Mimaki launches faster flatbed with 2.5D capabilities

Richard Stuart-Turner
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Mimaki Europe has launched a new entry-level flatbed UV inkjet printer with a new print mode, an extra printhead and textural capabilities.

Being shown to European audiences for the first time at Fespa this week, the manufacturer’s new JFX200-2513 EX is the successor of the JFX200-2513, which was launched six years ago but will remain on the market.

With three on-demand piezo heads, the JFX200-2513 EX runs at 35sqm/hr in the new draft mode when printing in four colours plus white, which is 280% faster than the 12.5sqm/hr top speed of the original JFX200-2513, which has two on-demand piezo heads. The new machine is also 100% faster than its predecessor in all other print modes.

“By adding an extra printhead, we are able to achieve and introduce new print modes at 35sqm/hr, which quality wise is quite amazing output. You also don’t lose any printing speed when printing white and colour simultaneously,” said Mimaki Europe senior product manager Bert Benckhuysen.

The JFX200-2513 EX also uses Mimaki’s 2.5D Texture Maker, which is said to enable users to offer large-format digital print with dimensional texture effects without lengthy file preparation for the first time.

The new layering technology eradicates the previous time-consuming and skilled process of needing to create multiple Photoshop files featuring stacked stepped layers for smooth expression.

Mimaki’s RasterLink6Plus RIP software completes the process in seconds by adding a greyscale image of the original coloured file in the RIP.

Benckhuysen said this process was “very simple” and that “everyone can do it very easily in just a few steps”.

This feature was originally developed for Mimaki’s 3D printing technology and Mimaki said it is unique to the company in sign and graphics printing, enabling users to offer printed textures such as simulated woodgrain and oil painting on canvas, as well as raised, high-visibility lettering for more traditional signage applications.

The JFX200-2513 EX prints on substrates up to 2.5x1.3m in a wide variety of materials up to 50mm thick including white board, transparent/coloured board, wood, cardboard and metal.

The machine can achieve resolutions up to 1,200dpi and prints in various configurations up to six colours (CMYK, Lc and Lm) plus clear and white.

Three ink types are available for use with the device – LH-100 for rigid media, LUS-120, which provides flexibility up to 170%, and LUS-150, which offers 150% flexibility and is more suitable for outdoor applications due to higher light fastness.

Usability has been improved with a vacuum-controlling foot switch, for when the user has no hands free and needs the media to be held stable on the print bed.

An ethernet connection is now also provided, improving the functionality for Internet of Things (IoT) connections, while another interface has been added to connect external safety devices such as a safety curtain.

Additionally, the system includes Mimaki Core Technologies, Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) and Nozzle Recovery System (NRS), for uninterrupted printing with no loss to quality if print nozzles become clogged or unproductive.

Commercial availability for the JFX200-2513 EX will begin at the end of June and the machine will cost €74,500 (£64,300). Mimaki is also running a Fespa promotion on the machine that includes a free ioniser. The original JFX200-2513 will now be available at the repositioned price point of €54,800.

Mimaki is exhibiting at Stand B6-A30 at Fespa, which is taking place until Thursday (17 May) at Messe Munich, Germany.

The company is also showing its latest 3D printer, the 3DFF-222, on its booth, as well as its new MUH-100-Si UV-curable metallic ink.

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