Appearing at last year's FESPA and again at the 2018 event was a Lithuanian company called Veika and on both occasions it was showing the Dimense printer, an interesting machine that prints and embosses simultaneously - ideal for wallpaper production.
Prior to the introduction of Dimense, Veika said that embossing has limited the production of wallpapers and in order to create the 3D effect, a print cylinder for exactly this embossed pattern had to be produced. The size and format of the embossing therefore was limited and could not exceed the circumference of the cylinder.
The company said Dimense overcomes this limitation in a “revolutionary” way by enabling wallpaper producers to simply print embossing.
Dr. Aleksey Etin from Veika, said it was this limitation that inspired the firm to find a solution that would allow print companies to expand their service offering and take on new business.
“We were simply unhappy that only identical embossings were possible, and wanted to be able to create wallpapers where the embossing fits the motifs,” Dr. Etin said. “The solution we came up with is Dimense, because with Dimense you simply print embossing.”
An R&D department of 25 people spent several years developing the technology, with the result being Dimense, a printer that works with the environmentally-friendly base material by the name of Ecodeco that Veika also introduced.
Speaking in a pre-show statement issued to FESPA, Veika added: “Since no rotation cylinder needs to be produced for each and every design, with Dimensor, small batches become possible, new designs can be produced and tested easily and quickly and even individual wallpapers for individual clients are possible.”
A business transfer agreement has been signed with Mimaki Europe, a subsidiary of Mimaki Engineering, that Veika’s eco-solvent ink and PVC digital wallpaper media business segments shall be taken over by the Japanese company.
No specifications have been supplied on the printer regarding speed and colour quality, etc.
A British company, Colourgen, has just signed a distribution deal for the UK, presumably they see a market for this product in the UK.