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The Hard Stuff

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Nearly 50 sources of rigid media for direct printing.

With the continued growth of flatbed- and hybrid-printer usage, it’s no surprise that there’s an increase in the demand for rigid substrates. And media companies have been diligent in keeping up with that demand – providing print shops with an ever-expanding range of rigid options.

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Color Jammed

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Bloomingdale Signs by Tomorrow turns a Chicago intersection into a massive art installation.

While city buildings can be massively beautiful thanks to inspiring architecture, these structures aren’t typically referred to as “colorful.” Looking to saturate building facades, sidewalks, and crosswalks in bold colors, Chicago artist Jessica Stockholder set out to transform the intersection of the city’s State and Adams Streets into a “three-dimensional painting” – one in which people could walk into and through.

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Taking the Paint-Wrap Plunge

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Igniting an explosion of new possibilities when it comes to vehicle wraps.

The advent of colored cast adhesive-backed vinyls that utilize air-release-type technology has led to an explosion of new possibilities when it comes to vehicle wraps. Many of the major media manufacturers and suppliers now feature full lines of this type of product, comprising scores of vibrant colors and textures.

One particular wrap type that’s resulted from this technology – and one I’ll admit I did not see coming: paint wraps, or wraps sans graphics.

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The Classic UK Phone Booth Gets a Creative Twist

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Artists transform more than 80 of Britain’s iconic K6 red phone boxes into graphic works of art.

This summer, BT (British Telecommunications) launched its “BT ArtBox” public-art exhibition in support of ChildLine, the UK-based helpline for children and young people. The exhibition allowed some of the world’s most creative talent to transform more than 80 of Britain’s iconic K6 red phone boxes into graphic works of art.

Among the artist participants: experimental artist Denis Masi, who collaborated with signage and display specialists Creative FX.

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New Media and Laminates from Kapco

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Also introduced: Cast Vinyl Laminate for vehicle wraps and graphics.

Kapco Graphic Products has introduced two new water-based inkjet media as well as two new PSA laminates.

The 8-mil Microporous Gloss Polypropylene Film is a bright white, water-resistant, recyclable water-based inkjet print media with a microporous coating for instant drying. It’s also available in an adhesive-backed version. In 36-, 42-, 50-, and 60-in. widths.

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Drytac Introduces a Silver Base Film for UV Printers

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Can be printed with a UV flatbed printer to achieve a metallic ink effect.

Drytac has added MHL High Gloss Silver, a thermal, metallic-base film that can mimic the look of metallic inks or foil stamping when white inks are partially or totally knocked out. MHL High Gloss Silver is a 1.5-mil film with a silver metallic finish that can be applied using a heated roller laminator. Once applied, it can be printed with a UV flatbed printer to achieve a metallic ink effect depending on how much white ink is used or the look of foil stamping or foiled papers when the ink is completely knocked out, exposing the silver finish.
 

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DreamScape’s New Chrome Finish Wallcovering

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Designed for wall graphics, murals, and interior décor.

DreamScape has introduced Silver Flash and Gold Flash highly reflective silver- and gold-chromed inkjet media. The media is designed for wall graphics, murals, and interior décor for retail, hospitality, corporate, tradeshow, and museum displays. The products are a Type I commercial digital wallcoverings with Class “A” fire ratings. Iridescent colors can be created with combinations of white and colored inks.

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Fujifilm Makes Executive Changes in the US

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Kaz Yamamura named the new president of Fujifilm Holdings America and Go Miyazaki named president and COO of Fujifilm North America.

Kaz Yamamura has been named the new president of Fujifilm Holdings America Corporation, and Go Miyazaki has been promoted to president and COO of Fujifilm North America Corporation.

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Founder of the Lowen Corporation Passes

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C.W. “Mike” Lowen passed away at age 84.

The founder of signs and graphics manufacturer Lowen Corporation, C.W. “Mike” Lowen, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in Bullhead City, Arizona, at the age of 84.

A successful entrepreneur who founded many business ventures, Lowen was also a published writer, musician, sailor, pilot, artist, photographer, gold miner, videographer, computer programmer, chef, boat builder, and adventurer. 

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Memjet and Fuji Xerox Rollfed Prototype Debuts

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A 42-inch printer targeted at technical and production graphics applications.

In addition to partnering with Océ and Xanté, Memjet has also partnered with Fuji Xerox – which distributes Fuji Xerox and Xerox products and services throughout the Asia Pacific region – for the development of a wide-format printer featuring Memjet technologies. Fuji Xerox is integrating Memjet components into a rollfed 42-in. wide-format solution targeted at technical and production graphics applications. Top speed will be 300 mm/sec at 800 x 1600 dpi, or 150 mm/sec at 1600 x 1600 dpi, the company reports. A machine prototype was shown at the Caldera booth.

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