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Mimaki launches a large scale 3D printer

Mimaki launches a large scale 3D printer

Mimaki Europe has launched the new Mimaki 3DGD-1800 3D printer, which facilitates large-scale production up to three times faster than conventional Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) type 3D printers.

This new innovation connects the company’s 2D printing expertise and 3D technology innovations, thus providing customers with a cost-effective, total solution for 3D sign and display applications.

Capable of producing objects up to 1.8 metres tall in just seven hours, with its assembly-based design allowing for the creation of even larger designs, the innovative 3D printing system boasts a number of clever time- and cost- saving features, including dual-head configuration to enable the simultaneous output of two structures. The Mimaki 3DGD-1800 also facilitates the production of support-free hollowed structures, further streamlining production whilst also allowing for increased portability and the possible addition of interior illuminations.

The technology will open up a number of diverse potential applications, ranging from signage and creative art through to interior design accessories. In addition, customers can use Mimaki’s extensive portfolio of 2D print solutions to cost-effectively decorate these applications, further opening doors to a range of new products that combine creativity and innovation with Mimaki’s tried and tested vibrant, high-quality results.

Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager at Mimaki Europe, commented: “Part of what makes our approach unique is our dedication to being a total solutions provider, and as such, we have ensured that even beyond the 3D printing stage, our Mimaki inkjet printers can then be used to add colour and décororative effects, making the created objects even more impressive and immensely versatile.

“By using our unique vision, wealth of experience across the print industry and commitment to innovation, we intend to lead the sign and graphics sectors in both two- and three-dimensional signage and the introduction of the 3DGD-1800 is a fantastic step forward in achieving this goal.”

Commercially available from April 1st, 2020, the new Mimaki 3DGD-1800 is set to revolutionise the way in which large-sized objects are created, enabling a switch from costly and time-consuming conventional handcrafting methods that require significant expertise, to effortless, high-speed production using 3D data. Whereas large objects have traditionally been produced by manually sculpting foam materials, Mimaki’s new 3D printing system transforms this process right through from concept to manufacture enabling designs to be visualised as a finished product wholly based on the 3D data, and then produced in various sizes from a single data set. Contrary to other 3D printing methods involving hot-melt lamination, the 3DGD-1800 employs Gel Dispensing Printing technology, which extrudes gel-type UV curable resin lineally and uses LED UV light to instantly cure the resin, thus enabling lamination speeds of up to 350mm in height per hour.

The 3DGD-1800 3D printer is expected to present signmakers with new opportunities across a number of different sectors, with the potential to easily create life-sized displays, event decorations, movie and theatre props, large product mock-ups and more, as well as quickly and efficiently producing industrial production parts, such as moulds for vacuum forming, helping manufacturers to reduce their lead times.

Benckhuysen continued: “With unprecedented modelling speeds and the possibility to create enormous objects even beyond the sizeable formation area, the 3DGD-1800 represents a real transformation in large-sized production. The potential impact of this new 3D printer is tremendous – particularly for the sign and display market but also far beyond that. The opportunities are boundless.”

Brett Newman, Chief Operations Manager at UK and Ireland Mimaki distributor, Hybrid Services added: “This is an exciting release from Mimaki that will be of great interest to the UK and Ireland 3D printing market. Mimaki’s continued innovation in 3D printing, combined with its heritage across 2D printing provides a wonderfully unique approach that will provide a complete solution for sign and print companies.”

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