Expo broke records, generated buzz, introduced new technologies.
3M New Media
3M (www.3mgraphics.com) introduced an array of new media updates, including:
• 3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 is available in four matte colors – black, white, silver, and military green. These pressure-activated, 3.5-mil cast films are designed to provide dimensional stability and durability without the need for an overlaminate. The films feature non-visible air-release channels and 60-in. widths.
• Scotchcal brand Changeable Graphic Film IJ36-20 now features adhesive technology designed to improve removability and pliability in colder temperatures. The film applies easily and removes without heat (some heat may be required in colder temperatures), 3M reports, and is solvent and UV-print compatible; also features a lay-flat liner.
• 3M Wall Decorating Film IJ86E is a 6-mil changeable film designed for interior wall graphics using UV inkjet and UV screen printing. Its adhesive technology provides excellent adhesion but still allows sliding and repositioning of the graphic, the company reports. IJ86E is a non-PVC film made with less solvent and designed for use with UV inks.
Durst’s Rhotex 320
The Rhotex 320 printer from Durst (www.durstus.com) made its North American debut. Aimed at the soft-signage markets, the printer is available in 4-color standard or in an optional configuration of CMYKcm+light black and/or spot colors. The Rhotex 320 features Durst’s Quadro Array 30D AQ printhead technology, an inline ink dryer, an automated capping station that covers all printheads automatically when the sled is in “park” position to eliminate evaporation of the printer’s water-based inks, an integrated ink absorbing system to keep inks from penetrating through the media, and more. It offers P-O-P qual¬ity output at up to 775 sq ft/hr (645 sq ft/hr in High Resolution mode) and a top resolution of 600 dpi. See September 2010 for more information.
Neschen SolvoPrint Nolite 175 Media
Neschen (www.neschenbrands.com) made its first showing of SolvoPrint Nolite 175, a 7-mil matte polyester media for use with solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV-curable printers. Suitable for indoor and short-term outdoor projects, it features 100% opacity to remove shadows and image washout due to backlit conditions, edge-curl resistance, and a scratch-resistant coating. Applications include P-O-P displays, retail signage, tradeshow graphics, and display systems. Avail¬able in 36 x 98-in. rolls.