Mimaki brings photo-realistic colour to 3D printing
Mimaki has introduced a brand new approach to 3D printing with the launch of the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 UV LED printing solution, the world’s first 3D printer with over 10 million colours.
Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe explained: “As the 3D printing market continues to grow, we have taken the opportunity to bring a truly unique solution to the market.
“Other 3D printing solutions have two primary issues when creating 3D printed objects. Firstly, they cannot produce objects in photorealistic colour, which often requires that objects be hand painted, a time-consuming and expensive prospect.
“Secondly, most 3D printed objects require removal of stabilising fixtures before they can be used. Once again, this takes time and risks damaging the object. However, the Mimaki 3DUJ-553,eliminates both of these barriers,as it can use its 10 million different colours to print photorealistic colour, while its water-soluble support material can easily be washed off without damaging the object. This facilitates the cost-effective production of exquisite 3D printed products with elaborate finishing.”
The 3DUJ-553 uses a highly precise laydown of ink droplets coupled with a choice of three dot sizes for modelling of colour gradations with reduced granularity. These 3D printed objects are also durable enough to withstand post-processing, such as overcoating and the attachment of screws and other fixtures.
Phil Thomas, a director of Hybrid Services, which is Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Ireland distributor, said: “We fully anticipate that the 3DUJ-553 will satisfy even the most exacting professional requirements for full-colourmodelling of 3D objects of all types and expect to see fairly rapid take-up when it becomes commercially available at the end of this year.”
Full details on Mimaki’s entire product line-up, including its full range of printers, inks and cutting solutions, can be found at www.hybridservices.co.uk