Mimaki USA (Suwanee, Georgia), a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, has released the Mimaki 3DGD-1800 Large-Scale 3D printer for creating dimensional displays for a variety of applications. It joins the OEM’s 3DUJ-553 full-colour and 3DFF-222 tabletop models “for a full range of 3D print technologies available from Mimaki USA.” Featuring Gel Dispensing Printing technology, the 3DGD-1800 3D Printer provides three times the processing speed of conventional FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) 3D printers, producing 70.8-inch-high output in just 7 hours. It’s assembly-based design enables creation of “massive objects” exceeding the size of the formation area, while its dual-head configuration provides for simultaneous output of two different structures, thus significantly reducing production time.
The 3DGD-1800 can also produce objects with a hollow interior much faster than conventional 3D printers because it doesn’t require support material for the interior structure (which can later accommodate infill material or be left open). The light-transmittable material is ideal for applications that are internally illuminated using LED modules. Software is included for “effortless” 3D object creation, and standard 3D file formats are supported. The 3DGD-1800 can be used to create interior-illuminated signage, museum/POP/window displays, channel letters and logos, entertainment promotions, interior design elements, event decoration, movie sets and props, product mock-ups, vacuum molds and much, much more. Its surface can be decorated with output from Mimaki inkjet printers, offering a complete solution for 3D printing of large-scale objects. Specialty graphics producers can add a Mimaki 3DUJ-553 full-colour 3D printer or a Mimaki 3DFF-222 as supplementary printers for producing smaller, fine-detail 3D figures and models.
The new, large-scale printer complements Mimaki’s full-colour and desktop models for a full range of 3D printing technologies available for print service providers and specialty graphics producers. Along with a full range of 2D printing technologies (including roll-based and flatbed formats – plus eco-solvent, UV-LED and digital textile processes – Mimaki now offers “more two-dimensionl and three-dimensional printing solutions than any other global wide-format digital printing technology company,” the OEM added.