Mimaki—a Japan-based manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting machines for industrial markets—has launched the 3DUJ-553 UV LED 3D printer for the modelling of photorealistic parts, products, prototypes, signs and other objects.
The 3DUJ-553 prints in over 10 million colors and can eliminate the time-consuming and costly task of hand-painting objects. Furthermore, it builds supports in a water-soluble material that is washed off rather than cut or prized from objects, so there is no risk of their becoming damaged.
The printer employs the digital light processing (DLP) UV LED curing method to print the layers of ink droplets and apply a final ink coating at a minimum height of 22 μm, in CMYK, white and clear inks. It affords high precision in laying down the droplets as well as a choice of three dot sizes for the modelling of color gradations that are less granular.
The inks contain an acrylic resin that possesses hardness equivalent to ABS resin. Objects printed on the 3DUJ-553 are therefore durable enough to stand up to post-processing requirements such as over-coating, drilling and the attachment of screws and other fixtures. They also demonstrate exceptional strength, surface smoothness and weather resistance.
Additional features of the 3DUJ-553 include:
‘We showed this as a technology demonstration at drupa 2016 to rave reviews,’ said Ronald van den Broek, general manager sales at Mimaki Europe. ‘Prospective customers tell us this is exactly the 3D printing solution they have been waiting for, and we expect to see fairly rapid uptake once it is commercially available by the end of this year. Customers will also be able to take advantage of Mimaki’s excellent service and support infrastructure to get up and running fast, and to ensure uninterrupted production to the fullest extent possible.’
The printer has been designed for professionals in a range of industries, including display graphics, architecture, construction, education and healthcare.