monoFab™ Interview Series – Part IV: From Inspiration to Reality

16 Dec
December 16, 2014

Interview with Rachel Hammer, 3D Product Manager for Roland DGA

What is the concept behind the monoFab series rapid prototyping machines – why the set?

The combination of the two technologies – additive and subtractive – is truly unique. Together, they represent the two steps in the prototyping process – design and manufacturing.

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December 16, 2014

monoFab™ Interview Series Part III: State of the Industry

01 Dec
December 1, 2014

Interview with Masahiro Tomioka, President of Roland DG

How does Roland DG view the current state of the rapid prototyping 3D printer market?

The term 3D printer covers a large and diverse lineup of products that address the usability needs of different users. For example, there are industrial applications such as making prototypes for jet engine or automobile parts, medical applications such as producing artificial bones and organs, as well as educational, research or artistic applications, and even individual applications for hobbyists. With the expiration of the patent on FDM 3D printing, the number of startups and individuals seeking to develop easy-to-use 3D printers continues to increase dramatically. As a company that has been aware of the value and possibilities inherent to 3D fabrication for many years, we are very interested to see where this expansion of fabrication possibilities will take us.

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December 1, 2014

monoFab Interview Series Part Two: From Concept to Reality

20 Nov
November 20, 2014

Interview with Keigo Okusa, Roland DG manager of 3D product development

Of the many additive methods available, why did you choose to produce a stereo-lithography 3D printer with a layered projection system for the ARM-10?

The concept behind our desktop applications emphasizes three important values: desktop size, ease of use, and affordable pricing. We also wanted to develop a rapid prototyping 3D printer capable of modeling complex shapes with the high precision required by product prototypes. During our extensive research and development process, we determined that a stereo-lithography 3D printer with a layered projection system using a compact projector was the most suitable solution.

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November 20, 2014

monoFab Interview Series Part One: Two tools in concert with purpose and form

11 Nov
November 11, 2014

Interview with product designer Hiroshi Yasutomi

How did you arrive at the concept of designing a Speaker Ball?

I produced an active speaker prototype using monoFab. First I came up with a geometrical model, but I wanted to find out the potential of creating prototypes with the 3D printer and share them with those people who are considering 3D printers. That’s what made me think about the possibility of producing a speaker by incorporating an amplifier and speaker inside this geometrical form. Ideally, it would also be a design that shared the experience of enjoyment with this prototype.

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November 11, 2014

imagiNATION, to inspire the Roland Nation.

03 Nov
November 3, 2014

For years we’ve talked about creating a user conference to inspire and educate Roland owners. To provide them with priceless tools to grow their business and, of course, have some fun doing it. Our vision of creating this one-of-a-kind experience finally came to fruition this year.

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November 3, 2014

$2-Million-A-Year with a Roland SOLJET.

27 Oct
October 27, 2014

That’s No Monkey Business.



What do you get when you cross a Roland SOLJET with a businessman passionate about printing wall decals? A $2-million-a-year business on the rise. That’s the story of WallMonkeys CEO Jason Weisenthal, who transformed his home basement into a lean, mean, decal-printing machine in just under five years.

Read the full article on Yahoo! here. And learn more about the Roland SOLJET that helped make it all happen.

 

October 27, 2014

It’s a 3D World

01 Oct
October 1, 2014

The recent introduction of Roland’s new monoFab™ series ARM-10 3D printer and SRM-20 milling machine is generating a significant amount of industry and media buzz. And that’s understandable. Afterall, these state-of-the-art, compact devices are capable of doing something pretty incredible – namely, turning ideas into reality. These innovative machines, which can be used together as a system or as stand-alone devices, are attracting the attention of high-tech magazines and websites worldwide.

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October 1, 2014

The Case for Digital Signage – It’s as Simple as ABC

23 Sep
September 23, 2014


It’s clear that demand is growing rapidly for digital signage systems. Just take a look around you. It’s hard to find a food service or retail chain that hasn’t incorporated this technology in some way shape or form. Even some smaller, “mom and pop” operations are beginning to embrace digital signage.

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September 23, 2014

2014 Roland Creative Awards: We’re Sending 3 Lucky Users to imagiNATION!

22 Aug
August 22, 2014

Our 2014 Roland Creative Awards contest kicked off last week and we asked our users to submit photos of their best work produced on a Roland device. One weekly winner will be selected for a total of 3 weeks, based on creativity, innovation and execution. Each winner will receive a trip to Roland imagiNATION, our first inkjet user conference, including event admission, airfare and 4 nights at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. To enter the contest or view more detailed information, click here or visit the Roland DGA corporate Facebook page.

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August 22, 2014

15 Ways to Beat Jet Lag

18 Jul
July 18, 2014

“And now for something completely different…” – John Cleese

All,

Welcome to summer, and for those of you who might be traveling overseas, or even across the country for summer vacations, I came across this neat infographic with some tips on handling the dreaded jet lag. While I’ve found my own little tricks to work well, these are some great general rules of thumb when being upside-down somewhere in the world circadian rhythm-wise.

Enjoy!

Rick

15 Ways To Beat Jetlag Infographic

via Thomas Cook

July 18, 2014