Roland DG bring LO-FI Collective artists work to life
LO-FI Collective is Australia's premier arts program has proved itself to be at the forefront of collective arts projects. Over the past 20 weeks it has housed and showcased an outstanding array of local and international artists, designers and photographers.
On the 7th December 2010, Roland DG Australia, the official print sponsor of the LO-FI Collective, held a special demonstration day for all previous exhibiting artists. The session allowed artists to witness firsthand the fine art printing process and the vast range of creative finishes available with Roland's selection of digital printers and media.
Anthony McCausland, Marketing Communications & Graphic Designer at Roland DG remarked:
"The LO-FI Collective was a fantastic project to be involved with and Roland has produced some amazing prints over the last few months. The spectacular artwork that came through the LO-FI Collective enabled Roland to push new boundaries for eco-solvent and UV LED printing for fine art and photography.
The recent Demo Session held at the LO-FI Collective gallery was a fantastic opportunity to further demonstrate the specialised features of the Roland printers and allow artists to explore new creative effects such as UV Gloss, embossing and metallic's. We received a great range of creative pieces submitted by various artists and photographers who attended the session to view the results and learn more about the process.
ll the artists were amazed at the results with the Roland VS and LEC Series printers, and many were keen to start using these effects in their print design."
Curator of the LO-FI Collective, Marty Routledge commented:
"Roland DG's wide format printing is second to none. The Giclée quality and their range of media - in particular the textured art stocks, make illustrations and paintings unidentifiable as replicas. Their support of both LO-FI collective and Go Font Ur Self, has positioned Roland DG at the forefront of fine art digital printing."
The relationship between LO-FI and Roland DG will continue to build, as McCausland adds:
"We look forward to working with LO-FI Collective in the future and continuing to push creativity in print to the next level."
For a list of Roland DG's printers and fine art media please visit
For a full list of exhibitions at LO-FI Collective please visit www.wearelofi.com.au/collective.
LO-FI Collective is located at 383
Bourke Street, Darlinghurst.
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Innovative Attachment Allows for Easy, Precise Printing on Bottles and Cylindrical Objects
Sydney, Australia, May 17, 2016 - Roland DG Australia has announced the availability of a new RotaPrint attachment for the company’s VersaUV LEF Series flatbed printers that makes printing directly on bottles and other cylindrical objects easier and more effective than ever. Simple to install and remove, the RotaPrint utilises the LEF’s existing feed system, enabling it to print cleanly and precisely onto glass, plastic, metal or ceramic objects with a diameter between 40 to 77mm*.
Developed by DigiGraphics exclusively for use with Roland’s LEF-12, LEF-20, and LEF-300, the RotaPrint’s ingenious design makes it ideal for LEF owners looking for a highly accurate and efficient rotary-printing solution. The lightweight yet incredibly rugged RotaPrint fits perfectly within the LEF, attaching to the printer via a series of magnets. The RotaPrint is also unique in that it doesn’t feature any motors or electrical connections. Instead, it is powered solely by the motion of the printer, allowing for maximum simplicity and efficiency.
“The RotaPrint further expands the already impressive capabilities of Roland’s VersaUV LEF Series printers,” said Greg Stone, Roland DG Australia Product Manager. “This incredible attachment works seamlessly with the LEF Series, allowing users to print vibrant, detailed graphics on cylindrical objects with ease and precision.”
To learn more about the RotaPrint visit: go.rolanddg.com/rotaprint or call Roland DG on 1800 500 119.
*Due to the varying surface finishes of some materials testing is recommended to ensure suitability of application.
TechShop is an international, open-access DIY workshop based in the US. A driving force behind the Maker Movement*1, each TechShop location is equipped with professional-quality tools, making it easy for non-professionals and professionals alike to give form to their ideas. It also acts as an innovation hub, bringing together companies, ranging from startups to major corporations, as well as entrepreneurs, creators, students, investors, and local communities to engage and interact with each other.
As the first TechShop location in Asia, TechShop Tokyo opened in the Ark Mori building in Minato Ward, Tokyo, in April 2016. It is equipped with more than 50 different state-of-the-art tools including a total of five Roland DG devices to foster members’ creative expression. With the VersaUV LEF-20 UV-LED flatbed inkjet printer, members can print vibrant color directly onto a wide range of substrates, including leather and film, as well as fabrics, plastics and three-dimensional objects. Users can create not only original goods but also customized models and prototypes. The MODELA PRO II MDX-540S mills a wide variety of materials including resin and non-ferrous metals for prototypes, snap-fit parts and all manner of 3D objects while the monoFab SRM-20 produces custom printed circuit boards for use in electronics manufacturing. With precision printing on a wide variety of metallic materials, the METAZA MPX-90 impact printer is ideal for adding value to products and parts by permanently imprinting logos, serial numbers and text.
Following its beginning in 1981, Roland DG has been committed to developing innovative digital technologies, including the world’s best-selling inkjet printers and 3D devices, under its vision of Transforming Your Imagination into Reality. Yoshihiro Yazawa, Roland DG general manager of 3D markets, Easy Shape Business Development HQ said, “In the more than 30 years since we launched the world’s first desktop 3D milling machine, our 3D devices have been used by manufacturers for designing and prototyping, by schools for educating the next generation of designers and engineers, and by individual hobbyists for the creation of models. In recent years, Fab Labs*2 and makerspaces*3 are using our machines to produce the creative works and new business ideas of individuals all over the world.”
Shoichi Arisaka, President & Representative Director of TechShop Japan Limited, the operator of TechShop Tokyo, said, “We provide not only a facility for creators to work individually, but also a venue for co-creation and open innovation where diverse people refine ideas by sharing their knowledge. We believe that it will inspire individuals and company employees to create new projects that will change the world. Through TechShop Tokyo, we aim to expand the base of creativity in Japan as well as to shape the future of society where anyone can easily turn their ideas into reality.”
Roland DG shares TechShop’s concept of “BUILD YOUR DREAMS HERE” and plans to support the next generation of fabrication activities by providing innovative new digital tools that enhance people’s creativity and expand the potential of fabrication.
For more information about TechShop Tokyo, please visit http://www.techshop.jp/.
*1 The Maker Movement is a cultural trend that places value on an individual’s ability to be a creator of things using various analog and digital fabrication tools.
*2 A Fab Lab (Fabrication Laboratory) is an open workshop offering digital fabrication as well as analog tools with the aim to make “almost anything.”
*3 A Makerspace is a community center or workshop that provides technology, manufacturing equipment and educational opportunities to the public.
20-Apr-2016 Visual Impact Brisbane a Success for Roland DG
Sydney, Australia, April 20, 2016 – Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, was proud to be the Platinum Sponsor at a successful Visual Impact Expo in Brisbane. Roland DG showcased its recently released printers and engraving solutions, as well as a range of inspirational applications and workflows.
Front and centre at the stand were the brand new TrueVIS VG Series printer/cutters that attracted many visitors keen to see the new technology and print quality of Roland’s latest printer/cutter in person. Not only were they impressed with the striking output and vibrant colours created by the new FlexFire print heads and TrueVIS ink, but also the other advanced features of the VG series including the Bluetooth-enabled technology.
The dye sublimation area featured the recently released Texart XT-640, and showcased the full dye sublimation workflow from print to finished product. A range of items such as mugs, drink bottles and tiles were produced on the stand, and a range of other unique samples were on display including sportswear, fashion items and even a snowboard.
The personalisation area was a big hit with stand attendees, and included UV printing, engraving and heat transfer applications. There was much excitement around UV printing on the LEF-300 that was printing double sided keyrings. An onscreen tally kept count throughout the show, and as it came to an end, a total of 1302 keyrings had been printed, along with hundreds of posters printed on the SOLJET EJ-640 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
19-Apr-2016 Roland DG Australia Announces 2016 Academy Dates
Sydney, Australia, April 19, 2016 - Roland DG Australia, a leading provider of wide format inkjet printers and printer/cutters for the professional durable graphics market, has released dates for the new Roland DG Academy training course, VersaWorks 2016.
Developed by experienced Roland Product and Technical Specialists, VersaWorks 2016 has been designed to meet the expanding needs of the Print Professional. Class sizes have been reduced to a maximum of 8 students to offer an increased interactive learning environment, providing users the tools and knowledge to take full advantage of the many capabilities of their Roland software and devices.
With a focus on hands-on and competency-based training, the Roland trainer will work with students to help them develop their skills and take their knowledge of Roland VersaWorks, Roland VersaWorks Dual and Colour Management to the next level.
During the full day course, students will have access to Roland supplied laptops to provide a more hands-on experience.
Topics covered will include:
• ICC profile creation demonstration
• Colour management
• Printer calibration and correct setup
• Hands on media calibration (Linearizing with I1 profiler)
• Advanced production techniques and tips
• Workflow automation
• New features of VersaWorks and VersaWorks Dual
• Important maintenance that will help to extend the life of your Roland printer
Course places are limited due to the smaller class sizes, so register today:
• 24 May
• 26 July
• 29 August
• 18 October
• 1 June
• 22 June
• 11 August
• 6 October
• 30 June
• 1 September
• 7 July
• 14 July
• 3 November
Hobart and Launceston, TAS
• 2 August
• 4 August
To register, and for more information visit www.rolanddg.com.au/academy or contact Roland DG on (02) 9975 0000.
Sydney, Australia, April 8, 2015 – Roland DG Australia, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and 3D devices, is proud to once again be a Platinum Sponsor at Visual Impact Brisbane. As well as unveiling its brand new TrueVIS VG Series of printers/cutters, Roland DG will display other recently released printers and engraving solutions, as well as a range of inspirational applications and workflows.
Visitors to the Roland DG stand can view the most recent addition to the wide format line up: the completely re-imagined TrueVIS VG Series of printer/cutters. With a rigid new industrial design, exclusive FlexFire print heads, new GreenGuard GOLD certified TrueVIS inks, enhanced cutting technology, plus Bluetooth-enabled control panel operation via smartphones and tablets; the future of print and cut has arrived with the TrueVIS VG Series.
In addition, Roland DG will display three recently released products for the first time at an industry event: the VersaUV LEF-300 Benchtop UV Printer, the SOLJET EJ-640 Wide Format Printer and the Texart XT-640 Dye Sublimation Printer.
The latest addition to the LEF series, the LEF-300 produces brilliant colours and superb images directly to a range of materials including three dimensional items up to 100mm thick. The EJ-640 includes new inks and 1-litre cartridges that cost up to 35% lower than the competition, resulting in high-volume, low-maintenance printing and bold colours on wall and vehicle wraps, posters, banners and signs. The XT-640 is built to meet the demanding production requirements of the textile industry, delivering outstanding quality, reliability and high-speed performance.
Dedicated applications and personalisation areas designed to educate on production workflows will also be producing real-world samples and giveaways to inspire customers. Roland users will be available to discuss their experiences with using Roland DG’s solutions and the benefits they’ve been able to add to their business.
The team will be running the successful Roland “Print for Purpose” program for the Starlight Foundation, producing posters on the EJ-640 and key rings on the LEF-300, and donating these to help with Starlight’s marketing campaigns.
Sydney, Australia, March 22, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation today announced that the company was again recognised as the leading wide-format printer manufacturer in the durable graphics market for 2015 in a recent report compiled by InfoTrends.
According to the InfoTrends 2015 Quarterly Wide-Format Tracking Shipping report, Roland DG shipped more units than any other manufacturer in the 30-inch and up category. The study suggests price point and technology type are key factors driving global demand for Roland DG products and enabling the company to achieve this level of continued leadership.
The InfoTrends product tracker is considered a reliable source of sales information. “Our data shows that Roland DG is the leading seller of wide-format durable graphics printers in 2015, as they have been for many years prior,” noted Steve Urmano, InfoTrends analyst for the wide-format printing market.
The InfoTrends report covers all four reporting quarters in 2015 and takes into consideration all wide-format inkjets 30-inches wide and larger, priced under $50,000 USD, including solvent and latex ink technologies considered to be the largest segments of the wide-format digital printing market.
“We are thrilled, but not surprised, to learn that Roland DG remains the leader in worldwide sales within this market,” said Eli Keersmaekers, president of global sales for Roland DG Corporation. “Especially in today’s competitive landscape, with manufacturers introducing alternative solutions, this achievement shows that our technology continues to offer the best combination of quality, durability, and overall return-on-investment. Add to that our industry-best service, support and reseller channels, and it’s clear why we continue to be the top choice.”
The report by InfoTrends follows Roland DG’s recent introduction of several new wide-format models: TrueVIS VG series printer/cutters which introduce new core technology and innovative features to Roland DG’s leading eco-solvent technology; the SOLJET EJ-640, an eco-solvent printer that combines outstanding print speed and image quality with low running costs; the Texart XT-640, a dye-sublimation printer designed for high-volume production; and the VersaUV LEF-300 UV-LED, the largest addition to Roland DG’s LEF series of benchtop UV flatbed printers.
“Roland DG is committed to continuously innovating and providing products that meet the high demands of graphics professionals around the world,” noted Keersmaekers. “Users know they can count on Roland DG products to deliver unmatched versatility, performance and reliability day in and day out. Our customers also know that we will be with them every step of the way, ensuring that they get the most out of their products. That’s what differentiates us from the competition.”
InfoTrends is the leading worldwide market research and strategic consulting firm for the imaging, document solutions, production print, and digital media industries. We provide insights and advice to help clients understand market trends, identify opportunities, and grow their business.
For more information, please visit www.infotrends.com.
Sydney, Australia, March 8, 2016 - Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced the launch of the TrueVIS VG-640/540 64” (1625mm) and 54” (1371mm) printer/cutters, a new generation of advanced wide-format, eco-solvent inkjet printer/cutters to be released under the TrueVIS brand name.
According to Gino Farina, Roland DG Australia Sales & Marketing Director, the TrueVIS brand expands Roland DG’s technical capabilities in ink formulation, print head design, precision control, and firmware engineering, resulting in far greater flexibility for Roland DG customers moving forward. “We will now be able to match the most appropriate head technology to each application and market that we serve, delivering the best available solutions to all of our users,” said Farina.
The VG series represents Roland DG’s most advanced printer/cutters ever. Farina states, “Our goal was to provide an innovative, state-of-the-art solution for our customers’ businesses, while delivering optimum production capability for a vast array of signs and graphics. VG printer/cutters are the ideal tool for producing indoor and outdoor advertising, vehicle graphics, banners, posters and displays, labels and decals, packaging prototypes, apparel heat transfers and more.”
TrueVIS VG series printer/cutters are equipped with four newly developed Roland DG FlexFire print heads which more flexibly control the metallic plate attached to the ink chamber, for a higher firing frequency. The FlexFire print heads also deliver precision droplet placement in three sizes, and an approx. 25% wider print swath compared to previous Roland DG models. Farina said, “The combination of the new FlexFire head and new TrueVIS INK – engineered specifically for the print heads – delivers stunning fine details and vibrant colours at a production speed of 10.6m2 per hour in High Quality mode on vinyl and up to 34.8m2 per hour on banner in dual CMYK ink configuration*1.”
The VG-640/540 also offers seven-colour (CMYK plus Light Cyan, Light Magenta and Light Black) or eight-colour (CMYKLcLmLk plus White*2) ink configurations. White ink provides excellent opacity for transparent window graphics while Light Cyan, Light Magenta and Light Black offer smooth gradations, perfect skin tones and beautiful images.
The VG-640/540 uses new GREENGUARD Gold certified TrueVIS INK which comes in cost-effective 500ml pouches that fit neatly into reusable cartridges that slide into a hidden ink bay for clean operation with less waste. In dual CMYK configuration, up to one litre of ink can be loaded for each colour, ideal for high-volume, unattended production.
New Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP software – included with the VG – features a new core engine that accurately interprets native PDFs as well as legacy PostScript files, including files with transparencies. The precision cutting mechanism of the VG-640/540 is adopted from Roland DG’s latest cutting advancements, facilitating reliable contour cutting of complex designs, and expanding the range of possible applications such as cutting thick materials for laminated floor signs.
The VG-640 and VG-540 are also designed to be easier to use than other similar devices. The newly developed Roland DG Mobile Panel allows users to perform control panel functions with their existing smartphones or tablets with iOS or Android operating systems, utilising a Bluetooth connection. This innovative new feature provides a rich interface either directly on, or remotely in range of the VG, enabling operators to receive machine status updates as well as make adjustments and conduct test printing and cleaning functions from their mobile device. In addition, newly featured LED lights boost visibility inside the printer, making it easier to check printing status and perform maintenance work, as well as providing colour-coded operation updates.
Finally, Farina said that the TrueVIS marks a new level of reliability and economy. “The optimised printing technology enables the VG to produce vibrant colour with low ink consumption and minimal electricity in comparison with alternative ink technologies. This results in a total savings of tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the product.”
“Roland DG introduced eco-solvent wide-format printers and printer/cutters more than 10 years ago,” Farina said. “And they continue to be the number one choice for durable graphics worldwide. As a global leader, we recognised the need to continue moving the market forward which is why we developed the TrueVIS brand. The brand concept of TrueVIS,” Farina continued, “represents harnessing true precision and power – “VIS” in Latin – to bring our customers’ VISION to life, in order to achieve stunning VISUAL results. We believe the functionality of the VG series, combined with our extensive customer support – including Roland DG Care, Roland DG Creative Centre and Roland DG Academy – will lead to the expansion of our customers’ businesses and the entire industry.”
*1 For the VG-640 in dual CMYK ink configuration.
*2 White ink is scheduled to be available early in the second half of the year.
To learn more about Roland DG’s new TrueVIS VG-640 and VG-540, please visit: www.rolanddg.com.au/truevis
29-Feb-2016 Roland DG Announces Leadership Changes
long-time Representative Director, Chairman and President Masahiro Tomioka will
step down from the position of President, and Hidenori Fujioka, Director and Executive
Vice President of the company, will assume that role. Tomioka will continue as
Representative Director, Chairman of the company.
The change is subject to the resolution at the Ordinary General Meeting of
Shareholders for the 35th Business Term and the following Board of Directors’ meeting,
both to be held on March 24, 2016.
During his thirty-year tenure as President, Tomioka spearheaded the transformation of
Roland DG from a manufacturer of pen plotters to 3D desktop fabrication tools, vinyl
cutters and wide-format inkjet printers while achieving worldwide sales leadership
with high profitability. To ensure future sales growth, he recently tapped into the
company’s inkjet and 3D technologies to expand into the on-demand digital printing and
health care industries. He was also responsible for promoting the company’s innovative
GlobalOne plan, which unified R&D with sales and marketing as one group and
The announcement comes as Roland DG implements a new mid-term business plan
for 2016-2020 and a new organisational structure to facilitate new business
development. “As we look toward the next thirty years, we aim to use the GlobalOne
platform to drive sustainable growth and create multiple pillars of business to meet
the needs of the coming era,” Tomioka said. “I believe Fujioka’s extensive knowledge
of industry-leading technologies and his track record of creating high-value solutions
for a wide variety of markets will allow the company to quickly adapt its business
model and accelerate its growth.”
Since joining Roland DG, Fujioka has earned acclaim for strengthening and diversifying
the company’s ink, inkjet print head, 3D and UV technologies to enable the company to
quickly develop a variety of new products and solutions that deliver added value.
“These are exciting times at Roland DG and I am honored to serve as President,”
Fujioka said. “Roland DG offers a sophisticated product line with a passionate culture
and family spirit. While upholding its corporate culture and spirit, I intend to turn
the company into a more progressive and innovative organisation to achieve
sustainable growth.” Fujioka added. “My goal is to shift our business to a new digital
era model that will serve as a foundation for the next big leap in growth by
capitalizing on our GlobalOne business platform. Together, we will unlock the
full potential of our employees worldwide in order to realise new market creation
with products and services that exceed customer expectations.”
Fujioka joined the company in 2014 from RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, a
manufacturer of copying and printing machines, where, as Director, he oversaw the
development of the world’s fastest color inkjet cut sheet printers along with advanced
technological features tailored specifically for business needs. Previously, he worked for
Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) for 25 years, including 6 years as President of its subsidiary,
SII Data Service Corp., where he oversaw the integration of profitable service
components to core offerings, such as providing support services for terminals that meet
payment settlement needs. As President for SII Printek Inc., another subsidiary of SII
and a manufacturer of inkjet print heads, he succeeded in making the company
profitable within the first year. He also worked for four years as the Vice President of
product management of Seiko Instruments USA, a sales subsidiary of SII, as well as
Vice President of product development for Seiko Instruments Development, the US
software development subsidiary of SII.
Sydney, Australia, January 28, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of dental milling devices worldwide, announced that its latest DWX-51D and DWX-4W dental mills have been validated by VITA Zahnfabrik H. Rauter GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) for use with the company's dental prosthetic materials, including VITA ENAMIC®, VITA SUPRINITY® and VITABLOCS® Mark II.“Dental materials from VITA, including hybrid ceramic and glass ceramic type materials, are becoming increasingly popular with dental technicians, dentists and their patients due to their superb aesthetic appearance, strength and shortened processing time required,” said Takuro Hosome, manager of dental business development for Roland DG. “The certification provides not only an endorsement for the excellent accuracy and quality of dental prosthetics produced with our milling machines, but also peace of mind to our customers and prospects that our devices meet the high quality standards set by VITA.”
The certification has been given for milling VITA ENAMIC® with the DWX-51D equipped with ZDB-100D/50D/30D milling burs developed specifically for milling dental hybrid type materials. Introduced in 2015, the DWX-51D 5-axis dry mill is capable of producing copings, crowns, full bridges and abutments and other prosthetics from materials such as zirconia, wax, PMMA, composite resin, PEEK and gypsum with unparalleled speed and precision. Also launched in 2015, the DWX-4W, the company’s first wet mill which was especially designed for milling glass ceramics and composite resins, is certified to mill VITA ENAMIC®, VITA SUPRINITY® and VITABLOCS® Mark II. The DWX-4W features 4-axis milling and a 4-station automatic tool changer (ATC) for changing grinding burs automatically as needed without interrupting production.
“Our DWX series dental mills were purposely built using an open architecture design in order to integrate into an existing workflow with commercially available dental CAD/CAM software and hardware,” said Hosome. “This feature allows us to partner with exciting dental companies like VITA to ensure that our customers always have access to the latest, most advanced prosthetic materials rather than being locked in to a single source.”
Patrick Bayer, Head of Global Cooperation Management of VITA, said, “We are proud to provide the Roland DG users with high quality VITA CAD/CAM material solutions. The combination of the validated Roland DG milling machines and the innovative VITA CAD/CAM materials ensure the best results for the patients.”
VITA ENAMIC® is a hybrid ceramic material which combines the high load capacity and aesthetics of a dental ceramic with the elasticity of a composite. It is finished without firing, which reduces labor and production time. VITA SUPRINITY® is high-strength, zirconia-reinforced glass ceramic acclaimed for its high load capacity. It also boasts brilliant esthetics based on integrated translucency, opalescence and fluorescence. With optimized edge stability due to fine-grained configuration, it can be used for prosthetics which require precision. VITABLOCS® Mark II is a feldspathic glass ceramic with more than 25 years of clinical experience providing excellent bonding to the tooth structure.
To learn more about Roland DG's DWX dental milling machines, please visit http://www.rolandeasyshape.com.
For more information about VITA ENAMIC®, please visit https://www.vita-zahnfabrik.com/en/VITA-ENAMIC-10846.html.
For more information about VITA SUPRINITY®, please visit https://www.vita-zahnfabrik.com/pdb_CCDC92_en.html.
For more information about VITABLOCS® Mark II, please visit https://www.vita-zahnfabrik.com/en/VITABLOCS-Mark-II-25030,27568.html.
As explained in a news feature that aired on WIN News Illawarra, the brand new XR-640 represents the latest in print and cut technology and was given to the TAFE to use in conjunction with Roland DG’s donation 5 years ago of a VS-640 Printer Cutter. Gino Farina, Sales and Marketing Director at Roland DG, commented: “This is our latest technology… we wanted to work with the TAFE to provide them a second machine [and] more access to their students and obviously more opportunity to have that hands-on experience with the printers.”
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The XR-640 uses the latest generation environmentally-friendly ECO-SOL MAX 2 inks and is larger and faster with greater quality output, precision and performance. The machine prints to a wide variety of materials such as vinyls, banners and textiles – producing a range of items from POP displays and soft signage to vehicle graphics.
TAFE Wollongong graduate Anthony Jones, who finished a Certificate 3 in Signage one year ago, started his own business making private and commercial murals using the older machine, which he found to be “fantastic”. He believes that the new machine will add great value. “It makes sense… when [students] do jump out into the field, they are going to be able to work with the current technology.”
Not only have Roland DG provided equipment, but they are working closely with the TAFE to add value to the curriculum in the form of additional course content on the manufacturer and business side of the industry. This competency based training is helping to educate the students so that the next generation of signage professionals graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the ever-evolving signage industry. Head Teacher of the TAFE’s Signage Department, Ian Squire, agrees that “the industry is so fast moving and revolving” and for students to learn using industry standard equipment along with the right training, is so important.
Delivery of the XR-640 has been very timely as it gives TAFE staff a chance to receive training before the updated signage course commences in 2016.
For more information on Roland DG’s printer cutter range, contact Roland DG on 1800 500 119 or visit www.rolanddg.com.au/colour/printer-cutters.
According to Gino Farina, Roland DG Australia Sales & Marketing Director, VersaUV printers, which include the previous LEF-12 and LEF-20 models, are popular for their ability to print rich color directly on a vast array of materials, including three-dimensional items up to 100 mm thick. The LEF-300 was developed in response to customer demand for greater productivity in the personalisation and custom printing markets, which are characterized by small-lot production of numerous products. To accommodate greater quantities and larger-sized items, the LEF-300’s printing area has been expanded to 770 mm wide by 330 mm long, 50% more than the previous models.
“With the LEF-300,” Farina said, “you can print on a wide variety of substrates such as PET, ABS, and polycarbonate, and soft materials such as TPU and leather, as well as three-dimensional items, including pens, smartphone cases, signs, personalised awards, giftware, promotional items, laptop covers and more. A vacuum table makes it easy to hold thin and soft materials in place,” he added.
With four print heads and two UV-LED lamps, the LEF-300 enables bidirectional printing approximately 60%* faster than the LEF-20. The number of white and clear (gloss) ink nozzles have been doubled for faster printing, increased density and opacity and faster build-up of multiple layers for three-dimensional textures. A new draft print mode improves overall efficiency for users in need of quick prototype prints.
The LEF-300 comes equipped with the new Roland VersaWorks Dual software RIP that includes all the advanced, easy-to-use features of VersaWorks, and now supports both PostScript and PDF files for improved file processing. Within VersaWorks Dual users can now automatically generate White and Gloss ink data, making it simpler than ever to create amazing high value effects. In addition, features like offset, positioning, rotation and registration of ink layers can be handled directly in the RIP without the need to return to design software.
The LEF-300 uses new EUV4 ink, Roland DG’s proprietary CYMK, White and Clear ECO-UV inks for premium quality prints. EUV4 ink reduces odor and the shrinking of thin film materials like BOPP, PE and PET when curing. In addition to a 220 cc cartridge, a new, larger 500 cc ink cartridge has been introduced which is more economical and requires less cartridge replacements. (White ink is only available in 220 cc cartridges.)
According to Farina, “The growth of digital technology has facilitated the printing of photographs, illustrations and logos onto items that people wear or carry, both as a means of self-expression and as a means of feeling closer to the things they value. The market for on-demand printing onto various articles is expected to expand further still in the future.”
“We have seen an increasing number of businesses using VersaUV LEF printers to provide custom printing services for smartphone cases and accessories,” Farina said, “including ecommerce sites as well as kiosks located within shopping centers, where they provide on-site printing of photographs taken by customers onto various blank goods to create a new shopping experience for their customers. The LEF-300 is perfect for handling the growing amount of tasks.”
Farina also sees potential in the application of UV printers used in mass production. “In order to accommodate customization and decoration of parts and modules in high volume production lines, the LEF-300 incorporates an input/output system that supports external devices such as warning lights and custom production automation systems. In addition, the LEF-300 is built with precision parts that are not susceptible to changes in temperature or humidity and are designed to maintain accurate high-quality printing even during long production runs.”
* In a CMYK ink configuration
To learn more about Roland DG’s newest VersaUV LEF-300 and the complete VersaUV lineup, please visit: http://www.rolanddg.com.au/versauv
After curing PRF35-ST (Flexible type) offers greater friction force and elasticity when compared to the conventional resin “PRH35-ST” (a standard hard resin). This feature will enable users to now create a wider range of more realistic design prototypes with the monoFab 3D printer, such as grips, seals, gaskets and buttons.
“With every new material, we expand the possibilities for industrial designers to bring their designs to life in realistic models and prototypes,” said Peter Kettle, 3D Business Development Manager for Roland DG. “Our philosophy has always been to deliver the right tools for the right application. This is why we always promote the ARM-10 3D printer alongside the SRM-20 milling machine. Whether you are looking for mechanical accuracy, complex geometry or specific material properties, this combination of technologies covers everything.”
Kettle continues, “The new flexible type resin extends possibilities further, ensuring that your models not only look real, they feel real too.”
The PRF35-ST flexible type resin is available in 350g bottles. Once cured, it can be sanded for a smoother finish. It is semi-transparent, yellowing in extended exposure to UV light if it is not painted.