Company focus Bringing colour to Formnext: Mimaki's 3D printer offers 10 million colours

| Editor: Briggette Jaya

Themed “Shape the Future in Colour”, Mimaki Europe will showcase advanced colour additive manufacturing technology at Formnext.

The 3DUJ-553 3D printer prints in over 10 million colours with consistent and repeatable results.
The 3DUJ-553 3D printer prints in over 10 million colours with consistent and repeatable results.
(Source: Mimaki Europe)

Mimaki Europe will present its 3D printer 3DUJ-553, which the company says, will enable designers, product developers and manufacturers to attain unparalleled levels of photorealism, thanks to its fine detail and extensive colour capability.

The 3DUJ-553 3D printer prints in over 10 million colours with consistent and repeatable results, thanks to Mimaki’s unique use of ICC colour profiling. The company has also developed a clear resin to allow for full transparency and semi-transparent colour to be realised. Printing in 19, 32 or 42µm layers, this 3D printer is said to deliver very fine detail and smooth surfaces, which are preserved during post-processing as the support material is water-soluble.

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Through a, collaborative project with Materialise Mimaki 3D printed models are currently available on i.materialise.com. According to Materialise, Multicolor+ enables the creation of smooth surfaces with vibrant colours, which enhance the value of finished objects. It provides vivid and intense colours and enables stronger and sturdier materials with a minimum wall thickness of 1mm. It also allows for the printing of interlocking parts and is ideal for printing decorative parts such as figurines, avatars and architectural models.

Bert Benckhuysen, senior product manager at Mimaki says: “Product developers striving for accurate representations of their designs get extraordinarily smooth colour gradations, minimising granularity, and special spot colours can be created for brands with exacting requirements.”

Moreover, Mimaki 3D printed models have a strength comparable to ABS plastic. Printed in UV-cured photopolymer resins with inkjet printing heads, models can be handled directly from the print build tray, which measures 500 x 500 x 300mm. The 3DUJ-553 3D printer is easy to operate – either remotely or through a touch panel. Mimaki 3D Link software also allows colours to be changed on-the-fly.

Mimaki’s expertise in inkjet, UV and colour management derive from the company’s heritage in 2D printing according to Benckhuysen: “We also understand the importance of continued investment in R&D. We have excellent technical support and customer service already in place.” He adds that the company's range of print samples encompasses industries from toys, entertainment, tools, medical, consumer products, signage, architectural, art and packaging.

At Formnext, Mimaki will be in Hall 3.1, Booth D26.

This article was first published on www.etmm-online.com.

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