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EFI Hosts First DirectSmile User Conference

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Cross-Media customers shared ideas and insight on their businesses, software.

Approximately 100 EFI DirectSmile cross-media customers attended EFI’s first DirectSmile user conference August 27-28 in Berlin. Print providers, advertising agencies, and marketing service providers from 15 countries on three continents met to share ideas, find inspiration, and get insights for the development of their cross-media business, according to the company, as well as share feedback on the current and future development of the DirectSmile software.

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Digitl Ink Adds DigiSub Ink

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The dye-sub ink is designed for use with Epson printhead technology.

Digitl Ink has announced its addition of DigiSub Ink, a dye-sublimation ink solution for printers using Epson printhead technology. Features include resistance to scratch, abrasion, cracking, peeling, and fading. Available in bulk.

DIGITL INK
www.digitlink.co
 

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Taking the Strip Less Traveled

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Check out nature v. neon in Vegas after SGIA Expo show hours.

If you’re attending SGIA Expo 2014 in October, you know you’re headed to Vegas, Baby! One of the coolest vacation destinations in the world! But there’s more to Las Vegas than the bright lights and casinos.

Have you ever thought about getting off the Strip? Maybe even heading a bit out of town to see the sights instead of the neon? The show ends at 4:30 p.m. Friday, so why not extend your trip to the weekend, rent a car, and make it an adventure?

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Twinkie Tease and Reveal

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One of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s top out-of-home projects.

“Twinkie Tease & Reveal,” a Hostess advertising campaign, won a silver award in the Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s billboard category and was a finalist among food and beverage entrants. It was executed by creative at Bernstein-Rein Advertising.

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Critical Coverage

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Plus, a directory of close to 30 suppliers of wide-format laminators.

Many applications in today’s world of wide-format printing are accustomed to taking a serious beating. Floor, window, and wall graphics; vehicle wraps; and signage run the risk of damage from exposure to the elements, such as heat, sun, or heavy rain during a storm; human error like car accidents; and things you just can’t stop, like constant foot traffic over a floor graphic. So, it’s clear lamination is a necessary component to the final touches of a project, ensuring the printed graphics are visible and casualty free.

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New NinjaFlex Colors, Website from Fenner Drives

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Two metallic colors added to existing line.

Fenner Drives has added two new colors to NinjaFlex, a thermoplastic elastomer 3D printer filament.

The two metallic colors, Silver and Gold, will be available in October, and are joining NinjaFlex’s nine other existing color options: Snow, Fire, Midnight, Sapphire, Lava, Flamingo, Grass, Sun, and Water. All NinjaFlex filaments are available in 1.75- and 3-mm diameters.

The new website features technical specifications, case studies, and an ideas-exchange forum.

FENNER DRIVES
www.ninjaflex3d.com
 

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Roland Introduces 3D Printer, Milling Machine

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Products are part of the monoFab series launch.

Roland has announced its first additive 3D printer, the ARM-10, and a compact 3D subtractive milling machine, the SRM-20, part of the company’s monoFab series.

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Coveris Advanced Coatings Adds Magic PCW-Matte

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Compatible with aqueous, solvent, eco-solvent, and UV inks.

Coveris Advanced Coatings has introduced its Magic PCW-Matte, a 14-mil, 100-percent post-consumer waste matte paper. The paper is compatible with aqueous, solvent, eco-solvent, and UV inks. The ultra-smooth, bright white base is designed for indoor and outdoor products like posters, P-O-S, P-O-P displays, and more.
 

Available in 36- and 42-in. widths.

COVERIS ADVANCED COATINGS
www.magicinkjet.com
 

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Out of Bounds

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OBIE award winners from 2014 demonstrate OOH’s expansion into digital.

With margins on some of out-of-home media shrinking, are billboards, transit-shelter graphics, and other outdoor applications still worth your while? With a growth in multi-platform jobs (think digital signage coordinated with taxi-top signage and even staircase wraps) there are growing opportunities to turn that slim-pickings gig into a healthier revenue driver.

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HP Announces Centre of Excellence, Expanded Ink Plant

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New 226,000-square-foot facility in Singapore will open in 2015.

HP has opened a new Graphics Solutions Centre of Excellence and expanded its HP Indigo ink plant in Singapore. The new 226,000-square-foot facility will provide customers with one-stop access to HP’s digital printing portfolio. It will also expand local ink manufacturing capabilities to include inks for the HP Indigo 10000, 20000, and 30000 Digital Presses.

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