The jury for the first annual International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA, www.additive-award.com) has selected UK- and Texas-based Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies (www.hybridmanutech.com) for their submission of Ambit tool-changeable cladding heads, which combine CNC and additive technologies. The hybrid tool can be assimilated into any CNC machine, and enables metal deposition, finishing, and inspection of parts, using a tool changer to switch between processes.
Color-Logic-developer of the Process Metallic Color System--emphasized wide-format printing at the recent Graphics of the Americas exhibition in Miami Beach, Florida. At the show entrance, attendees were greeted by a 4 x 8 foot poster printed using the Color-Logic process by Novachrome Digital Design and Imaging in Brentwood, Missouri. On the Color-Logic stand, visitors saw a 48 x 24 inch Color-Logic color chart printed by Think Patented in Miamisburg, Ohio. Perhaps most impressive was the 9 x 8 foot wide-format backdrop used in the Color-Logic booth, also printed by Novachrome.
Stratasys (www.stratasys.com) has announced a recycling program for its North American customers that will provide a free, code-compliant system for disposing of waste FDM canisters and PolyJet cartridges. Customers can print a pre-paid shipping label directly from Stratasys’ website.
Recycling will be done by the Stratasys facility in Eden Praire, Minnesota, in collaboration with Lifeworks, a nonprofit serving people with disabilities.
3A Composites has added white and natural options to its line of Fome-Cor ValuBoard media, intended for use in short-term P-O-P displays, exhibits, kiosks, interior signage, and long-term framing applications. ValuBoard can be fabricated with mounting, laminating, knife-cutting, die-cutting, punching, and embossing techniques, according to the company.
New choices include white foam sandwiched between white kraft liners, white foam with natural liners, and black foam with natural liners. Available in 3/16-in. thickness in standard 48 x 96-in. sheets, or by custom order.
Candid Litho (www.candidlitho.com) has announced the rebranding of its large-format subsidiary, Blue Ocean Worldwide, in order to clarify the correlation between the two companies. The newly named Candid Worldwide will continue to operate in New York and Las Vegas, with significant investments in wide-format technologies that include several EFI Vutek roll-to-roll and hybrid printers, several flatbed cutters, UV laminators, HP Indigo digital presses, and a variety of finishing equipment.
FESPA today announces that FESPA Digital 2016 will mark its ten year anniversary by returning to the Amsterdam RAI from 8 – 11 March 2016. The four-day event will once again include FESPA Fabric, Printeriors and European Sign Expo.
CRON-ECRM LLC, a newly formed joint venture of China’s Hangzhou CRON Machinery & Electronics Co., Ltd, and ECRM Imaging Systems, today announced the availability in North America of the partnership’s new platesetter family. CRON-ECRM systems offer the marketplace unmatched versatility, while maintaining pinnacle-quality production (up to 400 lpi with 1,200 to 3,600 dpi resolution). Each system enables purchasers to tailor the speed, automation features, and imaging head preference (UV or thermal) to their specific productivity requirements (up to 96 diodes).
At booth 622 during Graphics of the Americas, February 26-28, 2015 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Esko (www.esko.com) will feature its fully-featured super-wide digital finishing system, the Kongsberg C60. The Kongsberg C60 is a 3.2-meter table designed to keep up with faster, wider printers, cutting and finishing substrates up to 63" x 126". Esko will also be demonstrating preproduction software for both packaging and wide format applications
Aslan-Schwarz has released two new self-adhesive films, the combination of which allows for a writable, dry-erasable memoboard surface.
FerroPrint Aslan FF 450 is a white, magnetic film designed to be printed on directly. Rolls are 40 in. wide.
Clearboard Aslan CB 90 is a clear, glossy, and scratch-resistant whiteboard film. Intended for applications on smooth surfaces such as doors, cupboards, and walls. Rolls are 54 in. wide.