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31-May-2016 Roland DG Introduces New Fluorescent Dye Sublimation Ink

Sydney, Australia, May 31, 2016 - Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced the release of fluorescent ink specifically formulated for its Texart XT-640 and RT-640 wide-format dye sublimation printers.

Developed specifically for dye-sublimation transfer printing, Texart printers deliver outstanding print quality and productivity for sportswear, fashion, soft signage, decor, promotional merchandise and much more. The new inks, Fluorescent Pink (Fp) and Yellow (Fy), can be combined with Roland DG’s Texart process ink colours to produce hundreds of vivid fluorescent hues. The proprietary Roland DG Fluor Colour Library swatch palette can be installed in Adobe® Illustrator® and CorelDRAW® for unmatched ease of use and colour customisation. Simply clicking the desired colours in the swatch palette allows you to quickly and easily incorporate brilliant and pastel fluorescent colours into your dye sublimation output.

According to Yuko Maeda, division president of Digital Printing market development for Roland DG, the new fluorescent inks will be available mid-July of 2016 in a configuration of CMYKOrViFpFy for the Texart XT-640 and RT-640 printers with ErgoSoft Roland Edition software RIP.  “There is growing demand for custom one-off and small-lot production in the growing field of textile decoration,” she said. “We believe the addition of fluorescent ink will not only enhance the versatility of our Texart printers, but greatly expand textile printing possibilities for our users, especially for sports and fashion apparel.”

Roland DG will showcase a large quantity of sample textile applications created using fluorescent ink at DRUPA 2016, the world’s largest international tradeshow for print and cross-media solutions to be held in Dusseldorf, Germany from May 31 to June 10, 2016, at its booth: Hall 9, Booth E04-1.

17-May-2016 New RotaPrint Attachment Available for the VersaUV LEF Series

Innovative Attachment Allows for Easy, Precise Printing on Bottles and Cylindrical Objects

Sydney, Australia, May 17, 2016 - Roland DG Australia has announced the availability of a new RotaPrint attachment for the company’s VersaUV LEF Series flatbed printers that makes printing directly on bottles and other cylindrical objects easier and more effective than ever. Simple to install and remove, the RotaPrint utilises the LEF’s existing feed system, enabling it to print cleanly and precisely onto glass, plastic, metal or ceramic objects with a diameter between 40 to 77mm*.

 

Developed by DigiGraphics exclusively for use with Roland’s LEF-12, LEF-20, and LEF-300, the RotaPrint’s ingenious design makes it ideal for LEF owners looking for a highly accurate and efficient rotary-printing solution. The lightweight yet incredibly rugged RotaPrint fits perfectly within the LEF, attaching to the printer via a series of magnets. The RotaPrint is also unique in that it doesn’t feature any motors or electrical connections. Instead, it is powered solely by the motion of the printer, allowing for maximum simplicity and efficiency.

“The RotaPrint further expands the already impressive capabilities of Roland’s VersaUV LEF Series printers,” said Greg Stone, Roland DG Australia Product Manager. “This incredible attachment works seamlessly with the LEF Series, allowing users to print vibrant, detailed graphics on cylindrical objects with ease and precision.”

To learn more about the RotaPrint visit: go.rolanddg.com/rotaprint or call Roland DG on 1800 500 119.

*Due to the varying surface finishes of some materials testing is recommended to ensure suitability of application.

22-Apr-2016 TechShop Tokyo Features Roland DG Digital Tools for DIY Activities

Hamamatsu, Japan, April 22, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices worldwide, today announced the installation of several of its products for use by members of the do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio of the recently opened TechShop Tokyo in Japan.

TechShop is an international, open-access DIY workshop based in the US. A driving force behind the Maker Movement*1, each TechShop location is equipped with professional-quality tools, making it easy for non-professionals and professionals alike to give form to their ideas. It also acts as an innovation hub, bringing together companies, ranging from startups to major corporations, as well as entrepreneurs, creators, students, investors, and local communities to engage and interact with each other.

As the first TechShop location in Asia, TechShop Tokyo opened in the Ark Mori building in Minato Ward, Tokyo, in April 2016. It is equipped with more than 50 different state-of-the-art tools including a total of five Roland DG devices to foster members’ creative expression. With the VersaUV LEF-20 UV-LED flatbed inkjet printer, members can print vibrant color directly onto a wide range of substrates, including leather and film, as well as fabrics, plastics and three-dimensional objects. Users can create not only original goods but also customised models and prototypes. The MODELA PRO II MDX-540S mills a wide variety of materials including resin and non-ferrous metals for prototypes, snap-fit parts and all manner of 3D objects while the monoFab SRM-20 produces custom printed circuit boards for use in electronics manufacturing. With precision printing on a wide variety of metallic materials, the METAZA MPX-90 impact printer is ideal for adding value to products and parts by permanently imprinting logos, serial numbers and text.

Following its beginning in 1981, Roland DG has been committed to developing innovative digital technologies, including the world’s best-selling inkjet printers and 3D devices, under its vision of Transforming Your Imagination into Reality. Yoshihiro Yazawa, Roland DG general manager of 3D markets, Easy Shape Business Development HQ said, “In the more than 30 years since we launched the world’s first desktop 3D milling machine, our 3D devices have been used by manufacturers for designing and prototyping, by schools for educating the next generation of designers and engineers, and by individual hobbyists for the creation of models. In recent years, Fab Labs*2 and makerspaces*3 are using our machines to produce the creative works and new business ideas of individuals all over the world.”

Shoichi Arisaka, President & Representative Director of TechShop Japan Limited, the operator of TechShop Tokyo, said, “We provide not only a facility for creators to work individually, but also a venue for co-creation and open innovation where diverse people refine ideas by sharing their knowledge. We believe that it will inspire individuals and company employees to create new projects that will change the world. Through TechShop Tokyo, we aim to expand the base of creativity in Japan as well as to shape the future of society where anyone can easily turn their ideas into reality.”

Roland DG shares TechShop’s concept of “BUILD YOUR DREAMS HERE” and plans to support the next generation of fabrication activities by providing innovative new digital tools that enhance people’s creativity and expand the potential of fabrication.

For more information about TechShop Tokyo, please visit http://www.techshop.jp/.

*1 The Maker Movement is a cultural trend that places value on an individual’s ability to be a creator of things using various analog and digital fabrication tools.
*2 A Fab Lab (Fabrication Laboratory) is an open workshop offering digital fabrication as well as analog tools with the aim to make “almost anything.”
*3 A Makerspace is a community center or workshop that provides technology, manufacturing equipment and educational opportunities to the public.
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