Heidelberg has announced it will be showcasing Omnifire 250 and 1000 models, which can be used to print customised three-dimensional objects of any shape made from a wide variety of materials. Both models can be integrated into industrial production processes and online marketing campaigns. For example, the pilot user and automotive supplier Ritzi Lackiertechnik GmbH has integrated the inkjet system into its industrial production process.
The models will be showcased at InPrint 2018, which is taking place from November 20 to 22 in Milan.
The Omnifire 1000 in particular has undergone considerable further development since it was unveiled at the same venue exactly two years ago. It now enables full-area, seamless printing of even complex shapes, without any visible transitions or joins between the tracks, the width of which is determined by the print heads. This is made possible thanks to a special process that joins these tracks together by seamlessly printing several in series, each with a width of seven centimeters (2.76 inches).
‘The ability to print on an object’s entire surface opens up a whole new range of striking effects at the point of sale for manufacturers of branded goods, and means the design possibilities are now virtually unlimited,’ said Montserrat Peidro-Insa, head of the digital business unit at Heidelberg.
‘Our activities in direct-to-shape printing and the continuous development of Omnifire technology underline just how serious we are about unlocking business potential beyond our traditional markets.’
Heidelberg is exhibiting Omnifire technology at InPrint 2018 for the first time on a joint stand with its partner Plasmatreat, based in Steinhagen in Germany’s Westphalia region. Plasmatreat is a specialist in pre-treating material surfaces with atmospheric-pressure plasma. Using patented plasma nozzle technology, materials undergo ultrafine cleaning, are simultaneously activated, or are functionally nanocoated. In the Omnifire systems, Heidelberg uses a rotary nozzle developed by Plasmatreat for pre-treating objects, thus enhancing crosslinking of the ink with the print object material.