Digital Alchemy is the title of printmaker Bonny Pierce Lhotka’s new book. Her latest volume takes the reader step-by-step through more than a dozen projects, providing detailed information on how to transfer and print images to a variety of surfaces using techniques Lhotka has spent years developing. Just a few of the book’s topics and projects include:
• Transfer images to metal, wood, plastic, and other materials that will not feed through an inkjet printer;
• Print directly on metal;
The 2011 World Sign Spinning Championships were held February 18-19 in Hollywood, California, where more than 60 of the fastest and most talented sign spinners vied for the “World’s Best” title. Laramie Rosenfeld spun away with the title of 2011 World Sign Spinning Champion, followed by last year’s winner, Ray Rivera, who placed second, and Mike Wright, who placed third.
LexJet has enhanced and simplified its line of PSA laminates and backers, arranging them into three basic products categories: Performance, Elite, and Specialty.
• Performance: an economically priced line of laminates and backers; most products in this category feature the same adhesives and base materials as the Elite line.
• Specialty: this product line features warranted, durable laminates “that meet all the demands of specialty applications, including floor, carpet, vehicle wrap, optically clear, and dry-erase,” LexJet reports.
Image Options in Foothill Ranch, California, utilized its Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 printer with UltraChrome GS solvent inks to produce the output for this 32 x 12-foot trailer for Titleist golf balls in preparation for the 2011 PGA Tour. It took the company nine hours to output the job onto 869 feet of Avery MPI 1005 Supercast vinyl, followed by an Avery 1360 gloss overlam. Decal Technologies wrapped the trailer in a day.
The Client Prada
The Player Altitude Color Technologies (altitudecolor.com)
Tools & Supplies EFI Vutek UltraVu 2360, HP Scitex XL 1500, Caldera RIP, 3M IJ3552C media and 3M 3519/8914 overlam, INX Triangle Inks, AGL 64i laminator
Dalim Software has released its latest version of Twist, the company’s workflow engine, and ES, its streamlined customer-facing environment.
Inx Digital has debuted its Triangle PDQ inks, mild-solvent pigmented inks designed for superwide-format printing systems utilizing Spectra, Xaar, and Ricoh printheads. The low-odor, cyclohexanone-free inks can adhere to various vinyl and banner stocks including PVC-based substrates such as self-adhesive vinyl. The CMKY inks work best for shorter ad campaigns and offer up to one-year outdoor durability, INX reports. Available in 1-liter bottles.
3M has announced new brush finishes for its Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080. Metal finishing options include brushed aluminum, brushed titanium, brushed steel, brushed steel blue, and brushed gold. These pressure-activated, 3.5-mil cast films are designed to provide dimensional stability and durability without the need for an overlaminate. The films feature non-visible air-release channels and 60-in. widths. Scotchprint wrap films are also available in carbon fiber and four matte colors – black, white, silver, and military green.
Moab has launched Lasal Exhibition Luster 300, a heavyweight (300-gsm), archival exhibition-quality luster paper, designed for use with all inkjet printers. The new paper replaces the company’s Photo Luster 270 paper and features a new coating designed to produce an extra-wide color gamut and an improved scratch-resistance, enhanced stiffness, reduced curl, and increased opacity.
Available in rolls (17-, 24-, and 44-in. wide) and in sheets (4x6-, 5x7-, 8.5 x 11-, 11x17-, and 13 x 19-in., plus A2 and A4).
Xanita has introduced X-Board Lite, comprising an expanded honeycomb core pressed between a print-receptive laminate. The substrate is directly printable on both sides using UV-curable and solvent inks; once printed, X-Board can be mitre-cut, folded or curved, and shape cut, and is suitable for flat-panel or three-dimensional applications. It’s designed to be laminated, veneered, pressed with decorative foils, painted, or upholstered.