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Explorer - June

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Wide Format Around the Globe

1. Chicago – John Neff, a Chicago-based artist, used a desktop flatbed scanner as a camera to create photographs for his solo exhibition of displayed prints at the Renaissance Society (www.renaissancesociety.org) this past spring. In capturing the images, he took apart the scanner, modified the LED light arm, removed the cover, and set the scanner upright on a tripod with an attached camera lens on the scanner’s glass bed.

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Give Your Shop an Edge

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More than 50 sources of cutting systems, routers, and trimmers.

When printing graphics, you’re most likely going to need a tool that will cut the almost-finished product to its final size or shape. To get this job done, consider: Do you need a tool that can handle a wide range of rigid substrates – from foam to aluminum to wood? Or will a tool that only cuts flexible materials suffice? Are you interested in a machine that only produces straight cuts? How important is contour cutting in your current operation?

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Establishing a ‘Green’ Identity

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Becoming more sustainable can provide your shop with additional efficiencies and additional profits.

Specialists in wide-format digital print have always enjoyed bragging rights to running businesses somewhat cleaner and greener than traditional print. The fact that digital allows printers to produce only what’s needed, in specific quantities, while eliminating waste and its environmental impact is what has made it the more environmentally friendly print technology. That’s certainly a good starting point for those who want to live up to current definitions of sustainability.

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Flatbeds & Hybrids 2013 Report

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Offerings from 20+ companies to expand your shop’s job mix.

The most profitable print shops, it could be argued, are chameleons. They are able to change, seemingly at will, into the type of technology provider that’s necessary to take on and do a variety of jobs. Shops without this morphing ability can quickly become typecast into a particular niche of print work – and see all other jobs land elsewhere.

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Super Smart and Stunning

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Signs by Tomorrow gives Mira the supercomputer a makeover.

In a time where technology such as iPod nanos, smart phones, and GPS devices can easily fit in your front pocket, it’s difficult to imagine the necessity for a computer bigger than your home desktop, let alone the length of a swimming pool.

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Bad-Ball Hitter

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Photographer Don Hamerman's wide-format print work showcases what happens to discarded baseballs.

Since 2004, photographer Don Hamerman (www.hamerman.com) has searched a youth ballpark near his Stamford, Connecticut, home for discarded baseballs. He’s transformed more than 100 of these into a photographic series titled My Found Baseballs. In some cases, the resultant photos look like anything but baseballs – showing the usual pristine orbs now adorned with moss and mold, shorn of cover, and sometimes deteriorated beyond recognition.

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Alien Skin Software Announces Exposure 5

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New preset browser enables users to filter by categories, find specific looks with fast searching, and tag favorites.

Exposure 5 is the new version of Alien Skin Software’s photography-effects software. The software enables users to achieve accurate film simulation, using a wide range of creative effects in a simple interface, reports Alien Skin.

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3D Printing: Putting the 'Additive' in Manufacturing

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Can you justify investing in 3D capability?

Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock, you’ve probably heard a lot of recent news about 3D printing – also referred to as rapid prototyping or additive manufacturing. In fact, if you believe the hype, even sliced bread has now taken a back seat to 3D printing. Soon, you’ll no longer have to go to the store to buy the widget you need; instead, you’ll be able to simply print it with that 3D printer sitting on your kitchen counter next to the coffee maker. Some pundits are calling this capability a spark for the next industrial revolution.

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GAPP High-Speed Canvas Stretching Machine from LexJet

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Canvas Stretch Master and Studio Canvas Master.

LexJet has been named the exclusive North American distributor of GAPP Engineering's Canvas Stretch Master and Studio Canvas Master.

The Canvas Stretch Master can wrap up to 60 canvas prints/hr and requires only a 120-psi air compressor to run it.

The Studio Canvas Master can be either bench- or wall-mounted and can wrap up to 35 canvas prints/hr, the company reports.

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Heytex Introduces Digitex Eclipse

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Also new: Soft Blueback indoor banner.

Heytex has introduced Digitex Eclipse, a one-side, foam-coated blockout fabric with black backside for printing with UV and latex inks. Applications include wallcoverings, ceiling suspensions, displays, projection surfaces, and more. Available in widths up to 16 ft.

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