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Neschen Americas’ (www.neschenamericas.com) Training and Education Center is designed to train students on the Seal and Neschen brand portfolio, from product selection to final delivery. The center is located near the company's Elkridge, Maryland, headquarters and includes a workroom, conference room, and expandable classroom; it’s equipped with laminators, laminates, media, and wide-format printers. Course options for print-service providers include: InDisplay In Depth, where students learn about the integration of inkjet media, hardware, and laminating films in creating comprehensive display products; Application Training in Finishing; Textile Printing and Material Selection; and more. There are also course options for sales training.
Roland Academy’s (www.rolanddga.com) end-user and dealer workshops feature hands-on instruction by industry experts on wide-format printers, printer/cutters, vinyl cutters, engraving machines, and more. It held two 2013 Born to Wrap vehicle-graphics workshops, in conjunction with Digital EFX Wraps, in Irvine, California and Louisville, Kentucky earlier this year; the next workshop is scheduled for November 12-13 in Welcome, North Carolina. Attendees learned about file setup and design, color matching and workflow, printing, cutting and laminating, job estimation, sales, and advertising; and preparation, application, and removal techniques.
The company also offers an Online Webinar Series. In 2013, the topics included: “Intro to VersaWorks” and “PrintCut Workflow with Adobe Illustrator.” Other topics are archived on the site. And the “Tips & Tricks” section on its website provides free articles on topics including apparel, banners, finishing, print/cut, restyling, and more.
SA International (SAi, www.thinksai.com) has opened a dedicated training and technology center, located at its new Brussels-based EMEA headquarters in Belgium. The new facility serves as a state-of-the-art demonstration, training, and testing center and offers educational sessions on SAi software and applications to the company’s reseller and OEM network, as well as to end-users. The center includes a fully equipped showroom comprising hardware and consumables, including a suite of wide-format printers, plus vinyl cutters and specialized spectrophotometers.
More than 50 free Educational Webcasts on sublimation and digital apparel decoration are available from Sawgrass Technologies (www.sawgrassink.com). Major categories include: Production & Applications, Software and Graphics, Social Media for Business, Sales and Marketing, Business Management, and Troubleshooting. Also available are various Educational Webinars, how-to videos, knowledge bases for sublimation and digital apparel, and more.