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Four reasons to check out the Mimaki Print Festival

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Kicking off on the 24th of March, the Mimaki Virtual Print Festival is a 5-week online event full of interactive possibilities, during which you can ‘Experience Print’ with Mimaki, from the comfort of your own home. Here are four reasons to get you prepared for the ultimate virtual Mimaki experience:

Virtual Guided Tour
Take a virtual guided tour with our Mimaki experts via short video demonstrations, scheduled regularly throughout the event. Headlining the video series will be the versatile Tx300P-1800 MkII, which offers both direct-to-textile and sublimation transfer printing.

Other star products include the competitively-priced SWJ-320EA 3.2m-wide solvent printer, the Plus Series range of Mimaki’s next generation print and cut machines, and the JFX200 EX UV flatbed printer, which features the unique 2.5D printing.

Interactive sessions with our experts
Have a 1:1 virtual coffee session with a Mimaki expert to gain a more thorough, tailored insight into Mimaki technologies, or discuss your individual business needs.

Can’t attend a full briefing? Participate in our live chat “super session” during the first week, where we will have our technical, sales, application and product experts on standby to answer your questions.

Special promo and social comp
Take advantage of our time-limited savings as part of our FESPA inspired discounts on products from our latest sign graphics and UV range. Or participate in a fun social media competition to win a unique prize from us!

There is more in store for you
From free Mimaki-printed samples to insightful industry webinars, we will reveal new weekly programs at the end of each week. Keep an eye on our landing page for upcoming reveals and exciting updates. Alternatively, sign up for our Mimaki exclusive content to receive our news directly!

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Mimaki announces innovative virtual event to inspire, inform and engage with customers and prospects

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  • Mimaki to hold a ‘Virtual Print Festival’ in the stead of postponed FESPA 2020 this March

  • Event to include company announcements, latest product information, educational webinars and live Q&As

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, has announced that it will host an interactive, action-packed online event, dubbed The Mimaki Virtual Print Festival, designed to provide customers and prospects with a unique combination of information, product demonstrations, competitions and networking opportunities. The event will comprise a series of group webinars and individual virtual meetings, starting the 24th March 2020, the same date that FESPA 2020(1) was originally scheduled to open its doors, with Mimaki revealing new features and content every week until the end of April.

Replicating its original FESPA 2020 line-up, Mimaki aims to provide participants with a virtual experience that has as many of the benefits of the original event as possible. To achieve this, the company will offer customers, partners and prospects the opportunity to participate in product demonstrations, virtual FESPA 2020 stand tours, individual meetings to discuss specific business requirements and technology questions and live, knowledge-sharing sessions with FESPA executives. Everything from signage, graphics, textiles, direct-to-shape, 3D print and more will be discussed, with Mimaki encouraging an open dialogue with its industry peers from all market sectors.

Danna Drion, Senior Marketing Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe, comments: “Mimaki is fully supportive of FESPA’s considered decision to postpone its event and we look forward to participating in the rescheduled event once new dates are confirmed. While we cannot recreate the full experience of attending a FESPA event, we want to ensure that our customers and prospects still have access to as much of the latest product information and educational resources that we intended to share at FESPA 2020 as possible. The Virtual Print Festival allows us to offer the industry exactly that, enabling a host of different virtual interactions designed to inspire, engage and excite our customers and prospects as they see the range of applications and business opportunities enabled by Mimaki’s latest solutions.”

Highlights of The Mimaki Virtual Print Festival include:

  • Industry Trends with Mimaki and FESPA: Mimaki and FESPA collaborate to present webinars on the current trends, address market challenges and present the latest business opportunities within the print industry.
  • Product Demonstrations: Short video demonstrations, showcasing the full benefits and capabilities of Mimaki’s latest technologies will be scheduled regularly throughout the event. Headlining the video series will be the versatile Tx300P-1800 MkII, which offers both direct-to-textile and transfer printing.
  • Virtual Coffee and Briefings: Existing or potential distributors and customers can arrange a 1:1 meeting during the event to speak with an experienced Mimaki representative to gain a more thorough, tailored insight into Mimaki technologies or discuss individual business needs.
  • Live Chat with the Experts: For those who have a one-off question or are unable to attend a full briefing, Mimaki experts from every field will be available to speak over a live chat during the first week of the event (24th March to 27th March).

For live updates on session announcements, competitions and more information about The Mimaki Virtual Print Festival, as well as how to register, attend and participate, visit www.mimakieurope.com/virtual-print-festival.

(1) FESPA 2020: FESPA has taken the decision to postpone FESPA Global Print Expo 2020, European Sign Expo 2020 and Sportswear Pro 2020 in light of the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19 in mainland Europe. For more information, visit https://www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com/

Is this one of the best 3DBenchies ever created?

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Dennis Harroun’s ‘Wreck of the Benchy’ brought to life by Marketiger and Mimaki 3D printing

Motivated by translucency after discovering Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 printer, Dennis Harroun, an artist and founder of Mana Digital, reached out to Marketiger. The Dutch bureau was an early adopter of Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 3D printer, and the perfect partner to create Harroun’s original piece ‘Wreck of the Benchy’. Inspired by nature and a popular 3D benchmark model, widely known as the Benchy, Harroun was determined to make the sculpture almost entirely transparent to create an underwater scene, asserting that the final artwork, “Exceeded my expectations for translucency and full colour in one single print to say the least.”

Sailing into the wind
Harroun had been creating ocean-themed pieces for some time, but 3D printing was just one tool he adopted. Models were made by resin casting, with 3D printed moulds used at various stages of the traditional epoxy/polyurethane process, and transparent resins replicating water. “I was drawn to full colour 3D printing possibilities, yet disappointed to see this area not really advancing as fast as others.” Discovering the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 and then connecting with Marketiger was a game-changer for Harroun: “To my delight I discovered that Mimaki was capable of printing with not only a wider spectrum of RGB colours, but even translucent colours! When I realised the potential of this specific printer, the idea behind ‘Wreck of the Benchy’ was born.”

All aboard!
Marketiger stepped up to the challenge of the ambitious project with expert knowledge and enthusiasm. Printing at 45 degrees to avoid surface warping, it took several iterations and calibration adjustments to equal the blue transparency achieved with Harroun’s alternative and, notably messier, resin method, which he’s thankful is no longer necessary. Soon, the 17.7cm tall piece was completed with a polish finish. The delightful light ray effect was unexpected but added to the underwater charm of the piece. “Until it was actually printed, I had no idea that the water aspect would in fact turn out so… water-like! I was pleasantly surprised to see that light does pass through in a way that resembles water, which is a goal I have in making these,” says Harroun.

The internet was left equally amazed by Harroun’s sculpture. A Reddit post on the artwork spawned over four thousand upvotes, with commenters remarking on the transparency and how it was completed in just a single print. Now, both Harroun and Marketiger hope that the breakthrough success of this sculpture will encourage more artists to work with 3D printing. The two are currently working on more ocean themed pieces and look forward to pushing the medium of 3D printing even further.

Mimaki introduces the UJV100-160 for reliable, efficient production of high-quality signs and graphics

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New roll-to-roll UV-curable inkjet printer developed for and available in non-EU countries

Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd., today announced the release of the new UJV100-160, a roll-to-roll UV-curable inkjet printer available to sign makers in countries outside of the EU. Developed for these markets, this latest addition to Mimaki’s extensive product portfolio is designed for high quality printing and maximum productivity. Featuring two newly developed printheads and the new DAS (Dot Adjustment System) feature, the UJV100-160 is a robust and efficient solution for sign makers. DAS automates conventional dot placement (dot position and feeding correction) for maximum image quality, saving operators time and reducing manual errors.

Printing at a maximum of 23m2/h(1), the high-speed UJV100-160 also utilises VOC (Volatile Organic Chemicals)-free UV-curable ink for even greater productivity. Not only is this ink a more environmentally conscious choice for the production floor, it is cured instantly after printing, eliminating the drying time that water-based or solvent ink requires. Post-processing and sign application are therefore possible immediately after printing, reducing production time and enabling printers to deliver products to short deadlines. In addition, UV-curable ink supports a wide range of commercially available media, including PVC, tarpaulin and paper with no acceptance layer, PET film, and fabric, contributing to associated substrate cost efficiencies and an increased variety of application possibilities.

High value products such as two-layer print, in which white ink is used for transparent PET film, and varnish print using clear ink(2), can also be handled with the UJV100-160, further increasing the variety of creative applications achievable with this system.

Other features that ensure the UJV100-160 meets the same high-standards for print quality and reliability, which Mimaki’s solutions are known for, are the NCU (Nozzle Check Unit) for missing nozzle detection and auto cleaning and NRS (Nozzle Recovery System) – a function that automatically replaces defective nozzles, or if there is a problem left unsolved by the nozzle cleaning – ensuring uninterrupted printing and stable image quality. MAPS4 (Mimaki Advanced Pass System) prints pass boundaries in gradation to reduce banding, uneven colour, and glossy streaks.

“Printers asking themselves how they can diversify their product offering or enter new markets with a wider variety of applications will find the answer to these questions in the UJV100-160,” explains Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales EMEA, Mimaki Europe. “The applications achievable with this technology include posters, POP, soft signage, stickers, window decoration, to name a few, and the array of substrates this solution can handle does not compromise the quality of the printed output or the system’s high productivity. It’s truly a versatile solution that will enable users to grow their businesses and increase their profitability.”

(1) 23m2/h: When printed on tarpaulin using the 4C Draft mode
(2) Cl: Clear ink will be supported at a later date

Announcement: FESPA 2020 Postponed

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Mimaki fully supports FESPA’s decision to postpone FESPA Global Print Expo 2020, European Sign Expo 2020 and Sportswear Pro 2020 (originally scheduled to take place at IFEMA Madrid from 24th to 27th March, 2020). While it is unfortunate to not have the opportunity to contribute to the events this month, the current situation with COVID-19 suggests that FESPA has made the only responsible choice at this time.

FESPA is a valued Mimaki partner and when the three co-located FESPA events take place at the later date selected (to be confirmed by FESPA in due course), Mimaki will be present to showcase its latest technology innovations. Meanwhile, Mimaki continues to focus on new ways to support its customers’ businesses and develop solutions that help drive innovation and maximise profitability. We are working on a virtual alternative for you to discover our latest innovation and technology. So watch this space — we will have an exciting announcement coming very soon!

Mimaki’s New Hybrid Textile Printer to Headline 15-Strong Product Lineup at FESPA 2020

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New entry-level hybrid printer, boasting both direct-to-textile and sublimation transfer print capabilities, expected to allow smaller print service providers to enter new markets

Mimaki Europe today announces that its brand-new hybrid digital textile printer, the Tx300P-1800 MkII, will headline their product line-up at FESPA 2020 (Madrid, Spain, 24-27 March, Stand 7-C20). Uniquely designed with versatility at its core, the new printer enables both direct-to-textile and transfer printing, with interchangeable platens and three different ink combinations – providing unrivalled flexibility within a single system and opening new doors for print service providers.

With Mimaki’s Tx300P-1800 digital textile printer having previously led the way for high-quality, cost-effective printing, the evolved Mimaki Tx300P-1800 MkII now adds sublimation transfer printing to its capabilities, opening up a host of possible new materials and applications. The capability to fulfil diverse applications from fashion textiles to interior fabrics and wallpaper within one system makes the printer an ideal entry-level solution. It affords both smaller print service providers and large volume production houses all of the well-known benefits of digital print technology not attainable with analogue print methods still prevalent in the modern textile printing industry, including more cost-effective short runs and faster turnarounds, benefits that make this technology ideal for sampling.

“We are delighted to be bringing the Tx300P-1800 MkII to FESPA this year to show customers exactly how game-changing it can be for their businesses,” comments Danna Drion, Senior Marketing Manager at Mimaki EMEA. “With the introduction of this new hybrid printer, we are not only delivering an affordable, streamlined single-system solution for printing on both paper and textile, but we are also providing print service providers with the versatility to continue exploring different substrates and applications as they grow their businesses into the future. We anticipate a very bright future for digital printing in the textile industry and have no doubt that our new printer, at the cutting edge of this sector, will have a role in realising this transition.”

The ability of the Mimaki Tx300P-1800 MkII to switch between direct-to-textile and transfer printing is enabled by its interchangeable platens. When printing direct-to-textile, excess ink penetrated through the fabric is drained by a platen with an ink-receiving channel. When printing on heat transfer paper however, this platen can be quickly and easily be exchanged for a vacuum platen needed for paper printing – without the need for service engineers. The hybrid printer is also able to facilitate either a traditional one-way ink set, configured with any one of five ink types, as well as various combinations of inks, providing unparalleled flexibility. Users are able to select from three different ink combinations – textile pigment/direct sublimation, textile pigment/sublimation transfer, or direct sublimation/sublimation transfer – to provide the best results across various applications.

The Mimaki Tx300P-1800 MkII features an interchangeable platen
The Mimaki Tx300P-1800 MkII features an interchangeable platen that can be manually installed for printing on transfer paper

“At Mimaki, our goal is to consistently provide the best products in each market, which is why we have also worked meticulously to provide a number of clever adaptations to ensure that the print quality and reliability exceed expectations,” continues Drion. “These core technologies, such as our Nozzle Check Unit to provide uninterrupted printing and minimise downtime, our MAPS4 system to reduce banding, and our new ‘high head gap’ printhead to ensure accurate ink droplet placement, are just some of the ways in which we ensure that products such as the Mimaki Tx300P-1800 MkII have the substance to continually impress our customers and provide really valuable changes to their businesses.”

The new hybrid digital textile printer will form part of an impressive exhibition line-up from Mimaki of more than 15 products at FESPA this year, including the 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 in the large format sector alone. Visitors can also explore Mimaki’s 3D print technology through full-colour samples created on the 3DUJ-553 3D printer, capable of faithfully replicating more than 10 million colours. Focused on providing inspiration and encouraging visitors to “experience print”, Mimaki will also be celebrating real-life customer, partner and collaborator examples and success stories, with a host of creative applications for visitors to delve into on the stand.

A Visionary Approach to Luxurious Yacht Design

Claudio Celiberti Monaco Yacht Show

With a little help from 3D printing

A master craftsman and celebrated visionary in interior architecture, Claudio Celiberti is known for his use of fine materials and timeless finishes. Shortly after Studio Celiberti unveiled its latest project, ‘Origin’, at the Monaco Yacht Show, we spoke to Claudio about the potential of 3D printing in yacht design.

Mimaki: Tell us about your work
Claudio: My work is about evoking emotion. I handpick a small clientele each year and produce bespoke design for each. The intention is that the client will find meaning, personal to them, in the final creation. It’s a collaborative process, I work with ideas from the client and I use my professional knowledge and expertise to produce furniture and interiors of timeless elegance.

Mimaki: And what are some of the challenges that come with design for yachts?
Claudio: Luxurious yachts are works of art. They require extensive vision into the future. Because the construction process takes time and a yacht must mature beautifully and become finer with age, they must be composed of fresh, innovative ideas. Designs must deviate from current trends and this can be difficult to visualise.

Mimaki: So how does 3D printing come into the process?
Claudio: The strength of 3D printing is that it can be part of an immersive experience that helps communicate the vision. Accurate colour and fine detail, such as that provided by Mimaki 3D printed models, are a necessity. With the ability to prototype multiple iterations of a design quickly, it’s easy to show clients how materials and designs will change over time, and how the design will compare against newer yachts.

Crucial to my work is to always curate the finest materials and select premium quality. I spend most of my waking hours developing an extensive knowledge of the materials I use in my craft, so it’s extremely important that I can communicate those finer details of the design. I want to show clients why it is worth it, so I show them samples and where possible I take clients to the material’s source – such as a marble quarry. With 3D printing, that can be taken further, showing the finer detail of marbling for instance in an accurate physical representation of the design. Nothing replaces the ability for a client to feel and experience a product in the flesh, but 3D printed models offer an exciting addition.

Mimaki: How does technology help you express yourself as a master craftsman?
Claudio: My goal is to make designs perfect – and that passion for perfection has taught me to focus not just on the aesthetics of a design but also its functionality. The truly sublime needs both.

I begin by thinking outside the box – I challenge current ideas and find the balance between trends and classic designs. Designs can quickly become dated if you rely on trends. The ergonomics and functionality of a design is just as vital to perfection as the aesthetic. It must be tailored to the user’s daily needs flawlessly.

Often the solution is a combination of the finest materials with cutting-edge technology. So furnishings, tables, seats, or service components such as refrigerators, kitchens, grills, or barbecues remain hidden under unthinkable architectural creations and appear magically amalgamating into their surroundings. I find whatever route is needed to make the vision a reality.

Mimaki: So what can we expect to see in the future?
Claudio: Sustainability and durability are trends unlikely to disappear anytime soon and will only become increasingly important. I predict that customisation and seamless multifunctionality will become more prominent in the near future and we are going to see a lot more designs encompassing lightweight materials. Studio Celiberti is currently working on something very special and will be revealing this project soon – so watch this space!

OKI and Mimaki Engineering Conclude Exclusive International Sales Agreement for OKI Data’s Wide Format Inkjet Printers

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Mimaki Engineering to sell OKI Data’s wide format inkjet printers through Mimaki Engineering’s robust international sales network

On January 6, 2020, Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd. and OKI Data Corporation, the OKI Group’s printer company, concluded an exclusive international sales agreement for the distribution of OKI Data’s wide format inkjet printers. Under the terms of this agreement, the two companies will expand their sales alliance in Japan, announced in March 2019, to encompass overseas sales.

Under this agreement, from April 1, 2020, Mimaki Engineering will sell OKI Data’s wide format inkjet printers, ink and other supplies, and maintenance parts in overseas markets through Mimaki Engineering’s robust international sales network.

The products covered by this international alliance include OKI Data’s two wide format inkjet printers capable of high-speed, high-density printing—the ColorPainter H3-104s and the ColorPainter M-64s—as well as ink and other supplies for these models and for other OKI Data’s wide format inkjet printers previously sold by OKI Data. Mimaki Engineering will initiate sales and maintenance of these products on April 1.

Mimaki Engineering develops, manufactures, sells, and maintains commercial inkjet printers, cutting plotters, and the ink and software used with such products. Backed by an international dealer network in some 150 countries, Mimaki Engineering delivers not just products, but a comprehensive environment for delivering peace of mind to customers who use the products, advocating community-based sales activities as a keyword. OKI Data concluded this agreement based on its high regard for Mimaki Engineering’s technological capabilities and sales and maintenance performance in the wide format inkjet printer business and OKI Data’s judgment that the alliance will make it possible both to continue serving existing customers reliably and to propose solutions to even more customers.

Mimaki 3DUJ-553 printer supports mission of the Smithsonian Institution

3D printer will be used to aid educational, science, research, art, and cultural exhibits and experiences

Mimaki USA is proud to work with the Smithsonian to place a Mimaki 3DUJ-553 full-color 3D printer in the Smithsonian Exhibits’ (SIE) studios, located in Landover, MD, and part of the Smithsonian Institution. SIE collaborates with museums and offices throughout the Institution and the federal government to help them plan, produce, develop, and design powerful and engaging exhibits, and produce models for public programs and research purposes.

“We are pleased to be a part of the Smithsonian Institution’s efforts to engage and inspire audiences through the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” said Josh Hope, Sr. Manager, 3D Printing & Engineering Projects at Mimaki USA. “This printer will enable the Smithsonian to use new technologies to produce exhibits in new ways, particularly for creating models and tactile elements that help bring exhibits to life for all visitors.”

The SIE team has embarked on its first project to use the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 printer, which is to create full color 3D printed models of viruses that are enlarged with great detail for hands-on engagement with visitors in the Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World exhibition currently on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Future possible projects for the full color 3D printer include:

  • Models of collection objects used for hands-on educational activities with the public
  • Tactile display elements for low-vision or blind visitors such as raised-line maps to aid with wayfinding

An influenza virus model created using the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer, in an opened position. The clear disk that contains the eight purple capsids and the eight yellow RNA strands has been removed from the green envelope.

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.