Roland has shared details of a new flatbed printer, the VersaUV LEF200, aimed at industrial rather than graphics users.
Essentially it’s a smaller version of the existing LEF300. The new LEF200 has a print bed of 508 x 330mm and can print to items up to 100mm thick. This sort of printer is mainly aimed at personalization of objects such as golf balls and flasks. Yuko Maeda, division president of Roland DG business development unit, explained: “With the LEF200 you can customise a wide range of consumer products and promotional items such as smartphone cases, pens, awards, giftware, plates and more.”
It uses Roland’s EcoUV inks, which include CMYK as well as white and a clear ink that can be used for adding spot gloss, matt finishes and embossing effects. There are six colour channels, giving users the choice of using either the primer, clear ink or a second white.
There’s also a new primer ink option, which is compatible with the LEF300. Maeda added: “This makes adding graphics to glass, plastics and other challenging media so much more clean and efficient.”
It comes with Roland’s VersaWorks Dual RIP software, which can work with both PostScript and PDF files. This RIP can also generate white or clear ink data, for example, for producing transparent personalised accessories with special effects. It can also be set to print designated images only, which can be used for adding extra processes such as clear effects, thanks to a new Maintained Clipped Position function.
Maeda concludes: “With the growing desire to offer consumers a personalised experience reflecting individual preferences and lifestyles, the market for on-demand printing onto a whole array of items is an exciting and growing trend.”