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In every educational business, administrators must manage their budgets carefully. Expenses arise from all areas of the organisation but some of the greatest expenditure comes from ad-hoc outsourced jobs. Although each one might seem innocuous on its own, over the course of a year, these expenses can be the-death-of-a-thousand-cuts for your budget.
Take print jobs as an example. Posters and advertising materials are essential for attracting new students and raising awareness about events. There is a year-round need for printed material, yet many establishments choose to outsource these tasks to print service providers. Even if the cost of new equipment can seem daunting, it pales in comparison to third-party production costs and in the long run, it’s an investment that pays off.
Roland DG are renowned for creating reliable hardware for a wide variety of industries including schools and universities. Below are just a few examples of the ways our equipment has been used by educational professionals and businesses.
Cutting plotters, vinyl cutters, or simply ‘cutters’ have been firm favourites for decades in design and technology. These devices cut sheets of material, or ‘media’ (typically adhesive vinyl) according to a digital vector image. This opens many possible uses, limited only by the huge variety of media available. By cutting frosted vinyl, you can easily create window lettering and door signage. With the addition of a heat press, you can cut logos and text out of coloured heat transfer vinyl and create your own garments or cloth bags.
Roland’s cutters have consistently maintained a reputation as the best in the industry. From the compact STIKA craft cutter, to the GS-24 professional desktop cutter and the wide format GR series, Roland have a solution for all needs.
Rather than simply cutting vinyl, you can also print onto all kinds of materials and cut even the most intricate designs all on a single machine. This gives you the versatility to create posters, banners, stickers and labels, and effectively bring all your printing in-house. You might also discover other, more creative applications - for example, the same device can be used to print vinyl wall art or even vehicle wraps, skills which are in high demand as the sign and graphics industry grows.
Roland’s range of printers and printer/cutters lead the market due to their reliable build, high-quality output and low cost of ownership. Starting with the desktop printer/cutter, the VersaSTUDIO BN-20 you can get excellent results with most small-scale print and cut jobs. From there, you can satisfy more intensive demand and expand the range of possible applications with the wide-format TrueVIS SG series. Available in two sizes, this is the printer/cutter that has, since its release, launched countless hundreds of businesses worldwide.
Engraving devices have several applications which can reduce your reliance on outsourced jobs. Using very simple processes, even a novice can start engraving text onto name plates for use with trophies. If there’s a need for hard-wearing labelling, plaques in a variety of engraved materials can easily be created.
Roland’s engravers include the MPX-95 impact printer, which makes it possible to etch photo-quality images onto flat metal surfaces, and the DE-3 desktop engraver opens a wide range of materials like brass, stainless steel, wood, acrylic and many more.
3D design usually comes in one of two forms - subtractive, where an item is carved out of a block of material, and additive, where the item is built up in layers or slices of a hardening resin or other compound. 3D milling is a subtractive method which can unlock several capabilities, particularly in the fields of design and construction. With these devices, it’s possible to accurately mill an array of materials according to 3D CAD files and create product concepts, moulds and prototypes. These same prototypes and models can also be created using additive methods like 3D printing.
Roland’s expertise in 3D milling has seen our devices used within aerospace, motorsport, medical and dentistry, and construction. Our MODELA MDX range offers robust milling machines in a range of sizes and with varying capabilities like multi-axis milling, automatic tool changing and unattended milling. For additive model production, our monoFab ARM-10 is a compact and affordable device which lets you create complex 3D models from a resin hardened with UV light.
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At Roland, we want to help our customers find the best solution for them and get the most from it once they have invested. With extensive training resources and industry-beating customer care, we’ve developed a range of solutions for establishments like Falmouth University, Cardiff Met University and the NTDC at Coventry University, to name a few. If you’re looking for an educational solution, click here to get in touch with our team of experts.