Roland DG scores a world’s first with its VersaSTUDIO BN-20 desktop metallic ink printer

Roland Versastudio Bn 20

Roland DG (UK) has announced the arrival of its VersaSTUDIO BN-20 print and cut solution which sits on a desktop yet offers many of the proven benefits of the company’s renowned VersaCAMM VS series. This new and innovative system brings durable Eco-Sol Max inks, a versatile metallic option and integrated precision contour cutting to a compact and affordable solution which is easy and profitable to use.

“This is the very first low-cost print and cut desktop machine in the world, and its inclusion of metallic ink brings all the advantages formerly only found in a wide-format system within reach of everyone who wants to create and produce innovative output,” states Adam Wyles, Business Manager – Promo, Screen and Textile at Roland DG. “Competitively priced, very low running costs and simplicity of operation are certain to make the VersaSTUDIO BN-20 an instant best-seller across the board. Anyone can use it – it really is that simple to design and generate high quality professional results that easily match the results from far more expensive platforms.”

With a maximum print width of 20 inches (51cm), the Roland VersaSTUDIO BN-20 is a rugged plug-and-play solution that produces very high quality output with smooth graduated tints and strong, dense solid colours, making it ideal for photographic and vector output. Available in two options of four-colour and CMYK plus metallic ink, users can generate graphic output onto a vast range of coated and uncoated materials, with precision contour cutting making it ideal for the production of labels, stickers and other applications where complex designs and shapes are required.

Roland’s renowned Eco-Sol Max inks feature fast drying of output with a wide colour gamut and tough scratch and scuff resistance. Low costs per square metre are complemented by odourless prints and a three-year outdoor life without lamination, and the BN-20 can be operated in any commercial, retail small office or home office environment.

The addition of metallic inks to the CMYK ink set means that value-added applications can be produced quickly and easily direct to a wide range of materials. Pearlescent and metallic colours can be produced via Roland’s VersaWorks print production software which incorporates the ability to reproduce more than 1,000 standard shades and 512 metallic options.

Plug-and-play connectivity makes it simple for both novice and experienced users alike to benefit from the high quality output produced by the VersaSTUDIO BN-20. Its long-life inks and fine results, plus its metallic options and integrated precision cutting, combine to open the doors to a vast number of users who, until now, haven’t been able to justify the purchase of an advanced inkjet printer.

The extremely low investment point and tough construction also make the VersaSTUDIO BN-20 an invaluable workhorse for businesses who want to reap the benefits of producing smaller format applications. By adding this compact system to existing print shops, production from their larger inkjet units doesn’t have to be disrupted, resulting in greater efficiencies and optimised printing schedules.

Despite its low purchase price, Roland’s VersaSTUDIO BN-20 benefits from the features found in the VersaCAMM VS series, including the company’s award-winning Eco-Sol Max inks which offer up to three-year outdoor durability, fast drying times and a very broad colour gamut.

The addition of metallic effects and finishes matches those which formerly could only be achieved via hot foil blocking, screen-printing or offset litho production. Lengthy make-ready and cost penalties incurred when setting up special colours is eradicated as the BN-20 can print one-offs and short runs just as quickly and efficiently as personalised multiples and repeat batches.

Included with the VersaSTUDIO BN-20 is Roland R-Works design software which creates photographic and vector-based jobs quickly and easily for perfect output every time. Roland’s VersaWorks professional print management software also enables users to benefit from variable data printing for customised production which is ideal for labels, invitations, name cards, badges and other items where individual data is required.

Brett Newman, Technical Director of Roland DG (UK), comments: “Market trends show us that there is a new level of end user that wants the convenience of being able to produce high quality, full-colour jobs and metallic finishes in-house. These people, and others, have simply been waiting for the right technology to become available and we’ve developed the VersaSTUDIO BN-20 to address the growing demand for bringing the benefits of wide format technology to the desktop.”

The Roland VersaSTUDIO BN-20 is a true plug-and-play solution that enables users to be up and running immediately, producing a vast range of colour and metallic effect products. Typical applications include labels, decals, heat transfers, promotional signs and displays, point-of-sale and fine art, although the final output is limited only by the imagination of the user.

For further information on the new VersaSTUDIO BN-20 click here to visit the Roland DG (UK) website.