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SAi Adds 3 EnRoute Packages

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Subscription-based software for CNC cutting.

SA International (SAi) has added three subscription-based EnRoute software platforms for users of CNC cutters. The three tiers, EnRoute Complete, EnRoute Designer, and EnRoute Fabrication, each include on-demand online video tutorials.

EnRoute Complete offers 2D and 3D CAD/CAM abilities such as 3D Surface Cutting and AutoToolpath of DXF files. Additional features include a Component Creator to make notch parts and a Model Stacker that can slice mesh in any direction.

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Greenery: Pantone Color of the Year 2017

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A yellow-green spring shade symbolizing hope.

Pantone has chosen its 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery. The yellow-green hue, Pantone 15-0343, was chosen “to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape,” says Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eiseman in a release.

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Smithers Pira: Food-Safe Inks on the Rise

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Food packaging forecasted as fastest-growing sector.

Smithers Pira has released “The Future of Printing for Food Packaging to 2021,” a report compiled by consultant Sean Smyth. The analyst forecasts that food packaging will grow at a faster rate than the general packaging market over the next five years at a CAGR of three percent, in part thanks to increasing development and adoption of food-safe inks.

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Wall Graphics Pop at New Coca-Cola HQ

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Italian office gets digitally printed décor.

Architectural agency Lombardini22 teamed up with Italian print provider Underline to produce wall graphics for the new headquarters of the Coca-Cola HBC Italia bottling plant. The design, printed on a Seiko Colorpainter H2-74S with matte 3M Scotchcal IJ40C, is based on bottling motifs such as bottle caps and crates.

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Buyers Lab, InfoTrends Form Keypoint Intelligence

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Rebrand combines testing with market research.

Buyers Laboratory has acquired InfoTrends and rebranded the combined companies as Keypoint Intelligence. The shift came into effect December 1; each entity will operate as a product line under the Keypoint Intelligence name.

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Floor Graphic Becomes Tradeshow Talking Point

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Kwik Kopy Hornsby pushes shop limits for impact piece.

When Kimberly Degenhardt and her husband/business partner, Stewart Schmidt, bought a Kwik Kopy franchise outside of Sydney, they immediately began transitioning the previous owners’ offerings from small offset and digital printing to wide-format products, specialty finishes, and even graphic and web design. Applications such as decals, cut vinyl lettering, and vinyl prints for outdoor signs took off, but this year they felt ready to branch out, looking to wallpaper and floor graphics as two promising markets.

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Ask the Experts: The Reality of Single-Pass Printing

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A far-off myth or a looming game changer?

We asked six digital print specialists to respond to the current state of the industry and reveal what we should expect in 2017.

Big Picture: The buzz about single-pass printing continues to build. Do you think we’ll begin seeing significant movement with commercially available systems in 2017? In what market segments do you feel we’ll see them first?

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Smart Billboard Recognizes Car Models

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New technology tailors ads to Tokyo drivers.

A smart billboard in Roppongi, Tokyo, employs “deep learning” technology to recognize the makes and models of vehicles driving by and display customized ads for their drivers. For example, the system might display eco-friendly products to drivers of hybrid vehicles.

The technology is based on Cloudian HyperStore, which relies on algorithms and metadata to generate real-time responses. Cloudian collaborated with Dentsu, Smart Insight, Quanta Cloud Technology Japan, and Intel Japan to develop the project.

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QPS Recycling Program Hits 5-Year Milestone

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Distributor collaborates with Nazdar.

Quality Print Services’ (QPS) recycling program has reached its fifth anniversary. The UK distributor of wide-format printing equipment and consumables began collaborating with Nazdar in 2011 to establish end-to-end ink recycling practices. QPS collects empty cartridges from its clients and distributes the components to local plants. Remaining ink is sent to a solvent recovery center; separated cartridge components are reprocessed into chips for resale to UK plastics manufacturers.

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Esko Packaging Design Software Updated

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Studio 16 includes finishing effects and more.

Esko’s newest version of Studio, a 3D packaging design software, has been revealed. The platform adds functionality to Esko’s Adobe Illustrator packaging workflow, allowing designers to visualize package designs directly within the program.

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