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Roland Creative Awards Grand Prize Winner Named at Roland DG's 30th Anniversary Global Event

Contest Finalists From 16 Regions Attended Awards Ceremony in Hamamatsu, Japan (April 26, 2012)

HAMAMATSU, JAPAN -- (Marketwire) -- 04/26/12 -- Roland DG employees, affiliates, customers and friends from across the globe gathered last week at the company's headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan to celebrate three decades of Roland innovation and creativity.

The week-long 30th anniversary event included a day of 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 best 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.

"Our entry, a scale model tunneling machine, was part of a transportation-themed project that teaches students how to transform a 2D design into a 3D prototype," Haibin said. "Winning the Roland award is important to our school as it provides visibility to our efforts and assists us in attaining funding for future projects."

The winning prototype was produced on a Roland MDX-540 milling machine and is comprised of several sections that were milled separately from a variety of materials. Along its surface are many contours, textures and details made possible by the precision of Roland subtractive rapid prototyping technology.

Open for entries from Sept. 2011 to Jan. 2012, 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. In addition to being a showcase of creativity, the contest illustrated the breadth of Roland's technological achievements.

The entire gallery of entries can be viewed online at For more information on Roland products, please visit

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