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.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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