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There’s more to Roland’s LEF-12i than meets the eye

There’s more to Roland’s LEF-12i  than meets the eye

 Lasercut.London is a specialist in its field, having evolved from a laser-cutting business to a problem-solving consultancy for high-end brands, offering design and manufacture of awards, furniture, automotive products and more.

As such, it invests in the latest equipment to meet the specific requirements of its clients, but discovered that its new Roland VersaUV LEF-12i offered far more than the one function for which it was installed.

Chris McGee, Managing Director of Lasercut.London, explained: “We design bespoke, high-end products, offering the highest quality in London and also work with multiple clients in the USA too. We offer a fast-turnaround service for quality-focused customers; work is completed typically in three to five days and sometimes overnight.”

“More of our clients are requesting brand-matched colours that are unfeasible on short runs with acrylic sheet, as we would need to order costly minimums of the material, with three-month lead times. Additionally, last year we saw a very popular trend for colour-gradient logos on awards, which, again, are not possible with off-the-shelf acrylic sheet. The solution was a digital UV printer.”

The company went directly to Roland for a suitable machine. Chris continued: “It was the only company that we really looked at. We chose the Roland VersaUV LEF-12i printer for its high-quality output and build, and the fact that it is designed for a clean workplace. It was the only machine in its class that was fully enclosed, and we like things to be as clean as possible in our studio environment.

“We bought the machine for one specific application, like many of our devices. But once it was installed and I started playing around with what it, I discovered many more of its functions. I love the white ink and the surface textures that can be achieved when you print layers of gloss UV ink. It brings 3D effects into traditional print.”

Lasercut.London’s Instagram account – www.instagram.com/lasercut.london – showcases some of its experiments, including printing onto a pancake on Shrove Tuesday!

The most compact of the LEF series, the Roland VersaUV LEF-12i prints directly onto a huge variety of materials and objects, making it an ideal printer for personalisation, prototype designs, and one-offs. Printing a bottom layer of white ink makes the colours on top really pop, while the gloss ink option enables spot gloss or matt finishes and tactile embossed effects.

Chris observed: “While it is fun, the LEF-12i is also a technical machine and our training at the Roland Creative Centre was really worthwhile- I would definitely recommend other users go on a course. The experts there can demonstrate much more quickly exactly what the machine can do than YouTube videos or the manual can. In fact, the whole experience with Roland is really great, right from the beginning.”

Chris confides that he is considering upgrading the LEF12i to one of its larger siblings, which offer bidirectional printing for faster speeds.

For further information on Lasercut.London, visit: www.lasercut.london

 For further information on the VersaUV LEF-12i printer, visit: https://www.rolanddg.co.uk/products/printers/versauv-lef-12i-flatbed-printer

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