Roland DGA Launches Two New VersaSTUDIO Desktop Printers

By Dustin Shrader, Managing Editor

January 19, 2024

Irvine, California—Roland DGA Corporation has announced the addition of the BD-8 UV flatbed printer and the BY-20 direct-to-film (DTF) printer to its VersaSTUDIO family of desktop devices.

The BD-8 UV flatbed printer. Photo courtesy of Roland DGA.

The BD-8—the first flatbed UV printer to be offered in Roland DG’s VersaSTUDIO series—makes product personalization easier and more affordable than ever, while the BY-20 and its DTF ink technology usher in a new era of desktop garment decoration for those in the apparel goods market, according to the company.

“Both the BD-8 and BY-20 are small enough to fit on your desk, yet they’re capable of doing very big things,” says Daniel Valade, Roland DGA’s product manager of Digital Print. “Plus, they are priced to suit the budgets and workflows of start-ups, smaller print shops, retail stores, and home-based businesses. The addition of these advanced devices to our VersaSTUDIO lineup complements the series’ existing selection of compact, powerful inkjet printers, cutters, engravers, metal printers, and foil transfer devices, expanding the creative options for our customers.”

The BD-8 is an advanced UV flatbed printer capable of high-definition direct printing on substrates and three-dimensional objects, up to A5 size and four inches (102 mm) in height. With a BD-8, you can produce a wide range of profitable items, including customized smartphone cases, notebooks, cosmetic items, and more. An optional rotary axis unit is also available that lets you print fully around small bottles, lipstick cases, and other cylindrical objects. The BD-8 uses specially formulated EUV5 inks that cure instantly under UV light and adhere well to many different surfaces, including soft materials like fabric or leather and hard substrates such as wood or plastics. Available in CMYK and White, these wide-gamut, premium-quality inks allow you to enhance objects with colorful graphics.

“The small footprint, easy operation, and affordability of the BD-8 makes getting started with product personalization and customization a breeze – even for those with little or no print experience,” says Dave Hawkes, Roland DGA’s Benchtop UV Printer product manager. “It’s a unique device that offers not only unsurpassed ease of use and high-definition image quality, but also optimum safety. It features a built-in fume extractor, so there’s no need to purchase an air filtration device, and its GREENGUARD Gold certified inks meet the most stringent standards for low VOC emissions into indoor air.”

The BY-20 direct-to-film (DTF) printer. Photo courtesy of Roland DGA.

The BY-20 desktop DTF system is centered around the BY-20, a water-based printer that uses the DTF transfer method to improve the design and efficiency of apparel goods production. The BY-20 lets you produce customized apparel and accessories quickly with no weeding required. With the BY-20, you can transfer even complex designs onto both light and dark fabrics—not only cotton but also polyester, cotton polyester, denim, nylon and rayon.

“The BY-20 is the star of a complete direct-to-film system that makes apparel decoration easy, accessible and cost-effective,” Valade says. “It’s compact, simple to use, and offers increased print speeds that allow you to create more high-quality customized garments and accessories in less time.”