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    April 2, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Mimaki has introduced the official campaign for its innovative 3DUJ-553 3D printer. Commercially available since January 2018, the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer is unique in its colour capabilities, with the ability to produce more than 10 million colours in layers as fine as 20 microns. Its water-soluble support material can be easily washed off, saving time and reducing the possibility of damaging the object when removing support material. Furthermore, the availability of clear ink adds the possibility to create translucent printed pieces.
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    “We are very excited to be formally bringing this breakthrough product to market in Europe,” said Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe. “Making the leap from UV-curable 2D inkjet printing devices to 3D printing was a logical step for Mimaki, and we have dedicated significant R&D resources to our 3D development efforts. The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 is our first foray into the 3D market and it uses a unique technique based on its advanced UV inkjet printing technology. Since we first unveiled the technology at drupa 2016, we have received excellent feedback from the marketplace, and we look forward to bringing a new level of innovation once again to an emerging market.”

    About Mimaki’s 3D Print Technology
    Of the many different approaches to 3D printing, Mimaki chose to adopt one where the printer jets and instantly UV-cures tiny droplets of liquid photopolymer. 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.
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    Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 is differentiated from other 3D printers in a number of aspects, including its ability to print objects with more than 10 million colours, the only 3D printer in the market with this capability. Colour profiles can be used to ensure accurate and consistent colour. This means no overpainting is required, saving time and labour.

    The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 offers white ink, as well as a clear ink that can be mixed with colours to add transparency to the printed product. Its water-soluble support material eliminates the need for manual work to cut tags or other support structures and allows even the most intricate designs to be realised. The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 features a maximum build size of 50 x 50 x 30 cm, which is larger than comparable 3D printers.

    Exclusively distributed in the UK and Ireland by Hybrid Services, the company will shortly be adding a Mimaki 3DUJ-553 to its centrally located showroom to enable prospective customers to audition the machine in the UK. Furthermore, Mimaki invites visitors to see the printer live at FESPA 2018 from 15th to 18th May in Berlin. Located on Stand 1.2-D20/D30, the company promises a real spectacle at the show. “Our 3D experts will be there to explain the technology in detail to visitors and how it can open new business opportunities for them,” van den Broek concludes. “But most importantly, we want them to get inspired and feel confident that they can take their businesses to the next level, with a little help from Mimaki.”

    To kick off the campaign, Mimaki has launched a dedicated page for the 3DUJ-553 where visitors can find more details about the product, accessible through http://www.mimakieurope.com/3d.

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  • Stafford Cox

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    April 2, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    I’ve been watching this machine for a while now and it looks fantastic!! I’m so glad Mimaki have got behind this as they do make a cracking machine.

  • Robert Lambie

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    April 2, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    I have always been interested in 3D printing and have see a good few in action now.
    I had a brief demo of one a couple of weeks ago at Antalis in leicester and as much as ide say it was more an entry level model, what it could do was still amazing for under £1k. Seeing what this new Mimaki 3D printer can do with its colour range really feels like a leap forward again. Looking forward to seeing one in action, hopefully at Fespa!

  • Robert Lambie

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    April 2, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Looking at the printed head and shoulders…

    Does this mean Mimaki could make Madam Tussauds go "bust"? (pardon the pun) :smiles:

    Lets face it, who is going to want to go see an iffy wax carving when a 3D head Scan and print will do a much better job in a fraction of the time.

  • David McCarroll

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    April 2, 2018 at 10:38 pm

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    Nice article guys (y)

    What an exceptional piece of kit eh!
    I like your thinking Rob against Madame Tussaud’s. I always enjoy seeing how advances in technology change other industries of which they never originally set out to break into.

  • Phill Fenton

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    April 3, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    It’s amazing what can be done with 3D printers these days. I get really excited about the possibilities of using this technology. I remember about 13 years ago getting a 3D picture of my children etched into a piece of crystal glass. I thought this would have become common place by now but it seems to be a novelty item still.

    However, I reckon there’s a good business to be made producing miniature statues and bust of people from a studio – much like the very early days of photography when people paid good money to have a photo taken.


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  • Robert Lambie

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    April 4, 2018 at 6:15 am

    Totally agree Phill, I also had one of those crystal blocks done when I was at alton towers some years ago. I saw lots of them in Tenerife when i was just there over Christmas. They were also offering much bigger Chrystal/glass blocks and shapes to have 3D pictures etched inside. what i did notice was the shops offering these type things were novelty shops, doing direct to garment t-shirt printing, hat embroidery and all sorts of similar stuff. I could see why they had added this type product to their shop, but i felt it cheapened the product. Where as I would have expected more a small high street Jewellers to be offering it. maybe im wrong…

    I recently watched 3D printing concrete buildings, also 3D printing with aluminium for rocket nose cone parts done in days which would normally take over a year to fabricate. anyway…
    One thing for sure with the Colour 3D printers like this Mimaki one, the possibilities are endless.

  • Simon Worrall

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    April 4, 2018 at 11:47 am

    I didnt know there were ten million colours!

    I think 3d printed houses is going to be huge.
    Once they get the materials right.

  • Hugh Potter

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    April 4, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    I wonder if they’ll have one at Sign Uk? would be keen to see one (if not the price tag?!) in action.

    At the 50x50x30cm max sixe I’m guessing you could create life size busts, animals etc. No need to have tiddles stuffed and mounted when you can just have it printed… though I think having a life size grandpa on the sideboard might be a little creepy long after… !!

  • Phil Davies

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    April 4, 2018 at 4:26 pm
    quote Phill Fenton:

    It’s amazing what can be done with 3D printers these days. I get really excited about the possibilities of using this technology. I remember about 13 years ago getting a 3D picture of my children etched into a piece of crystal glass. I thought this would have become common place by now but it seems to be a novelty item still.

    However, I reckon there’s a good business to be made producing miniature statues and bust of people from a studio – much like the very early days of photography when people paid good money to have a photo taken.

    These sort of things are not worth the block cost when you factor in the laser cost to have it made. They are still very expensive and really not worth the investment.

  • Garrickt Dartnell

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    April 9, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Wow! :claps: the level of detail is quite incredible at that size, it seems 3D printing has caught everyone’s curiosity, id love to see a life size human printed…..

    I wonder how it would cope with a bust with hair

  • Jamie Wood

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    April 9, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Saw this a while back, it looks like it’s in the region of £180K. I’ll have two please…….

  • Stafford Cox

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    April 9, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Wow!! £180k!!??

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