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Gatorfoam Exterior from 3A Composites

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Consists of polystyrene foam bonded between two layers of wood-fiber veneer laminate.

Gatorfoam Exterior, a new offering in the Gatorboard product line for exterior graphic displays and signage designed to stand up to the elements, has been introduced by 3A Composites USA.

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Mactac Adds Ultra-Wide PermaGard

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Now offering extra-wide rolls.

Mactac Graphic Products has announced the addition of PermaGard PG7285XL, a 79-in. extra-wide laminate, to its PermaColor line of pressure-sensitive overlaminates. Along with a roll-width increase, the 2.5-mil laminate offers a variety of upgrades including a solvent-based permanent acrylic adhesive, a change in the liner color from yellow, and a matte finish to reduce glare and improve readability.

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Art for the Masses

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Austin hosts fine-art billboard competition.

Digital printing has certainly broadened fine art’s reach in the past decades, enabling the so-called “common man” to more easily acquire an artist’s creation. But, most would agree, stumbling across that artwork still requires some legwork, particularly for those consumers who don’t frequent art galleries or museums.

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Competitive Motivation

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Graphic Innovations creates graphics for fitness center.

The Client Perfectly Fit

The Players Graphic Innovations (www.graphicin.com), Catalyst Inc. (www.catalystb2b.com)

Tools & Supplies Seiko Instruments ColorPainter W-64S; Flexcon SeeThru-Sign perf window film, WallDeco fabric film, and BusArt overlam, Seal 600 MD laminator

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Pelican Graphics: All the World’s a Stage

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Combining event and print production to create a niche market.

Launched in 2001, New Orleans’ own Pelican Graphics served as a typical print provider producing banners and signs, t-shirts and embroidery, and vehicle wraps and lettering. Meanwhile, owner Dolph Federico worked on the side organizing festivals, constantly struggling with how to better brand the events. After an “ah-ha” moment in 2006, Federico created sister company Pelican Events, a brand-management and outdoor event producer, which combined forces with the graphics shop to more effectively market its resources.

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IDEAlliance Certifies First G7 PCC Experts

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Certification allows professionals to lead the newest extension of the G7 Master Qualification Program.

IDEAlliance has completed its first G7 Process Control and Conformance (G7 PCC) expert training program, certifying professionals to lead the newest extension of its G7 Master Qualification Program.

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New Logo for Nazdar Lyson Inks

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Packaging and marketing collateral will carry the new Lyson look.

Nazdar has announced a newly restyled logo for its Lyson brand digital inks.

The new look, reports Nazdar, is designed to illustrate the modern technology and vibrant colors that are representative of Lyson brand digital inkjet inks.

“Lyson has become an industry respected brand name for Nazdar,” says Richard Bowles, vice president and general manager for Nazdar. “Look for the new logo soon on cartridges and literature displaying the Lyson name.”

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Toyo Ink America Relocates to Larger Facility

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Boosts production and technical-support capabilities.

Toyo Ink America has relocated its headquarters to a more spacious location in Wood Dale, Illinois. More than double in size of its former headquarters in Addison, Illinois, the 109,000-square-foot-facility affords room for new equipment, boasts an expanded R&D laboratory, and allows for an increase in sales and technical staff. The new building devotes nearly half its floor space to color matching, ink formulation and production purposes.

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Flipping for Digital Man

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How Blink Giant Media won Fespa's Digital Man Competition.

In winning Fespa Digital’s “Digital Man Competition,” London-based Blink Giant Media went above and beyond, literally, the expectations of the competition.

The Digital Man campaign encouraged a “digital revolution” by challenging entrants to photograph or film themselves wearing a Digital Man mask – the Digital Man being Fespa’s cool, sunglass-wearing icon for digital print – while adjacent to an impressive wide-format print, and to upload the footage to the Digital Man social-media outlets.

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Printing a Functional Stool

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Objet prints full-size folding stool from Objet ABS-like Digital Material in a single print job on the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer.

Objet Ltd. has announced that it has printed a full-size folding stool that is able to support more than 220 pounds. The stool was printed in a single print job using the company’s ABS-like Digital Material (RGD5160-DM), which was jetted as a composite material via the Objet Connex multi-material 3D printer.

The folding stool, which sits 19 inches off the ground, has similar high dimensional stability, thermal resistance, and toughness as ABS-grade engineering plastics, Objet reports, enabling it to repeatedly sustain the weight of a person.

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