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Mimaki announced the first details of its new 3D inkjet machine last week, due to be commercially available by the end of this year.

The machine, is still in prototype stage and is being called the 3DUJ-P for the moment.

Mimaki describes the 3DUJ-P as the “world’s first full-colour modelling machine”, offering up to 10 million colours.

It uses high-definition modelling based on Mimaki’s advanced UV inkjet technology and prints at a maximum modelling size of 500x500x300mm. It can achieve 84% of the Fogra 39L Colour gamut and prints using water-resistant acrylic resin modelling material, with a strength equivalent to ABS.

3D objects are created through repeated curing, layer by layer, with the ink and supporting material being ejected simultaneously.

“We are proud to announce that this is the world’s first full-colour model, offering up to 10 million colours,” said Mimaki Europe managing director Yuji Ikeda to PrintWeek, who was appointed to the role on 1 April 2017.

“The markets are growing and this is just the first 3D machine we would like to run with. From our side listening to the market and from other continents there are possibilities with our 3D printer, for example outdoor signage, product prototypes, mock-ups and modelling.”

In standard mode, the machine can print five “pieces” in around 10 hours, but it also runs in high-definition and high-speed modes.