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Hamamatsu, Japan-based wide-format printer maker Roland DG, parent company of Roland DGA, Irvine, Calif., announced the winner of its Creative Awards contest during a celebration of the firm’s 30th Anniversary global event, recently held in Japan.
The week-long 30th anniversary event included a day of fun and festivities at the company’s headquarters, followed by tours of Tokyo and Kyoto. Throughout the event, all eyes were on the 16 attending regional finalists in the company’s recent Roland Creative Awards international contest, whose work was recognized as the world’s most creative and innovative from 1,193 contest entries.
The highlight of the celebration came Tuesday evening when Roland DG President Masahiro Tomioka awarded the contest’s grand prize to the Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts in North Eastern China. Accepting the award were Du Haibin and Jiao Hongwei, industrial design professors at the university. As the grand prize, Haibin and Hongwei have selected a Roland EGX-360 gift engraver for the university.
The elaborate winning entry—- a tunneling machine prototype—was produced on a Roland MDX-540 milling machine and is comprised of several sections that were each milled separately from a variety of materials.
The Roland Creative Awards invited Roland businesses from more than 120 countries worldwide to submit their best work as produced on the company’s wide-format inkjet printers, vinyl cutters, engravers, 3D milling machines and other production tools. Entries spanned industries and applications, and included everything from signage, banners and vehicle wraps to personalized accessories, jewelry designs, decorated apparel and even tattoo art. The entire gallery of entries can be viewed online at www.rolandcreativeawards.com.