DGShape Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Roland DG and a leading provider of digital fabrication tools, including 3D milling machines, 3D printers, and engraving machines, has launched what it says is the world’s first laser foil decorator.
The LD-80 laser decorator enables users to add text, logos, and graphics in a variety of metallic and holographic foils to provide a premium, personalised appearance to small, off the shelf products including fountain pens, smart phone covers, stationery, or cosmetic accessories.
According to Daisuke Satori, DGShape marketing manager: ‘The LD-80 uses our proprietary technology to focus a laser beam to transfer hot stamp type foils to plastic and paper items to create a true luxury appearance. Text, logos, and other vector graphics can be transferred quickly onto plastics such as acrylic, ABS, and polycarbonate that usually perform poorly under traditional hot stamp applications.’
The special characteristics of the focused laser supports the transfer of very small text and fine lines in stunning quality. In addition to gold or silver foil, metallic or holographic foils can be used to create a broad range of vivid designs.
The bundled software package makes it easy to create custom designs for personalisation. A wide selection of fonts is available, and settings like font size and spacing can be adjusted at the click of a mouse. Vector data can also be imported including custom designs like illustrations and logos.
In addition to retail store installations, the compact design of the LD-80 makes it easy to place anywhere, including kiosks, or to transport to events, such as street fairs and festivals.
Compliant with the safest Class 1 international standard for products equipped with laser devices, the LD-80 incorporates a full cover design to ensure it can be used safely without laser light being visible outside the unit. It also includes a failsafe design that stops the unit automatically if the cover is opened while it is operating. The exclusive design of the laser system eliminates dust or gas from being generated, ensuring maintenance free operation. It also works on ordinary household power, requiring no electrical work for installation.