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PRESS RELEASE: Fujifilm Introduces Dye Sublimation 3D Printer to the UK
New 3D Print System introduces faster service time, reduced print costs and improved variety of 3D print products
Fujifilm UK Ltd. has announced the launch of the 3D Print System, its radical new 3D printer which promises to bring the enjoyment of 3D images to a wider audience than ever before, introducing many significant improvements to consumers over Fujifilm's current 3D print service. The compact 3D Print System will hit the UK in early summer 2010, bringing a novel offering to on-site print services, ideal for event photographers, tourist attractions and theme parks.
Fujifilm has positioned itself as market leader in 3D photography with the launch of the FinePix 3D REAL W1 digital camera and FinePix REAL V1 digital photo frame in Autumn 2009. These allow users, for the first time ever, to capture and view 3D images without the need to wear special 3D glasses. To print their 3D photos, currently users have to order prints online directly from Fujifilm. These are printed on a special Frontier system in Japan and can take several weeks to return to the consumer.
On Location 3D
With the launch of the new 3D Print System, 3D prints can be created on the spot, using a PC to process the MPO file via Fujifilm's newly developed image processing software. Using Fujifilm's proprietary "Image Intelligence" technology and "3D Image Processing," high quality, life-like prints are produced in a matter of minutes. Excellent 'photographic' results are produced using dye-sublimation technology to print directly on to the base of a lenticular sheet.
As prints can be produced locally with the minimum of fuss, consumers can receive their prints back in days, not weeks and the cost per print will be reduced significantly.
Thanks to the small footprint of the system -- 0.9m x 0.5m x 0.5m -- the offering of 3D prints can be established easily without the need for much space, perfect for event photographers who need a portable system and for shops where space is at a premium.
Another significant improvement on the existing service is a wider variety of products. Prints will be available in four sizes, from 4x6 inches to larger 6x9 prints. And, rather than the standard 3D prints currently available, the new print system can also combine a 3D image with a 3D template and a 2D image with a 3D template. These new 3D print varieties are well suited to on-site print services, at venues such as theme parks, tourist attractions and cruise ships.
As an industry leader in the 3D photography market, these new developments in 3D printing ensure that Fujifilm continues to develop and expand its 3D offering enabling more and more people to discover the wonders of 3D image capture
• On-site production of high-quality 3D prints
• Fujifilm's proprietary digital image processing technology, "Image Intelligence" and "3D Image Processing"
• Direct thermal sublimation printing method which achieves high definition 3D prints on special lenticular sheets
• Small footprint, at 450(w)x430(d)x900(h) mm, the 3D printer is suited to most locations
• Four print sizes available: 4x6 inch (10.2x15.2 cm), 6x4 inch (15.2x10.2 cm), 5x7 inch (12.7x17.8 cm) and 6x9 inch (15.2x22.9 cm)
• Variety of 3D prints available including 3D composite prints using 3D templates for greater creativity
(First posted on Monday, May 10, 2010 at 13:32 EDT)