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In the Groove

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A chipping truck challenges Wicked Wraps.

At quick glance, wrapping a chipping truck for a local tree trimming company looks like an easy job. Or so Wicked Wraps (www.wickedwraps.net) thought. Running nearly the full length of the truck’s 15 x 8-foot body panels, however, are a series of three corrugated grooves, each five inches deep.

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Working With Wallcoverings Installers

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Lessons in planning and communication from the WIA.

Last September, the National Guild of Professional Paperhangers (NGPP), now the Wallcovering Installers Association (WIA, www.wallcoveringinstallers.org), held its National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, complete with classes that portrayed digitally printed products as the hottest items in the market. The digital printing process has allowed for true customization and, as a result, expansion into new markets, from retail to museum exhibitions. As more and more projects bring printers and installers together, industry differences can lead to costly miscommunication between the two.

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New Enfocus PitStop 13

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Introduces next-generation preflight and automated bleed creation.

Enfocus has re-engineered PitStop 13 with a redesigned preflight engine that addresses the challenges of creating and submitting high-quality PDFs.
Features will include:

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Roland DGA Launches Roland Profile Center

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Allows for direct download of Roland media profiles.

Roland DGA has launched the Roland Profile Center, an online tool for downloading media profiles for Roland printers. The site also includes VersaWorks profiles offered by other major media manufacturers, including 3M, AlumiGraphics, Arlon, Catalina Graphic Films, General Formulations, Hexis, Sihl, and Ultraflex.

Users can register and begin downloading at www.rolandprofilecenter.com.

ROLAND DGA
www.rolanddga.com
 

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Beaver Paper Expands TexPrint Family With ModaHS

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A lightweight sublimation paper.

Beaver Paper has released TexPrint ModaHS, a lightweight, 58 gsm transfer paper designed for high-speed digital sublimation printing for the fashion textile industry. Compatible with water-based sublimation inks and available in 42.5- and 64-in. widths. Custom sizing is also offered.

BEAVER PAPER
www.beaverpaper.com
 

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Avery Dennison Honors 10 Wraps From 2014

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Recognized projects from vehicles to cabinets to shoes.

Known as a supplier of vehicle wrap films, Avery Dennison sought to demonstrate the wider potential for their digital graphic products.

“Vinyl wrap installers and sign shops are taking the art of wrapping to a new level of customization for consumers,” says Bill Podojil, Avery Dennison’s director of graphics sales. “That includes shoes, microwaves, prosthetics, and very small items like car key fobs.”

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Technology Advances to Drive 3D Printing Market Growth

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Global Strategic Business Report from Research and Markets points to increased demand and emerging new applications.

A report by Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com) at the close of 2014 suggests that future market potential for 3D printing technology is almost unlimited. While the short-term market is largely represented by rapid prototyping and highly customized, low-volume products, technology advances, expanding application areas, and government funding will likely spur both supply and demand for 3D printing systems and services.

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Tipping Points

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Knowing when to take a leap into something new.

I’m so glad New Year’s resolutions have been debunked. Are you on this train yet? If not, get there. All your carefully laid plans to eat right and exercise, if they come true, won’t meet fruition thanks to a resolution. In fact, if you want a new habit to stick at all, you’d better devote 66 days, on average, and a prayer.

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West Pack 2015 to Incorporate Digital Printing

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Show to take place February 10-12 in Anaheim, California.

The upcoming West Pack 2015 (www.westpackshow.com) event will incorporate digital printing into its lineup this February at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Manufacturers such as Roland DGA, Xante, Flexcon, CGS, and 3D Systems will join the mix of exhibitors to demonstrate packaging applications of digital and 3D print technology.

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New PolyOne InVisio Color Inspiration 2016

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Four new palettes draw upon global trends in color research.

PolyOne Corporation has announced InVisio Color Inspiration 2016, four new color collections developed for brands and designers.
Color Inspiration 2016 includes the following four color stories, according to PolyOne:

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