UV Printer

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The Roland VersaUV LEF2-300 is a flatbed printer that uses UV-cured ink to print in photo-quality color on almost any surface. It joined our Fab Lab in 2020.

This printer is part of the special equipment that we operate as partners of the RWTH Excellence Startup Center.

Safety

Open window while you are in the room; the ink smells while printing. Wear gloves and safety glasses when a job was cancelled at the printer, or when cleaning the printer, to avoid touching uncured (liquid) ink. Normal operation does not require gloves.

Quick Start Guide

Turn on the printer using the round power button on the front panel. Wait till you see "Setup Media" on the screen. Takes about 2 minutes.

Turn on the ventilation system using the green power switch beneath the printer.

Press SETUP. Use Up and Down keys until your object fits nicely under the print head at the back. //TODO insert a picture of what you actually mean.

Press right arrow and ENTER for AUTODETECT. Press ENTER again when done.

(If your object is too high, it may get pushed off the front of the platform. Put it back and start again.)

(0,0) is at the front right, diagonally between the two screws. A red laser dot shows it.

(Optionally, to avoid printing beside the object, use the four arrows to set the width and height.)

 

The QR Code on the printer takes you to the German product manual.

Ink on the printbed? Remove with a Ceran field cleaning blade.

Never turn the printer off at its main rear power switch. The printer does an automatic cleaning every day to keep the nozzles from getting clogged up.

Ink Types and Materials to Print on

Print dimensions: 770 x 330 mm, max. object height: 102 mm

Ink types: Clear primer, Clear gloss, White, CMYK

Try printing without primer first. It's faster and cheaper. If the material breaks off your object when flexing it, use primer.

The primer is there to create a sticky foundation for the other ink types. It is not magic. If it doesn't work, try printing a glossy layer instead using a separate job before the main print. Marabu P2, P4 are good alternatives. The primer from FujiFilm Sericol works well for printing on carbon and leather. Glass and metal are usually too smooth, ask Roland for a mystery primer. :)

White is usually printed on top of the primer and beneath the main colors, to create good contrast on dark backgrounds.

VersaWorks now offers options to just use primer, white, or gloss in pixel graphics regions, for example.

 At the Macbook

Log on (ask Anke)

Start Parallels and Windows inside Parallels, launch VersaWorks from desktop

Load job into queue A

Media tab: Set size, mirroring, etc. if needed

Quality tab: See print time estimate here. Choose media type "Generic".

  • "Generic distant" can print on curved surfaces but takes longer. Around 4 mm depth is the maximum.
  • "Special Effects" kann mattes oder glossy Varnish erzeugen
  • Plexiglass under-prints: print white over color, mirror image
  • Bidirectional is a good default choice; unidirection takes twice as long but is a tiny bit better quality

Droplet tab: ignore

File Format tab: 

Mark tab: ignore

Clipping tab: for prints larger than the printbed

Variable data tab: customize contents like in a serial letter

Special Color tab: Only if other than generic profile was chosen above. Select if white should be printed under everything or only under other colors. Can also reduce white size by 4 pixels to avoid flashes of white around colored objects.

Other tabs: ignore

After printing, turn off the printer and ventilation.

Printing (Quick Guide)

  1. Prepare Object
    1. Setup Media (2x Function, if not already displayed)
    2. Press Setup button (hold, if it is already blue)
    3. Attach the object to the printing area
  2. Table Parameters
    1. Press Setup, if not already done before
    2. Use arrow keys (only đź ‘ and đź “) and buttons (Up, Down) to set the height
      IMPORTANT: The height must not exceed the black border at the back of the machine, as it would push the object off of the table
    3. Press đź ’ and press Enter button for Auto-Detection
  3. Printing Area
    1. Press any arrow key to continue
    2. Use the arrow keys to set the lower right corner of the printing area
      NOTE: Turn of the ceiling light, as the laser is hard to see otherwise
    3. Press Enter
    4. (Optional) Repeat 3.1 - 3.3 for the upper left corner
  4. Load File to VersaWorks
    1. Click on the gear symbol from Queue A
    2. Click on Get Media Width
    3. Click OK
    4. Load a file with File->Add Job to Queue-> Queue A
      IMPORTANT: If you used a different Queue for 4.1 you need to use the same Queue here
    5. (Optional) Double-click on the job in the Queue to tune some parameters
  5. Printing
    1. Turn on the Ventilation of the Machine (Green power button on the front side)
    2. Click on the printer symbol in VersaWorks
  6. Finalizing
    1. Once the print is finished, turn the ventilation off

Documentation

Get the latest manual from Roland's LEF2-300 product support page.

Additional Tips

We have an add-on bed for printing rotating objects. Mounting and unmounting it takes about 15 minutes.

The printer clogs up more easily when it gets hot. Stay within 19 and 30 degrees Celsius.

If the printer says CHECK WASTE BOTTLE, check to the right next to the printbed for the filling level.

Extra cartridge are stored beneath the printer. Cartridges last about half a year. Empty or expired print cartridges can be returned to Roland for free. Order replacements from the dealer, next-day shipping comes directly from Roland's Netherlands storage.

Remove White at least twice a week and shake.

Run MENU—Submenu—Maintenance—Cleaning—ENTER at least once a week. Cleaning takes 5 min. Checkout this video for information how to clean the printing heads during the cleaning process.

Open the left maintenance cover. Use the special Q-tips to clean around the print heads. Do NOT touch the underside of the print heads.

Open the right maintenance cover. Clean around the 'cup tops' and clean the wipers.

Confirm that you are finished, then a normal Cleaning is sufficient (no need for a head refresh).

Run a TEST PRINT: Before you can run a test print you need to define the printing dimensions. Otherwise the test print option will not appear on the printer display. To set up the printing area and run the test print follow the pages 142-148 in the maintenance manual of the printer. After the printing area is set you find the test print the following these functions: FUNCTION—CLEANING—TEST PRINT prints out a test print. The print is twice as high as the print head. If nozzles are stuck, run FUNCTION—CLEANING—.... . If that doesn't help, run FUNCTION—CLEANING—HEAD REFRESH for a more thorough head cleaning cycle. See the manual.

FUNCTION—TIMER to set regular on/off times

Print heads are group A (gloss and primer, cyan and magenta) and B (yellow, black, white, white).

Your Contacts

Contact Aron Heibges (starting April 2020), Anke Brocker if you have any questions about the printer.

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