Mimaki introduced the official campaign of 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.
Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 is differentiated from other 3D printers in a number of aspects, including the 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. It 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. It also features a maximum build size of 50 x 50 x 30 cm, larger than comparable 3D printers.
“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.”
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.