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Lasers making shapes in signage

Roland DG, a global manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters announced last month the launch of its LV series laser engravers: the 29” (736 mm) LV-290 and 18” (457 mm) LV-180.

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Roland's new laser printers can create customisable gifts as well as signage

The printer uses a non-contact laser to engrave complex shapes on a variety of materials such as leather, plastic, paper and cork and is well suited for the production of personalised signage.

Unlike traditional digital engravers, these engravers create smooth surfaces. The lasers are also long-lasting compared to engravers with cutters, which the company says can be prone to breaking and wearing out.

According to Roland DG, even ‘newbies’ to the wide-format production process can try their hand at engraving. The device also allows users to engrave on a range of different sizes and thickness.

The LV series' capabilities can be combined with its VersaUV LEF2-300 which allows for precise cutting and "vivid, lifelike, customised prints"

Roland DG says that the LV series’ capabilities can be combined with its VersaUV LEF2-300 which allows for precise cutting and “vivid, lifelike, customised prints” that delivers the “versatility to offer end-customers something truly special”.

Customers can also use Roland’s LEF/LEF2 series printers alongside the new printers to create giftware, personalised awards or acrylic displays to include eye-catching graphics.

Kohei Tanabe, president of Roland DG's Digital Printing Business Division says: "In Japan, acrylic character stands and accessories made by cutting out resin sheets printed with illustrations into unique shapes are highly popular, and our UV flatbed printers are widely used in creating those applications.”

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