Mimaki will showcase its advanced color additive manufacturing technology at formnext from the 13-16th November in Frankfurt. The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer allows bureaux, designers and product developers to reach high levels of photorealism due to its fine detail and extensive colour capability.
Said Bert Benckhuysen, Senior Product Manager at Mimaki, “Skin tones – where the slightest variations can easily be detected by the human eye – are reproduced with photorealistic quality as Mimaki meets the accuracy of scanning equipment with absolute precision. Product developers striving for accurate representations of their designs get smooth color gradations, minimising granularity, and special spot colors can be created for brands with exacting requirements.”
The 3DUJ-553 3D printer prints in more than 10 million colors and the results are consistent and repeatable due to the use of ICC color profiling. Mimaki has also developed a clear resin so full transparency and semi-transparent color can be realized. Printing in 19, 32 or 42 µm layers, the 3DUJ-553 3D printer delivers fine detail and smooth surfaces, which are preserved during post-processing as the support material is water-soluble and simply dissolves in water.
Through a collaborative project with Materialise, Mimaki 3D printed models are currently available via i.materialise.com under the name Multicolor+. Miranda Bastijns, Materialise Director Manufacturing Online, comments, “Materialise is trying out Mimaki’s full-colour 3D printing technology. The material, Multicolor+, allows us to create smooth surfaces with vibrant colours that enhance the value of a finished object. Multicolor+ offers vivid and intense colors and enables strong, sturdy materials with a minimum wall thickness of 1 mm. It also allows for printing interlocking parts. Multicolor+ suits printing decorative parts such as figurines, avatars and architectural models.”
Mimaki 3D printed models have a strength comparable to ABS plastic. Printed in UV-cured photopolymer resins with inkjet printing heads, models can be handled direct from the print build tray, which is a large 500 x 500 x 300 mm. The 3DUJ-553 3D printer is easy to operate either remotely or through a touch panel. Mimaki 3D Link software also allows colors to be changed on-the-fly.