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Winner of 3M Wrap to Win Contest Announced

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All-star judging panel chooses Daren Merkle, Shadow Graphix.

3M Graphics has announced the winner of its Wrap to Win Contest. Daren Merkle of Shadow Graphix (www.shadowgraphix.com) in Indianapolis has won an all-expense-paid trip for two to Bora Bora for his wrap job using 3M Envision Wrap Films.

The 3M Wrap to Win contest, held between November and March, asked graphic manufacturing companies to showcase their skills with 3M Envision Print Wrap Films and 3M Envision Wrap Overlaminates.

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SpeedPro Imaging Partners with EFI

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EFI provides new Wide Format LED H1625 hybrid printer.

EFI and SpeedPro Imaging (www.speedpro.com) have signed a partnership agreement to bring EFI’s LED H1625 hybrid printer to several SpeedPro locations this year. SpeedPro is a nationally franchised network of 120 large-format printing studios, which provide digital graphics for a range of applications.

The 65-inch Wide Format LED H1625 hybrid roll/flatbed printer features eight-level, variable-drop grayscale imaging and is designed for printing on a broad range of substrates.

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New Dry Erase Overlaminate from Mactac

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Permacolor PermaGard PGD6000 transforms images into whiteboards.

Mactac Distributor Products has added an enhanced version of its dry erase overlaminate, Permacolor PermaGard PGD6000. Its clear topcoat is compatible with water-based dry-erase markers that wipe clean without ghosting or staining.

PermaGard PGD6000 has a clear permanent adhesive that can be used over images printed on solvent, latex, and most UV inkjet printers. The overlaminate replaces Permacolor PermaGard PG7034 and Permacolor PermaGard PG6000, and offers a durability of 1 year outdoors and 5 years indoors.

MACTAC
www.mactac.com
 

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Ritrama Adds RI-JET 75 Optima

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Film can be applied even with temperatures close to 32 degrees F.

Ritrama Spa has introduced RI-JET 75 Optima, a PVC film with high resistance to climate changes. The polymeric film is designed for medium- to long-term advertising, shop windows decorations, and partial vehicles wrapsping. Available in transparent and pigmented grey,; as well as and a 150mm thickness.

Ritrama recommends to laminatinge the film with RI-JET 75 Clear, a protective polymeric film available in gloss and matte finishes.

Compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, latex, and UV inkjet printers.

RITRAMA
www.ritrama.com
 

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Healing Power

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Ocean Outdoor creates a billboard campaign to bring attention to domestic violence.

To bring attention to domestic violence during the weekend surrounding International Women’s Day, ad agency WCRS, non-profit Women’s Aid, and media company Ocean Outdoor created a billboard campaign for three London locales.The digital billboards featured a battered woman whose bruised face healed as people stopped to look. Views from passersby were measured with Lookout, a facial recognition technology.

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Stratasys Launches Large-Scale Objet1000 Plus

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Production system can handle both prototypes and manufacturing tools simultaneously.

Stratasys has introduced the industrial scale Objet1000 Plus 3D Production System, a multi-material 3D printer offering an extra-large print size and accelerated speeds for manufacturing applications including aerospace, automotive, medical devices, and consumer products, as well as those required by service bureaus and universities.

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Aslan Announces Glass Decoration Films

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Designed for use in offices, stores, banks, hotels, restaurants, airports, and more.

Aslan has introduced its latest line of self-adhesive glass decoration films, Illustra, designed to divide rooms without reducing the light transparency. The transparent films are printed in three white designs: Linen, Dot, and Snow.

The films are scratch-resistant; compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV-curable inks, as well as screen printing; and have a minimum outdoor durability of 7 years. Available in up to 4.5-ft. widths.

ASLAN SCHWARZ
www.aslan-schwarz.com
 

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Quarterly Sign Industry Report Shows Improvement

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Covering large-format printers, dynamic digital signage, electric signage, and wayfinding.

The ISA Sign Industry Quarterly Economic Report, covering the first quarter of 2015 and including forecasts through 2016, anticipates above-average growth for 2015 and 2016. The report also shows that the outlook for all segments – large-format printers, dynamic digital signage, electric signage, and wayfinding – has improved since the last quarter of 2014.

The report, compiled by IHS and Vandiver Associates, analyzes each segment of the market upstream and downstream to allow users to stay current with evolving business conditions, according to ISA.

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Avery Dennison Launches Custom Car Wrap Colors

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Inspired by graphics installer Justin Pate.

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has announced the addition of four new colors to the Supreme Wrapping Film line. Professional graphics installer Justin Pate teamed with Avery Dennison to create “The Limited Edition Justin Pate Supreme Wrapping Film Series.”

The limited edition series includes: Gloss Metallic Milky Way, Gloss Metallic Meteorite, Pearl Black, and Pearl Bahama Blue. All four colors feature multidimensional finishes, with metallic flakes that reflect different colors, according to Avery Dennison.

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Fringe Benefits

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Explore topics on the periphery of print, find sources of creative inspiration among your interests, and lead by example.

A couple years ago, I attended a conference session led by a group of futuristic researchers – people who study how the future might be, and predict how we’ll react to it. One of the things they noted was that the rate of change in our world is increasing. In other words, our universe is both constantly changing and changing at an accelerating rate.

This leads to information overload, feelings of insecurity, a desire for solitude, and some wacky reactions, like the guy you know who still doesn’t have a cell phone.

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