1. California│Stratasys (www.stratasys.com), a company specializing in 3D printing, teamed with the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, Legacy Effects, Condé Nast Entertainment, and Wired to create a 14-foot tall creature for Comic-Con International 2014 in San Diego. More than one third of the giant creature was 3D printed, including the chest armor, shoulders, arms, and fingers, with parts as large as 36 x 24 x 36 inches.
One of the most important, but challenging aspects of business is the management of your customers. We can all agree that your customers are indeed the lifeblood of your business, but sometimes we mismanage our customers to the point that they become very challenging to our businesses and, at worst, end up costing us money instead of earning us money.
In an effort to expand its customer base, EFI has acquired DirectSmile GmbH, a provider of software for cross media marketing automation. EFI will incorporate DirectSmile technology into its web-to-print and e-commerce offerings.
Based in Berlin, DirectSmile creates media personalization and automation software, streamlining marketing and production tasks for corporations, agencies, and printing companies.
Onyx Graphics has introduced Onyx 11.1 software, an upgrade from Onyx 11.0 that adds six new features:
• An expanded color gamut and new multi-channel ink restriction swatches;
• Automation enhancements including unit sizing and disproportionate scaling in Job Properties, as well as mirror and print reflection control;
• A new cut path previewing feature in Job Editor, RIP-Queue, and Job Properties modules combined with a cut-only workflow. This new workflow is designed for users primarily handling cut vinyl;
LexJet has added Sunset Photo Canvas Paper 230g, a combination of the company’s Premium Archival Matte Paper embossed with a canvas texture. The new photo paper has an instant-dry coating for smudge-free printing and handling; a large color gamut for high-contrast, high-resolution printing; and an acid-free, pH-neutral thick and heavy base for printing, mounting, and framing, according to LexJet.
Sunset Photo Canvas Paper 230g is not an alternative for canvas gallery and museum wraps, but an alternative for mounted and framed canvas prints.
Coveris Advanced Coatings has added EcoSatin PSA, a satin paper with a pressure-sensitive adhesive. EcoSatin PSA is one-side printable, and compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, and UV printing.
Designed for indoor and outdoor applications such as posters, P-O-P, displays, banners, signage, backlit, adhesive-backed, and more. Available in 50-in. widths.
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There’s no such thing as too flashy on the racetrack. In order to compete in the Formula SAE Series, impressive design has to exist in the mechanics and in the aesthetic. Organized by SAE International, Formula SAE is a student design competition in which teams of college students design, build, and test a small Formula-style race car.
Since its earliest days, digital printing has always seemed a logical solution for producing one-off packaging mock-ups and prototypes. The instant set-up, easy revision, and quick turnaround has equipped designers and marketers with an affordable way to review and refine packaging concepts before committing to a full production run.
Though a big part of our business here at bluemedia involves vehicle graphics and customer-facing advertising, our clients have increasingly asked us to provide interior décor for offices and non-public spaces. For these types of jobs, we wanted to find a way to introduce the graphics with a nice, finished appearance without being a standard framed print on the wall. Plus make it an easy install anywhere the client desired, without being invasive to the building, as well as simple to update should the theme in the room change.
International packaging and paper group Mondi has further developed its high-speed inkjet portfolio. Benefits include a larger color gamut in red, allowing for improved accuracy when printing logos and images.