Roland has broadened its dye-sub offerings with the Texart XT-640, a 64-in. printer designed to print at speeds up to 1098 sq ft/hr. An upgrade to last year’s Texart RT-640, the printer’s feed adjuster has been improved for more even tensioning and less skewing. It’s intended for the higher-volume production demanded by the fast-fashion industry today, where short runs and one-offs are frequent requests.
Alpha Ink Jet has introduced Chroma+ water-based pigment inks for direct printing onto natural and synthetic fabrics. Available in 8 colors, the inks are compatible with Epson and Kyocera printheads. Chroma+ inks reportedly require no post-treatment and are designed with high wash-fastness. The company also reports that users can lower their ink usage due to the product’s increased pigment load.
With 35 ticketed expo sessions, three trend zones, and six miscellaneous workshops and symposiums, plus a sold-out show floor, it’s safe to assume you didn’t catch all of the educational opportunities SGIA Expo 2015 had to offer. Luckily, the Big Picture staff was able to attend a few – from Wide Format 101 to two of the first-ever Dream Team panels – and we’ve highlighted them here.
Arlon has added silver chrome to its Ultimate PremiumPlus line of color change car wrap films. The new color is designed with a mirror-like finish as well as improved flexibility and repositionability. Available in 52-in. widths.
Arlon has also offered a preview of six additional chrome effect colors to be launched in 2016: Gold Chrome, Satin Gold Chrome, Copper Chrome, Satin Copper Chrome, Bloodbath Chrome, and Terminator Chrome.
Julian Hakes studied weight distribution using footprints in the sand, crafting the Mojito Shoe based on what he learned. The former architect now uses an Ultimaker2 3D printer to print prototypes of the design from his London and Hong Kong offices.
Check out other great print projects from our September issue:
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership hosted its 2015 Community Gathering just before the start of this year’s SGIA Expo in Atlanta in early November. Designed to help SGP-certified printers, manufacturing allies, and print service clients better market, understand, and leverage both sustainable techniques and the benefits of SGP certification, the one-day event also marketed a rebranding for SGP, with their new tagline “leading sustainability for the print industry.”
The Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies (ASDPT) announced its newest members last week at the 2015 SGIA Expo. The academy was established in 1973 by the SGIA board of directors to recognize those who have contributed to the industry’s technical growth and advancement.
Among the honorees was Steve Duccilli, senior VP of content at ST Media Group (Big Picture’s parent company), who also leads Screen Printing magazine.
Digital printing and industry experts tackle your top questions, challenges, concerns, and frustrations as 2015 comes to a close:
Q: We recently purchased a Roland VersaUV LEJ-640FT flatbed printer and had some printing jigs/templates made so we can print directly to hockey sticks, baseball bats, game-use hockey pucks, and tabletops. We keep finding more and more objects we’re able to print on – and we want to keep growing.
Drytac has released ViziPrint Illuminate, a 4-mil translucent window film that utilizes a mechanical bond to adhere to glass and other smooth, flat surfaces without the use of adhesive – eliminating the need for residue cleanup upon removal. ViziPrint Illuminate is bright white and is designed to diffuse light for brighter colors; it’s also reverse printable for applications displayed in direct sunlight or at night with artificial lighting. Available in up to 60-in. widths and printable with UV and latex technologies.
3M’s new Wrap Overlaminate Series 8900 offers carbon fiber and brushed finishes for vehicle and wall wraps. Available in 60-in. widths, the overlaminates are compatible with other 3M graphics products and are accompanied by the company’s MCS Warranty.