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A Roland VersaUV LEF-12 UV printer is set up in the Miyuki Acryl studio

Miyuki Acryl and Roland create one-of-a-kind acrylic pieces

Miyuki Acryl was established in 1970 but is absolutely on trend today. Based in Adachi, Tokyo, Miyuki Acryl is a specialist in acrylic, selling its own brand of acrylic materials and products with the option of decoration using a Roland VersaUV LEF-12 UV printer.

The Miyuki Acryl studio is located in a residential area of Kita-Ayase and use Roland UV print technology to decorate acrylicThe Miyuki Acryl studio is located in a residential area of Kita-Ayase


Its factory makes more than 6,000 different types of acrylic in transparent and solid colours, marble and lamé patterns, and even infused with real fabrics. Acrylic is currently a must-have material for products like statement jewellery, and Miyuki Acryl artisans craft each pattern to appeal to designers. The showroom displays some 700 types of acrylic sheets – sold under Miyuki Acryl's own acrylic brand called TOKYO ACRYL – like a record shop for customers to browse through and purchase.

The showroom displays some 700 types of acrylic sheets which can be personalised using Roland UV print technologyThe Miyuki Acryl showroom features acrylic sheets lined up like a record store

The Roland UV printer can decorate over 700 types of acrylic sheets in various colours and sizesCustomers can browse through and purchase some 700 types of acrylic sheets in various colours and sizes

A Roland VersaUV LEF-12 UV printer is set up in the Miyuki Acryl studioA Roland VersaUV LEF-12 UV printer is set up in the Miyuki Acryl studio

"We wanted the general public to discover the true beauty of acrylic, so we began selling acrylic sheets that we designed ourselves, and started taking part in more events throughout Japan and overseas like Taiwan," explains Miyuki Acryl's Vice President Masaya Ono. "Now we even have international customers dropping by after finding information on the internet about the acrylic we manufacture here."


Workshops provide hands-on experience working with acrylic

The factory space also hosts workshops, enabling customers to work with acrylic and create unique products themselves, and has a gallery of vintage Miyuki Acryl pieces to inspire them. Recently, a team from Roland attended a workshop with overseas sales partners from the Middle East, Africa and Taiwan to explore how this versatile material can be used with Roland technology to produce stunning items.

Miyuki Acryl staff welcomed overseas sales partners in charge of Roland DG product salesMiyuki Acryl staff welcomed overseas sales partners in charge of Roland DG product sales in the Middle East, Africa and Taiwan regions

Getting hands-on with acrylic, the visitors learnt two different skills: bending and dyeing. Acrylic is easy to bend into shape at relatively low temperatures, so participants got involved by making their own smartphone stand using their choice of coloured or patterned acrylic sheets from a selection. These had been laser-cut into shape and printed with the Roland VersaUV LEF-12 UV printer in advance, allowing the participants to focus on heating the acrylic and bending it into the perfect stand shape.

Bending acrylic using an acrylic benderBending acrylic using an acrylic bender

Smartphone stand made which can be personalised using Roland VersaUV LEF printersSmartphone stand made after selecting acrylic sheet with the desired colour or pattern

Acrylic can easily be bent to shape to create a personalised mobile phone holderHeating up acrylic by holding it close to a heater, and then bending it into shape to form a stand

Acrylic is a versatile material and is easy to print on using Roland UV printersParticipants focused intently during their first time working with acrylic

Acrylic is printed on using Roland UV LEF printers in advance before being bent to shapeTaking a hands-on, practical approach to learning about acrylic fabrication

The dyeing workshop explored acrylic's fantastic ability to take on colour, much like fabric or paper, thanks to its composition of around six cent water by weight. Students experimented by dipping transparent acrylic keychains, engraved with a laser cutter in advance, into a pot of dissolved resin dye to achieve the right intensity of colour – similar to cooking fondue or Japanese shabu-shabu hotpot.

Print keyrings using Roland VersaUV UV LEF benchtop printersTransparent key chains can be dyed with stunning results

Resin dye is dissolved in water and heated in a pot before dipping acrylic pieces into the mixture similar to fondue or shabu-shabuResin dye is dissolved in water and heated in a pot before dipping acrylic pieces into the mixture similar to fondue or shabu-shabu

The UV printed keyrings are rinsed to complete the dyeing processOnce items reach the desired colour intensity, they are removed and rinsed to complete the dyeing process

Participants expressed their amazement when dyeing their acrylic pieces in potsParticipants expressed their amazement when dyeing their acrylic pieces in pots


What does the future hold for Miyuki Acryl?

We asked Vice President Masaya Ono about some of the initiatives being taken by Miyuki Acryl.

Vice President of Miyuki Acryl, Masaya OnoVice President of Miyuki Acryl, Masaya Ono

"These days there are many facilities like shared factories where anyone can get involved in fabrication, and acrylic is increasing in popularity because it is a familiar material that is easy to work with using digital tools like UV printers and laser cutters. We are also seeing more people interested in the acrylic materials that we have developed over the years for customers to make their own products," comments Masaya Ono.

He adds: "By applying advanced fabrication techniques like 3D bending and dyeing, people can make items with unmatched originality. As professionals in the acrylic industry, we want even more people to discover how acrylic can be used and new ways to enjoy the beauty the material offers."

Miyuki Acryl also organises events at businesses and spaces like Makers' Base – another Roland VersaUV LEF user.

The Roland team and their international guests were able to take home their smartphone stands and keychains – unique items demonstrating the stunning versatility of printing on acrylic.

Would you like to discover more about printing directly to acrylic using Roland UV printers? Contact us to find out more, arrange a demonstration or to request a sample.

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