1. Amsterdam│ A full-size, 3D-printed house is under construction and is set to be completed within three years. The firm Dus Architects is using an industrial-scale KamerMaker (Room Builder) 3D printer to produce plastic parts that are locked together to form walls, floors, and furniture. The house will have 13 separate rooms, with lightweight concrete providing structural support and insulation.
Onyx has added a textile edition to its Onyx 11 software (see full report in Jan/Feb 2014 issue). The software features ChromaBoost technology, allowing the user to achieve bright, more saturated colors, Onyx Step & Repeat that creates edge-to-edge fabric and wallcovering designs from one repeatable image, the Colorways tool that creates patterns in multiple colors from one file, and more.
Passengers on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) traveling by the future site of the Central Subway in Chinatown Station may be used to viewing construction – but from the half block of Washington to Clay streets, the landscape briefly changes to something much more appealing.
Herculite now offers its Bantex HP-certified digital media for HP latex inks in 10-oz sizes. Available in one-sided, two-sided, and two-sided curl-free offerings. Designed for banner stands and free-hanging applications.
Avery Dennison has introduced three new colors to its Supreme Wrapping film line: Awesome Orchid Satin, Matte Khaki, and Khaki Satin. The Supreme Wrapping Films are geared toward interior and exterior accents for vehicles, P-O-P signage, and architectural installations. In 60-in. widths.
Bordeaux Digital PrintInk has introduced a smart cartridge solution for Epson SureColor S printer. It enables users to view and monitor the ink level in every color channel at any time and receive real-time ink changing alerts when the ink level is low, according to Bordeaux. Developed in partnership with InkonDemand.com, the Smart Cartridge System is equipped with an automated chip emulator system and is recommended for use with Bordeaux's Fuze Eco SC inks. Offered in CMYK and flush.
Printing franchisor Speedpro Imaging has been acquired by investment firms Fairfield-Maxwell and Mountain Ridge Capital, and Boris Katsnelson, founder and managing partner at Mountain Ridge Capital. Katsnelson will serve as president of the company, while Speedpro founder Blair Gran will become chairman.
Speedpro indicates that it will implement a strategy focused on maximizing studio sales “by providing franchisees best-in-class tools to grow their businesses.” The team at the Speedpro corporate office will remain in place.
Mimaki has introduced the JFX200-2513, a UV LED printer that features a compact footprint (98 x 51 in. table size) and is billed as an entry-level flatbed.
The new printer features: a top speed of 269 sq ft/hr (162 sq ft/hr in Standard mode); choice of two inksets (CMYK and CMYK + white); variable-dot function (three different dot sizes simultaneously); resolutions up to 1200 dpi; clear-ink capabilities; and the ability to accommodate materials up to 2-in. thick.
Are you looking to add another profit center to your mix of shop offerings? Promotional-product decoration might be one such addition that can bolster your company’s sales and also serve to broaden your clientele base.
1. California│ Whale, a mural by artist Nina Katchadourian based on a composite photograph by Bryant Austin, joined 12 other artworks already installed throughout La Jolla, California, as part of Murals of La Jolla, a public art project by the La Jolla Community Foundation. The mural was printed onto 16-foot wide 3M Panaflex vinyl and then installed by CNP Signs (www.cnpsigns.com), totaling 11 x 80 feet.