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Recyclable Backlit Film from Magic

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Hilite8.0 features a satin finish.

Magic’s new Hilite8.0 backlit film is designed with a satin finish for graphics in restaurants, fitness centers, shopping malls, transit venues, and more. The material is recyclable and is printable with latex and UV inks, with a bright white, anti-glare surface. Available in up to 60-in. widths.

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Caldera Develops Software with Lüscher-Tschudi

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RIP designed for industrial textile printer T-Rex 320.

Caldera and Swiss manufacturer Lüscher-Tschudi have partnered to develop a printer-specific version of Caldera’s GrandRIP+ for the T-Rex 320 textile printer. The 126-inch industrial machine, which features a fabric loading and transportation system and an inline fixation unit and dryer, outputs soft signage and other textile applications at up to nearly 2500 square feet per hour. The GrandRIP+ platform offers color management features designed specifically for fabric printing; media and ink optimization; and the optional TextilePro suite for RGB workflow and pattern options.

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Devo Wall Mural Spruces up Akron Storefront

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Central Graphics Group participates in city refurbishing project.

To spruce up a rundown storefront in downtown Akron, the Summit County Convention and Visitors Bureau commissioned a 174-inch wall mural from Central Graphics Group. Printed with an Epson SureColor S30670 onto Mactac Rebel Multi-Print Media and laminated with Mactac Permacolor ColorGard LUV, the mural depicts the locally based ’70s rock band, Devo.

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From the Editor: Print Like an Olympian

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They make it look easy, but what's behind the scenes?

The every-four-year, not-to-be-missed world event is here, and I’m not talking about drupa. Viewers around the globe will be glued to their TVs for most of August as they watch the best athletes alive compete in the 31st Olympic Games. These competitors have trained for years, perhaps their whole lives, just for a spot at Rio 2016. And in order to get there, preparation and readiness are key.

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STS Inks Develops Alternative for Roland AdvancedJets

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Introducing the Eco-Xtreme ink families.

STS Inks has launched Eco-Xtreme inks, a series developed for Roland’s Ai2, Ai3, and Ai4 inks for use on the AdvancedJet AJ and AJ-i printer series. Eco-Xtreme is available in 1-L cartridges and in 6 colors: CMYKcm. The series is compatible with coated and uncoated media.

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3M Adds PVC-Free Intermediate Film

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And, companion overlaminates.

3M has released Envision Print Film 48C, a PVC-free alternative to the company’s Controltac Print Film 40C. The intermediate film is designed for applications such as windows, walls, floors, signage, and partial vehicle graphics. It features 3M Comply Adhesive for air release and is engineered to resist tears and bubbles during installation and removal. Envision 48C is also printable with solvent, UV, and latex printing, durable up to 5 years indoor and outdoor (3 months for floors), and available in 54-in. widths.

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Graphics One Launches Three-in-One Rotary Heat Press Calendar

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Offers roll-to-roll, cut piece, and dye fixing.

The ThermTX from Graphics One is a 44-inch rotary heat press calendar featuring three capabilities: roll-to-roll, cut piece, and dye fixing. The machine offers heat sensors and an automated cooldown system designed to maintain a consistent temperature. The roll feed and take-up system leverages three mandrels for feeding and three for take-up; it also includes a material centering system for quick loading. For cut-piece users, the unit offers a fixed table and catch bin. The solid steel model features a 7.8-in. drum.

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Mactac Offers Permanent Adhesive for Difficult Surfaces

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Rebel X-treme media bonds to cinderblocks and more.

Mactac has revealed Rebel X-treme, a permanent adhesive media designed for difficult surfaces such as indoor and outdoor concrete surfaces, cinderblock walls, polypropylene, pebbled surfaces, powder-coated paint, stainless steel, and more. The material features a double-sided SuperFlat release liner and a 99%-opaque, blue-white PVC film in addition to the clear adhesive. Rebel X-treme is printable with latex, UV, solvent, and eco-solvent inks. It is durable up to 7 years outdoors and is available in 54- and 60-in. widths.

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Mimaki Updates RasterLink6 RIP Software

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Including Pantone libraries, cut marks, and more.

Mimaki has released version 5 of its RasterLink6 RIP software. New features include:

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Agfa Launches Apogee Version 10

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Now offered in a cloud-based option.

Agfa Graphics has released the 10th version of its Apogee Suite of workflow management software. New features include a new user interface and a cloud-based option.

The Apogee WebApproval portal for print buyers will now offer preflight notifications, page bleed and trim size information, separation previews, and validation for complex versioning.

Additional changes include IntelliTune technology for automatic image correction and image quality improvement, as well as enhanced versioning support.
 

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