To produce Field Relic (24 x 36 inches), artist Bonny Pierce Lhotka used a 60-grit random orbit sander to first sand a sheet of 0.04-in. Plaskolite KSH white acrylic “to randomly damage the surface.” After applying a DASS Universal Precoat, she direct printed with her Epson Stylus Pro 9800 printer with UltraChrome pigment inks (including matte black), then sealed it with Krylon Crystal Clear Satin Spray.
During the mid 1990s, Dennis Johnson, owner of Avalon Color (avaloncolor.com), realized his knack for fine-art printing while exploring reproductions of his own work. To develop an initial client base, Johnson offered to create giclées of local painters’ work in a one-time-only, free-of-charge deal. These prints then served as samples for other clients.
I sometimes wonder why we all chase vehicle-wrap jobs, when we know there are certainly more profitable, less stressful jobs to be had.
Supply55, Inc. has released ReelPro, a take-up system for wide-format printers that’s designed to be easy-to-use and improve efficiency when printing longer and unattended jobs. Other benefits to the ReelPro system include avoidance of dust and dirt on printed images, plus elimination of kinking and scratching of prints as they are moved from printers to work tables, or as they hit the floor.
Global Imaging, has introduced its Panoply Inks brand, alternative inks in solvent, eco-solvent, and UV formulations. The inks are warranted to last a minimum of two years on qualified media with no coating or lamination required, says Global Imaging. Available in liter bottles or bulk-ink systems.
Nazdar has introduced Lyson 7470 Series ink for use in UV digital flatbed printers. The new ink series is designed for superior performance on fluted polypropylene materials, the company reports, as well as substrates such as styrene, Sintra, Dibond, and foamboard, plus reinforced vinyl banner, and pressure-sensitive vinyl.
UltraMesh Paramount has been added to Ultraflex’s mesh line. A bright white 9-oz PVC coated polyester mesh, Paramount offers two-sided printability with UV, solvent, or screen print.
Featuring a 10% open area and slit-like holes allowing for 30% airflow, Paramount is best suited for building, stadium, and fence wraps; murals, signs, banners, protective barriers for scaffolding, and theatrical and TV backdrops. Has achieved NFPA701 and CA Title 19 fire-retardant certification. Available in 126- and 196-in. widths.
The recession ended, at least according to many experts, during the summer of 2009. Just three months after it reportedly ended, however, Timothy F. Geithner, secretary of the US Treasury, made the announcement: “This credit crunch is not over.”
But with all available capital apparently going to big business and government, what can the average, financially strapped print provider do?
Neschen will host its annual Laminating Boot Camp, a two-day hands-on training seminar on Seal and Neschen products, March 15-16.
Neolt has launched new print-finishing products: the Neolam PE cold laminator and a new version of its Electro Textile Super Trim trimmer.
The Neolam PE is an entry-level solution for cold laminating and mounting. Available in 43-, 55-, and 65-in. sizes, this machine features an easy-to-use pneumatic system to adjust the nip opening and upper roll pressure. The Neolam PE can handle media up to 1.18-in. thick and its running speed is 13 ft/min. Optional add-ons include an electric roll holder and an electric rear take-up system.