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3D Printing: Putting the 'Additive' in Manufacturing

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Can you justify investing in 3D capability?

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ve probably heard a lot of recent news about 3D printing – also referred to as rapid prototyping or additive manufacturing. In fact, if you believe the hype, even sliced bread has now taken a back seat to 3D printing. Soon, you’ll no longer have to go to the store to buy the widget you need; instead, you’ll be able to simply print it with that 3D printer sitting on your kitchen counter next to the coffee maker. Some pundits are calling this capability a spark for the next industrial revolution.

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GAPP High-Speed Canvas Stretching Machine from LexJet

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Canvas Stretch Master and Studio Canvas Master.

LexJet has been named the exclusive North American distributor of GAPP Engineering's Canvas Stretch Master and Studio Canvas Master.

The Canvas Stretch Master can wrap up to 60 canvas prints/hr and requires only a 120-psi air compressor to run it.

The Studio Canvas Master can be either bench- or wall-mounted and can wrap up to 35 canvas prints/hr, the company reports.

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Heytex Introduces Digitex Eclipse

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Also new: Soft Blueback indoor banner.

Heytex has introduced Digitex Eclipse, a one-side, foam-coated blockout fabric with black backside for printing with UV and latex inks. Applications include wallcoverings, ceiling suspensions, displays, projection surfaces, and more. Available in widths up to 16 ft.

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Photo Tex Introduces New Versions of its Adhesive Fabric Media

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Designed for textured surfaces, eggshell paints, outdoor events, and fabric and clothing.

Photo Tex has introduced two new versions of its Photo Tex adhesive fabric media: Photo Tex (OPA) Opaque and Photo Tex (EX). Photo Tex (OPA) Opaque is a 95% blockout material for water-based, UV, and latex inks. Available in 36-, 42-, and 60-in widths. Photo Tex (EX) is a 50% stronger adhesive than regular Photo Tex. Designed for textured surfaces, eggshell paints, outdoor events, and fabric and clothing; it’s available in 42- and 54-in. rolls.

PHOTO TEX
www.phototexgroup.com

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New Engineered Polycarbonate Sheet Products from Bayer

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Makrolon LD and Makrolon SL are available in sheet sizes of 52 and 75 in.

Bayer Material Science has introduced its new generation of engineered polycarbonate sheet products for signage: Makrolon LD and Makrolon SL. Makrolon LD helps to deliver uniform light diffusion and eliminates hot spotting for LED signage, including channel letters. Makrolon SL is an enhanced UV-resistant product with weatherability and impact strength; applications include flat and formed sign faces.

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Graphics One Introduces GO EcoColor PC36

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The eco-solvent printer comes with an integrated contour cutting system.

Graphics One has launched the GO EcoColor PC36 Print-and-Cut, a 36-in. eco-solvent printer with an integrated contour cutting system. Designed for applications such as garment decoration, transfers, decals, labels, and outdoor signage, the 4-color EcoColor PC36 utilizes EcoColor eco-solvent inks. It features a top resolution of 1440 dpi and print speeds up to 95 sq ft/hr; on the cut side, it offers cutting speeds up to 24 in./sec and up to 800 grams of cutting force. List price: $11,995, including software and more.

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VinylEfx Metalized Vinyl from RTape

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Compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, and latex inks, UV-curable inkjet inks, as well as UV-curable screen print inks.

RTape’s 54-in. VinylEfx metalized vinyl print media is designed for P-O-P displays, tradeshow graphics, retail posters, museum graphics, and wall graphics. VinylEfx is available in Matte Silver, Fine Brush Silver, Smooth Silver, and Smooth Gold.

It’s compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, and latex inks, UV-curable inkjet inks, and UV-curable screen print inks. The media will adhere to a variety of standard metal and plastic sign substrates and smooth painted walls, RTape reports. In 54-in. rolls.

RTAPE
www.rtape.com

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Nothing Beats an Astronaut

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Moonpans.com and Reed Art & Imaging partner on prints that speak to our lunar history.

The last Apollo lunar landing took place in 1972, but at www.Moonpans.com – a website dedicated to US moon missions – visitors can still find Apollo “flown items” (artifacts and spacecraft checklist pages that actually were onboard the Apollo spacecraft and flown to the moon) as well as astronaut autographs, lunar meteorites, spacecraft models, and much more.

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Domtar Completes Acquisition of Xerox US and Canadian Paper Business

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Business becomes part of Domtar's pulp and paper segment.

Domtar Corporation has completed the acquisition of Xerox’s paper and print media products business in the United States and Canada, which it had agreed to in March.

The transaction includes a range of coated and uncoated papers and specialty print media including wide-format papers, business forms, and carbonless paper formerly distributed by Xerox. The business will become part of Domtar's pulp and paper segment, and Domtar will market and distribute Xerox-branded paper and print media.

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Protecting Your Most Valuable Assets

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How to make your employees happy in your workplace and ultimately hang on to the best ones.

One of my college professors once told our accounting class that every company has some very valuable assets that will never show up on the balance sheet. “Could anyone venture a guess as to what these might be?” he asked.

After a few errant answers and many furrowed brows on our part, the professor revealed the assets he was referring to: the company’s employees. “Even though they have zero net value on the books,” he said, “in actuality its employees are the most valuable assets a company can have.”

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