Managing a conscious change process is difficult and not natural for people and organizations. It’s much easier to continue doing things the way they have always been done and not expend any effort on trying to act differently. Change can cause confusion, create stress, disrupt established patterns of communication, and generally be perceived as a pain by those who have to enact it.
A print-on-demand version of the 2010-2011 Printer Sourcebook is now available.
The 36-page annual reference from the editors of The Big Picture magazine provides information on an array of wide-format printers and RIPs, including comprehensive specifications on:
• More than 130 rollfed printers;
• 60 flatbed/hybrid printers; and
• 40 third-party RIPs for wide format.
Before we can begin applying graphics to vehicles, we have to successfully get the image on the vinyl (or other media of choice). Of course, many technologies are out there that can get this accomplished – from roll-to-roll solvent printers to UV flatbeds and hybrids and much more, all with a dizzying array of specifications. No matter which of these print technologies you choose for your operation or a particular job, one factor remains constant: Some images are easier to print than others.
Roland DGA has introduced the 54-in. VersaUV LEC-540 UV-LED wide-format inkjet printer/cutter. Based on the company’s existing VersaUV technology, the LEC-540 prints CMYK + white + clear, and can contour-cut substrates up to 1-mm (0.04-in.) thick.
In early September at the Jacob Javits Center, Canon kicked off Canon Expo 2010 New York, an invitation-only quinquennial event showcasing the company’s advanced imaging technologies. Featuring the theme, “We Speak Image,” the event highlighted Canon technologies in print production as well as consumer imaging products, office equipment, broadcast and communications, healthcare technologies, and security solutions.
Kevin Van Aeist’s photograph, Left Ring Finger, from his Fingerprints series, was created with the help of actual mustard and a slice of bread. Part of the Flash Forward Festival in Toronto showcasing photography’s future, Van Aeist’s work was a winner in the Flash Forward 2010 competition. His work also regularly appears on Eye Buy Art (eyebuyart.com), an online art gallery for emerging photographers and Flash Forward’s sister organization.
Large format piezoelectric printer manufacturer Mutoh will hold its final Hands-On School of Wrap Class for 2010 with well-known professional car wrapper Justin Pate, December 9-11 at the Mutoh Phoenix office.
The two-day beginner course will focus on proper tool usage, properties of film, and post-installation tips, while giving students the opportunity to completely wrap a vehicle from start to finish.
The one-day advanced course will integrate the complications of bumpers, deep recessed areas, increasing quality and lowering installation times.
In the past, thrown-out race bibs often represented an ending or loss. But thanks to a South Carolina print shop’s innovative bib creation, beauty now blossoms from the “number,” leading to a lasting memorial of a runner’s hard work and dedication.
Extensis has introduced Portfolio Studio, an image archive server designed to save time within small teams by automatically archiving and centralizing access to photos and project files with consistent metadata. Portfolio Studio provides Web-based tools for teams to locate and convert photos and graphic files.
Neschen has introduced SolvoPrint Nolite 175, a 7-mil matte, rigid polyester media with an inkjet coating for use with solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV-curable printers. Suitable for indoor use as well as short-term outdoor use, it features 100% opacity to remove shadows and image wash-out due to backlit conditions, edge-curl resistance, and a scratch-resistant coating.
Applications include P-O-P displays, retail signage, tradeshow graphics, and display systems (especially roll-ups). Available in 36 x 98-in. rolls.