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The Training Track

(September 2012) posted on Thu Aug 30, 2012

Hit the classroom – real or virtual – to learn new skills and refine existing practices.

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The company also offers an Online Webinar Series. In 2012, the topics included: “Take the Mystery Out of Backlit Film” and others; webinars are free for Roland users and $49 for guest users. And the “Tips & Tricks” section on its website provides free articles on topics including apparel, banners, finishing, print/cut, restyling, and more.

Sawgrass Technologies ( offers more than 50 free Educational Webcasts on sublimation and digital apparel decoration. Major categories include: Production & Applications, Business Management, Software and Graphics, Social Media for Business, Sales and Marketing, and Troubleshooting. The company’s “Extreme Shirts!” 60-minute educational video provides information on how to produce oversized graphics and all-over T-shirts, and what sublimation-technology options are available for this apparel-decoration trend.

3M ( offers its Advanced Installation Training for vehicle wraps: three-day, in-depth hands-on training, discussion, and demonstrations. Held several times a year in St. Paul, Minnesota, these training opps are done by 3M Preferred Graphics Installers from 3M Technical Service. Other 3M training opportunities include two- to five-day vehicle-graphics training in conjunction with Lowen Corporation (Kansas); and a Graphics Training Seminar with 3M Preferred Graphics Installers (dates and locales to be announced). 3M also offers separate certification programs: 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company, 3M Preferred Graphics Installer, and 3M Endorsed Vehicle Graphics Installer.

Its 3M Graphics Video Library includes a number of instructional videos for graphics providers. The online videos cover topics such as: vehicle and fleet graphics; wall and architectural graphics; cut graphics; and general installation.

Xpedx ( offered its Wide Format Western Road Show in 2012, designed to help print operations understand how to capture sales in the wide-format printing segment. Featuring equipment, media, demonstration, and advice sessions, the free shows exposed attendees to an array of equipment and substrates/media, and advised attendees on how to build a strategic marketing plan to succeed in the wide-format space. The company reports it is currently putting together a schedule for a similar Road Show in 2013.