Exclusively distributed in the UK and Ireland by Hybrid Services, the full colour Mimaki 3D printer can produce stunning full colour printed models in one pass. This means no overpainting is required, saving both time and labour, and what’s more, it can print objects with more than 10 million colours.
It is the only 3D printer of its kind on the market today, and Hybrid Services is adding a Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer to its centrally located showroom to enable prospective customers to audition the machine in the UK.
Colour profiles can be used to ensure accurate and consistent colour, and 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.
“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.”
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.
A full colour 3D printer is certainly what the 3D sector has been waiting for. This printer will appeal to manufacturers, universities, architects, town planners, product designers, TV and film studios, and prop and costume makers.
It will also greatly help manufacturers bring new products to market thanks to its ability to create full colour models and prototypes.