaneously.

Mimaki will also demonstrate the benefits of its latest 3D printing solutions. Visitors to the booth will experience the unparalleled levels of photorealism achieved by the company’s flagship 3DUJ-553 3D printer, which prints in over 10 million colours. Building on Mimaki’s extensive colour expertise, as well as on the company’s core technologies in 2D printing, the 3DUJ-553 enables the production of true full colour, super fine details and smooth surfaces (with options to print in 19, 32 or 42µm layers), achieving consistent and repeatable results. At the show in Düsseldorf, Mimaki will produce mock-ups of small, everyday items live on the stand to inspire visitors with the range of application opportunities enabled by its 3D printer.

A further 3D printing technology highlight will be the 3DFF-222. 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-3042 MkII EX, an advanced small format direct-to-object UV LED flatbed printer, offering increased productivity, supreme print quality and ease-of-use for on-demand printing onto almost any material or substrate in A3 format, up to 153mm thick. Mimaki will use the combination of the two printing systems to illustrate how users can enhance their production of 3D signage and target new profitable markets with creative 3D applications.

“Our aim is to inspire viscom 2020 visitors with applications that bolster their existing product portfolio but also motivate them to enter new markets with new, cutting-edge applications. Mimaki has an incredibly comprehensive range of printers so there’s something there to suit all requirements,” states Hisashi Takeuchi, CEO of Mimaki Deutschland GmbH. “When it comes to creating colourful, photo-realistic prints or vibrant decorations on objects or textiles, Mimaki’s solutions deliver exceptional results and we will demonstrate this with the samples and giveaways available on our booth.”

The Mimaki technology on show at viscom 2020 will also include the following high-quality printing and cutting solutions for the sign making, digital printing and textile decoration markets:

  • Mimaki JFX200-2513 EX: A cutting-edge large flatbed UV inkjet printer, it incorporates Mimaki Core Technologies, including Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) and Nozzle Recovery System (NRS). The JFX200-2513 EX is equipped with Mimaki 2.5D Texture Maker, a proprietary layering technology that uniquely enables smooth embossed print with enticing-to-touch dimensional textured effects, opening new and valuable application opportunities for customers. Ideal for demanding production workflows, the JFX200-2513 EX prints on substrates up to 2,500mm x 1,300mm, in a wide variety of materials including white board, transparent/coloured board, wood, cardboard and metal.
  • Mimaki UCJV300-75: An award-winning UV integrated printer/cutter for sign and graphics, featuring a white ink capability. The UCJV300-75 enables four-layer printing, ideal for creating graphics for backlit applications, and five-layer printing for producing designs on both sides of the substrate simultaneously, perfect for transparent film. Visitors will also see high-quality metallic foil labels printed using this solution.
  • Mimaki CJV150-107: An entry-level printer/cutter, offering high performance, versatility and richness in colour. At viscom 2020, the CJV150-107 will feature the Sb54 sublimation ink but is also compatible with solvent ink, making it a cost-effective solution for sign makers, display graphics professionals and printshops.

The company will also present a range of creative promotional products, such as stickers, labels, key holders and other personalised items – further demonstrating how advanced digital printing enables value-adding, profit-driving personalisation capabilities. “We’re excited to show visitors our extensive portfolio of printing and cutting solutions. With our range of highly productive, versatile solutions, the application possibilities and business opportunities are endless and we are confident that visitors to our stand will leave with new ideas to drive their business forward,” concludes Takeuchi.

Mimaki teams with Microsoft’s Minecraft in gamer challenge to invent sustainable cities

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The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 full-colour 3D printer brings to life competition winning model designs in vivid detail.

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, announced today that it has partnered with video game giant, Minecraft, along with a French government administration to deliver a nationwide competition aiming to raise awareness of social and environmental issues amongst young people. Having seen over 1200 entrants vying to create the ultimate sustainable town using Minecraft’s video game platform – some as young as thirteen – Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 full-colour 3D printer enabled the winning design to be brought to life in vivid detail in an intricate 3D printed model gifted to the victor this October, marking a year since the competition originally began.

The competition, entitled ‘Villes et Territoires de demain’, was judged by a diverse and esteemed cohort of professionals ranging from Microsoft and IGN executives, to architects, social media influencers and government officials from France’s ‘Ministère de la Cohésion des Territoires et des Relations avec les Collectivités Territoriales’. Whilst aiming to inspire creativity and ingenuity through its focus on design, artistic quality and originality, the competition primarily called for participants to imagine innovative solutions for an array of pertinent social and environmental issues. The complex entry criteria for each virtual town included fostering biodiversity, optimising water and energy management, improving quality of life and providing solutions to combat climate change. In an additional nod to modern technology and youth culture, a walk-through of each entry was also published on video streaming and social networking platform, YouTube, by its creator, with the level of public engagement on each entry factoring into the judges’ final decision.

With a full 3D printed model of the winning virtual map set to be delivered as part of the grand prize, a painstaking process ensued following the competition to translate the detailed design from a virtual video game format to a workable 3D print model – a process which took over 19 hours. Thankfully, Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 full-colour 3D printer, capable of faithfully replicating more than 10 million colours, meant that every intricacy of the design could be 3D printed in full-colour and accurate detail, due to the impressive print quality and water-soluble support material, which prevents small detailed parts from breaking during the finishing process. Even the most fragile design elements comprised in the virtual town, such as wind turbines, were able to be 3D printed, enabling Mimaki to create a final model which was entirely true to the creator’s original designs.

“As a company which has long been committed to preserving the environment and finding solutions for greener products, this competition was an absolute honour to be a part of,” explains Thierry Lim, Area Sales Manager, Mimaki. “It has been very inspiring to see so many conscientious and visionary young people engaging with technology to explore environmental solutions and imagine living spaces with sustainability at the core. To be able to push technology even further and actually bring the participants’ designs to life in front of their eyes is a real privilege – and that is entirely down to the capabilities of the 3DUJ-553. With these young people already imagining the kinds of innovations which might shape their futures, it is exciting to be able to share with them the cutting-edge advances in 3D printing technology and provide an insight into the immeasurable possibilities that it might hold for them in years to come.”

Judges named a total of nine winners across four categories: Young Individuals, Young Teams, Adult and Professional Teams and Educational Projects, as well as an ‘Audience Prize’ and overall ‘Special Jury Prize’ – with the overall winner, Louis Varin, aged just 16. “This competition was about giving people the opportunity to think about our society’s challenges,” comments Agnès Petit, Chef de projet digital, Ministère de la Cohésion des territoires. “Part of the key to its success has been the fact that Minecraft is a fun platform which is widely enjoyed, particularly by young people, and it has provided an engaging way for them to share their visions about the future of their cities.”

CottonBee fabrics fly across Europe as Mimaki makes ultra-short-runs possible for fledgling business

Mimaki innovation keeps CottonBee returning as capacity and capability requirements increase

When espoused entrepreneurs Michał and Ania Laskowski set upon a new venture to create a textile business serving the Polish craft community, they had little experience in the business of textiles and printing but possessed vital expertise in ecommerce and an astute vision.

CottonBee founder, Ania, inspired the business when she observed there were no good resources for buying contemporary fabrics in Poland for her sewing hobby; overseas websites were the only option and ordering processes proved difficult. From this spark of an idea, Ania and today’s CEO Michał founded CottonBee in 2014. The vision was to sell ultra-short-run textiles – averaging just one metre in length – direct to consumers.

Five years on and CottonBee has transformed from a side hustle for these entrepreneurs to an established business that goes from strength to strength. Still engaged in small volume printing, the business today has 15 employees and has shipped over 28,000 orders to hobbyists and small businesses throughout Europe. From the outset it was obvious digital production was a must for the business as short run-lengths were essential. Recognising that their own knowledge of print was limited, Ania and Michał worked with local vendors to find a technology that would be simple to operate, whilst providing the vibrant fabric prints and fast turnarounds needed – at the right price.

“Mimaki was the first and only choice for us. We were a start-up business with a limited budget and didn’t need a huge amount of capacity to start with. However, we had strict criteria with regards to the print quality, turnaround times and we needed equipment that was easy to operate,” Michał explains. “The Mimaki Tx400 series was the only option at that time which delivered on all our requirements. Our only other alternative was a rebuild and we didn’t want the risk. We also felt Mimaki was a trustworthy brand and working with a company like that would mean continual investment in the technology and excellent customer service.”

CottonBee worked closely with local Polish distributor Teba, who proved to be an excellent partner. “We recognised Teba’s expertise in engineering, printing and textiles very quickly and it was exactly the partner we needed at that time to take us through product selection, installation and work with us through a steep learning curve.”

Teba, a Mimaki Authorised Partner, supported CottonBee with the installation of the first Mimaki Tx400 printer in Poland. A highly productive direct-to-textile printer, it offered exceptional speed and superior print quality on an entry-level system. In addition, it was an eco-friendly alternative to other processes. Using only cotton fabrics and pigment inks, CottonBee kept post-processing to a minimum to achieve fast turnarounds.

A little later Mimaki launched its TP400 pigment inks and according to Michał “Everything improved, but especially dry and wet colour fastness and the vividness of colour. The quality compared very nicely even against large-scale industrial printers.” It was a welcome development for CottonBee’s remarkably tough customer-base, as Michał put it: “Consumers want a good price, good quality, good turnaround times: they’re super demanding. In fact, our single metre customers have the most exacting requirements!”

Having established the CottonBee business, Michał and Ania ramped up their approach after 18 months, expanding their target market to include small-scale businesses as well as consumers. Excelling in its niche, CottonBee continued to focus on small runs, attracting many small-scale ‘hobbyist’ businesses.

The timing was fortuitous when Mimaki later launched its Tx300P-1800 series and CottonBee was looking for more capacity as it once again looked to scale-up the business, this time venturing into new territories. “CottonBee just became too big for Poland alone!” enthuses Michał. “It was clear that to keep the business thriving we needed to expand and the next step was to launch the website across Europe. To that end, we were looking to increase our printing capacity when Mimaki launched the Tx300P series and so, of course, we were delighted to continue our partnership with Mimaki and Teba.”

CottonBee invested in the Mimaki Tx300P-1800 direct-to-textile printer and the Tx300P-1800B with a sticky belt for printing on thin and stretchable fabrics. Effortlessly combining quality and high speed, the Tx300P-1800 series reflects Mimaki’s undisputed expertise in the digital textile sector.

“Mimaki was one of the first to introduce the sticky belt for smaller printers. It requires a more skilled operator as each fabric requires a special approach, but we quickly incorporated that expertise into our team and it allowed us to increase our range of cotton fabrics, which our customers loved,” says Ania. The two printers significantly increased capacity for CottonBee and by using two printers from the same series, with the same printheads, customers could make repeat orders and get exactly the same result, whichever printer the job was allocated to.

“Today we continue to use the Mimaki Tx300P-1800 printers and our overseas sales now make up the biggest proportion of our business, so all of our Mimaki investments have been a resounding success, and we continue to grow. Customers still want even faster turnaround times, so that’s our current goal. We offer shipment of five days from ordering, but we’re working towards two days. This is what fills our days; what started as a side occupation for us, is a business that just continues to flourish,” enthuses Michał.

Teba owner Jacek Teodorczyk adds, “With our 25 years in the industry, we delight in seeing businesses like CottonBee start on a small scale and thrive. It’s been an absolute joy to accompany them on the journey, and long may it continue!”

Mimaki showcases business-enhancing 3D solution at Formnext 2019


Mimaki Europe today announces that it will demonstrate its colour expertise in 3D printing at Formnext (19 – 22 November, Frankfurt, Germany). Visitors looking for photorealistic prototypes or models can see a broad range of applications produced by Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 full-colour 3D printer, capable of faithfully replicating more than 10 million colours, in Hall 12.1, Stand B99.

The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer, which will be demonstrated live at Formnext, allows bureaux, designers and product developers to create vivid, true-to-life parts due to its accurate detail and extensive colour capabilities. Mimaki draws upon the colour expertise it has perfected through its heritage in 2D printing to produce consistent and repeatable results, ensuring that users’ on-screen designs will be flawlessly replicated in real-life. Mimaki has also developed a clear resin so full transparency and semi-transparent colour can be achieved. With options to print in 19, 22, 32 or 42µm layers, the 3DUJ-553 3D printer delivers super-fine details and smooth surfaces; and thanks to a water-soluble support material that easily dissolves after printing, details are preserved during post-processing. The printer is suitable for an impressive range of applications, including car prototypes, architectural models and luxury packaging, all of which will be exemplified on Mimaki’s stand.

“The accuracy and brilliance of the vast range of colours produced by Mimaki 3D printers paves the way for some very exciting application possibilities,” comments Jordi Drieman, 3D application specialist at Mimaki. “This product is ideal for creating models and prototypes to serve a number of industries; from brands requiring true-to-life product prototypes or luxury packaging samples, to planners producing architectural models, or schools needing educational models, to entertainment businesses producing lifelike figurines, this is the perfect tool.”

In a deliberate move to increase customers’ profitability, Formnext will also see Mimaki announce a new pricing model for the build and support materials compatible with the 3DUJ-553 3D printer. Since launching its 3D print technology, Mimaki has succeeded in improving efficiencies across consumables production and supply chain management, facilitating its most recent pricing model. Mimaki delivers the highest quality 3D-printed models, and, as the company produces its own build material, these are now more accessible than ever to designers and manufacturers. Visitors to the stand will be able to discuss pricing with members of the Mimaki sales team, who will be on-hand answer any questions.

Formnext visitors will also have the opportunity to hear from Dutch 3D printing company, Marketiger, one of the many companies reaping the benefits of Mimaki technology. Marketiger uses the 3DUJ-553 to print full-colour figurines and maquettes, all of which are based on 3D scans of people. Many of the thousands of figurines printed annually are purchased by visitors who take the opportunity to be 3D scanned at Madurodam, a miniature park and tourist attraction based in the Netherlands. Maikel de Wit, Marketiger founder, comments: “This 3D technology from Mimaki is totally unique in the market. Not only is it a supremely reliable and easy-to-operate machine, it also prints in millions of colours with a base material that is very strong, producing models that are extremely colour-fast. Our customers are always impressed not only by the vivid colours of the models but also how long-lasting they are.”

Mimaki’s 3D portfolio also features the 3DFF-222 3D printer, an in-house tool for design and production which uses Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) to produce prototypes and end-use parts such as jigs and three-dimensional signage. A product co-branded with Sindoh, the 3DFF-222 system prints in PLA material to ensure that models are robust and do not warp easily. Printing parts up to 210mm x 200mm x 195mm (W x D x H), job progress can be monitored remotely through an app.

“We anticipate a really exciting show at Formnext this year,” Drieman adds. “At Mimaki, we pride ourselves on keeping our customers at the centre of our business. So, not only will we be demonstrating what can be achieved with our 3D technology, but there will be plenty of sales partners available on the stand to discuss attractive pricing options on consumables.”

Innovative 3D printing company blossoms with Mimaki technology

A-Video-view 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.

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.”

Innovative 3D printing company blossoms with Mimaki technology

B-Video-view 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.

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 to unveil next generation large format printers and cutters

Driving the evolution of wide format digital printing towards ultra-efficient, cost-effective and sustainable production processes, Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, announces today the launch of its Plus series, the next generation of its industry-acclaimed large-format printing and cutting solutions. Debuting worldwide at The Print Show (NEC Birmingham, UK, 17–19 September), the brand-new CJV300 Plus, JV300 Plus and CG-FXII Plus will be on display on Stand E10, Hall 9 where Mimaki will be represented by its authorised UK distributor, Hybrid Services.

Building on the legacy of Mimaki core technologies, the new Plus series – consisting of three models, namely the CJV300 Plus integrated solvent printer/cutter, the JV300 Plus solvent printer, and the CG-FXII Plus cutting plotter – boasts substantial productivity increases on previous models, in addition to delivering superior print quality at faster printing speeds. This is enabled by MAPS4, the latest version of the Mimaki Advanced Pass System which uses a unique algorithm to calculate the most effective way of jetting ink drops to avoid visible banding. This constantly changes depending on ink colour, coverage and print speed. Reliable productivity is assured with Mimaki’s pioneering NCU (Nozzle Check Unit) and NRS (Nozzle Recovery System), while a brand-new, advanced Take-Up device enables the handling of rolls up to 45kg – preventing media shifting and ensuring a smoother, more efficient production process.

The Plus series models also feature new, proprietary ID Cut function. This innovative functionality has been developed to enable continuous cutting operations on multiple jobs, with minimal human intervention, time, or material waste. The ID Cut function consists of printing ID barcodes in the layout of print and cut jobs – through Mimaki’s RasterLink6 Plus RIP – with the code including cutting and rotation information. By reading each unique barcode, the crop mark sensor automatically loads and executes cutting, ensuring that all alignment and rotational requirements are observed. Whilst both the CJV300 Plus and the CG-FXII Plus feature the ID Cut function, the JV300 Plus can be used in combination with the CG-FXII Plus to take full advantage of the new functionality.

“Once again Mimaki is pushing the boundaries of innovation in the wide format printing industry,” claims Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe. “Each innovation we introduce to the market stems from our close observation of industry trends and of our customers’ needs, as well as extensive R&D. The unprecedented quality and productivity gains that the Plus series provides, combined with an environmentally friendly vision, make each new model a very compelling proposition for those print service providers aiming at boosting their competitiveness, whilst at the same time optimising their production workflow.”

As part of the “Mimaki Green Technology” concept, the company is also introducing new 600ml ink packs and reusable eco cases on the Plus series. Designed to ensure smarter, more sustainable printing processes, the new ink eco cases provide larger run capacity and 15% savings on ink consumption when compared with the 440ml cartridges. In addition, the eco cases can be reused extensively, further contributing to making the Plus Series an eco-friendly, cost-effective choice for large format print service providers.

Following the launch at The Print Show, the CJV300 Plus, JV300 Plus and CG-FXII Plus will also be exhibited 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).

* The CJV300-160 Plus is equipped with the new ID Cut function for the most efficient print and cut operation possible.
* The JV300-160 Plus features the latest version of Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS), producing even higher quality during high speed printing.
* The CG-FXII Plus Series will be available in three different widths – 75cm, 130cm and 160cm.

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

SWJ-320EA_Twin-Roll

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

Luxury Packaging Application-UJF-3042MkII

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.