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Mimaki has announced that it will be making a brand-new ink available in mid- 2016. 

   Mimaki LUS-350 is a stretchable ink suitable for a range of thermoforming applications, especially those requiring exceptional hardness and durability such as automotive parts. 

Mimaki LUS-350 ink is compatible with the Mimaki UJF-7151plus and JFX200-2513 printers and will be available in CMYK, white and clear ink.

“This new ink will change the way vacuum moulded – or thermoformed – applications are created,” says Mike Horsten, general manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “It brings the benefits of digital printing to this segment of the market, addressing requirements for fast turn, short-run moulded objects with exceptional graphic quality. Previously, objects had to be formed and then have the images applied manually or with screen printing, a time-consuming and expensive process. Now thermoformed objects can be imaged before forming, using Mimaki digital printers with an ink that will not crack or otherwise be damaged during the heat-based forming process. It will provide a beautiful finish for applications such as car parts, mock-ups, moulded signs, kiosks and more.”