Extending the realm of your printing from flat substrates to the third dimension. Roland’s UV-LED inkjet printer, the LEF-12, allows you to print on 3D objects with a height of up to 100 mm. The LEF-12 will enable you to create added-value personalisation and originality to a vast range of popular consumer items.
Direct printing on 3D objects
The LEF-12 is capable of printing anything on both flat and uneven surfaces for 3D objects up to 100 mm thick. Because the integrated UV-LED lamp instantly cures ink during printing, it can print directly onto materials such as PET, ABS, PVC, polycarbonate, PS and other plastics, as well as papers and card stocks. The flatbed construction of the LEF-12 automatically adjusts the distance between the printhead and the surface of the material for optimum printing results.
The inclusion of Roland’s clear varnish enables users to produce unusual and creative textures on all materials. Among the advantages offered by the LEF-12 are high-grade gloss and matte finishes as well as 3D effects that can be created by stacking many layers of clear ink. The LEF-12 offers 72 ready-to-use texture patterns, all of which are easy to incorporate into a design. With just one click you can create high-value exquisite, appealing and unique effects for your customers.
The LEF-12 is compatible with Eco-UV high-density white ink in addition to full four-colour CMYK inks and clear varnish. The versatility of white ink delivers innovative text, logos and images onto coloured backgrounds. Use white ink as a base coat to add vivid colour printing on transparent PET base materials, or as a primer on darker materials. Being an inkjet printer, the LEF-12 dispenses with the time-consuming conventional plate-making process. This means it can deliver small batch jobs or just one item without a lengthy set-up process.
Equipped with long-life LED UV-curing lamp, the LEF-12 requires no warm-up time, making it efficient to use and cool to touch. This LED curing technology means it can be used in conjunction with delicate materials which, traditionally, have been difficult to dry efficiently. The LEF-12 includes a safety hood to protect the operator from UV light during operation and a screen to prevent dust falling on the surface of materials whilst printing.
The LEF-12 includes the highly intuitive Roland VersaWorks® RIP software which works with files created using industry-standard design software packages such as Adobe® Illustrator®. The LEF-12 supports two print modes. Standard mode is ideal for printing fine detail. Distance mode is more suitable to print on objects where the surface is not level. Users can switch between the two modes with ease. Endless personalisation options are available with the LEF-12. Simply load a CSV file or standard data file for continuously printed serial numbers or product names.