French digital press manufacturer MGI has boasted that its new JetVarnish 3D spot UV coater eliminates the compromise of speed over coating thickness, handling both "with ease".

The new 3D coater, which is launched at Drupa, can handle production UV coating speeds while offering enhanced coating thicknesses without a detrimental impact on output.

The latest addition to the JetVarnish platform, which is now three times faster than the original machine, offers 3D spot embossing capabilities that can vary in thickness depending on the application.

According to the manufacturer, this enables the operator to produce a job that differs both in terms of appearance and tactile feel from regular UV coating.

Capable of finishing up to 3,000 520x1,050mm sheets per hour, the JetVarnish 3D offers embossed spot UV coating in addition to standard spot and flood UV coating.

The machine, which is variable-data capable, can handle substrate weights of 135-500gsm.

According to Kevin Abergel, director of marketing at MGI, the new machine is the culmination of several years' development since the original JetVarnish launch.

"Ever since we launched the original model, customers have been demanding we develop the 3D capabilities this new machine now offers," he said.

Although existing customers cannot directly upgrade to the 3D platform, the price of the original JetVarnish machine has now been reduced.

The company also showcased a working prototype of its new B2 Alphajet sheetfed machine at Drupa. The Alphajet can print at a maximum resolution of 1,200dpi and has a top speed of 3,000 sheets an hour.

Capable of six-colour output, the press can UV coat in-line; functionality that the manufacturer said sets it apart from rival machines. It can print onto substrates up to 500gsm with sheet size of up to 520x740mm.