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American Sign Museum Hosts Third Annual Online Auction

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The auction opens for bids March 16 at noon PST and closes April 6 at 3 p.m. PST at the ISA Sign Expo.

The American Sign Museum will be hosting its annual Online Auction to benefit the Museum’s operating budget. Donations of products, equipment, gift certificates, and/or services are welcome for the 2013 Auction.

The Online Auction will open for bidding on Saturday, March 16 at noon PST and close on the last day of the ISA Sign Expo in Las Vegas at 3 p.m. PST on Saturday, April 6. Bidders will be able to bid on items at the American Sign Museum’s booth, #3321.

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Aurora Specialty Textiles Adds to Line of Sublimation Fabrics

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Sub-Suede and Universal Knit 400 FR.

Two new style additions to the Northern Lights Printable Textile Collection are Sub-Suede and Universal Knit 400 FR.

Sub-Suede, a polyester suede, is compatible with both dye-sublimation transfer printing and dye-sublimation direct printing. Applications include display graphics, gaming-table covers, and more. Available in rolls, 59 in. x 150 ft.

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Designer Karim Rashid: ‘Adding Emotion and Meaning to a Flat World’

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Also at Heimtexil: HP announces a new print solution for wallcoverings.

At Heimtexil, the international trade fair for home and contract textiles held in Frankfurt, Germany this January, designer Karim Rashid (karimrashid.com) partnered with HP “to bring the possibilities of digital printing to life” in the HP Lounge. Rashid designed a lounge where everything – floor, furniture, and walls – was custom printed using HP Latex print technologies.

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Roland DG Opens Manufacturing Facility in Thailand

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New Bangkok center is company’s first manufacturing site outside of Japan.

Roland DG Corp., parent company of US-based Roland DGA, has announced the opening of a new manufacturing facility based in Bangkok, Thailand, for the company’s digital printing equipment. It is the company’s first manufacturing center located outside of Japan.

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Shooting for Perfection

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Go Graphix shoots (and scores) with a project for The Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Client: Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

The Players: 42 Design Fab (www.42designfab.com), Go Graphix (www.go-graphix.com)

Tools & Supplies: HP Designjet L25500 printer, 3M Controltac IJ180-CV3 vinyl, R-Tape 5-mil overlaminate, Royal Sovereign laminator

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Master Magnetics Introduces New Material

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Both front and back surfaces of FlexIron attract magnets.

Master Magnetics (www.magnetsource.com) showcased its FlexIron, a flexible, ferrous material that attracts magnets (flexible and ceramic). Both front and back surfaces attract magnets; it can be drilled or cut with scissors, knife, dye, or punch. Standard width is 24 in., but other sizes are available.

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Mutoh America Introduces its ValueJet 2638

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The company's ValueJet 1624W textile/sublimation printer is also new.

Mutoh America (www.mutoh.com) unveiled its ValueJet 2638, a 104-in. staggered dual-head eco-solvent printer. The ValueJet 2638 offers a top speed of 1168 sq ft/hr (at 360 x 360 dpi) and a maximum resolution of 1440 dpi; it’s available with 4 or 7 colors. Other features include: Intelligent Interweave (i²) print technology to eliminate banding; the ValueJet Status Monitor app for remote-printer monitoring; a ColorVerify process control system (ColorVerify Pro-capable).

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Durst Introduces New Media-Handling Configuration

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The latest option is for its Rho 1000 printer.

Durst Image Technology (www.durstus.com) showcased a new ¾-automated media-handling configuration on its Rho 1000 printer. The latest media-handling option for the 98-in. Rho 1000 comprises a registration table for loading and a simpler stacker for off-loading; it’s a “middle ground” configuration between the manual and fully automatic options and is designed to bring more versatility to the high-production platform.

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Agfa Graphics Introduces Apogee StoreFront to North America.

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The service integrates with Apogee Prepress workflow system.

Agfa Graphics’ (www.agfa.com) Apogee StoreFront made its North American debut. The new, cloud-based ecommerce solution is designed to enable print service providers to set up online stores or “storefronts” (b2b and public) for printed as well as non-printed products.

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HP Announces New Enhancements to HP Scitex FB7600 Printer

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The HP Scitex TJ8600 Printer also received an upgrade.

HP (www.hp.com) announced new enhancements to its HP Scitex FB7600 printer. The features include new print modes for higher speeds when producing small text, barcodes, and fine details, which can increase productivity by up to 20%, the company reports. In addition, new workflow improvements allow for easier media loading, reducing setup time, and allowing users to print without interruption.

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