Roland DG Corporation has introduced a new VersaOBJECT brand featuring six new large format UV-LED inkjet devices capable of printing directly on a wide variety of three-dimensional objects. 


The new VersaOBJECT CO inkjet series includes four printers with fixed flatbed tables and two with belt systems.

“The VersaOBJECT line is our direct printing solution that enables easy and efficient high-precision printing on three-dimensional objects without using conventional methods such as pad printing or screen printing which require specialized skill and know-how,” said Tony Miller, president, global sales and marketing, Roland DG.

t miller rda 23 4'Revolutionizes conventional decorating process': Tony Miller, Roland DG “We were quick to recognize the value of direct printing by digital technology, and in 2011 we launched our first UV flatbed printer capable of printing on materials such as resin, leather, and wood. Since then, we have added numerous UV direct-to-object inkjet products to popular acclaim.

“As consumer needs become more diverse and individualized is essential to provide one-of-a-kind products and services, and to respond flexibly to the trend toward small-lot, high-mix manufacturing. In such an environment, it is becoming increasingly important to add value to consumer products and other items and to provide them on-demand to differentiate oneself from competitors and achieve sustainable growth. To respond to such needs, which are accelerating in various industries, we have launched a new brand, VersaOBJECT, to strengthen and diversify our offerings to our customers.”

A Roland DG press release from its headquarters in Japan said the new CO inkjet series is equipped with UV inks that cure by ultraviolet irradiation and can print directly on various materials such as plastic, leather, wood, and cloth. "Based on their material and application, customers can choose the best solution for their needs from six different models in 64” and 30” widths, including four flatbeds with three different fixed table sizes for the 64” versions, and two printers with belt-systems.

“The CO series can accommodate objects up to 200 mm in height and 100 kg/m2 in weight and allows printing to be performed on gently curved or uneven surfaces, making it ideal for personalization of a variety of consumer products as well as customization of industrial products and parts, interior decoration, sign graphics, POP displays, packaging, and other high-mix, low-volume production. In addition, the belt system allows printing on items with longer shapes, as well as on unique, thicker roll media like natural or synthetic leather, felt, and rubber mats.

“Precision ink firing and powerful LED lamps make curing the ink fast. This combination delivers stunning images and high colour saturation as well as precisely reproducing the finest details, from small text to elaborately textured patterns and gradations. CO series printers support CMYKOrRe and special inks of Clear, White, and Primer. The use of Clear ink produces finishing effects such as gloss, matte, textures and simulated embossing. High-opacity White ink is often used as a base coat when printing on transparent film or dark object while Primer ink makes it possible to print on materials that were previously difficult to print on, such as metal.”


Miller added, “VersaOBJECT’s direct printing solutions revolutionize the conventional decorating process, bringing numerous benefits and competitive advantages to customers’ businesses, including shorter delivery times, reduced costs, flexibility, and reduced environmental impact while enabling the creation of new business development. We will continue to expand our product lineup and the possibilities of on-demand decoration with VersaOBJECT to enhance people’s creativity and grow their businesses.” 


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