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Hybrid to debut Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 3D printer at TCT Show

Hybrid to debut Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 3D printer at TCT Show

 At this year’s TCT Show, which is scheduled to take place at Birmingham’s NEC on 25th-27th September, Hybrid Services, Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Ireland distributor, will officially launch the 10 million colour 3DUJ-553 3D printer.

The event, which is designed to highlight the latest developments in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, design and engineering technology, will provide the perfect showcase for the 3DUJ-553 3D printer, which produces unprecedented colour detail in layers as fine as 19 microns. Of the many different approaches to 3D printing, Mimaki has chosen to adopt one where the printer jets and instantly UV-cures tiny droplets of liquid photo-polymer. Fine layers accumulate on the build tray to create precise 3D models or parts and, where overhangs or complex shapes require support, the printer jets a removable support material.

It features a maximum build size of 50 x 50 x 30cm, which is larger than comparable 3D printers and offers white ink, as well as a clear ink that can be mixed with colours to add transparency to the printed product. Furthermore, its water-soluble support material eliminates the need for manual work to cut tags or other support structures and facilitates the realisation of even the most intricate designs.

The 3DUJ-553 3D printer has been nominated for the Hardware Award – Polymers in the TCT Awards competition, which will reach its culmination during the show. Commenting on the nomination, Danna Drion, Marketing Manager EMEA, Mimaki Europe, said: “We are honoured to be considered for this prestigious award. This innovative system was also nominated for the Innovation of the Year at the 3DPI Awards 2018 and won a EDP Award 2018 for the Best 3D Additive Full Colour Printer. These nominations reflect how unique this printer truly is, and we are very pleased with the level of industry recognition it is garnering.”

With the ability to match around 84 percent of FOGRA 39L colours and 90 percent of the SWOP gamut, the Mimaki 3D printer uses an output ICC profile to print highly accurate colours. When designers combine this with running the ICC profile within Photoshop, output colours can be simulated on screen, thus making colour adjustment simple and saving time and money by avoiding test prints.

Brett Newman, Chief Operating Manager of Hybrid Services said: “The TCT Show provides a unique opportunity for interested parties to see the output quality and potential of the new machine, which will be making its UK and Ireland debut. We’re looking forward to discussing its potential with the industry and demonstrating how it can be used to open up many new opportunities where FOGRA or SWOP colour matching is important.”

As well as introducing the machine at the TCT Show, Hybrid Services has also installed a Mimaki 3DUJ-553 in its centrally located UK showroom to enable prospective customers to audition the machine at their leisure.

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