05 Dec 2019

3D Systems Announces Large Format High Definition 3D Printing System

3D Systems Projet

3D Systems Corporation has announced the immediate availability of its new ProJet 5000 Large-Format High Definition 3-D Printer.

The ProJet 5000 3-D Printer combines the proven performance and reliability of 3D Systems' patented and proprietary Multi-jet Modeling (MJM) technology with the industry's largest available build size, expanding the uses of high-definition 3-D printing to more users and applications. Designed for heavy-duty operation, the ProJet 5000 features the industry's first and only standard five-year manufacturer's print head warranty, demonstrating 3D Systems' commitment to improving customers' bottom line results through improved feature sets and lower overall cost of ownership. While built for factory performance, the ProJet 5000 features the latest in office functionality. Its ease of use, quiet operation and attractive, space efficient form fits virtually any office environment, allowing customers of varying sizes to enjoy the benefits of easy in-house production of extremely high-detail prototype and end use parts.

"Our customers told us they wanted to build larger parts in-house and gain the benefits of 3-D printing for more of their projects," said Buddy Byrum, senior director of 3-D Printing. "The ProJet 5000 addresses those needs and is ideal for applications in automotive, aerospace, footwear, appliances, and any other industries where part sizes are larger than standard format 3-D printers can accommodate. We look forward to partnering with early adopters as they enjoy the expanded benefits of large-format 3-D printing."

Using 3D Systems' VisiJet MX plastic material, the ProJet 5000 3-D Printer delivers durable high-definition parts that are designed to withstand a challenging exposure environment. Flexible material management can be configured to match customer requirements with up to eight material delivery modules, providing the industry's longest available unattended operation exceeding 80 hours. With its part stacking and nesting feature combined with its enormous build volume of 550 x 393 x 300 mm, the ProJet 5000 provides unmatched productivity, allowing users to produce larger parts and more parts than other available high-definition 3-D printers.

Screen appoints Lundbergs Grafiska AB as a distributor of the Truepress Jet520 in Sweden

Screen Truepress Jet520

Screen is pleased to announce the appointment of Lundbergs Grafiska AB as a distributor to sell and support the Truepress Jet520 full colour digital inkjet printer for newspaper and magazine applications in Sweden. 

Lundbergs Grafiska is the premier supplier of new and used printing equipment to the graphic arts sector in Sweden and is well positioned to support the rapidly emerging on-demand newspaper market.

"Lundbergs Grafiska knows the Swedish newspaper and magazine market intimately," says Tim Taylor, Screen Marketing Manager. "As remote newspaper production on the day of publication becomes the focus for publishers across the world, the Truepress Jet520 is a perfect fit for Lundbergs Grafiska's customer base."

The Screen Truepress Jet520 features two print engines and produces complete newspapers with perfect colour and a quality level that is indistinguishable from litho printing. The system prints at 128m/min, the equivalent of 1,200 48-page tabloid newspapers an hour.  With newspapers now being added to direct mail, transactional printing, book production and general print on demand, Screen's Truepress Jet520 is one of the most flexible digital presses on the market.

"With Screen's Truepress Jet520 full colour printer in our portfolio we can offer high quality equipment together with our expertise in technical support," says Roland Eriksson, Sales Manager of Lundbergs Grafiska. "To be able to offer our clients the best on-demand solutions on the market puts us ahead of the game. We can also offer our clients the ability to access the full colour transactional printing and book-on-demand markets, in addition to newspaper digital printing".

High-speed printing of newspapers at full size, in full colour and at a quality level that is as good as the original litho version is a reality.  Screen's Truepress Jet520 has already begun printing five different newspaper titles every night in New York with more being added each month.

German court declares EFI Victorious in important patent litigation with Durst

EFI logo

Electronics For Imaging, Inc., a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, and its superwide format printer unit VUTEk today announced victory in its German patent litigation with Durst Fototechnik Digital Technology GmbH involving EFI's VUTEk QS series printers with white ink technology.

Durst brought the lawsuit in the Mannheim Regional Court on February 27, 2007, accusing EFI's VUTEk QS series printers of infringing Durst's utility model DE 20 2005 012 179 U1. From the outset, EFI has maintained that it employed the technology in its QS printers well before Durst obtained its utility model. Under German law, a utility model is an intellectual property right to protect inventions, very similar to a U.S. patent.

The expert appointed by the Court agreed with EFI that Durst's utility model claims were not novel and lacked any inventive step. EFI argued that Durst's utility model claims were therefore invalid and that Durst's infringements claims were meritless. On Friday, the German Court announced its decision, entirely dismissing Durst's infringement claims against EFI. A written judgment detailing the dismissal is expected to be released soon.

"Along with our recent patent victory in the U.S. over Leggett & Platt earlier this month, the German court's decision reinforces EFI's position as the worldwide technology leader in superwide format printing and inks," said EFI's General Counsel Bryan Ko. "Our robust and growing of portfolio industry leading patents continue to drive the print industry's transformation from analog to digital color."

"EFI has been a leading innovator in the print industry since our founding. We are very pleased that the German courts have shined a light on Durst's false claims that it invented the technology first," added EFI's President Fred Rosenzweig. "We look forward to continuing to bring our innovative customer-focused printing solutions to our customers throughout the world."

The victory substantiates EFI's innovation and continued success in the super wide format printer market, not only in the United States, but abroad. As the worldwide leader in grand format UV printer placements, EFI will continue to deliver its innovative wide format UV printers and inks worldwide.

Trade up to a Canon iPF8100 for ink saving benefits

Canon imagePROGRAF 8100

RGBuk, the Wokingham based reseller has announced today the launch of a brand new trade-in programme to run until 23rd Dec 09.  The promotion offers customers the chance to upgrade to a new Canon 12 colour 44” Image PROGRAF iPF8100.  The printer is priced at £3495 for customers wishing to trade an existing HP, Epson or any other large format inkjet printer,  24” or bigger.

Wokingham based RGBuk, has launched a unique trade-in offer for customers interested in upgrading their existing large format printer to a cost effective Canon iPF8100.  The promotion provides customers with an excellent opportunity to upgrade an old printer for £500 off the price of the already heavily discounted Canon iPF8100.  The printer was promoted on Canon’s “Star Buy” scheme in October this year. The iPF8100 originally priced at £5495 including a stand, was discounted along with the iPF8000s to attract customers to move to the 44” printers.  The RGBuk trade-in offer allows customers an additional £2000 saving per printer.  The original price is expected to be re-instated once the ‘Star Buy’ promotions finishes this December.

Ben Randall, MD, RGBuk; said “The trade-in programme comes at a time when print costs have been higher in the past 6 months than ever before.  Epson has suffered with increased ink cost, as have HP subjected to the variable Euro exchange rate. So whilst in house printing is on the increase the cost of the average print job, has in many cases, also increased.  The Canon 12 colour print technology has an overall cost advantage compared to the competitors and has been independently proven by BLI to use 31% less ink than Epson.”

The RGBuk offer is expected to run until 23rd  December 09, or whilst stocks last.

Xaar demonstrates the excellence of its digital inkjet printheads for quality label printing at Labelexpo Asia

XAAR printhead

Xaar demonstrates the excellence of its digital inkjet printheads for quality label printing at Labelexpo Asia this week (1-4 December, Shanghai New Exhibition Center).

Beijing Du Gao Gu Tu Digital Technology Co Ltd, a leading supplier of label production technologies, is showing the new ARES210 label printer featuring 12 Xaar 1001 printheads producing high quality, variable labels in Hall E2/Stand H18.

Xaar, as the leader in digital inkjet technology, had a major impact at Labelexpo Europe 09 recently with ten OEMs demonstrating Xaar-enabled printers that clearly showed the reliability and flexibility of inkjet and its impact on the digital printing sector. These included Atlantic Zeiser, Delta Industrial Services, Durst, EFI, FFEI/Nilpeter and Stork.

Xaar-enabled digital label printers open up new possibilities for single-pass, full colour direct printing onto paper, film, metal and many other materials, producing photo-realistic print on labels, promotional items, ID cards and packaging. Some printers achieve close to 50m/minute, resulting in substantially improved return on investment for the label printer. The native print resolution is 360dpi, however, when using the greyscale capabilities of the 1001 printhead, an apparent resolution of over 1000dpi can be achieved.

The industrial strength Xaar 1001 variable drop (greyscale) printhead is the technology that makes these applications possible. It is revolutionary in its design and ensures high reliability and productivity through its XaarDOT™ (Xaar Drop Optimisation Technology) capability and its TF Technology™ (re-circulating ink system) design. XaarDOT™ gives users the ability to select drop size or resolution depending on the application, image quality and substrate.

“The growth of digital label printers is driven by the fact that 65 per cent of all four colour jobs produced today are less than 10,000 labels”, says Wang Wei, Managing Director, Xaar Asia Pacific. “Time to market is a critical factor for brand owners and digital production is a fast and flexible process. Digital labels are addressing an area of the market that is impossible to address through the conventional process and Xaar is quickly becoming the printhead of choice in the market.”

About Xaar
Xaar is the world’s leading independent supplier of industrial inkjet printheads, inks and peripheral equipment to commercial printing and industrial manufacturing markets. Xaar’s innovative technology offers OEM customers and licensees commercial advantage through product differentiation, productivity, and faster time-to-market.

Industrial Inkjet Ltd Website now available in Russian

Industrial Inkjet Ltd

Industrial Inkjet Ltd. continues development of its web-site www.industrialij.com with the release of a Russian language copy of the site.

The Industrial Inkjet web site provides technical information on Konica Minolta inkjet printheads and other products. It also covers IIJ's range of inkjet peripherals components and its range of ColourPrint and MonoPrint complete inkjet print engines.

The web site is aimed at development partners and OEM customers.

The new Russian language pages can be accessed using the Russian flag symbol on the home page.

All information on the site, including technical information, product news and customer news , has been translated and will be kept upto date.

In the near future IIJ will also release a Spanish-language site for partners in Spain and Latin America. IIJ employees will be glad to answer your enquiries, not only in English but also in Russian and Spanish languages.

Other web site upgrades planned include a new "Application" section. This will include descriptions of use of the ColourPrint and MonoPrint engines in various markets.