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Mohawk Expands Wide-Format Offerings

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32 product lines include backlit signage, fabrics, and more.

Mohawk, a manufacturer of digitally printable specialty substrates, has expanded its wide-format inkjet product offerings from six to 112 items spanning 32 product lines. Among the additions are backlit, light-blocking, black polyester, adhesive, and tear-resistant materials. Ink compatibilities include aqueous, Memjet, solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV-curable.

The company has also launched a new online Digital Product Selector for product searching by media or ink type.
 

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EFI Launches Online Community

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‘Imaging of Things’ connects print industry professionals.

EFI has created Imaging of Things, an online community for EFI customers to exchange ideas and applications. Users, including ad agencies, marketers, brand owners, and designers in addition to EFI customers, can post images and videos of their digitally printed work on the forum-style website.

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Multimedia Bolsters Grinch-Themed Fundraiser

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Digitally displayed Instagram posts energize holiday event.

A little more than five years ago, Marco Foster went to the doctor for a headache and discovered he had a brain tumor. Today, he is both a lucky survivor and a supporter of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois (BIA), a nonprofit supporting individuals, as well as their families and healthcare professionals, who are affected by brain injuries.

For Foster’s fifth annual fundraiser for the BIA last December, he chose a Grinch theme and turned to digital signage provider Mevato to add an interactive social media element.

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Floating Graphics Commemorate Mother's Day

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Agio Imaging provides 50-foot buoyant display.

The University of Notre Dame celebrated alumnus Frank Hering’s early 1900s campaign for the founding of Mother’s Day by commissioning this CNC-routed floating display, featuring a 41 x 50-foot heart and 29 x 21-foot “ND” logo. Graphics provider Agio Imaging printed the display on a total of 52 1-inch-thick Gatorplast panels.

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SGIA Opens Annual Student Printing Competition

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Winners honored at 2016 expo in September.

SGIA’s annual Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition has opened for entries. Named for the late editor of Screen Printing magazine, a sister publication to Big Picture, the competition celebrates the projects of graphic arts students at the secondary and post-secondary levels across a variety of specialty imaging categories. Entries must be:

• Submitted on behalf of student printers by graphics instructors who hold an SGIA educational membership;
• Produced during the 2015-16 school year;
• And submitted by June 30.

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FESPA Digital Sells Out 10th Annual Event

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Returns to Amsterdam for largest show to date.

FESPA has announced that the FESPA Digital, European Sign Expo, and the inaugural FESPA Textile 2016 co-located shows have sold out. Held at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam, March 8-11, the trio of events will comprise more than 450 exhibitors across the wide-format digital printing, textile printing, signage, and printed interior decoration industries.

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Selfie Campaign Extends Reach for OOH Ads

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Miami arcade looks to social media to double campaign success.

Game Time gave out free game credits to customers who posted selfies with the arcade’s transit ads to social media. The 30-location campaign was handled by OOH provider Outfront Media with the goal of reaching Miami commuters, who spend an average of 160 miles traveling each week.

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Red River Paper Offers Glossy and Metallic Finishes

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For printing high-contrast color.

Red River Paper’s glossy photo papers are designed for printing high-contrast images and other applications that call for a high color density. The company’s wide-format selection includes the 10.4-mil UltraPro Gloss 2.0, a bright white, smooth gloss paper, and the 10.4-mil Polar Pearl Metallic, with a pearlescent glossy finish. Both are available in up to 44-in. widths.

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HP Updates WallArt Software for Decorative Printers

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Web-to-print platform offers real-time ordering.

HP has revealed WallArt Suite, the newest version of its web-to-print platform designed for small- to medium-sized PSPs working with wallcoverings. The cloud-based system is free for HP Latex customers and offers features tailored to the design process, quotes, customer orders, and more.

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Changing Laws for Gun Control: A Signage Opportunity?

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Texas print shop turns hot topic into profit.

Where many saw a political debate stirring after a law permitting licensed open carry in Texas took effect on January 1, the team at the SpeedPro Imaging in Irving saw a business opportunity.

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