Roland Innovations and Awards

Explore Roland DG milestones by clicking on the years and thumbnails below. View innovations for creative professionals in the graphic arts, signmaking, fine art reproduction, engraving and 3D modeling industries.

2016

Roland DG expands the TrueVIS range with the 4-colour TrueVIS SG Series printer/cutter, up to 60% faster than its predecessor the VersaCAMM SP-540i.

Roland DG announces the new TrueVIS series with the TrueVIS VG printer/cutter, with new TrueVIS ink. The new series features a redesigned chassis and new printheads.

Roland DG added more vibrancy to the Texart series with Fluor ink, offering businesses even more versatility for the production of soft signage, sportswear, fashion and more.

Roland DG introduces the LEF-300 to its VersaUV range of desktop flatbed printers. Designed for larger-scaled production, the LEF-300 boasts a large bed for personalised production.

2015

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 Colour 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.

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.

Roland DG develops the world’s first and only wide-format flatbed UV printer capable of printing on materials up to 152mm thick, the LEJ-640FT, built on the award-winning VersaUV platform.

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.

2014

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 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.

2013

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.

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.

2012

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.

2011

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 Gloss UV ink printing on objects up to 100mm thick.

Roland introduces its first flatbed printer, the VersaUV LEJ-640 hybrid flatbed,for printing on roll media or rigid substrates up to 12.7mm thick and 1625-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.

2010

The DWX-30 debuts as Roland’s first dental milling machine.

Roland announces its largest, most powerful cutter to date, the GX-640.

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’s most tempting VersaCAMMs ever, the VS Series 40”, 54” and 64” printer/cutters, become instant best-sellers.

2009

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.

2008

Jewellery 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.

2007

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.

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 adds two new high-performance models to its popular VersaCAMM line. The VP Series printer/cutters: “With VersaPower, you’re the superhero.”

2006

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 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.

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.

2005

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 follows up on the success of it’s 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.

2004

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.

2003

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.

2002

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.

2001

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 an economical price.

The SOLJET becomes the world’s most economical solvent printer/cutter available and features Sol ink with enhanced outdoor durability.

2000

Roland launches the ground breaking new Hi-Fi JET PRO, the world’s first 8-colour 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.

1999

The CJ-500 is the world’s first 6-color wide-format inkjet printer/cutter.

1998

Roland introduces the world’s first 6-color wide format inkjet to print 1440 dpi, the Hi-Fi JET FJ-50.

1997

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.

1996

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.

1995

Roland introduces the world’s first print/cut device for vinyl with the original ColorCAMM, the PNC-5000.

1994

Roland introduces the PNC-1050 sprocket-fed vinyl cutter.

1993

Roland introduces a new generation of vinyl cutters with the PNC-900.

1991

The Stika SCP-85 is introduced, leading to the STX-7/8 and SX-8/12/15.

1989

The popularity of the PNC-1000 leads to the PNC-1100, PNC-900, CM-12/24 and CX-12/24.

1988

Roland introduces the world’s first dual-purpose vinyl cutter and pen plotter, the CAMM-1 PNC-1000.

1987

Roland introduces the world’s first desktop CNC mill with the PNC-3000.