Also announce new contest.
3M has introduced several new products, including a new film that will adhere to rough walls, other new media, as well as inks and inksets.
3M's new Scotchcal Graphic Film for Textured Surfaces IJ8624 allows companies to directly apply digitally printed advertisements and promotions on rough-textured surfaces such as concrete block, brick, tile, poured concrete, or stucco. For use with solvent printers, this 2-mil pressure-sensitive film is paired with 3M's 2-mil Scotchcal Luster Overlaminate 8524.
The printed and laminated film is applied to the rough surface with a special heat gun and application roller set. The film is heated to 250? to 300? and the roller helps the film conform to moderately textured surfaces found on flat and curved walls and other surfaces; the film's gray adhesive helps hide the background wall color. Once it cools, the material hardens, and the final images appears to be painted on the surface; the film is also removable with heat.
Offering a 1-yr indoor and 30-day outdoor warranty, IJ8624 is for use with solvent inkjet printers; IJ8624E is for use with electrostatic printers.
The new 3-yr film for solvent and UV-curable printing from 3M is Scotchcal Graphics Film IJ35-10 (glossy) and IJ35-20 (matte). These new 3.2-mil opaque polymeric calendered films can be used for promotional graphics, general signage, architectural applications, display and exhibit graphics, and P-O-P signs. These films feature a clear permanent adhesive, a slip-resistant liner for printing and cutting, and show good layflat characteristics.
The company also has:
* Expanded its Panagraphics III Wide Width Flexible Substrates product line, which is used for frontlit and backlit signs. New widths include 59, 79, 98, and 165 in.
* Developed the Piezo InkJet Ink Series 2800UV for the EFI Vutek QS2000 and QS3200 printers. Offering 6-color (CMYKcm) plus white, these inks promise durability, weather-resistance, and good color retention; in addition, the inks are highly flexible and can be used on curved, corrugated, or flat surfaces. They're backed by the 3M MCS Warranty and finished graphics may be warranted up to 5 yr.
* Has added white to its Piezo Inkjet Ink Series 2200UV for the EFI Vutek PressVu 200 printer and to its Piezo Inkjet Ink Series 2700UV for the Durst Rho 160R printer. And 3M has extended its MCS Warranty to cover the HP Scitex TJ8300 printer using 3M Piezo Inkjet Ink Series 4800.
* Has announced that print shops can compete for the 'Wrap for a Roush Contest.' Shops submit their best vehicle wraps for consideration and the winner will drive home a Roush Stage 3 Mustang. To qualify, the wraps must incorporate 3M media and overlaminates. See the website for details.