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Mimaki’s new 3DUJ-P to be available by end of 2017

19 May 2017

During Fespa 2017 last week, Mimaki announced the first details of its new 3D inkjet machine, due to be commercially available by the end of this year. The machine, which was announced at the show, is still in prototype stage and is being called the 3DUJ-P for the moment.

mimaki-3d Mimaki has described the 3DUJ-P as the world’s first full-colour modelling machine

Mimaki describes the 3DUJ-P as the “world’s first full-colour modelling machine”, offering up to 10 million colours. It uses high-definition modelling based on Mimaki’s advanced UV inkjet technology and prints at a maximum modelling size of 500x500x300mm. It can achieve 84% of the Fogra 39L Colour gamut and prints using water-resistant acrylic resin modelling material, with a strength equivalent to ABS. 3D objects are created through repeated curing, layer by layer, with the ink and supporting material being ejected simultaneously.

“We are proud to announce that this is the world’s first full-colour model, offering up to 10 million colours,” said Yuji Ikeda, managing director, Mimaki Europe. “The markets are growing and this is just the first 3D machine we would like to run with. From our side listening to the market and from other continents there are possibilities with our 3D printer, for example outdoor signage, product prototypes, mock-ups and modelling.”

In standard mode, the machine can print five “pieces” in around 10 hours, but it also runs in high-definition and high-speed modes.

Mimaki president Kazuaki Ikeda said that this was the biggest ever Fespa for Mimaki, and also announced a one billion euro sales target for the end of the next financial year, with 400m euro targeted for Mimaki EMEA.

The Japanese manufacturer is also launching the latest in its UJF range, its UJF-3042 MKII EX, along with its new TS30-1300 sublimation transfer inkjet printer.

The UJF-3042 MKII EX UV-curable flatbed joins a number of machines in the UJF range. While running at the same speed as the UJF-3042 (2.48sqm/hr), which was launched last year, it has two extra ink channels with additional printheads to load varnish, white ink and primer. (Courtesy Fespa.com)

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