Roland Innovations and Awards
TrueVIS VG2 series printer/cutters with TR2 inks are introduced to great fanfare, taking home top honors in major industry awards, including the ISA Innovation Award, SGIA Product of the Year Award, EDP Award, and BLI Pick Awards.
Roland’s first ever high-volume UV flatbed printer, the IU-1000F, is unveiled at PRINTING UNITED, where Roland exhibits 10 new products in total. As Roland’s largest and most expensive device ever, the IU-1000F delivers a new class of Roland product.
Following the success of the VG2 series, Roland launches its entry level line of second-generation TrueVIS printer/cutters, the SG2 series. The SG2 makes TrueVIS color, quality and performance available at an even more attractive price.
Continuing on 25 years of engraving technology, Roland offers its first ever laser engravers, the LV-180 and LV-290. The LV series utilizes non-contact CO2 laser technology to enable engraving and cutting complex shapes on a variety of materials, quickly and smoothly.
Roland redesigns its UV printer/cutter technology, with the new VersaUV LEC2-300. The streamlined LEC2 includes the popular features of the original LEC, plus a more compact design, increased versatility and greater image quality–all for less than half the price.
Roland DGA is named the National Association of Dental Labs’ “Supplier of the Year,” in recognition for its contributions to the dental lab industry. Roland’s dental milling machines, industry education and social responsibility are cited as determining factors.
TrueVIS VG printer/cutters are awarded top honors from Buyers Lab International, the world’s leading independent provider of testing and analysis for document imaging. The VG is the only device awarded in its categories, recognized for Image Quality, Usability and Speed.
DGSHAPE by Roland releases two new dental mills, the DWX-52DCi and DWX-52D, including DWINDEX performance monitoring software, all designed to meet increased demand for lab-friendly milling automation and management tools.
A new wet dental mill, the DGSHAPE DWX-42W, is released – adding a 6-station Automatic Tool Changer, ethernet connectivity, a new spindle and improved efficiency to Roland’s already popular wet milling device capabilities.
Roland DGA is named a Top Workplace for the Eighth time by the Orange County Register, based on anonymous employee surveys which evaluate key elements that contribute to overall employee satisfaction and company performance.
Roland DGA receives two SGIA 2018 Product of the Year awards, for the VersaUV LEC-540 printer/cutter, and ECO-UV ink. The LEC-540 received top honors in the “Roll-to-Roll UV Printer” category, while ECO-UV ink won in the “Digital Inks – UV” category.
DGSHAPE by Roland introduces the world’s first laser foil decorator, the LD-80, engineered to enhance items with text, logos and graphics with metallized foils. In recognition of its innovation, the LD-80 wins Gold honors in Laser Focus World’s 2018 Innovator Awards.
Roland releases the new large format CAMM-1 GR cutter series. Built for a whole new level of graphics production, GR cutters are designed to handle a wide range of materials and offer faster cutting with increased down force.
Roland develops a ready-to-teach education solution that combines step-by-step Project Based Learning (PBL) tutorials with Roland software and machines to create a more effective digital fabrication experience for students and educators.
Since 2010, Roland has been at the forefront of advanced dental milling technology. Roland announces its new DGSHAPE by Roland dental brand to support the next generation of advanced digital restoration solutions.
DGSHAPE by Roland introduces its first automatic disc-changing mill. The DWX-52DC is designed to automatically mill dental restoration jobs with unattended confidence, offering automated production day-and-night to expand lab production and profit.
DGSHAPE by Roland continues to innovate with the introduction of its first dental 3D printer with Quick Denta 3D software. At the touch-of-a-button, users can print custom trays, base plates, frameworks and other dental prosthetics.
Roland has a colorful year with the release of the TrueVIS series of large format inkjet printer/cutters. With advanced new FlexFireTM print heads and TrueVIS INK, the powerful VG series and cost-effective SG series of TrueVIS printer/cutters offer unparalleled color quality that brings prints to life.
The release of the MODELA MDX-50 marks a milestone for benchtop CNC milling. With automated milling features, it provides unmatched ease-of-use and enables users of all abilities to mill functional parts with incredible quality on a wide range of materials. It represents the ideal solution for short-run prototyping and educational applications.
Roland introduces new and improved photo impact printing with the METAZA MPX-95. A low-cost solution for adding photos or precision data onto giftware, tools or surgical equipment, it features a removable base for imprinting onto large items — turning valuable items like golf clubs into even more unique and pro table products.
The release of the VersaUV LEF-300 flatbed printer offers users the opportunity to create their own image factory and put product customization into overdrive. With a 30” print width, four print heads and two UV-LED lamps, the LEF-300 enables faster printing onto larger items in higher quantities.
Under new president, Andrew Oransky, Roland DGA once again is named as one of Orange County’s “Top Workplaces” by the OC Register. This marks the seventh time that that Orange County’s largest newspaper recognized Roland DGA for its leadership, diversity, social responsibility, and other qualities.
Roland DGA opened a state-of-the-art facility in Wilmington, Massachusetts. In addition to serving as an East Coast training and product demonstration headquarters, the new Imagination Center features a Roland Creative Center gallery showcasing a wide variety of products made by Roland customers.
Roland DG added to its innovative dye-sublimation printing technology with the introduction of the Texart XT-640. Featuring dual-print heads to increase production speed and 7-droplet technology to maximize color quality, the XT-640 was built to produce high-volume apparel, soft signage, and promotional merchandise.
The SOLJET EJ-640 Large Format Color Printer represents the first of Roland’s next-generation of printers. Developed for busy, high-volume shops that are looking for quality output at high speeds, it features dual staggered print heads and new Roland DG EJ INK system with running costs of up to 35% less than competitive devices.
Roland DG has continued to spearhead dental milling innovation with the release of two new machines. Roland’s first wet dental mill, the DWX-4W was created for precise and uncomplicated wet-milling of glass ceramics and composite resins. In addition, Roland released the DWX-51D dry-milling machine for the quick and effortless milling of zirconia and other materials.
Roland DG redefined “cutting-edge” with the release of the CAMM-1 GS-24, Roland’s most advanced desktop cutter ever. With perforated cutting, overlap cutting and the ability to cut thick substrates, the GS-24 is fast and versatile and makes easy work of vehicle graphics, decals, decorated apparel and other graphics.
Rolandprintstudio (RPS) is the first RIP software for Mac OS from Roland DG. Powered by the super-fast Adobe PDF 64-bit print engine, this feature packed software provides advanced tools for quick reprints, unlimited hot folders, and quotation calculation. It also features step and repeat functions, advanced tiling, and many more intuitive RIP tools.
Roland continues to be at the forefront of 3D fabrication with the monoFab™ series ARM-10 3D printer and SRM-20 milling machine, combining the best of additive and subtractive prototyping capabilities.
Roland DGA develops the world’s first and only wide-format flatbed UV printer capable of printing on materials up to 6-inches thick, the LEJ-640FT, built on the award-winning VersaUV platform.
Roland enters the dynamic digital signage market with Roland DisplayStudio™, a solution that makes it easier than ever for sign shops to offer digital signage to their customers.
Roland offers a full sublimation solution with the new Texart™ RT-640 "dye-sublimation printer, Texart ink and ErgoSoft Roland Edition RIP software for brilliant color and quality on textiles and hard goods."
The VersaEXPRESS RF-640 eco-solvent printer delivers a host of intelligent new features that make it the smartest choice for quality, productivity and affordability.
With the addition of the revolutionary DWX-4 compact dental mill, Roland makes it easier and more affordable than ever for dental labs to digitally mill crowns, copings and bridges.
Roland DG introduces Global One, driving more unified efforts by employees around the world, including product development, marketing, public relations, and internal operations.
Roland expands its benchtop UV flatbed printer offering with the addition of a new 20-inch model, the VersaUV® LEF-20, offering advanced features and greater productivity for printing directly on three-dimensional objects.
Roland customers take home an impressive 21 Golden Image Awards at the SGIA 2013 show, including a Gold, among others, for this table designed and printed by Maxwell Dixon with the VersaUV® LEJ-640.
New Roland DGA president, Rick Scrimger, announces at the International Sign Expo, a Roland digital signage solution that will help demystify digital signage for traditional sign shops.
With the introduction of the SOLJET® Pro 4 XF-640, Roland brings rocket fast printing, superior imaging and unmatched reliability to high production environments.
VersaCAMM® VSi series printer/cutters provide everything that made VersaCAMM the world’s best-selling wide-format inkjet printer, plus advancements like Eco-Sol® MAX 2 ink, improved speed and new ease of use features.
RolandDGA.com exceeds 1 million page visits for the second consecutive year. In another significant milestone, Roland DGA videos surpass 1 million in total YouTube views.
The DWX-50 receives a 2012 WOW! Product Award from the National Association of Dental Laboratories’ Journal of Dental Technology, recognizing it as one of the industry’s most outstanding innovations.
The 64-inch VersaArt RE-640 printer enters the market, combining Roland’s most innovative digital printing technologies into a fast, reliable production platform built for quality imaging.
First ever worldwide contest involving 14 regions in 123 countries gained over 1100 entries from Roland owners. The 30th anniversary event held in Japan brought together Roland representatives and Creative Awards regional winners, with entries on display for selection of the Creative Awards grand prize winner.
Roland’s fastest, most advanced SOLJET ever is introduced, the 64-inch Pro 4 XR-640 printer/cutter, featuring new Eco-Sol MAX 2 ink with new Light Black and improved CMYK, White and Metallic Silver.
Roland DGA offers a variety of new products to support customers’ businesses, from fabric banner material to groundbreaking warranties and partnerships with X-Rite and Keen Systems.
Roland DG celebrates its 30th anniversary with the worldwide Creative Awards, attracting over 1,100 entries of work created by Roland users around the world.
Roland expands its dental mill line with the DWX-50, featuring 5-axis machining capability and an automatic tool changer for production of dental prosthetics.
The innovative VersaUV lineup gets a benchtop flatbed option with the LEF-12, allowing for CMYK, White and Clear UV ink printing on objects up to 4-inches thick.
Roland introduces its first flatbed printer, the VersaUV LEJ-640 hybrid flatbed,for printing on roll media or rigid substrates up to ½-inch thick and 64-inches wide.
Perfect for producing everything from apparel to labels and decals in a compact 20” width, the VersaStudio BN-20 brings Roland’s print/cut and metallic ink capabilities to the desktop.
The DWX-30 debuts as Roland’s first dental milling machine.
Roland announces its largest, most powerful cutter to date, the GX-640.
Roland kicks off its “How to Build the Perfect Printer” campaign featuring the VS printer/cutters in a series of thematic videos, web pages, advertisements, a spoof contest and more.
VersaUV makes the headlines again. First with the new 54” LEC-540 and next by winning the prestigious Label Industry Global Award for New Innovation.
Roland partners with legendary NASCAR champions Richard Childress Racing.
Roland’s most tempting VersaCAMMs ever, the VS Series 40”, 54” and 64” printer/cutters, become instant best-sellers.
Roland adds to its list of accolades with an unprecedented three DPI Product of the Year Awards. The VersaCAMM, AdvancedJET and Eco-SOL MAX Metallic Silver Ink take home honors.
Roland introduces the EGX-30A desktop engraver for entry level engraving.
Roland expands its line of engraving solutions with the new and EGX-360 rotary gift engraver.
Roland DG, in cooperation with Roland DGA, launches the “Imagine. Roland” branding initiative.
New VersaCAMM VP and AdvancedJET “i” models enter the market, featuring Roland Intelligent Pass Control.
Roland introduces the world’s first metallic silver eco-solvent ink, available exclusively for the XC-540MT printer/cutter.
Roland DGA’s “Born to Wrap” brand comes to life in tradeshows and ads throughout the year, highlighted by the Roland Scion wrap.
Jewelry model making gets an upgrade with the new Roland JWX-30 milling machine.
Roland R-Wear Studio for custom apparel applications is introduced to compliment Roland engravers and cutters.
Roland launches a revamped SOLJET Pro III XC-540, featuring white ink capabilities and Roland Intelligent Pass Control technology.
The VersaArt Series wide-format eco-solvent inkjet printers enter the market, offering superior performance and value.
The revolutionary new VersaUV LEC-300 is the world’s first UV inkjet printer/cutter, and leads Roland into new markets like package prototypes and short-run labels. Named DPI Product of the Year.
Roland DGA achieves over $100 million in sales for the first time in history. Marking the occasion, CEO of over 25 years Bob Curtis, passes on the responsibility of President and CEO to former COO Dave Goward.
Mesh printing capabilities and a new 74" model are added to Roland’s AdvancedJET grand-format inkjet series.
Roland introduces its EGX-350 professional model engraver, as well as R-Wear Solutions for custom apparel decoration including rhinestone motifs.
Roland’s introduces the new MDX-540S and MDX-540SA desktop mills and LPX scanners for 3D production made easy.
The SOLJET product line is once again named “Top Products of the Year” by Wide Format Imaging Magazine.
The XJ Series, Roland’s new line of SOLJET Pro III inkjet printers is released, featuring Roland Intelligent Pass Control for “Pure Print Performance.”
Roland introduces a new standard “Two-Year Trouble-Free Warranty” covering most inkjet products with the industry’s longest and most extensive service and support.
Roland adds two new high-performance models to its popular VersaCAMM line. The VP Series printer/cutters: “With VersaPower, you’re the superhero.”
Roland DG celebrates its 25th anniversary and emerges as the number one worldwide provider of wide-format inkjet printers for the durable graphics industry.
Roland introduces its fastest grand-format printer to date, the 104" AdvancedJET AJ-1000 featuring EcoXtreme solvent ink.
Roland’s SOLJET model printer and Eco-SOL MAX ink take Top Product of the Year honors with Wide Format Imaging Magazine.
Roland rides its wave of innovation into the wide-format sublimation market with the Hi-Fi Express FP-740 74" sublimation printer.
The GX-PRO Series of professional grade vinyl cutters carries on Roland’s tradition of excellence in vinyl cutting devices.
The Roland Hi-Fi JET Pro wins the 2006 DIMA Printer Shootout Award for a second consecutive year.
The Roland MPX-70 wins the DIMA Innovative Digital Product Award.
Roland launches its most advanced integrated printer/cutter ever, the SOLJET Pro III XC-540. The same year, end-user Martin Charles uses it for the Miami Vice feature film.
Roland introduces its advanced eco-solvent ink, ECO-SOL MAX, with mascot Max the robot.
The GX-24 vinyl cutter enters the market as Roland’s fastest, most precise desktop vinyl cutter to date.
Roland’s Hi-Fi JET Pro II FJ-540 wins two 2005 DIMA Printer Shootout Awards, adding to its list of accolades.
The Roland JWX-10 jewelry model maker wins the prestigious AJM Innovation Award presented by the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America and AJM Magazine.
Roland follows up on the success of its first photo impact printer with the high-precision Metaza MPX-70 photo impact printer.
Roland introduces V Technology with a new line of high-performance SOLJET inkjets, featuring Roland VersaWorks.
Roland introduces HeatWave, the industry’s first complete wide-format inkjet sublimation solution offered by a manufacturer.
Continuing a tradition of excellence, Roland SOLJET EX inkjets win a pair of DPI Product of the Year awards.
Roland enters the grand-format printing market with the SOLJET SJ-1000.
Roland capitalizes on the success of the VersaCAMM printer/cutter with a new 54" model, the SP-540V.
Roland VersaWorks, a powerful RIP software built by Roland engineers, begins shipping standard with all Roland inkjets.
The revolutionary new Eco-SOL mild solvent ink is launched, enabling VersaCAMM and SOLJET inkjets to print directly onto both coated and uncoated media.
Roland’s “Go Uncoated” campaign makes an industry splash, highlighting the new SOLJET EX models featuring Eco-SOL mild solvent ink.
The VersaCAMM SP-300 is introduced with Roland’s “Your New Best Friend” campaign. The SP-300 is the industry’s first integrated printer/cutter priced under $14,000. VersaCAMM quickly becomes the world’s best selling wide format inkjet.
The EGX-400/600 and EGX-20 continue Roland’s success in desktop and benchtop engraving.
Roland introduces the Pro II Series, an entirely new family of high-performance inkjet printers and printer/cutters.
Roland introduces the world’s first roll-fed desktop printer/cutter, the ColorCAMM PC-12.
Roland’s innovation in vinyl cutters continues with the new state-of-the-art CX PRO Series.
Roland launches the EGX Series engravers, the industry’s best value in computerized desktop engraving.
The LPX-250 becomes the world’s first laser scanner to offer plane and rotary scanning for less than $10,000.
The SOLJET becomes the world’s first solvent printer/cutter available for under $25,000 and features Sol ink with enhanced outdoor durability.
Roland launches the ground breaking new Hi-Fi JET PRO, the world’s first 8-color wide-format inkjet printer with variable droplet technology.
Roland introduces the MDX Series desktop milling machines for in-house rapid prototyping.
The world’s first photo-impact printer, the Roland MPX-50, opens up a world of possibilities for personalized pendants, souvenirs and gifts.
Roland wins its first DPI Product of the Year award for the Hi-Fi JET.
The CJ-500 is the world’s first 6-color wide-format inkjet printer/cutter.
Roland introduces the world’s first 6-color wide format inkjet to print 1440 dpi, the Hi-Fi JET FJ-50.
Roland introduces the ColorCAMM PRO family of wide-format thermal transfer printer/cutters.
The PIX-3 is the first touch probe 3D scanner with Roland Active Piezo Sensor technology for precision scanning of hard or soft substances, including modeling clay.
Roland introduces the world’s first wide-format inkjet print/cutter, the CAMMJET CJ-60.
The CS-20 is the world’s first plotter to offer engraving, pen plotting and vinyl cutting.
Roland introduces the world’s first print/cut device for vinyl with the original ColorCAMM, the PNC-5000.
Roland introduces the PNC-1050 sprocket-fed vinyl cutter.
Roland breaks the $3,000 price barrier for vinyl cutters with the PNC-900.
Roland achieves sales of $9 million and continues to chart it’s course in the sign and digital graphics markets.
The Stika SCP-85 is introduced, leading to the STX-7/8 and SX-8/12/15.
The newly formed Roland DGA Corporation moves to Irvine, California.
Roland DGA Corporation is established to provide complete sales, marketing and support throughout the Americas.
The popularity of the PNC-1000 leads to the PNC-1100, PNC-900, CM-12/24 and CX-12/24.
Roland introduces the world’s first dual-purpose vinyl cutter and pen plotter, the CAMM-1 PNC-1000.
Bob Curtis begins work as the US distributor for Roland Digital Group.
Roland introduces the world’s first desktop CNC mill with the PNC-3000.