Mimaki Defines the Future of 3D in Full Colour

Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer
New 3DUJ-553 printer produces more than 10 million colours in layers as fine as 20 microns

Mimaki today introduced the official campaign of its innovative 3DUJ-553 3D printer. Commercially available since January 2018, the Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer is unique in its colour capabilities, with the ability to produce more than 10 million colours in layers as fine as 20 microns. 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. Since we first unveiled the technology at drupa 2016, we have received excellent feedback from the marketplace, and we look forward to bringing a new level of innovation once again to an emerging market.”

About Mimaki’s 3D Print Technology
Of the many different approaches to 3D printing, Mimaki chose to adopt one where the printer jets and instantly UV-cures tiny droplets of liquid photopolymer. Fine layers accumulate on the build tray to create one or several precise 3D models or parts. Where overhangs or complex shapes require support, the 3D printer jets a removable support material. Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 is differentiated from other 3D printers in a number of aspects, including:

The ability to print objects with more than 10 million colours, the only 3D printer in the market with this capability. Colour profiles can be used to ensure accurate and consistent colour. This means no overpainting is required, saving time and labour.
It 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.
It features a maximum build size of 50 x 50 x 30 cm, larger than comparable 3D printers.

In addition, Mimaki invites everyone to see the printer live at FESPA 2018 from 15 to 18 May in Berlin. Located on Stand 1.2-D20/D30, Mimaki promises a real spectacle at the show. “Our 3D experts will be there to explain the technology in details to visitors and how it can open new business opportunities for them,” van den Broek continued. “But most importantly, we want them to get inspired and feel confident that they can take their businesses to the next level, with a little help from Mimaki.”