Roland DGA Launches Benchtop Printer

IRVINE, CA | Wide-format inkjet printer manufacturer Roland DGA has introduced the VersaUV LEF-300 to its line of benchtop UV-LED flatbed printers.

Daniel Valade, Roland DGA’s product manager for the VersaUV LEF Series, says the new LEF-300 is the perfect addition to company’s existing LEF-12 and LEF-20 models. “…The LEF-300 was developed in response to customer demand within the personalization and custom printing markets for an LEF printer with significantly increased production capabilities.”

To accommodate greater quantities and larger-sized items, the LEF-300’s printing area has been expanded to 30 in. wide x 13 in. long—50% more than the LEF-20. With four printheads 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 has been doubled for faster printing, increased density and opacity, and faster buildup of multiple layers for 3D textures. A new draft print mode improves overall efficiency for users in need of quick prototype prints, company says.

Users can print on a vast array of substrates including PET, ABS, and polycarbonate, soft materials such as TPU and leather, and many 3D items ranging from smart phone cases and laptop covers to signs, giftware, and promotional items. Reportedly a built-in vacuum table helps hold thin and soft materials in place, allowing for easier job setup and eliminating time-consuming errors. A BOFA air filtration system ensures proper ventilation while also serving as a stand and storage unit for fixtures and supplies.

The LEF-300 comes equipped with company’s new VersaWorks Dual software RIP, which in addition to incorporating all the advanced, easy-to-use features of VersaWorks, supports native PostScript and PDF files for improved file processing including files with transparencies. VersaWorks Dual features such as offset, positioning, rotation, registration of ink layers, and automatic creation of White and Clear ink effects can also be handled directly in the RIP, without the need to return to design software. The LEF-300 uses new EUV4 ink—company’s proprietary CYMK, White, and Clear ECO-UV inks—for premium quality prints. EUV4 ink is said to reduce odor and the shrinking of thin film materials such as BOPP, PE, and PET when curing.

Valade also sees potential in the application of the LEF-300 for use in mass production. “The LEF-300 incorporates an input/output system that supports external devices like warning lights and custom production automation systems, making it perfect for high-volume environments. It’s also built with precision parts that are not susceptible to temperature or humidity fluctuations, so users can expect high quality, reliable performance at all times, even during the longest production runs.”

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