Mimaki USA Places 3D Color Printer at Clemson University’s Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics
Clemson, SC and Suwanee, GA (May 22, 2019) – Mimaki USA has placed a full-color commercial 3D printer at Clemson University’s Sonoco Institute for students to learn about the 3D printing workflow and create detailed product and package samples. The printer produces photorealistic prototypes using inkjet technology and water-soluble support materials for quick and simple model-finishing. Amazingly, it can achieve over 10 million colors using CMYK, white and clear inks! “The Sonoco Institute is a leader in package design and graphics and Mimaki is proud to partner with them to provide hands-on experience with our full-color 3D technology,” said Josh Hope, senior manager, 3D printing and engineering projects at Mimaki USA. “Our 3DUJ-553 printer will allow students to create color-accurate prototypes that complement their current curriculum as well as give them the opportunity to develop industry skills they can use outside the classroom.” “We are all very excited at Clemson to continue our partnership with Mimaki, especially in such a rapidly evolving area as 3D printing,” said Sonoco Institute Director and Chair of Clemson Graphic Communications (GC) Chip Tonkin. “We have a great group of faculty with wide-ranging expertise in printing and packaging who are ready to make use of the new equipment.” The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 was placed at Clemson University for educational and research initiatives and resides in the Sonoco Institute’s Packaging Supply Chain Computer Lab, which houses the full scope of package design and prepress software. Initially, the new printer will be utilized in two courses at the institute: 3D Printing Workflow (GC 4900) taught by Shu Chang, and Product/Package Design and Prototyping (PKSC 2200) taught by Haley Appleby. “My goal is to teach students the uniqueness of 3D printing,” said Chang. “I want to show that it is beneficial for reducing the number of individual parts in a product and its assembly process, and can be used to create unique forms, fits and functions,” she continued. Students in Chang’s class will have the know-how to both design and print in 3D, which Chang expressed is “expanding to every area of the manufacturing world.” Students in Appleby’s design and prototyping class compete to see their original designs printed in 3D at the end of the course. The top five projects from each semester will adorn the halls of the institute. “What I love about my class is that students design a perfume or cologne bottle, and after we 3D-print it, they can test its functionality,” commented Appleby. “Does the threading around the neck perform as it should? Does the cap fit around the spray head? Are the walls of the bottle too thick or thin? How far off are the design tolerances?” she continued. Appleby notes that when students have tangible, printed products in their hands, they are able to understand more about the technical and functional aspects of design. “It’s really exciting to have the 3D printer here, because it allows us to take our visions, design our products in SolidWorks and transform them into real-life, functioning objects,” said Madeleine Risinger, packaging science sophomore in PKSC 2200. “I can’t wait to see how my Bahama Mama perfume bottle’s frosted glass texture and colors come together when printed.” Mimaki equipment is also used extensively in multiple labs within the GC curriculum. Students use the Mimaki UJF-6042 MkII UV flatbed printer and JV150-160 wide-format printer for packaging prototyping, proofing, specialty printing projects, banners, etc. The CFL-605RT flatbed plotter and CG-130SRIII roll plotter are used for die cutting many packaging and design projects as well as specialty large format graphics. “When companies rapid-prototype their designs before moving forward in their workflow, they can quickly see design flaws, make changes and perform consumer studies on an accelerated timeline,” added Appleby. Headquartered in Suwanee, GA, Mimaki USA develops cutting-edge digital printing and cutting products that include hardware, software and associated consumables. The Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics at Clemson University is a hub for innovation in package design and printing in Clemson, SC. Click here or visit MimakiUSA.com to learn more about Mimaki’s 3D printing technology. Click here or visit SonocoInstitute.com to learn more about the Sonoco Institute at Clemson University. **Pictured: Clemson faculty train on the 3D printer with a Mimaki instructor at the Sonoco Institute.
Mimaki USA Announces Strategic Partnership with Gravograph
Suwanee, GA, April 24, 2019 – Mimaki USA, a global industry leader of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, announces a strategic partnership with Gravograph, part of the Gravotech Group, a worldwide leader of innovative engraving, cutting and marking solutions for CNC rotary milling/engraving machines and Galvo and gantry laser systems. The partnership allows Mimaki USA to distribute Gravotech’s products, including mechanical and laser engravers as well as engraving materials, throughout the U.S. “People interact everyday with products produced on Mimaki and Gravograph solutions. From large industrial companies, sign shops, retails stores and more, our mutual customers develop products that can benefit from both offerings. Our partnership aims to enhance workflows all while adding to the strengths of our individual processes and ensuring our customers can continue to create high-quality products with ease,” said Michael Maxwell, senior manager at Mimaki USA. “This is an exciting new partnership that will integrate complementary Gravograph laser, rotary engraving and materials solutions to the Mimaki portfolio of printing systems. Mimaki and Gravotech engineers have teamed together to seamlessly drive the Gravograph lasers through the Mimaki FineCut operating software to enhance their customers’ print and cut productivity,” said Dan Schimelman, general manager North America for the Gravotech Group. Mimaki will begin offering several new bundles with their UJF Series printers alongside various Gravograph products aimed at printing, cutting and engraving. This will include producing dynamic and attractive ADA compliant signage. With this enhanced portfolio, Mimaki customers have the opportunity to design, deliver and succeed with easy-to-use workflows. Bundles will be available from authorized Mimaki dealers starting in April 2019. About The Gravotech Group The Gravotech Group is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative solutions for engraving, marking and artistic modeling. The Gravotech brands of Gravograph, Technifor and Type 3 cover five key technologies (laser, mechanical engraving, scribing, micro-percussion and modeling software) supplemented by a wide range of consumables and software solutions. Based in France and North America headquarters in Duluth, Georgia, Gravotech has over 1,000 employees in over 100 countries. The Group boasts a vast international network: 25 subsidiaries and 300 distributors work alongside its 60,000 international customers, assisting them with their local or global needs. For more information, visit www.gravotech.us. About Mimaki USA Mimaki is a global industry leader of wide-format inkjet printers, cutting plotters, 3D modeling machines, software, hardware and associated consumable items, such as inks and cutting blades. The company engineers and manufactures a complete range of products that provide a total workflow solution for the sign graphics, textile & apparel, industrial products and 3D markets. Mimaki excels in offering superior quality and reliable products based upon its aqueous, solvent and UV-curable inkjet technology. The company’s tagline, “We Are Wide Format,” highlights Mimaki’s commitment of delivering cutting-edge technologies for more than 40 years. For more information, visit www.mimakiusa.com or on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @MimakiUSA.
Mimaki USA Introduces the JFX200-2513 EX Flatbed Printer
Suwanee, GA, April 23, 2019 – Mimaki USA, a global industry leader of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, announces the launch of the JFX200-2513 EX UV-LED flatbed printer. “Mimaki leads in UV-LED curable technologies and the JFX is one of the industry’s most popular models,” said Michael Maxwell, senior manager at Mimaki USA. “Our customers love the value, flexibility and reliability the Mimaki JFX Series provides. Our commitment to cost-effective solutions and the elegant design of the JFX gave us the opportunity to satisfy our customers’ growing needs.” The JFX200-2513 EX boasts increased productivity. The flatbed has adopted a new draft mode that enables a maximum print speed of up to 12 boards per hour. Its three staggered printheads also allow for simultaneous printing without sacrificing speed, even when using white and clear inks. This model offers faster mechanical motors and a vacuum foot pedal that gives the user the ability to load or unload various substrates quicker and more effectivity. Additionally, Mimaki engineers developed a 2.5D print function for the JFX200-2513 EX. Compatible with RasterLink6 Plus software, 2.5D printing allows users to create dimensional textured graphics up to 0.5 mm in height using greyscale. Combined with Mimaki Clear Control, this print function also takes full advantage of Mimaki’s LUS clear inks to remove bubbles and create sharper edges, delivering graphics that look and feel like the objects being represented. “The new JFX200-2513 EX printer builds on the original model’s features that our customers have come to count on. We engineer products based on customer insights, allowing us to offer a printer that will serve the needs of our users and their businesses,” added Maxwell. “We’re excited about this addition to our JFX Series product family.” The JFX200-2513 EX can print onto media up to 98.4” wide x 51.1” long x 1.96” thick, producing a range of applications such as rigid signage, wayfinding, decorative panels, POPs, custom pieces and more. It utilizes GREENGUARD Gold inks in four and six color configurations, plus available white, clear and primer. Includes Mimaki Core Technologies:
- Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS) and Waveform Control ensure precise and accurate quality throughout the printing process.
- Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) automatically monitors the performance of the printhead and detects clogged nozzles.
- Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) allows the operator to substitute unproductive nozzles to avoid poor image quality or service calls.
- Together, the NCU and NRS enable uninterrupted printing even if nozzle errors do occur.
Mimaki’s New Desktop 3D Printer Allows Users to Cut Costs and Expand into Profitable Markets
Suwanee, GA, April 19, 2019 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format printers and cutters, announces the launch of the new 3DFF-222 desktop 3D printer, a product co-branded with Sindoh, a manufacturer of 3D printers and multi-function printers based in South Korea. The Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) solution has been developed as an in-house design and production tool, ideal for parts such as jigs used in direct-to-object printing and tools for producing three-dimensional signage. The 3DFF-222 system prints in PLA material. Using easy-to-load filament cartridges, it prints parts up to 8.27” x 7.87” x 7.67” (W x D x H) and offers remote monitoring of each print job through an included app. The new platform joins the 3DUJ-553 in Mimaki’s portfolio of 3D printers, to which Mimaki has applied the expertise from its long heritage in the graphic arts. “Flexibility and ease-of-use are key features of the new desktop 3D printer. This printer also complements our industrial printers seamlessly,” said Michael Maxwell, senior manager at Mimaki USA. “The 3DFF-222 is capable of inexpensively producing customized print jigs, which can be used to stabilize print quality when printing on UV-LED flatbed printers from our UJF Series. Additionally, customers can create objects for decoration as well as a variety of signage.” Key features of the 3DFF-222
- Automatic Filament Installation – filament is automatically loaded and supplied to the nozzle after installation without the need to feed manually
- Heated Flexible Bed – built-in thermostatic function enables both stable formation and easy removal of the model once it’s ready
- Semi-Automatic Bed Leveling – measures the horizontal error of the table and instructs the color monitor to maintain a leveled position
- Full-Color Touch Panel – 5-inch full-color touch panel with illustrated instructions makes for simple operation
- Remote Monitoring – built-in camera for remote monitoring with a smartphone or tablet
- HEPA Filter – installed filter ensures only clean air is released into the surrounding environment
- Fully Covered Compact Design – eliminates the disruption of contaminants adhering to the model while printing
- Quiet Printing – designed specifically to reduce noise levels during operation
Mimaki USA Announces the TS55-1800 Dye-Sublimation Transfer Inkjet Printer
Suwanee, GA, Oct. 3, 2018 – Mimaki USA, a global industry leader of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced the release of the new TS55-1800, a 76.3-inch, dye-sublimation transfer inkjet printer. The new model offers high-end features, such as low running costs, industry-leading productivity and unattended continuous printing. “With the release of the TS55-1800, Mimaki has made exceptional digital textile printing features available to both the mid-level and high-end markets. Now, customers are able to effortlessly scale their operation with a cost-effective sublimation printer that meets the high quality and short turnaround demands of the ever-evolving textile and apparel industry” said Ryosuke Nakayama, textile & apparel product manager at Mimaki USA. The TS55-1800 prints with the new Sb610 inks at a maximum output of 1,506 sqft/h (140 sqm/h). These inks hold the coveted ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification, meeting specific requirements with regard to sustainability, safety and compliance. Additionally, two new optional units, a mini jumbo roll and 10 kg ink supply, were introduced on TS55-1800. The mini jumbo roll is a feeding unit to load the 64-inch Mimaki Vision Jet-X transfer paper, supplied by Neenah Coldenhove, with a length of about 8,202 feet. This unit is an ideal way to ensure high-volume, unattended printing for longer production runs. It also decreases the running paper costs per square foot in comparison to the normal plotter rolls. The ink supply unit holds a 10 kg ink tank of a single color. The larger quantity tank allows for a continuous operation. Compared to the conventional two liter ink pack, it significantly reduces the ink unit price per quantity. The TS55-1800 is equipped with several of Mimaki’s Core Technologies to deliver an exceptional printing experience. The Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS) provides greater productivity and print quality by eliminating visible banding. The Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) automatically monitors the performance of the printhead and detects clogged nozzles. The Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) allows the operator to substitute unproductive nozzles to avoid poor image quality or service calls. Together, the NCU and NRS enable uninterrupted printing even if nozzle errors do occur. Those interested in the TS55-1800 are encouraged to visit www.mimakiusa.com/TS55 for more information. About Mimaki USA Mimaki is a global industry leader of wide-format inkjet printers, cutting plotters, 3D modeling machines, software, hardware and associated consumable items, such as inks and cutting blades. The company engineers and manufactures a complete range of products that attain the total workflow solution for sign graphics, textile & apparel, industrial products and 3D markets. Mimaki excels in offering superior quality and reliable products, based upon its aqueous, solvent and UV-curable inkjet technology. As an innovator and strategic partner, Mimaki is committed to always providing “something new, something different” in the marketplace. For more information, visit www.mimakiusa.com or on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram @MimakiUSA.
Mimaki USA Announces Tiger-1800B Digital Textile Printing System
Mimaki USA announces Tiger-1800B digital textile printing system Complete production model system available as direct-to-textile or transfer dye sublimation models Suwanee, GA, Feb. 14, 2018 – Mimaki USA, a global industry leader of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today announced the availability of Tiger-1800B printing system in the Americas. The Tiger-1800B printer is a purpose-engineered, high production digital inkjet printer capable of direct-to-textile or transfer dye sublimation output. It can deliver large-scale production at manufacturing sites and small-scale production at on-demand sites, making it the ideal printer for digital textile applications. The Mimaki Tiger-1800B brings operational efficiencies and reliability to large companies that are currently using analog screen-printing processes – or multiple, smaller digital units – to produce high volume textile runs for internal vertical markets sold via business-to-business or business-to-consumer avenues. The Tiger-1800B printer enables these businesses to overcome quality, cost and time to market issues by offering more efficient operations, higher resolution printing, consistent quality for repeat orders, and reduced operating costs. The 74.8-inch Tiger-1800B digital textile printer includes an adhesive belt transport system with belt washing technology and in-line heat drying unit for an all-in-one process for direct-to-textile printing. It includes a built-in PC with software for easy and efficient printer operation. High efficiency for all production runs The Tiger-1800B printer is a production model featuring 16 print heads in a staggered array for the direct-to-textile model (or 8 print heads for the transfer dye sublimation model), resulting in very high print speeds of up to 4144 square feet per hour. Usable quality can be achieved even at these high print speeds to meet volume demands, or to quickly produce shorter-run projects such as for regional or seasonal fashion requirements. High print speeds are complemented by a sophisticated textile transport system. Stable textile transport is achieved through twin pressure roller shafts attached to the edge of the transportation belt. Textiles are uniformly transported onto the belt through the rollers. Wrinkle and Media Jam sensors detect textile wrinkling or creasing early in order to minimize potential damage to the print heads from collisions with raised or jammed textiles. Technologies for improved performance and productivity The Tiger-1800B model includes a number of technologies and automated processes for consistent quality output and productivity. A belt washing mechanism that prevents stains on fresh fabric from ink remaining on the belt. It is equipped with two squeegees to prevent splash-back, and two heaters to dry and re-activate the belt surface. To ensure optimal print head maintenance, cleaning liquid is automatically applied to each wiper before and after head cleaning. This liquid enhances the head cleaning process and reduces daily maintenance time by ensuring a clean wiper. The Tiger-1800B printer features Variable Dot Printing where variable ink droplet sizes – small, medium and large – are precisely placed. Smaller droplets create smoother gradients and quartertones, while large droplets produce uniform solids. A standard Degassing Module reduces clogging by removing air bubbles in the ink, and an Ink Circulation ensures stable ink supply by constantly circulating the ink. Optional high production upgrades Options for the direct-to-textile model include: Roll Media Centering Unit featuring a feeding unit with a centering device and tension bar; a Jumbo Roll Unit; a Plaited Unit; and a Drying and Take-Up Unit for high density printed fabrics. The dye sublimation model includes the Jumbo Roll Unit as a standard feature. Availability The Tiger-1800B printing system is available for order now. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.mimakiusa.com/Tiger for more information, or request a callback through www.mimakiusa.com/contact and enter “Tiger-1800B” in the comments section. About Mimaki USA Mimaki is an innovator and a pioneer in the development of digital printing and cutting products worldwide. The company has engineered and manufactured a complete line of digital printers and cutters, and offers a total workflow solution for the many applications found in the Sign & Graphics, Textile & Apparel and Industrial Printing markets. In 2014, Mimaki USA celebrated 15 years of serving customers in the Americas. It is an operating entity of Mimaki Engineering of Japan, which celebrated its 40th year in 2015. For more information, visit www.mimakiusa.com.
Mimaki USA installs first 3DUJ-553 photorealistic 3D printer in the Americas at Pictographics Las Vegas
Mimaki USA installs first 3DUJ-553 photorealistic 3D printer in the Americas at Pictographics Las Vegas UV-cure inkjet printer with more than 10 million color combinations part of a new venture for pioneering company Suwanee, GA, Feb. 7, 2018 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, has installed the first 3DUJ-553 3D printer in the Americas at Pictographics in Las Vegas. The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 printer offers an unprecedented printing experience with a number of enhancements to produce objects with high definition, fine detail and in full color up to 20 inches wide by 20 inches deep and 12 inches high. It is a color-managed device with more than 10 million possible color combinations for photorealistic output. Clear ink is available for creating translucent colors. It uses water-soluble support material that is easy to remove, maintaining fine details. “Pictographics has expanded its market by becoming a total solution provider and by partnering with other solutions companies,” said Craig Miller, President & CEO of Pictographics. “This is our plan for 3D printing as well, and the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 printer is a key component in our business strategy. What sets it apart from all other 3D devices is its color - more colors, brighter, more vibrant. We looked at the market and tried to match the available technologies to what our customers need, and the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 printer was best suited for the detail 3D work we want to produce.” Mimaki 3DUJ-553 key highlights
- More than 10 million possible color combinations for photorealistic output The 3DUJ-553 printer is a fully ICC-compliant, color managed device that can produce more than 10 million color combinations and achieve 90% of SWOP colors. It is the only color managed 3D printer currently available offering users the ability to reproduce a tonal range far surpassing that of any other 3D printer and enabling them to utilize 2D and 3D in tandem for photographic applications. The ability to create highly color-accurate objects and prototypes that can be reproduced without the need for manual hand coloring reduces finishing and prototyping times drastically.
- Mimaki technology combined with high quality modeling Mimaki’s printer and ink technologies enable high quality 3D printing that can create products that are delicate, extremely precise and incredibly realistic.
- Clear ink enhances product variations The 3DUJ-553 printer is also able to utilize clear inks that can be jetted independently or combined with colored ink to create translucent objects.
- Unique support material for hassle-free finishing Unlike many other 3D materials, the Mimaki water-soluble support material does not require lye or other harsh chemicals but is easily removed with water alone. Easy removal of the support material means that end users can create models and products with fine details and intricate designs without affecting the final design.
Mimaki USA introduces UCJV Series UV cut-and-print devices
Mimaki USA introduces UCJV Series UV cut-and-print devices World’s only 64-inch UV printer/cutter series, offers model featuring four-layer printing and white ink Suwanee, GA, Aug. 29, 2017 – Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today introduced the UCJV Series UV-LED cut-and-print devices, the only 64-inch UV printers offering in-line cutting capability and models featuring white ink to enable four-layer printing. The UCJV Series will make its U.S. debut in the Mimaki booth 4019 at PRINT 17, September 10-14 in Chicago. The UCJV Series is available in two models: the four-color UCJV150-160, and the UCJV300-160 that can accommodate up to seven ink colors. Each can produce a wide variety of print-and-cut applications offered by many signage, commercial and packaging print service providers. UV-LED curing technology enables print service providers to utilize an expanded range of media including many thin film substrates that may be too sensitive for latex or solvent high heat fixation systems. One graphic, two views Four-layer printing, for example – color, white, black, white, color – available on the UCJV300-160 model offers an enhanced print capability that allows designers to build layered, transformative graphics for backlit applications. This gives print service providers the opportunity to offer something unique – a dynamic graphic that ‘morphs’ its image or color scheme depending on the light source. This distinctive capability enables designers and print service providers to produce high impact, premium margin output while maintaining low operational costs and reducing production time. Integrated cutting capability The integrated cut functionality enables volume production of labels, decals, window clings, floor graphics, POP displays, vehicle markings, packaging and prototypes, and more in a single unit. Additionally, the ability to pre-cut before printing prevents common problems such as film separation and other issues related to post-cutting on thin materials. Instant-dry for instant use UCJV Series prints are instantly-cured at even the highest production speeds meaning users can quickly print and immediately move to finished product, unlike other technologies that require slower production to accommodate for dry time or out-gassing. For many jobs, instant-dry, durable, UV printing and cutting can also eliminate the need for additional finishing, enabling print service providers to reduce time to sale while recognizing additional cost savings. White ink adds value The combination of white and color inks available on the UCJV300-160 model adds value to applications utilizing transparent or semi-opaque films. Compared to alternative inks such as solvent and latex, UV-curable inks deliver greater opacity with less ink consumption per square foot of coverage while maintaining image vibrancy and density. High opacity white ink also enables block out printing within a single print, enabling print service providers to easily and efficiently create window graphics that can be viewed differently from either side, as in a PUSH / PULL door sign. These features ensure higher throughput, reduced waste, and perfectly registered double-sided graphics with lower overhead costs per print. ID Cut function in RasterLink6 plus software The UCJV Series printers will ship with updated RasterLink6 Plus software. This new, feature-rich version of the widely used Mimaki RasterLink RIP software includes an ID Cut function to make printing and cutting easier and faster. Along with registration marks, RasterLink6 plus software will include a bar code on the print. The barcode, read by the crop mark sensor on the UCJV printer/cutter, contains cutting and rotation information allowing the UCJV printer/cutter to automate the cutting process. This function is particularly useful when running nested print-cut jobs, as the printer continuously reads the data for both single and ganged jobs. RasterLink6 software also includes a print preview for four-layer printing enabling operators to preview the transition effect before printing. Mimaki Core Technologies On-board Mimaki Technologies included for exceptional print quality and continued productivity.
- Mimaki Advanced Pass System 4 (MAPS4) - utilizes an advanced algorithm pattern to reduce visible banding.
- Variable Dot Printing (VDP) – uses smaller drops to produce smoother gradations, while larger drops produce uniform solids.
- Waveform Control (WFC) – utilizes finely tuned frequencies for each ink’s specific gravity and viscosity to precisely shape and place individual drops.
- Mimaki Circulation Technology (MCT) - continuously agitates the white inks to prevent settling.
- Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) - monitors nozzle outages and automatically activates a series of recovery functions.
- Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) - automatically assigns operational nozzles when an outage is detected.
- Half Cut (HC) – a proprietary function where the backing sheet can be cut leaving behind a small connecting point that can be easily detached when necessary, ensuring contour cut pieces are easier to handle with less waste.
- Over Cut (OC) - makes a cross cut at the start and end positions so the finished piece has sharp edges with no undercut fragments.
- Continuous (C) - crop marks are automatically and continuously detected for accurate cutting.
- Segment (S) - detects intermediate crop marks in feed direction and enables four-point corrections for each segment for accurate, long-length cutting, even if the image is distorted.