Roland launches small flatbed LEF2 printer

Roland has announced a new small flatbed printer aimed primarily at the industrial market. The LEF2-300 is essentially just a larger version of the existing LEF2-200, which was launched earlier this year.

Roland’s LEF2 300 is a small UV flatbed aimed at industrial users.

It’s fitted with four printheads and two UV LED arrays, and has a print area of 770 (W) x 330 (D) x 100 (H) mm. It can print 2.26 sqm/hr in its standard 12-pass CMYK mode, or 1.39 sqm/hr in the higher quality mode. It will print to a wide range of materials inlcuidng PVC, plastics, canvas, wood, leather and fabric. There’s also a clear ink that can produce either gloss or matte finishes, and can be laid down in multiple passes to build up embossed and textured effects. 

There are quite a number of these small flatbeds around now, which take the print-on-any-substrate approach of UV flatbeds but with a smaller footprint and lower cost that makes them easier to fit into a wide range of different businesses. Typical applications vary from customised promotional goods, souvenirs, awards and stationery through to electronics, signs, packaging, industrial items and prototypes.

Kohei Tanabe, President of Roland DG’s Digital Printing Business, commented: “As everyone’s lifestyles and preferences become increasingly varied, the demand for making one-of-a-kind items or high-mix, small-batch runs continues to grow. The LEF2 series is designed to meet such demand as it is capable of on-demand printing quickly onto a diverse range of materials.The addition of the LEF2-300 to the series line-up gives even more customers the ability to print amazing graphics and lifelike textures. We aim to develop more products that encourage customer creativity in order to boost business growth.”

It’s available now and costs £27,999, with the smaller LEF2-200 weighing in at £19,999. Further details from rolanddg.co.uk.


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