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Hamamatsu, Japan, July 27, 2017 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices worldwide, today announced that it will once again be a key sponsor of FAB13, the 13th annual meeting of the global Fab Lab community, to be held in Santiago, Chile from July 31 to August 6, 2017. Members of more than 1,000 Fab Labs around the world will gather to share, discuss, collaborate and create communities based on the latest innovations in digital fabrication and technology.
This marks the fifth time Roland DG has sponsored the event which features presentations by thought leaders, hands-on workshops and demonstrations of digital fabrication, followed by a two-day “Fab Festival” open to the public. Throughout the event, Roland DGA, Roland DG’s U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary will demonstrate the capabilities of Roland DG’s cutting-edge products, including 3D milling machines, desktop vinyl cutters, wide-format inkjet printers and UV benchtop flatbed printers. In addition, Roland DGA will conduct an interactive workshop on how to create a custom backpack with heat transfer graphics using the company’s CAMM-1 GS-24 cutter, CutStudio software and new Project Based Learning (PBL) tutorials. Roland DGA has developed a set of projects for educators that consist of ready-to-teach solutions specifically designed to engage students in engineering, design, art, and STEM related projects for use with its most popular digital devices.
Fab Labs*, originated by the Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, allow anyone, from students and hobbyists to entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into reality. Centered around the theme “Fabricating Society,” FAB13 will unite individuals from the political, business, academic, and professional arenas to discuss, collaborate and create communities around different local and global interests related to digital manufacturing, innovation and technology.
Andrew Oransky, President of Roland DGA said, “We are committed to the expansion of the Fab Lab movement, STEM programs, and digital fabrication around the world. Our cutting-edge devices are playing a crucial role in these educational environments, helping people develop ideas and products that improve our daily lives and our planet.”
As a desktop fabrication pioneer for over 30 years, Roland DG printers, cutters and milling machines have been recommended as tools for Fab Labs around the world. Combining the latest digital technology with compact size, ease of use and affordable prices, Roland DG’s digital devices allow individuals from a wide variety of fields, including product designers, engineers, graphic designers, decorators, students, makers and hobbyists, to bring their ideas to life.
* About Fab Lab
A Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) is an open workshop offering digital fabrication as well as analog tools with the aim to make “almost anything.” The concept was originally proposed by Professor Neil Gershenfeld, the Director of the Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Currently, there are over 1,000 Fab Labs in over 100 countries, which under the three concepts MAKE, LEARN, SHARE, support Personal Fabrication, giving people the unprecedented ability to design and then produce their own customized products. Each local Fab Lab is connected to a network of Fab Labs around the world in order to freely share information, brainstorm ideas, and collaborate on solving problems and accomplishing projects. The Fab Lab Conference takes place once a year in a different city around the world, and serves as a forum to gather Fab Lab managers, core members and practitioners from the global Fab Lab network and beyond.
For more information, visit http://fab13.fabevent.org.
CAD/CAM & Digital Dentistry Conference & Exhibition was a 2 days successful event which held from 5th and 6th May 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel Festival City in Dubai. This event showcases its intended to provide a practical view of digital dentistry and designed to target the business and educational needs of independent dental professionals.
The main purpose of this dental event is to examine the concept of dental dentistry, its advantages and limitation, and make statements and observations on specific areas of digital dentistry based on research, direct personal experience, and communication with dental manufacturers and clinicians worldwide. It is intended to provide a practical view of digital dentistry, a stimulus for greater adoption of the areas that are proven, and faster integration of new technologies from which dental profession can benefit.
Additionally, this conference is a path breaking opportunity for professionals to exhibit their paramount research work through Poster Presentations and discuss the same with the exalted scientists.
The event is taking place on 05-06 May 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel Festival City in Dubai. During the event CAPP Dental Education Academy features pre and post hands-on courses which will take place ranging from 01-08 May 2017 in various multidisciplinary topics.
For registration please visit : http://www.cappmea.com/cadcam/registration
Hamamatsu, Japan, March 7, 2017 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, printer/cutters and vinyl cutters worldwide, today announced the launch of the GR-640/540/420 professional vinyl cutters, the latest additions to its CAMM-1 series.
According to Yohei Shinomura, product manager of Roland DG’s digital printing business, the GR series has been completely redesigned from the ground up to deliver best-in-class cutting quality and productivity due to increased accuracy, speed, media versatility and additional state-of-the-art cutting features. The new ergonomic L-shaped design of the integrated stand and machine provides the stability required to ensure precision cutting even at high speed. The redesigned cutting carriage, blade holder and other core mechanisms enable the machines to achieve a maximum cutting speed of 1,485 mm/s and up to 600 gf of downforce for cutting through dense media with a single pass. Models are available in 64”, 54” and 42” cutting widths to allow users to pair them with the inkjet printers they are currently using.
Shinomura said, “The cutting industry has become increasingly diverse. In addition to sign making, cutting now includes the production of window and vehicle graphics, window tinting and car protection film for automotive restyling, personalized apparel, labels and decals, packaging prototypes, paint/sandblast stencils and more. The breadth of applications demands the ability to handle a wide range of materials of varying thicknesses, such as window films, high intensity reflective materials, heat transfer materials including flock and glitter, cardboard, and sandblast mask.”
To meet the variety of applications and materials required by today’s cutting industry, the GR series is equipped with electronic pinch rollers that can adjust the pressure to 10 pre-set levels at the touch of a button for smooth feeding of any media thickness. The overlap cutting function allows for up to ten times overlap cutting for difficult-to-cut substrates. The tangential emulation function delivers precise corner cutting quality for cutting sharp letters in thick materials.
A host of innovations make the GR series extremely easy to use. The cutters are capable of reading crop marks on pre-printed data to accurately align graphics. The bundled Roland CutStudio features a perforating cutting function that is convenient for making pop-out stickers and decals, and a cut-by-color function that is useful when outputting designs with multiple colored sheets. A new function automatically creates weed lines for more efficient weeding after designs have been cut. Roland CutStudio includes plug-in software that allows outputting from Adobe® Illustrator® and CorelDRAW®. A media basket is now provided to collect cut sheets.
“Since 1988,” Shinomura said, “Roland DG has sold more than 440,000 vinyl cutters. The GR series has been developed with the aim of delivering class-leading cutting quality and productivity based on all the technological achievements our company previously established while adding an entirely fresh layer of innovation. I am positive that the GR series will boost the quality and efficiency of customer work, and provide ample capability for expanding their business opportunities. Roland DG will continue to hone its expertise with cutting applications and provide customers with products that deliver unparalleled value to a broad range of industries.”
Hamamatsu, Japan, March 1, 2017 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading provider of dental milling devices worldwide, announced today the release of its first dental 3D printer, the DWP-80S, to assist in the production of dentures. Launched simultaneously, the DWX-52DC is the newest addition to the company’s DWX series dental mills and incorporates several new automated functions for the unattended production of precision dental restorations. With the announcement, Roland DG now offers the dental industry both additive (3D printing) and subtractive (milling) manufacturing processes to improve the workflow of dental technicians. The products also represent the first to be released from Roland DG’s recently announced DGSHAPE business brand.
To shorten production timeframes and lower costs while maintaining the quality and consistency of dental restorations, an increasing number of dental laboratories are installing digital systems consisting of CAD/CAM software, digital scanners and milling machines to replace conventional casting methods. Since its launch in 2010, Roland DG’s DWX series dental mills have gained industry recognition for their desktop size, user-friendliness, robust reliability and open architecture, which has contributed to the widespread digitalization of dental restoration such as crowns and bridges. The DWX-52DC adds exciting new features to further automate and expand the formerly labor-intensive process.
According to Kohei Tanabe, Roland DG’s general manager of medical market development, denture production is still mostly carried out manually and requires an advanced level of skill. “Dental labs are seeking a more efficient, flexible digital solution to expedite the production of denture applications to accommodate the increasing demand from patients and clinics,” he said. To meet those demands, Roland DG developed the DWP-80S 3D printer to streamline the denture fabrication process.
The DWP-80S uses a proprietary projector lens to cure resin materials with UV-LED light. Bundled with the DWP-80S, new Quick Denta software provides a remarkably simple solution for the 3D printing of custom trays, base plates and frameworks. Using the easy-to-follow workflow wizard with pre-configured parameters, applications required for dentures can be printed in three simple steps eliminating the need for time-consuming learning or editing time. The DWP-80S analyzes the precision and fit required to choose the ideal number and layout of support points while adjusting for material shrinkage factors. The 80 mm square work area is ideal for simultaneous printing of multiple units*.
With a newly developed automatic disc changer (ADC) capable of storing up to six discs, the DWX-52DC is fully equipped to mill a variety of precision dental restorations overnight to increase lab productivity. The included pin-type material adapter enables setting up and milling seven pin-type blocks consecutively. With the DWX-52DC’s expanded production capacity, a variety of dental restorations, including copings, crowns, full bridges, abutments, surgical guides and models can be produced. The 15-station automatic tool changer (ATC) automatically replaces milling burs without interruption enabling efficient milling of a wide range of materials, including zirconia, wax, PMMA, composite resin, PEEK, gypsum, CoCr sinter metal and fiber-reinforced resin.
The DWX-52DC is capable of simultaneous 5-axis machining which supports complex restorations with undercuts. Rather than being locked into one manufacturer, open architecture allows users to integrate the unit into their existing workflow with popular scanners, software and the latest materials. For continuous, reliable production, an air pressure system automatically changes the volume of air for the type of material being milled. The Virtual Machine Panel (VPanel) allows users to quickly configure settings for up to four machines from a single computer for high-volume production.
“The DWP-80S 3D printer expands the field of digital dentistry with advanced 3D printing technology, while the DWX-52DC mill introduces a new level of automation for the production of dental restorations,” Tanabe said. “Together, the machines share the common mission of DGSHAPE, our new 3D business brand to be launched in April 2017, to make life better through innovation with digital technologies that bring ideas to life, revolutionize business processes and shape a better future. We believe that our products combined with our extensive customer support will continue to revolutionize fabrication processes in the dental market,” he added, “while creating a more comfortable working environment.”
* Approximate number of simultaneously printed components: up to 3 custom trays, up to 4 base plates, and up to 4 frameworks (quantities may vary depending on the size of components).
UAE International Dental Conference & Arab Detal Exhibition was a 3 days successful event which held from 7th February to the 9th February 2017 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Dubai, UAE. This event showcases product from Medical & Pharmaceutical industry.
AEEDC Dubai means business.
AEEDC Dubai 2017 exhibition is the gateway to the emerging and far-reaching dental market in the MENASA region. A wide-ranging dental products, equipment and services will be displayed.
A number of practical and interactive activities will run alongside the exhibition halls.
Join us at AEEDC Dubai 2017 and do not miss the right choice for your business!
For registration, please visit: https://events.index.ae/ereg/index.php?eventid=164116&
SGI Dubai is the most anticipated event of the year in the MENA region for exhibitors and visitors in the Signage, Digital Signage, Retail Signage Solutions, Outdoor media, Screen and Digital printing industries.
SGI Dubai, was successfully held from 15th - 17th January 2017 at Halls 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 - Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE.
SGI Dubai is the most anticipated event of the year in the MENA region for exhibitors and visitors in the Signage, Digital Signage, Retail Signage Solutions, Outdoor media, Screen and Digital printing industries.
SGI Dubai brings together in one ideal venue the largest gathering of both exhibitors and visitors from across the UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, India, Pakistan, East Africa, and other countries from the MENA region. This is the event of the year to showcase your products and services, or buy them, and interact with the leading players in the signage, graphic imaging, screen & digital printing industries.
For registration please visit: http://www.signmiddleeast.com/visitor-register.php
Hamamatsu, Japan, January 10, 2017 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers worldwide, today announced the addition of the VersaUV LEF-200 to its lineup of benchtop UV-LED flatbed inkjet printers.
According to Hirotoshi Naruse, product manager of Roland DG’s digital printing business, the LEF-200 was developed to offer outstanding print quality, greater media compatibility, and ease of use for the personalization and custom printing markets, which are characterized by small-lot production of numerous products. At 20 inches wide, the LEF-200 prints high-quality full-color, white, clear and primer inks on a wide variety of materials including three-dimensional items up to 100 mm thick. To accommodate an expanded range of profitable applications, the LEF-200 features a new on-board primer ink option for priming objects quickly and conveniently. The new Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP software simplifies the process of producing graphics with special effects.
“With the LEF-200,” Naruse said, “you can print rich color directly onto a wide range of personalized consumer products and promotional items such as smartphone cases, pens, awards, giftware, plates and more.” The new primer ink option allows users to prep an object for customization before printing a full-color graphic. “This makes adding graphics to glass, plastics and other challenging media* so much more clean and efficient,” he said. The primer ink option is also compatible with the LEF-300.
The LEF-200 incorporates Roland DG’s proprietary CMYK, white and clear ECO-UV inks for premium quality printing. Clear ink can be printed for spot gloss or matte finishes, as well as unique embossing effects. White ink can be printed as a spot color or as a flood behind CMYK on dark backgrounds or clear materials. To meet individual business requirements, users can choose from three ink configurations: CMYK+White+Primer, CMYK+White+Clear, and CMYK+White+White.
“We also added usability enhancements to the LEF-200 for greater efficiency.” Naruse added. Roland VersaWorks Dual enables users to work not only with PostScript® files, but also allows for native processing of PDF files to ensure transparency effects are processed accurately. In addition, white or clear ink data can be generated easily in the RIP, ideal for use in producing transparent personalized accessories with special effects. The position and size of special color data can also be adjusted in the RIP for perfect registration. Features like rotation and mirroring of the data can be configured in the RIP as well, without the need to return to your graphic design software. The newly available Maintained Clipped Position function is included which enables you to print designated images only. This feature is useful when extra processes such as clear effects are required for printing specific items.
According to Naruse, “With the growing desire for personalization that reflects individual preferences and lifestyles, the market for on-demand printing onto various articles is expected to expand still further in the future. In recent years, we have seen an increasing number of businesses using our VersaUV LEF printers to provide custom printing of smartphone cases and accessories. With the LEF-200’s greater versatility for applications and usability, we continue to provide the best solutions to support custom print services providers both online and offline.”
* It is strongly recommended to test the substrate for compatibility to ensure optimal print results as print quality or ink adhesion may vary depending on the substrate used.
Hamamatsu, Japan, November 2, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of digital fabrication tools including 3D milling machines, 3D printers and engraving machines, today announced the launch of a new photo impact printer, the METAZA MPX-95, and Gift Kit for the personalization of metallic items with photos, logos, names, messages and other decorations.
With its diamond stylus and powerful impact force, the MPX-95 can imprint on a wide variety of materials, including stainless steel, iron, titanium, platinum and softer substrates such as gold, silver, copper, nickel and aluminum at high speed and with pin-sharp accuracy. Possibilities include personalized pens and stationary, smart devices, industrial plates, jewelry and pendants, trophies and awards, watches and belt buckles.
The MPX-95 and Gift Kit were developed especially as a compact solution for kiosks, gift shops, jewelry store and other outlets selling products on-demand. Yoshihiro Yazawa, Roland DG DPM Manager, Easy Shape Business Development HQ said, "The popularity of customizing possessions, wearing unique accessories that stand out, or giving personalized gifts on birthdays or anniversaries is growing. Our photo impact printers have a proven track record for creating stunning, detailed graphics, text and photographs, and are widely used by retailers. As they seek to expand their businesses, we received requests for a model capable of imprinting larger items and that would enable even novices to personalize items accurately. The MPX-95 with Gift Kit was developed to address this growing demand."
The MPX-95 employs a removable base table and plate allowing it to work with a greater range of items, including golf club heads, vases and tumblers. It comes standard with METAZA Studio software and a laser pointer that assists in identifying the area to be marked so that anyone can easily and accurately imprint items with no special training required. The Gift Kit includes both large and small clamp pins, a standard vise and a movable center vise to hold items in place while they are being marked. The movable center vise allows the position of the item to be fine-tuned by aligning it with the laser pointer after it has been clamped.
Hamamatsu, Japan, November 2, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of digital fabrication tools including 3D milling machines, 3D printers and engraving machines, today announced the launch of the UDI (Unique Device Identification) barcode impact printer, the METAZA MPX-95, and DPM Kit as an exclusive solution developed to support traceability of medical instruments.
The MPX-95 and DPM Kit were developed for permanently marking medical instruments such as scalpels and forceps. With its diamond stylus and powerful impact force, the MPX-95 can imprint on a wide variety of materials, including stainless steel, iron, titanium, platinum and softer substrates such as gold, silver, copper, nickel and aluminum at high speed and with pinpoint accuracy. Imprinting individual medical instruments with a serial number, 2D symbol or other markings enables management of those instruments, including stock availability, location, usage history, and maintenance records.
Yoshihiro Yazawa, Roland DG DPM Manager, Easy Shape Business Development HQ, said, "Regulatory bodies worldwide are seeking a comprehensive management system for instruments used at medical facilities in order to reduce the risk of infection and ensure the safety of patients. In the United States, the FDA Unique Device Identification regulation, which requires that all medical devices to display a unique identifier, began being phased in September of 2014 and is expected to become compulsory in the EU and Asian countries within a few years."
The MPX-95 quickly creates 2D DataMatrix barcodes to GS1*1 standards and imprints them on the surface of medical instruments in areas as small as one square millimeter by using dot pin marking to permanently mark surfaces and prevent erasure and corrosion. A removable base table and plate enables virtually all types and sizes of medical instruments to be marked with identifiers. The MPX-95 also comes standard with a laser pointer that assists in identifying the area to be marked so that even novice healthcare workers who may not be accustomed to using digital technology can easily and accurately apply marking with no special training required. The DPM Kit consists of software that generates unique identifiers for each instrument, as well as a gripping vise, a movable center vise and clamp pins to hold instruments in place while they are being marked. Both vises allow the position of the item to be fine-tuned by aligning it with the laser pointer after it has been clamped.
*1 The GS1 DataMatrix is a standard for 2D symbols determined by the GS1 international body for barcodes, symbols and electronic data transfer. It provides electronics manufacturers and medical facilities worldwide a standardized method to display symbols on instruments. Information on item code, usage limits, lot number, serial number and more can be stored within 26 bytes and read using a special scanner.
Hamamatsu, Japan, October 27, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced that its recently introduced Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP and print management software now supports several additional Roland DG inkjet printers and printer/cutters.
Introduced in late 2015, Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP is currently bundled with the newest Roland DG inkjet printers and printer/cutters, namely the SOLJET EJ-640, TrueVIS VG-640/540 and SG-540/300, and the VersaUV LEF-300. After October 2016, the following additional models will include the latest Roland VersaWorks Dual when they are shipped:
- SOLJET PRO 4 XR-640
- VersaCAMM VS-640i/540i/300i, SP-540i/300i
- VersaSTUDIO BN-20
- VersaEXPRESS RF-640
- VersaUV LEJ-640, LEC-540/330, LEF-20
- Texart RT-640 (Users can choose ErgoSoft Roland Edition)
Roland VersaWorks Dual builds upon the intuitive, easy-to-use capabilities of Roland VersaWorks to provide high-quality printing while adding enhanced processing and editing functions. Yuko Maeda, division president of Roland DG business development unit notes that Roland VersaWorks Dual enables users to work not only with PostScript® files, but also allows for native processing of PDF files, which have become popular in the field of commercial printing, to ensure transparency effects are processed accurately. In addition, white and clear ink layers can be generated automatically in the RIP, ideal for use in producing transparent window graphics, stickers and personalized accessories with special effects. Features like offset, positioning, rotation and registration of ink layers can be easily configured in the RIP as well, without the need to return to graphic design software.
"Roland DG understands the important role that software plays in printing," Maeda said. "We have been developing RIP and print management software for many years. A major benefit for Roland customers is that our software is tailored exclusively for Roland DG printers and printer/cutters, and thus optimized to maximize their performance and ease of use. Our proprietary color management tools and other functions have become important factors in the popularity of Roland products worldwide."
"Now that Roland VersaWorks Dual supports native PDF processing," Maeda continued, "we believe our printers provide an even greater level of value for not only the printing of signs and graphics, but for decorating a wide range of original goods and for prototyping applications such as package printing and press proofs. We are committed to developing powerful, world-class RIP software that makes customers’ work even easier, while expanding their potential."
A Roland VersaWorks Dual operation screen
Hamamatsu, Japan, October 17, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, is proud to announce that it was honored with two prestigious Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Product of the Year awards at the recently held 2016 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas.
Roland DG received its awards for TrueVIS INK in the Digital Inks – Solvent/Eco-Solvent/Latex category, and Texart SBL3 Dye-Sublimation Ink in the Digital Inks – Textile category. The competition, which takes place annually, recognizes new equipment and supplies that are advancing the specialty imaging industry. In addition, Roland DG customers were honored with seven prestigious SGIA 2016 Golden Image Awards recognizing digital printing excellence.
"It’s an honor to receive one SGIA Product of the Year award, let alone two," said Andrew Oransky, president of Roland DGA Corporation, the U.S.-based marketing, distribution and sales arm of Roland DG. "At Roland DG, we are dedicated to developing advanced technologies and innovative products that open up new applications and creative opportunities for our customers. The Roland DG inks selected by the judges this year are among the latest examples of our company’s commitment to providing the tools that print service providers need to grow and succeed."
TrueVIS INK, which took top honors in the Digital Inks – Solvent/Eco-Solvent/Latex category, is designed for use with Roland DG’s new, state-of-the-art TrueVIS series wide-format printer/cutters. Specially formulated to produce wide-gamut color results, TrueVIS INK ensures vibrant color and outstanding detail while minimizing costs. In addition, TrueVIS INK is GREENGUARD Gold certified, dries quickly and lasts up to three years outdoors without lamination.
Texart dye-sublimation ink, developed for use with the company’s Texart RT-640 and XT-640 sublimation printers, also impressed the judges at SGIA 2016, winning in the Digital Inks – Textile category. Texart inks, available in 4-color or 8-color configurations with CMYK, Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Orange, Violet, as well as new Fluorescent Pink and Yellow, deliver bold color and stunning quality to sublimated fabric, apparel and hard goods.
To view a complete list of 2016 SGIA Product of the Year winners, visit
Hamamatsu, Japan, September 28, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of digital fabrication tools including 3D milling machines, 3D printers and engraving machines, today announced the launch of the MODELA MDX-50 3D milling machine.
Since launching the world's first desktop mill in 1986, Roland DG has focused on producing 3D milling machines that are compact, easy-to-use and affordable. The MDX series has proven popular among engineers, product designers and educators for their ability to quickly and easily produce precision prototypes, parts, jigs and models from a wide variety of resins and woods such as ABS, POM, nylon, plastic foam, modeling wax, chemical wood, hardwood and more.
The newly announced MDX-50 provides a number of exciting enhancements over the MDX-40A mill. Offered as a complete system, it includes easy-to-use CAM software and features a larger workspace and automatic tool changer (ATC) as well as faster milling speed. Yoshihiro Yazawa, Roland DG General Manager of 3D Markets, Easy Shape Business Development HQ said, "The MDX-50 enables capabilities that were difficult to achieve with the MDX-40A. We wanted to provide optimum value to product designers in the manufacturing industry, as well as supporting upcoming generations of students."
The MDX-50 was developed to deliver better productivity, as well as being easier and safer to use. It retains the same milling capability as the MDX-40A but with an improved feed rate along the XYZ axes resulting in a boost in productivity. The machining area has also been enlarged 60 percent to handle larger models as well as to mill multiple objects simultaneously. It comes standard with an ATC to help reduce the time and effort required for replacing tools. An optional rotary axis unit can rotate work materials 360 degrees for milling cylindrical objects and automating the fabrication of 2-sided, 4-sided and custom-angled items. Thanks to the ATC and rotary axis units, once milling begins users can leave the device to run unattended with confidence.
With the increasing number of students and individuals undertaking fabrication for the first time, the MDX-50 has been designed to be both easier and safer to use. The integrated control panel of the benchtop MDX-540, a high-end model of Roland DG's 3D milling machine, has been added to the front panel of the MDX-50, allowing spindle rotation and milling speed to be controlled while monitoring machining conditions. The on-screen computer operation "VPanel" provides machine monitoring capability, sends emails when machining work is complete or if intervention is required, and records tool usage time and replacement intervals, all of which helps to manage workflow. The SRP Player CAM software bundled with the MODELA series is included. Machining conditions can be configured easily in five simple and intuitive steps, making production simple, even for first-time users. A full cover prevents waste from scattering and an integrated tray collects dust and debris.
Yazawa adds, "R&D departments increasingly need to address the demands for shorter prototyping and design schedules. With the advent of 3D printers, designers have found that while they are able to produce 3D objects from 3D data, they often need a 3D milling machine in order to achieve precision results from materials similar to the final product, to check the appearance and feel of the object, and to verify movement and fit. To give as many people as possible the opportunity to enjoy making things, Roland DG will continue generating production solutions that support all means of fabrication."
Hamamatsu, Japan, September 1, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced the launch of the SG-540/300 54" and 30" entry-level wide-format eco-solvent inkjet printer/cutters, the latest additions to its TrueVIS brand.
The new TrueVIS SG series is designed to deliver the rich colors and glossy finish required for high-impact printed graphics at a very affordable price point. Launched in March 2016, the TrueVIS brand is Roland DG's newest generation of inkjet printer/cutters, combining its proven technology and expertise developed over many years in the sign and graphics industries. As part of the TrueVIS family, the SG series offers extreme color quality, versatility and ease-of-use with significant enhancements: new Roland DG FlexFire print head, new 4-color TrueVIS INK, advanced integrated print & cut technology and a host of additional state-of-the-art features. The SG series is available in both 54" and 30" models for producing indoor and outdoor advertising, vehicle graphics, banners, posters and displays, as well as labels, decals and apparel heat transfers.
"Today's sign market is typified by intense competition due to the proliferation of wide-format inkjet printers," said Andrew Oransky, general manager of sign business development for Roland DG. "Sign shops and print service providers are looking for an advantage over their competitors by providing high quality printing while keeping operating costs down. Small shops in particular will appreciate the outstanding overall value and low cost of ownership of our SG series."
Two Roland DG FlexFire print heads fire precision droplets in three sizes and a wide print swath, for high-quality output and efficient ink usage. Every drop of ink falls exactly where it is intended, delivering beautiful images and uniform colors. The combination of TrueVIS INK, engineered specifically for the FlexFire print head, and Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP software results in stunning fine details and vibrant colors at production speeds. The SG series' added productivity – up to 60% faster than previous comparable models in standard mode – enables increased profitability.
TrueVIS INK is the next evolution for eco-solvent ink technology, meeting user demands for competitively priced ink with low consumption and a wider color gamut while also meeting strict environmental standards. TrueVIS INK comes in cost-effective 500cc pouches that fit neatly into reusable cartridges that slide into a hidden ink bay for clean, safe use with less waste.
Roland DG introduced printing and cutting technology in 1996. The SG series represents Roland DG's most advanced integrated print/cut technology to date. A new cut carriage and blade holder with increased downforce and accuracy facilitates using a wider variety of media for additional sales opportunities.
The SG-540/300 is incredibly user-friendly for all operators from novices to seasoned professionals. New Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP software is included and features a new core engine that quickly and accurately processes both native PDFs as well as legacy PostScript files, including files with transparencies. In addition to a built-in control panel, a new Roland DG Mobile Panel enables users to manage the printer functions remotely using a smartphone or tablet with a Bluetooth connection.
"In addition to continuing to serve users in developed countries, we plan to support start-ups and print service providers in emerging countries by combining the new SG series with our extensive, best-in-class customer support, including Roland DG Care, Roland DG Creative Centers and Roland DG Academy," said Oransky. "Cost-effective and easy-to-use, the SG series and ink are intended to expand the range of applications shops can offer to their existing customers and to open up profitable new markets. Roland DG will use the expertise and know-how developed over many years in the sign markets of advanced countries to collaborate with local partners in promoting solutions to suit the needs of each country and region."
Hamamatsu, Japan, August 2, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices worldwide, today announced that it will again participate as one of the key sponsors of FAB12, the 12th annual meeting of the global Fab Lab community, to be held in Shenzhen, China, from August 8 to 14, 2016.
The Fab Lab* Conference takes place each year in a different city around the world, where members of the global Fab Lab network and beyond gather for a multitude of events, including discussions on the future direction of Fab Labs, workshops aimed at resolving fabrication issues, and sharing information on efforts and success stories. Roland DG is sponsoring the event for the fourth time, as the company shares the same core concept of expanding the possibilities of digital fabrication in order to unleash imagination and creativity of people everywhere.
To demonstrate the immense potential of desktop fabrication, Roland DG will showcase its 3D printer and UV-LED printers alongside its Fab Lab-recommended products, including the monoFab SRM-20, MODELA MDX-40A and MODELA PRO II MDX-540 3D milling machines, and the CAMM-1 GS-24 vinyl cutter at a special booth designed as an ideal fab workspace.
Roland DG will also team up with Chinese Fab Labs to host workshops demonstrating electronics manufacturing using its monoFab SRM-20 3D milling machine, as well as how to produce a one-of-a-kind earphone cable holder with its monoFab ARM-10 3D printer. The workshops will provide participants with insight into the many ways the company's extensive digital technologies can be used, including 3D milling, 3D printing, cutting, digital printing and impact printing. They will also highlight other areas that Roland DG products can broaden the potential of desktop fabrication for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education programs for Fab Lab managers and members who are involved in educational and research related fields.
"There is growing international interest in STEM education in recent years, where hands-on experiments using digital tools are forming part of educational programs aimed at enhancing creativity, logical thinking and problem solving skills," said Yoshihiro Yazawa, Roland DG general manager of 3D markets, Easy Shape Business Development HQ. "For over a quarter of a century, Roland DG has provided students with the digital tools for invention in engineering education. In America," Yazawa continued, "where STEM education is being embraced, Roland DG is working with Fab Labs and other local partners to develop educational solutions that combine the company's products with school curriculums. The concepts behind Roland DG's digital tools have been fine-tuned over many years, and are making a positive contribution to training the next generation of innovators and creators through hands-on fabrication."
Cheng Qi, marketing manager at Roland DG (China) Corporation, added, "There is also a growing focus on STEM education in China, with elementary and junior high schools as well as other educational institutions starting to create learning environments that incorporate digital tools. Fab Labs are leading the concept of learning through fabrication. We hope to apply our experiences partnering with Fab Labs to highlight the value that our digital tools provide, so that students can easily turn their ideas into reality."
* About Fab Lab
A Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) is an open workshop offering digital fabrication as well as analog tools with the aim to make "almost anything." The concept was originally proposed by Professor Neil Gershenfeld, the Director of the Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Currently, there are almost 1,000 Fab Labs in over 78 countries, which under the three concepts MAKE, LEARN, SHARE, support Personal Fabrication, giving people the unprecedented ability to design and then produce their own customized products. Each local Fab Lab is connected to a network of Fab Labs around the world in order to freely share information, brainstorm ideas, and collaborate on solving problems and accomplishing projects.
For more information, please visit: http://fab12.fabevent.org/.
Hamamatsu, Japan, June 24, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices worldwide, today announced that it has enhanced its certification program for service engineers (SEs) engaged in the repair and maintenance of Roland DG products. The new certification program is effective as of June 2016*1.
Roland DG operates a program of certifying highly skilled and knowledgeable SEs as Roland DG Care Certified Service Engineers* in order to provide high-quality, standardized maintenance services that meet the demands of customers around the world. Until now, certification had been based on the results of internal testing and completion of training courses. The new program places a greater focus on the quality of the SE's daily activities and their professionalism, and features a point-based evaluation scale to ensure more objective certifications. The new system, a cloud-based customer relationship management application, is used to collect data such as customer satisfaction regarding maintenance work and resolution time for addressing customer issues*2, and converts the results into points. These points are combined with the points accrued from training history and results of Roland DG Academy Online for service engineers, an online learning platform for SEs that was launched prior to the release of the new certification program. SEs who achieve the required total points are then certified as Roland DG Care Certified Service Engineers. The acquired points are also used to select participants for the Global SE Awards**, a worldwide competition for Roland DG SEs.
Takaaki Koshita, general manager of Roland DG technical services, explained the background leading up to the new certification program. "The new certification program allows us to better manage repair and maintenance levels that are directly related to greater customer satisfaction and helps our SEs become more aware of where they need to grow in order to continue providing an exceptional level of service. SEs can regularly monitor their own results and points accrued, to help them objectively analyze and identify areas of knowledge or skills where they may be lacking." He also added, "SEs can utilize the training content available with Roland DG Academy Online to overcome their own weaknesses and enhance their skill level. The platform provides SEs with access to content via a PC or mobile device to learn the knowledge on products and software that is essential for repairs and maintenance, as well as proper work procedures and know-how, at any time from any location."
Koshita also outlined his future vision and goals for the new program, stating "We are also developing a more advanced online community where SEs can share their skills and best practices over the internet, as well as harness the knowledge of all other SEs to provide assistance when one of them is faced with difficulties. By cultivating a corporate climate and culture aimed at providing a high-quality service by everyone at Roland DG, we hope to develop a more comprehensive customer service and support system.
*1 Operation of the new certification program rolled out starting in Japan and America from June 2016.
*2 The time required for resolving issues after arriving at a customers' offices.
* About the Roland DG Care Certified Service Engineers
Roland DG offers a certification program for its service engineers in order to provide uniform high-quality service to customers worldwide. SEs are instructed in how Roland DG products are built and receive in-depth training on how to carry out product installation, make repairs, conduct inspections and maintenance. Only after passing the certification program proving that they possess appropriate knowledge and skills can trainees be approved as certified SEs.
** About the Global SE Awards
The SE Awards began in 2008 for SEs residing in Japan. In 2013, the competition was opened up to Roland DG SEs worldwide. The second worldwide competition held in 2015 was expanded to include emerging nations and regions. 21 elite SEs selected from around the world gathered at the company's Hamamatsu HQ to compete for the world championship title by demonstrating the abilities and knowledge cultivated in their daily work through problem-solving trials and written exams. The next Global SE Awards is planned to be held in 2018.
For more information regarding the Global SE Awards 2015, please visit
Hamamatsu, Japan, June 17, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of desktop fabrication devices worldwide, today announced the start of a joint research relationship with GPI, the Graduate School for the Creation of New Photonics Industries located in Hamamatsu. The collaboration will study the application of femtosecond laser technology to the fields of 3D fabrication and healthcare where Roland DG is currently exploring various options to expand its business.
A femtosecond laser is an ultrashort pulse of intense light which is concentrated at a femtosecond (one quadrillionth of a second). Peak power is generated by compressing and oscillating the pulse length of a laser to a few femtoseconds. Melting or thermal damage to the irradiated area and its surroundings are reduced due to the laser's ablation effect* making femtosecond lasers highly effective when fabricating with extremely hard materials with exceptional accuracy, or when trying not to damage nearby tissues during an operation such as used in Lasik eye surgery. Currently, practical applications of the femtosecond laser have expanded into fabrication with industrial metals and carbon fibers, keratorefractive surgery and cataract treatment, and research and development in biotechnology. Challenges remain, however, including downsizing and cost reduction of the oscillator, which is required to create a femtosecond laser, and conducting further research on how materials change during fabrication.
Hisashi Bito, Executive Officer and division vice president of Easy Shape business development at Roland DG, said, "Through this joint research, our company is aiming to explore the possibility of applying femtosecond laser technology to our 3D digital fabrication and healthcare areas with the objective of producing the first desk-top femtosecond laser fabrication machine."
Yoshihiro Takiguchi, Vice-President of GPI and professor of optical information and systems, added, "At GPI, we are looking forward to investigating new industrial applications for laser processing with the goal of creating new industries. The state of the art ultrashort pulse laser we are using was acquired with the financial support of the Japanese government and has the ability to instantly ionize matter. By combining the ultrashort pulse laser to the Roland DG's 3D digital fabrication tools, we can enhance our knowledge of how materials change during fabrication, and how we can apply the latest laser technology to a variety of industries."
*A phenomenon whereby the fabricated object reaches a plasma state by irradiating a high strength laser beam to its surface. Since this method does not create any bumps or distortion around the fabricated area and the effect of the heat is very limited, it is possible to achieve a high quality finish.
Winner of 'Best wide format roll to roll printer up to 170 cm,' Roland DG's new 64" SOLJET EJ-640 eco-solvent printer has been designed with cost-efficient and high-performance productivity in mind. With dual staggered print heads, an integrated tri-heater system and strong chassis, the EJ-640 is built for optimum performance for businesses working on high-volume output.
About GPI: The Graduate School for the Creation of New Photonics Industries
Founded in 2006 with the assistance of various Japanese companies including Hamamatsu Photonics and Toyota, GPI provides a Ph.D. program for students with an entrepreneurial spirit to create new photonics industries. Entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers, and presidents and top managers of small- to mid-sized companies come to GPI to develop their business plans with hands-on support by the professors with management and technical expertise.
For more information about GPI, please visit: http://www.gpi.ac.jp/en/index.html
Hamamatsu, Japan, June 15, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, is proud to announce that two of its recently launched wide format digital print devices; the TrueVIS VG Series and SOLJET EJ-640 have won prestigious EDP awards.
Jerry Davies, president of European Sales for Roland DG accepted the award for 'Best wide format print & cut solution' for the TrueVIS VG-640 and VG-540 and 'Best wide format roll to roll printer up to 170 cm' for the SOLJET EJ-640.
Speaking at the ceremony, which took place at drupa 2016 in Düsseldorf, Jerry Davies commented "It's an exciting time of innovation for the digital wide format print industry, with keen competition driving the release of new products. The EDP recognition demonstrates that Roland DG technology continues to lead the way, offering an award-winning combination of quality, durability and overall return-on-investment."
Since 2007 the EDP Association (European Digital Press Association) has evaluated and celebrated the best new developments in print production, annually presenting awards to the very best solutions in the industry.
The TrueVIS VG Series is the culmination of Roland DG's many years of market-leading expertise in the field of integrated eco-solvent print & cut technology, combined with a host of new enhancements. These include four newly developed FlexFire print heads to deliver precise, high quality print at production speeds and new GREENGUARD Gold certified TrueVIS INK which works in synergy with the print heads to optimize output. New powerful and advanced cutting technology delivers increased downforce, accuracy and compatibility with a wide range of media. To enhance the user experience, LED lighting illuminates the print and maintenance areas and the wireless Roland DG Mobile Panel enables full remote printer management from the user's iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. The new included VersaWorks Dual RIP software offers a range of new features to optimize the efficiency and quality of production.
Winner of 'Best wide format roll to roll printer up to 170 cm,' Roland DG's new 64" SOLJET EJ-640 eco-solvent printer has been designed with cost-efficient and high-performance productivity in mind. With dual staggered print heads, an integrated tri-heater system and strong chassis, the EJ-640 is built for optimum performance for businesses working on high-volume output.
Hamamatsu, Japan, 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 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, décor, promotional merchandise and much more. The new inks, Fluorescent Pink (Fp) and Yellow (Fy), can be combined with Roland DG's Texart process ink colors to produce hundreds of vivid fluorescent hues. The proprietary Roland DG Fluor Color Library swatch palette can be installed in Adobe® Illustrator® and CorelDRAW® for unmatched ease of use and color customization. Simply clicking the desired colors in the swatch palette allows you to quickly and easily incorporate brilliant and pastel fluorescent colors 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 Fluor 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 Düsseldorf, Germany from May 31 to June 10, 2016, at its booth: Hall 9, Booth E04-1.
Hamamatsu, Japan, May 23, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, has announced that the company will be exhibiting at DRUPA 2016 to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany from May 31 to June 10, 2016.
Roland DG will be showcasing the very latest in its impressive range of durable wide format, UV-LED inkjet and digital sublimation print solutions and demonstrating the technology's incredible profit-making potential. It will be a voyage of discovery for visitors to the Roland DG booth (Hall 9, Booth E04-1) as they explore the exciting new digital print opportunities offered by the world's number one seller of wide format printers for the durable graphics market*.
Gillian Montanaro, Head of Marketing, Roland DG EMEA, said, "While Roland DG is a global brand we appreciate that there are many print service providers and commercial printers who are yet to discover the benefits our technology can bring to their businesses. At DRUPA we are really looking forward to introducing our devices, inks and software and explaining how cost-effectively and easily commercial print business owners can use a Roland DG device to expand the range of products and services they offer to their existing customers and to target profitable new markets."
In the spotlight will be the latest addition to Roland DG's portfolio of market-leading eco-solvent integrated printer/cutters; the TrueVIS VG Series. Available in 64" and 54" widths, the VG Series is the culmination of Roland DG's many years of expertise and market leadership in the field of integrated print & cut technology, combined with a host of new enhancements. These include four newly developed Roland DG FlexFire print heads to deliver precise, high quality print at production speeds and new GREENGUARD Gold certified TrueVIS INK which works in synergy with the print heads to optimize output. New powerful and advanced cutting technology delivers increased downforce, accuracy and compatibility with a wide range of media. To enhance the user experience, LED lighting illuminates the print and maintenance areas and the wireless Roland DG Mobile Panel enables full remote printer management from the user's existing iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. The new included VersaWorks Dual RIP software is incredibly user-friendly and offers a range of new features to optimize the efficiency and quality of production.
With the TrueVIS VG, print businesses can offer customers a host of durable, quality products for outdoor and indoor use, including signs, banners, graphics for walls, windows and vehicles, stickers and decals, customized clothing and much more.
For those interested in print-only devices, Roland DG's new 64" SOLJET EJ-640 eco-solvent printer has been designed with cost-efficient and high-performance productivity in mind. With dual staggered print heads, an integrated tri-heater system and strong chassis, the EJ-640 is built for optimum performance for businesses working on high-volume output.
The Roland DG team will also be running live demonstrations on the new VersaUV LEF-300 LED UV inkjet printer; the largest and most productive of its popular VersaUV series of direct object printers. The LEF-300 takes the digital customization of merchandise and promotional print products to a whole new level of productivity, transforming an incredible range of ordinary objects into high-profit personalized items: from mobile phone covers and USB sticks to pens, golf balls and much more.
For print businesses considering diversifying into textile applications such as soft signage, sportswear, apparel, interior decoration or promotional merchandise, Roland DG's Texart XT-640 dye-sublimation transfer printer is the ideal solution. The XT-640 and a host of sample textile applications will be on the booth for visitors to explore.
Free copies of Roland DG's new guide; "Discover Digital Print Opportunities" will be available for entrepreneurial businesses interested in discovering some of the considerable commercial benefits offered by digital wide format, UV-LED and sublimation print technology.
"In an increasingly competitive environment we appreciate how important it is for print businesses to find new ways to differentiate themselves from their competitors. Our aim is to provide customers with the advice, training, support and of course, reliable high-performance technology to help them succeed in this," Montanaro said. "At DRUPA," she continued, "our friendly and experienced team will be on-hand to answer any questions customers may have and to help them discover the best solutions for their business. We'll be running 'live' device demonstrations to highlight how user-friendly and efficient our technology is, and we'll showcase a fantastic variety of innovative samples to show just some of the profit-making applications which are possible. Whether you are an existing Roland DG customer or are considering a move into digital, we look forward to welcoming you to our booth and helping you to discover the incredible versatility, durability and revenue-generating potential of our technology."
DRUPA takes place from May 31 to June 10, 2016, Messe Düsseldorf
To purchase your ticket for DRUPA 2016, visit www.rolanddg.eu/DRUPA2016
Roland DG Booth: Hall 9, Booth E04-1
*Source: InfoTrends 2015 Quarterly Wide-Format Tracking Shipping report
As you all know, the 11th CAD/CAM & Digital Dentistry Conference was held in Wednesday, May 4, 2016 to May 9, 2016 at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the event enjoyed the same success that we are all used to.
Roland very well known symbol of quality at the international level. It is our cooperation that brought us to this level of professionalism. All of us put the interest of our customers as our top priority.
Though the dental CAD/CAM industry has reached quite a very high level of development and became a major trusted player in Dentistry, it continues to improve on a fast pace. Statistics tell us that by the year of 2050, more that 50% of dental services will be done through CAD/CAM technology.
Roland Easy Shape Dental Solution
Drawing on 20 years of proven milling technology, Roland's open architecture dental solutions enable laboratories and technicians to consistently produce precision prosthetics every time. Offering a convenient desktop size, Roland's milling machines are ideal for laboratories or office environments. Specifically designed to reduce production costs, Roland's easy-to-use and affordable dental solutions enable you to take control and manage your production in-house.
Roland Easy Shape stands for the Company's philosophy in the dental industry. Market-leading products, high-quality materials, and sophisticated, cutting-edge technologies combine to create the finest dental milling devices and precision results for your laboratory.
Roland Easy Shape stands for the Company's philosophy in the dental industry. Market-leading products, high-quality materials, and sophisticated, cutting-edge technologies combine to create the finest dental milling devices and precision results for your laboratory.
We will continue this unsurpassed cooperation to bring to our customers the most recent updates of technology in the CAD/CAM field with few "surprises" as well.
Our Creative Center is a rich, creative showcase of application samples to inspire the imagination, inviting you to experience the potential of our products.
By creating an environment where you can easily share ideas and consult with us about you businesses, we continue to offer you our new business ideas as well as solutions that can turn them into realities.
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 customized 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.
Equipped with cutting-edge tools including several Roland DG digital devices, TechShop Tokyo makes it easy for people to give form to their ideas.
Two Roland DG MDX-540S mills are installed in a dedicated space for milling metals and other materials.
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/.
Hamamatsu, Japan, March 22, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation today announced that the company was again recognized as the leading wide-format printer manufacturer in the durable graphics market for 2015 in a recent report compiled by InfoTrends.
According to the InfoTrends 2015 Quarterly Wide-Format Tracking Shipping report, Roland DG shipped more units than any other manufacturer in the 30-inch and up category. The study suggests price point and technology type are key factors driving global demand for Roland DG products and enabling the company to achieve this level of continued leadership.
The InfoTrends product tracker is considered a reliable source of sales information. "Our data shows that Roland DG is the leading seller of wide-format durable graphics printers in 2015, as they have been for many years prior," noted Steve Urmano, InfoTrends analyst for the wide-format printing market.
The InfoTrends report covers all four reporting quarters in 2015 and takes into consideration all wide-format inkjets 30-inches wide and larger, priced under $50,000 USD, including solvent and latex ink technologies considered to be the largest segments of the wide-format digital printing market.
"We are thrilled, but not surprised, to learn that Roland DG remains the leader in worldwide sales within this market," said Eli Keersmaekers, president of global sales for Roland DG Corporation. "Especially in today's competitive landscape, with manufacturers introducing alternative solutions, this achievement shows that our technology continues to offer the best combination of quality, durability, and overall return-on-investment. Add to that our industry-best service, support and reseller channels, and it's clear why we continue to be the top choice."
The report by InfoTrends follows Roland DG's recent introduction of several new wide-format models: TrueVIS VG series printer/cutters which introduce new core technology and innovative features to Roland DG's leading eco-solvent technology; the SOLJET EJ-640, an eco-solvent printer that combines outstanding print speed and image quality with low running costs; the Texart XT-640, a dye-sublimation printer designed for high-volume production; and the VersaUV LEF-300 UV-LED, the largest addition to Roland DG's LEF series of benchtop UV flatbed printers.
"Roland DG is committed to continuously innovating and providing products that meet the high demands of graphics professionals around the world," noted Keersmaekers. "Users know they can count on Roland DG products to deliver unmatched versatility, performance and reliability day in and day out. Our customers also know that we will be with them every step of the way, ensuring that they get the most out of their products. That's what differentiates us from the competition."
Hamamatsu, Japan, March 8, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, today announced the launch of the TrueVIS VG-640/540 64" and 54" printer/cutters, a new generation of advanced wide-format, eco-solvent inkjet printer/cutters to be released under the TrueVIS brand name.
According to Yuko Maeda, division president of Roland DG business development unit, the TrueVIS brand expands Roland DG's technical capabilities in ink formulation, print head design, precision control, and firmware engineering, resulting in far greater flexibility for Roland DG customers moving forward. "We will now be able to match the most appropriate head technology to each application and market that we serve, delivering the best available solutions to all of our users," said Maeda.
The VG series represents Roland DG's most advanced printer/cutters ever. Maeda states, "Our goal was to provide an innovative, state-of-the-art solution for our customers' businesses, while delivering optimum production capability for a vast array of signs and graphics. VG printer/cutters are the ideal tool for producing indoor and outdoor advertising, vehicle graphics, banners, posters and displays, labels and decals, packaging prototypes, apparel heat transfers and more."
TrueVIS VG series printer/cutters are equipped with four newly developed Roland DG FlexFire print heads which more flexibly control the metallic plate attached to the ink chamber, for a higher firing frequency. The FlexFire print heads also deliver precision droplet placement in three sizes, and an approx. 25% wider print swath compared to previous Roland DG models. Maeda said, "The combination of the new FlexFire head and new TrueVIS INK – engineered specifically for the print heads – delivers stunning fine details and vibrant colors at a production speed of 10.6m2 per hour in High Quality mode on vinyl and up to 34.8m2 per hour on banner in dual CMYK ink configuration*1."
The VG-640/540 also offers seven-color (CMYK plus Light Cyan, Light Magenta and Light Black) or eight-color (CMYKLcLmLk plus White*2) ink configurations. White ink provides excellent opacity for transparent window graphics while Light Cyan, Light Magenta and Light Black offer smooth gradations, perfect skin tones and beautiful images.
The VG-640/540 uses new TrueVIS INK which comes in cost-effective 500cc pouches that fit neatly into reusable cartridges that slide into a hidden ink bay for clean operation with less waste. In dual CMYK configuration, up to one liter of ink can be loaded for each color, ideal for high-volume, unattended production.
New Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP software – included with the VG – features a new core engine that accurately interprets native PDFs as well as legacy PostScript files, including files with transparencies. The precision cutting mechanism of the VG-640/540 is adopted from Roland DG's latest cutting advancements, facilitating reliable contour cutting of complex designs, and expanding the range of possible applications such as cutting thick materials for laminated floor signs.
The VG-640 and 540 are also designed to be easier to use than other similar devices. The newly developed Roland DG Mobile Panel allows users to perform control panel functions with their existing smartphones or tablets with iOS or Android operating systems, utilizing a Bluetooth connection. This innovative new feature provides a rich interface either directly on, or remotely in range of the VG, enabling operators to receive machine status updates as well as make adjustments and conduct test printing and cleaning functions from their mobile device. In addition, newly featured LED lights boost visibility inside the printer, making it easier to check printing status and perform maintenance work, as well as providing color-coded operation updates.
Finally, Maeda said that the TrueVIS marks a new level of reliability and economy. "The optimized printing technology enables the VG to produce vibrant color with low ink consumption and minimal electricity in comparison with alternative ink technologies. This results in a total savings of tens of thousands of dollars over the life of the product."
"Roland DG introduced eco-solvent wide-format printers and printer/cutters more than 10 years ago," Maeda said. "And they continue to be the number one choice for durable graphics worldwide. As a global leader, we recognized the need to continue moving the market forward which is why we developed the TrueVIS brand. The brand concept of TrueVIS," Maeda continued, "represents harnessing true precision and power – "VIS" in Latin – to bring our customers' VISION to life, in order to achieve stunning VISUAL results. We believe the functionality of the VG series, combined with our extensive customer support – including Roland DG Care, Roland DG Creative Center and Roland DG Academy – will lead to the expansion of our customers' businesses and the entire industry."
*1 For the VG-640 in dual CMYK ink configuration.
*2 White ink is scheduled to be available early in the second half of the year.
Hamamatsu, Japan, February 12, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation today announced that long-time Representative Director, Chairman and President Masahiro Tomioka will step down from the position of President, and Hidenori Fujioka, Director and Executive Vice President of the company, will assume that role. Tomioka will continue as Representative Director, Chairman of the company.
The change is subject to the resolution at the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders for the 35th Business Term and the following Board of Directors' meeting, both to be held on March 24, 2016.
During his thirty-year tenure as President, Tomioka spearheaded the transformation of Roland DG from a manufacturer of pen plotters to 3D desktop fabrication tools, vinyl cutters and wide-format inkjet printers while achieving worldwide sales leadership with high profitability. To ensure future sales growth, he recently tapped into the company's inkjet and 3D technologies to expand into the on-demand digital printing and health care industries. He was also responsible for promoting the company's innovative GlobalOne plan, which unified R&D with sales and marketing as one group and leveraged the company's talent globally to respond faster to market changes.
The announcement comes as Roland DG implements a new mid-term business plan for 2016-2020 and a new organizational structure to facilitate new business development. "As we look toward the next thirty years, we aim to use the GlobalOne platform to drive sustainable growth and create multiple pillars of business to meet the needs of the coming era," Tomioka said. "I believe Fujioka's extensive knowledge of industry-leading technologies and his track record of creating high-value solutions for a wide variety of markets will allow the company to quickly adapt its business model and accelerate its growth."
Since joining Roland DG, Fujioka has earned acclaim for strengthening and diversifying the company's ink, inkjet print head, 3D and UV technologies to enable the company to quickly develop a variety of new products and solutions that deliver added value.
"These are exciting times at Roland DG and I am honored to serve as President," Fujioka said. "Roland DG offers a sophisticated product line with a passionate culture and family spirit. While upholding its corporate culture and spirit, I intend to turn the company into a more progressive and innovative organization to achieve sustainable growth." Fujioka added. "My goal is to shift our business to a new digital era model that will serve as a foundation for the next big leap in growth by capitalizing on our GlobalOne business platform. Together, we will unlock the full potential of our employees worldwide in order to realize new market creation with products and services that exceed customer expectations."
Fujioka joined the company in 2014 from RISO KAGAKU CORPORATION, a manufacturer of copying and printing machines, where, as Director, he oversaw the development of the world's fastest color inkjet cut sheet printers along with advanced technological features tailored specifically for business needs. Previously, he worked for Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII) for 25 years, including 6 years as President of its subsidiary, SII Data Service Corp., where he oversaw the integration of profitable service components to core offerings, such as providing support services for terminals that meet payment settlement needs. As President for SII Printek Inc., another subsidiary of SII and a manufacturer of inkjet print heads, he succeeded in making the company profitable within the first year. He also worked for four years as the Vice President of product management of Seiko Instruments USA, a sales subsidiary of SII, as well as Vice President of product development for Seiko Instruments Development, the US software development subsidiary of SII.
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for a wide range of textile applications, including sports apparel,
fashion apparel, soft signage and more.
The XT-640's brilliant performance creates stunning beauty for your business.
What is Emirates Care?
Over the last few years, the market has been flooded with many spurious suppliers who have exploited the customer’s need for low cost service requirements, many a times providing substandard services and non original spare parts. This has affected the performance of the machines and the operations of the customers.
We at Emirates Computers, being the official Exclusive Master Distributors for Roland products in the region have taken this initiative to make sure that the customers get quality products & services and at the same time enjoy the cost benefit.
Benefits of EMIRATES CARE
· Service of your Roland printers by Roland trained and certified engineers – NO CHARGE FOR SERVICE. ONLY SPARES PARTS WILL BE BILLED.
· Original Spare parts at low prices
· Tested low cost inks in cartridge or in bulk form
· Regular upgrades of the Firmware & RIP software
How do I sign up for EMIRATES CARE program:
In order to become eligible for the Emirates care benefits, you have to do the following
· Use Emirates Care certified ink on your machine. Our engineers will advise you on how to convert from your existing inks to the EC ink, which is tested and certified us on Roland printers.
Once you are under the Emirates Care umbrella you will have access to the following items at the below prices:
· EC ink
o EC ink Bulk suitable for ROLAND SJ/XJ series machines (1 L packed in bottle)
o EC Ink Cartridge for ROLAND SJ/XJ/XC/SP/VP series machines (440 cc )
o EC Ink Cartridge for ROLAND RS/RE/VS series machines (440 cc )
o EC Ink Cartridge for ROLAND XF/XR series machines (440 cc )
· Original spares will become available at low prices.
· ZERO INSPECTION CHARGES
· ZERO SERVICE CHARGES. You will be billed only the spare parts used.
We strongly urge you to come under the EMIRATES CARE PROGRAM and start enjoying the benefits from day one.
Hamamatsu, Japan, January 28, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of dental milling devices worldwide, announced that its latest DWX-51D and DWX-4W dental mills have been validated by VITA Zahnfabrik H. Rauter GmbH & Co. KG (Germany) for use with the company's dental prosthetic materials, including VITA ENAMIC®, VITA SUPRINITY® and VITABLOCS® Mark II.
"Dental materials from VITA, including hybrid ceramic and glass ceramic type materials, are becoming increasingly popular with dental technicians, dentists and their patients due to their superb aesthetic appearance, strength and shortened processing time required," said Takuro Hosome, manager of dental business development for Roland DG. "The certification provides not only an endorsement for the excellent accuracy and quality of dental prosthetics produced with our milling machines, but also peace of mind to our customers and prospects that our devices meet the high quality standards set by VITA."
The certification has been given for milling VITA ENAMIC® with the DWX-51D equipped with ZDB-100D/50D/30D milling burs developed specifically for milling dental hybrid type materials. Introduced in 2015, the DWX-51D 5-axis dry mill is capable of producing copings, crowns, full bridges and abutments and other prosthetics from materials such as zirconia, wax, PMMA, composite resin, PEEK and gypsum with unparalleled speed and precision. Also launched in 2015, the DWX-4W, the company’s first wet mill which was especially designed for milling glass ceramics and composite resins, is certified to mill VITA ENAMIC®, VITA SUPRINITY® and VITABLOCS® Mark II. The DWX-4W features 4-axis milling and a 4-station automatic tool changer (ATC) for changing grinding burs automatically as needed without interrupting production.
"Our DWX series dental mills were purposely built using an open architecture design in order to integrate into an existing workflow with commercially available dental CAD/CAM software and hardware," said Hosome. "This feature allows us to partner with exciting dental companies like VITA to ensure that our customers always have access to the latest, most advanced prosthetic materials rather than being locked in to a single source."
Patrick Bayer, Head of Global Cooperation Management of VITA, said, "We are proud to provide the Roland DG users with high quality VITA CAD/CAM material solutions. The combination of the validated Roland DG milling machines and the innovative VITA CAD/CAM materials ensure the best results for the patients."
VITA ENAMIC® is a hybrid ceramic material which combines the high load capacity and aesthetics of a dental ceramic with the elasticity of a composite. It is finished without firing, which reduces labor and production time. VITA SUPRINITY® is high-strength, zirconia-reinforced glass ceramic acclaimed for its high load capacity. It also boasts brilliant esthetics based on integrated translucency, opalescence and fluorescence. With optimized edge stability due to fine-grained configuration, it can be used for prosthetics which require precision. VITABLOCS® Mark II is a feldspathic glass ceramic with more than 25 years of clinical experience providing excellent bonding to the tooth structure.
For more information about VITA ENAMIC®, please visit https://www.vita-zahnfabrik.com/en/VITA-ENAMIC-10846.html.
For more information about VITA SUPRINITY®, please visit https://www.vita-zahnfabrik.com/pdb_CCDC92_en.html.
For more information about VITABLOCS® Mark II, please visit https://www.vita-zahnfabrik.com/en/VITABLOCS-Mark-II-25030,27568.html.
Roland DG Digital Dental Process
VITABLOCS® Mark II
Roland DG Starts Strategic Business Relationship with Global Graphics
Hamamatsu, Japan, January 25, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters worldwide, announced today the start of a strategic business relationship with Global Graphics (Euronext: GLOG), a leading developer and provider of software platforms for digital printing, including the Harlequin RIP®.
Akihiro Sadaki, Executive Officer and Division President of R&D for Roland DG, said, "To add value to our Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP and print management software supplied with our inkjet printers and to provide our customers with the ability to efficiently handle ever larger and complicated color files, we are excited to announce that we are adopting Global Graphics' Harlequin RIP® engine. We value their track record and proven performance in the commercial printing market, especially in high-end graphic arts."
"Under the long-term partnership" Sadaki continued, "we will be able to collaborate with the experienced and talented team of Global Graphics engineers who specialize in color management and screening technology to provide solid support for our customers. This agreement will also allow us to reduce lead time for getting our products to market while holding down development and maintenance costs."
Yoshiyuki Hagiwara, Representative Director of Global Graphics K.K., said, "With this partnership, I look forward to extending our color management technology into Roland DG's next generation printing and cutting technologies. In addition to expanding the range of our business, I am confident that we will enhance our RIP technology further through collaboration with Roland DG."
Harlequin RIP® is widely acknowledged to be the fastest RIP engine available on the market and is quickly becoming the technology of choice for an increasing number of digital press solutions due to its ability to deliver fast and accurate page output times far in excess of the rated speed of the industry's leading print devices. Additional features that press vendors can choose to integrate include color management and screening.
About Global Graphics
Global Graphics (Euronext: GLOG) is a leading developer of software platforms on which our partners create solutions for digital printing, digital document and PDF applications. Customers include HP, Corel, Quark, Kodak and Agfa. The roots of the company go back to 1986 and to the iconic university town of Cambridge, and, today the majority of the R&D team is still based near here. There are also offices near Boston, Massachusetts and in Tokyo.
Additional information is available at http://www.globalgraphics.com
Hamamatsu, Japan, January 12, 2016 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers worldwide, announced today the addition of the VersaUV LEF-300 to its line of benchtop UV-LED flatbed inkjet printers.
According to Yuko Maeda, division president of Roland DG business development unit, VersaUV printers, which include the previous LEF-12 and LEF-20 models, are popular for their ability to print rich color directly on a vast array of materials, including three-dimensional items up to 100 mm thick. The LEF-300 was developed in response to customer demand for greater productivity in the personalization and custom printing markets, which are characterized by small-lot production of numerous products. To accommodate greater quantities and larger-sized items, the LEF-300's printing area has been expanded to 770 mm wide by 330 mm long, 50% more than the previous models.
"With the LEF-300," Maeda said, "you can print on a wide variety of substrates such as PET, ABS, and polycarbonate, and soft materials such as TPU and leather, as well as three-dimensional items, including pens, smartphone cases, signs, personalized awards, giftware, promotional items, laptop covers and more. A vacuum table makes it easy to hold thin and soft materials in place," she added.
With four print heads and two UV-LED lamps, the LEF-300 enables bidirectional printing approximately 60%* faster than the LEF-20. The number of white and clear (gloss) ink nozzles have been doubled for faster printing, increased density and opacity and faster build-up of multiple layers for three-dimensional textures. A new draft print mode improves overall efficiency for users in need of quick prototype prints.
The LEF-300 comes equipped with the new Roland VersaWorks Dual software RIP that includes all the advanced, easy-to-use features of VersaWorks, and now supports both PostScript and PDF files for improved file processing and automatic creation of white and clear ink layers. In addition, features like offset, positioning, rotation and registration of ink layers can be handled directly in the RIP without the need to return to design software.
The LEF-300 uses new EUV4 ink, Roland DG's proprietary CYMK, White and Clear ECO-UV inks for premium quality prints. EUV4 ink reduces odor and the shrinking of thin film materials like BOPP and PET when curing. In addition to a 220 cc cartridge, a new, larger 500 cc ink cartridge has been introduced which is more economical and requires less cartridge replacements. (White ink is only available in 220 cc cartridges.)
According to Maeda, "The growth of digital technology has facilitated the printing of photographs, illustrations and logos onto items that people wear or carry, both as a means of self-expression and as a means of feeling closer to the things they value. The market for on-demand printing onto various articles is expected to expand further still in the future."
"We have seen an increasing number of businesses using VersaUV LEF printers to provide custom printing services for smartphone cases and accessories," Maeda said, "including ecommerce sites as well as kiosks located within shopping centers, where they provide on-site printing of photographs taken by customers onto various blank goods to create a new shopping experience for their customers. The LEF-300 is perfect for handling the growing amount of tasks."
Maeda also sees potential in the application of UV printers used in mass production. "In order to accommodate customization and decoration of parts and modules in high volume production lines, the LEF-300 incorporates an input/output system that supports external devices such as warning lights and custom production automation systems. In addition, the LEF-300 is built with precision parts that are not susceptible to changes in temperature or humidity and are designed to maintain accurate high-quality printing even during long production runs."
* In a CMYK ink configuration
Information about LEF-300
About Roland DG Corporation
Roland DG Corporation is a leading manufacturer of products designed to help professionals and hobbyists transform their imagination into reality, including SOLJET, VersaCAMM, VersaUV and Texart series large-format inkjet devices, MDX milling and EGX engraving machines, CAMM-1 and STIKA vinyl cutters and MPX photo impact printers. In 2010, the company entered the healthcare market with Easy Shape DWX milling machines designed specifically for creating high-quality dental prosthetics. Roland DG also recently introduced the monoFab series of desktop 3D printers and milling machines for rapid prototyping and manufacturing. The company uses its proprietary cell production technology to manufacture products that are distributed worldwide.