Mimaki launching upgraded flatbed

Mimaki has launched a new flatbed, set to be available in May, with 2.5D printing capabilities, able to layer its UV ink for raised effects, simulating bricks or woodgrain.

The JFX200-2513 EX is an upgrade to Mimaki’s JFX200-2513 flatbed UV inkjet printer, first launched in 2013. The company says it is 200 per cent more productive in printing white from its predecessor.

The flatbed is capable of directly printing on white board, transparent/coloured board, wood, cardboard, and metal with a size of up to 2,500mm x 1,300mm, with Mimaki pitching it as ideal for sign panels, furniture displays and building materials.

Brad Creighton, national marketing manager, Mimaki, explains, “Officially it is internationally available from May, and there will be a machine set up in our Sydney showroom from next week.

“The advantages over the existing model are the increased production speed, along with new features giving a general print advantage. With embossed printing, ‘2.5D texture print’, it enables a different level of surface imaging, able to create a realistic texture. It is enabled through hardware and software.

“What we see in this market, are the advantages of white and printing on nontraditional stock. Printing white with colour, underlay or overlay, has a 200 per cent increase in production speed.

“The market will see the advantage there, especially in the flatbed world, where white is a known.

“We can apply it at production speeds that we could not do before, all in a single pass. We can now print four colours, and a spot colour, white, at up to 35sqm/h. In the original generation, we had a maximum speed of 12.5sqm/h. That will be the main point, but with the texture printing, and multi-layer printing, the 2.5D texture maker will be interesting for specialty applications.

“The original was internationally successful, this is the next generation, with the same bed size, a standard that people gravitate to. We improved it, and tweaked it with extra production, features, quality, and developed a new series to entertain that core market where we have been so successful.”

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