formnext 2017 marks the first unveiling to the 3D industry of the Mimaki 3DUJ-553, the world’s first full-color 3D printer capable of printing up to 10 million different color combinations with ICC profiling. The company will also be showing the Mimaki UJF-7151plus UV LED direct-to-object flatbed printer.
“Making the leap from UV-curable 2D inkjet printing devices to 3D printing was a logical step for Mimaki,” said Ronald van den Broek, sales manager EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “Mimaki has dedicated significant R&D resources to our 3D development efforts, and the 3DUJ-553 is our first foray into the 3D market. We’re using a unique technique, based on our highly successful UV inkjet printing technology. This technology is already being used in a wide range of 2D UV flatbed and roll-to-roll printers that create signs, display graphics, promotional items and more.”
The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 printer jets successive layers of ink, which are instantly cured by UV light until the object is fully formed. Fine layers accumulate on the build tray to create one or several precise 3D models or parts. Where overhangs or complex shapes require support, the 3D printer jets a removable support material. It offers white ink, as well as a clear ink overcoat that adds vibrancy to the printed product.
Also on display will be the Mimaki UJF-7151plus flatbed UV printer. The UJF-7151plus is ideal for decorative printing on 3D models as well as multi-layer printing on diverse materials, ranging from plastics and glass to metal and wood, the company said.