The Job Being deemed “America’s number-one” after six American Solar Challenge wins just wasn’t glory enough for the University of Michigan’s (UM) Solar Car Team. So, it set out to conquer foreign soil last fall and entered the Veolia World Solar Challenge Australia. To increase its chances of winning the 1800-mile race through the Outback’s Stuart Highway, the UM team attempted to make its eleventh custom car – the Quantum – its lightest vehicle yet. To do this, the team skipped the paint job and instead opted for a wrap.
Grapo Technologies, the Czech Republic-based manufacturer of wide-format hybrid and flatbed UV printers, has announced its acquisition by a group of private investors. The company will be re-named SigmaJet; Branislav Oravec, previously sales and marketing director of Grapo Technologies, has been appointed the new SigmaJet CEO.
HP has issued a call for entries for its HP Print Excellence Awards, a new worldwide competition honoring graphic-arts printing that has been produced on HP Designjet, Scitex, Indigo, and Inkjet Web Press systems.
An international panel of print experts will select winners in16 categories of wide-format graphics, commercial print, and label and packaging applications. In addition to evaluating print quality, the HP Print Excellence Awards also will recognize innovative examples of environmentally responsible printing. The awards are free to enter.
Inca Digital has launched its second Inca Digital Excellence Awards (IDEAS 2012), which recognizes the power of digital print and showcases the creativity and ingenuity of Inca customers around the world.
Last spring, Emerging Terrain solicited submissions from artists all over the world for artwork themed “the inter-relatedness between land use, food, and agriculture” to hang on the exterior of 13 silos that comprise a vacant grain elevator near downtown Omaha, Nebraska.
Until about 65 million years ago, they were the biggest and baddest things on the planet. Dinosaurs ruled the Earth up to the time that an asteroid collision – or pick your natural catastrophe – caused their demise. But as anyone who has kids knows, dinosaurs live on in movies, picture books, TV shows, and more. In short, dinosaurs are cool.
During the great recession of 2008, our company reduced its staff from a high of 50 to 25, a painful experience for everyone involved. Fast forward to late 2011, however: We’ve expanded our markets and products, and company sales are now extremely strong, ensuring full production into the second quarter of 2012. It’s a significant milestone for us to report that we’re again in hiring mode.
Alien Skin Software has made available Blow Up 3, the new version of its photo-enlargement plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop Lightroom. New features include:
• Improved image-quality, designed to make edges sharper without introducing artifacts;
• Lightroom integration that supports batch processing and does not require Photoshop;
• A simpler interface that allows the user to set paper/media size and crop region (presets for standard paper sizes are included); and
At the HP Latex Leadership Summit held in Barcelona, Spain, this fall, HP introduced two Designjet printers capable of handling a broad range of indoor and outdoor signage applications: the 61-in. HP Designjet L26500 printer and the 104-in. HP Designjet L28500 printer.
The Designtex Group Inc., a Steelcase company, has acquired substantially all of the assets of Portland, Maine-based Slide Works, Inc., which conducts business as Portland Color. The purchase includes Portland Color's lease of its 26,000 square-foot printing facility based in Portland.
Portland Color will become Designtex's Surface Imaging division and Portland Color employees will become Designtex employees, including Andrew Graham, founder of Portland Color. Graham will serve as Designtex's digital surfacing imaging innovation officer.