Mimaki has reached an agreement to sell the Massivit 3D printer as the Mimaki 3DGD 1800, a move that will complement the large format display printers that Mimaki sells. It opens up a potential new user base to Massivit without the cost of maintaining a direct sales force.
The printer uses a Fused Filament Fabrication technology where a gel is extruded from an XY plotting nozzle and immediately hardened under UV light. The printer will produce a 3D object 1.8 metres high printing at 350mm an hour. The unit comes with a twin imaging head mechanism capable of printing two objects side by side. These are printed on a platform which lowers as each layer of gel is applied.
The finished object is lightweight, self supporting and can be smoothed and painted or other graphics applied to deliver a free standing point of sale display at a fraction of the time needed for conventional modelling. The technology has also found applications in prop production for film and theatre.
Mimaki Europe senior product manager Bert Benckhuysen says: “With our vision, wealth of experience from across the print industry and unwavering commitment to innovation, we intend to lead the sign graphics industry in both two and three-dimensional signages – and the introduction of the Mimaki 3DGD 1800 is a fantastic step forward in achieving this goal.”
The company had intended to make this the centre piece of its stand at Fespa, scheduled to take place last week. Instead Mimaki has chosen to launch this and other products digitally and is following up with a virtual print festival to demonstrate the technologies that it had planned to take to Madrid.
Product demonstrations will be supported by a series of webinars, one to one meetings over a virtual coffee. “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 exhibit at Fespa as possible,” says Danna Drion, senior marketing manager of Mimaki Europe.
As well as the expansion into 3D, Mimaki planned to show a low cost roll to roll UV inkjet printer, the UJV100 160, available only outside the EU, and a hybrid textile printer, the Tx300P 1800 MkII. This will support both direct to textile and transfer paper printers thanks to having a dual ink system. It makes the printer a good point of entry into textile printing for companies who are not sure which direction they should go or what the various options for expansion are.
As well as twin ink and printhead sets to print CMYK, the device has a switchable platen system, a vacuum unit for printing transfer paper and version with a style of platen for direct to textile printing that captures the excess ink that has penetrated the fabric.
Mimaki has launched the 3DGD 1800 super sized 3D printer to complement its large format display graphics printers. The plans was to show the printer at Fespa, stymied when that show was postponed until the autumn.