Mimaki launches new desktop 3D printer for sign and display printers

An innovative product to cut costs in printing

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The Mimaki 3DFF-222 3D printer has been designed as an in-house design and production tool.

Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, announced the launch of its new Mimaki 3DFF-222 3D printer, a product co-branded with Sindoh, a manufacturer of 3D printers and multi-function printers based in South Korea. The Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) solution has been developed as an in-house design and production tool, ideal for parts such as jigs used in direct-to-shape printing and tools for producing three-dimensional signage.

Commercially available from the end of April 2019, the 3DFF-222 system prints in PLA material. Using easy-to-load filament cartridges it prints parts up to 210 mm x 200 mm x 195 mm (W x D x H), and offers remote monitoring of each print job through a Mimaki app. The new platform joins the 3DUJ-553 in Mimaki’s portfolio of 3D printers, to which Mimaki has applied the expertise from its long heritage in the graphic arts. Consequently, both systems offer enduring reliability and have technical support and customer service in place across the globe.

“Flexibility and ease-of-use are key features of the new desktop 3D printer. It has been developed so that you can have it sitting in your office without disruption,” said Bert Benckhuysen, senior product manager at Mimaki Europe. “The 3D printer also complements our sign and display printers seamlessly. The 3DFF-222 is capable of inexpensively producing customized print jigs, which can be used to stabilize print quality when printing on flatbed direct-to-shape UV LED printers from our UJF Series.”

“Sign and display printers can also benefit with time and cost savings through efficient in-house manufacturing of eye-catching colorful indoor signs and channel letters, which are 3D printed first and then decorated using Mimaki’s UV printers in LD mode, allowing high quality print on three-dimensional objects,” said Benckhuysen.

The Mimaki 3DFF-222 3D printer is loaded with features like PLA (Poly-Lactic Acid) filament, Automatic Filament Supply, Auto Filament Cutting, a flexible metal bed, with built-in thermostatic function, Bed Leveling Assist, HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, motor drivers, a camera and LED light for remote monitoring with a smartphone or tablet.

Benckhuysen further said, “Following the launch of our flagship 3DUJ-553 3D printer, Mimaki continues to explore opportunities in 3D printing. Our new desktop 3D printer is designed to fit the needs of modern print production environments and it is suitable for a broad range of uses. The introduction of this latest product demonstrates Mimaki’s commitment to driving innovation and providing our customers with profit-enhancing solutions.”

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