Hybrid Services, the exclusive distributor for Mimaki inkjet printers and cutting systems in the UK and Ireland, has announced the launch of the new Mimaki 3DFF-222 3D printer, a product co-branded with Sindoh, a manufacturer of 3D printers and multi-function printers based in South Korea. The Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) solution, which will make its debut at Sign and Digital UK 2019, has been developed as an in-house design and production tool, ideal for parts such as jigs used in direct-to-object printing and tools for producing three-dimensional signage.
“The release of the Mimaki 3DFF-222 is a marker in the sand for sign and graphics companies looking for a cost-effective way of creating jigs for direct printing using Mimaki’s desktop UV flatbed printers,” comments Hybrid’s Chief Operations Manager, Brett Newman. “It’s a simple and straightforward way of manufacturing jigs in-house and expands the creative potential of Mimaki’s UJF Series printers.”
“Commercially available from the end of April 2019, we’ll be showcasing the 3DFF-222 3D printer on the Hybrid stand at Sign and Digital UK, which takes place from 2 – 4 April at the NEC,” continues Newman. “This will be an ideal opportunity for those exploring the world of direct-to-object printing with jigs, but also visitors who are delving into the 3D signage market, where the Mimaki 3DFF-222 provides a desktop solution.”
The Mimaki 3DFF-222 prints in PLA material using easy-to-load filament cartridges. Printing parts up to 210mm x 200mm x 195mm (W x D x H), it offers remote monitoring of each print job through a Mimaki app.
“Flexibility and ease-of-use are key features of the new desktop 3D printer. It’s been developed so that you can have it sitting in your office without disruption,” states Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager at Mimaki Europe. “The 3D printer also complements our sign and display printers seamlessly, with time and cost savings through efficient in-house manufacturing of eye-catching colourful indoor signs and channel letters, which are 3D printed first and then decorated using Mimaki’s UV printers in Long-Drop mode, allowing high quality print on three-dimensional objects.”
Key features of the Mimaki 3DFF-222 3D printer:
• PLA (Poly-Lactic Acid) filament is a hard, robust material that is a plant-derived eco-plastic made from corn and potato starch
• Automatic Filament Supply means that filament installation is simplified, comprising insertion of a reeled filament in the dedicated cartridge and setting it to the main unit, the filament is supplied to the nozzle automatically
• Auto Filament Cutting is also possible after the print job is completed
• A flexible metal bed, with built-in thermostatic function, enables both stable formation and easy removal of the model once it is ready
• Bed Levelling Assist provides automatic measuring of horizontal error of the table and correction also supports stable formation
• HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter
• Motor drivers have been specifically designed to reduce noise levels during operation
• A camera and LED light are provided for remote monitoring with a smartphone or tablet
“Following the launch of our flagship 3DUJ-553 3D printer, Mimaki continues to explore opportunities in 3D printing,” concludes Benckhuysen, “Our new desktop 3D printer is designed to fit the needs of modern print production environments and it is suitable for a broad range of uses. The introduction of this latest product demonstrates Mimaki’s commitment to driving innovation and providing our customers with profit-enhancing solutions.”
The Mimaki 3DFF-222 3D printer will be available to see on Hybrid’s stand at Sign and Digital UK (stand F10). For further information about any of Mimaki’s products visit www.hybridservices.co.uk.