Mimaki France to showcase latest 3D printing solutions at 3D Print Lyon

The event marks the French debut of the smaller-format, full color 3D printing solution

Mimaki France to showcase latest 3D printing solutions at 3D Print Lyon. Photo Mimaki

Mimaki Europe, a manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, has on 17 March 2022 announced their unique and innovative 3D printing solutions will be on show at their stand (Stand B05) during the 3D Print Lyon event from 5-7 April, Lyon, France. The event marks the French debut of the smaller-format, full color 3D printing solution – the 3DUJ-2207.

Two of Mimaki’s 3D printing solutions, the 3DUJ-553 and 3DUJ-2207, will feature on the stand, alongside applications and success stories from Mimaki customers, demonstrating the accessibility and versatility of the technologies.

The smaller-format Mimaki 3DUJ-2207, is able to print in over 10 million colors to create richer, photo-realistic full-color 3D models. Designed to be simple to use, the printer uses fast-drying UV ink which cuts down on production time, clear resin to create various levels of transparency and water-soluble support material for efficient post-processing. As a more widely accessible option in terms of price and usability, the 3DUJ-2207 opens the door to businesses who previously felt the benefits of full-color 3D printing were out of reach.

Also featuring at 3D Print Lyon, is the Mimaki 3DUJ-553. This pioneering industrial-scale printer was the first of its kind to allow users to recreate their creative vision by printing in over 10 million colors as well as clear resin for transparent, or partially transparent objects. Capable of exceptionally high uptimes, Mimaki customers are able to make the most of their investment and can use the printer for a wide variety of applications including figurines, prototypes, architecture models, toys, art, and more.

As the leading industrial exhibition focusing on 3D printing in France, 3D Print Lyon offers us the perfect opportunity to directly engage with the French 3D printing community and demonstrate the versatility of our latest technologies – for the first time in 3DUJ-2207’s case. With our 3DUJ Series, we have drawn from decades of experience in the Sign Graphics market, to provide technology that allows users to efficiently print in full color, and produce color-realistic models, prototypes, and many other 3D printed applications, some of which will be on display alongside the machines,” comments Martial Granet, branch manager, Mimaki France.

As with all Mimaki solutions, our 3D printers are designed to provide enhanced application opportunities for increased and diversified business growth. Our innovative and accessible machines have helped our customers to grow their business, despite the challenges of recent years, and we aim to continue our support for customers in this market over the next year.”

Also exhibiting at the show, ERM, a Mimaki France dealer who produces tailored 3D printed products from technical parts to signage to architectural models, will display the Mimaki 3DUJ-2207 at their stand (Stand D12), alongside application examples. Similarly, EM3D, who specialises in large format 3D printing, will be present at the show, displaying a range of printing solutions and their applications at Stand B09, also created using the 3DUJ-2207.

The above-mentioned products in addition to those from the sign graphics, textile and industrial sectors can also be seen at the newly opened Mimaki Experience Center in Paris.

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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