Print NW provided a graphic refresh for a local Tacoma Goodwill, totaling 800 square feet of vinyl lettering, window and door graphics, and white ink-printed 3M Scotchcal Clear View Graphic Film 8150 on a charcoal wall to create a chalkboard look. Produced on a Vutek GS3250LX Pro, the install took 30 man hours as the team worked around ongoing construction.
Magic has introduced Adhere6.0, a 6-mil, removable window film featuring a high-gloss surface and a wet-apply silicone adhesive. Adhere6.0 is designed as an environmentally friendly alternative to vinyl. The company reports the material will not residue upon removal. It is printable with latex and UV inks, and is available in 50- and 54-in. widths.
Sihl is transitioning the synthetic liner for its SyntiSol and SyntiTec Easy Tack graphic media to a paper-based, PVC-free alternative. Both materials are designed to be tear-resistant and feature low-tack self-adhesives for bubble-free application and residue-free removal on glass and other smooth, flat surfaces, according to the company.
3529 SyntiSol offers a satin, low-glare finish and a water- and scratch-resistant coating. It is solvent- and UV-printable.
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) has announced its annual Sustainability Conference for September 13 in Las Vegas.
FDC Graphic Films has announced a new warehouse, located in Reno, Nevada, that will serve the western US beginning in August. The company reports regional customers will see reduced delivery times; companies located in metropolitan areas in Arizona, Nevada, and southern California are eligible for next-day delivery.
Every four years, the global printing industry gathers in Düsseldorf, Germany, for drupa, the world’s largest exhibition of printing technology. And, within a day of the massive fair’s opening, the journalists in attendance (nearly 2000 of us) begin jockeying to coin a moniker that best captures the essence of the technology we see.
When asked if there were logistical challenges handling a 500-piece graphic rebranding, James Swanson, principal of Screaming Images, is unfazed. “No,” he says. “My shop is well equipped to handle a project like this.”
X-Rite and its subsidiary Pantone have announced the Fundamentals of Color Training, a series of two-day seminars that will be held in 14 cities throughout North America this fall. Topics will include visual evaluations, communicating color specifications, color tolerances, and instrumentation.
STS Inks has released a new line for use in Fuji Frontier-S DX100 printers using Fuji’s Dry Lab/Photo Lab technology. The 6-color dye-based ink set is available in 200-mL cartridges.
Visitors to drupa’s Innovation Park were surprised to see a collection of realistic seashells ranging in size from a half inch to more than 5 feet tall, all 3D printed in a variety of materials ranging from plastic to metal. The unusual display of mollusks (which, as it happens, are known by the appropriate scientific name drupa ricinus) was organized by the Additive Manufacturing Association, a subgroup of VDMA, a German federation for mechanical engineers).