Mimaki Europe announced the launch of the Mimaki 3DGD-1800 3D printer, for large-scale production up to three times faster than with conventional Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) type 3D printers. The 3D printer connects the company’s 2D printing expertise and 3D technology innovations, providing customers with a cost-effective, total solution for 3D sign and display applications.
Capable of producing objects up to 1.8 m tall in seven hours – with its assembly-based design allowing for the creation of even larger designs – the innovative 3D printing system offers several time- and cost- saving features, including dual-head configuration for the simultaneous output of two structures. The Mimaki 3DGD-1800 also facilitates the production of support-free hollowed structures, further streamlining production whilst allowing for increased portability and the possible addition of interior illuminations. The technology suits a range of potential applications, from signage, events and creative art through to interior design. Customers can use Mimaki’s portfolio of 2D print solutions to decorate these applications, opening doors to a range of new products that combine creativity and innovation with Mimaki’s tried and tested vibrant, high-quality results.
Commercially available from April 1, 2020, the 3D printer alters how large-sized objects are created, enabling a switch from costly and time-consuming conventional handcrafting methods which require significant expertise, to effortless, high-speed production using 3D data. Whereas large objects have traditionally been produced by manually sculpting foam materials, the 3D printing system transforms this process from concept to manufacture – meaning that designs can be visualized as a finished product just based on the 3D data, and then produced in various sizes from a single data set. Contrary to other 3D printing methods involving hot-melt lamination, the 3DGD-1800 uses Gel Dispensing Printing technology, extruding gel-type UV curable resin lineally and using LED UV light to instantly cure the resin, enabling lamination speeds of up to 350 mm in height per hour.
The 3DGD-1800 3D printer suits applications in life-sized displays, event decorations, movie props, large product mock-ups, producing industrial production parts such as molds for vacuum forming.