When we founded our company in early 1994, we were simply a print provider. The prints we provided were digital, large-format inkjet. In those days, just printing in high resolution (300 dpi) and large format (up to 36-inches wide) was a big deal. It allowed us to more than double our sales annually for four consecutive years. There are still and may always be many large-format digital printing companies that are first and foremost print providers. Some continue to be very successful at it.
Digital Juice has released Juice Drops Collection One: clearIntent, the first in a series of new layered Photoshop graphics collections. The clearIntent collection, comprising more than 400 original customizable images in a text template format, features royalty-free layered backgrounds and illustrations that are customizable. Each background is a finished complete graphic, delivered with all the original layers intact for easy customization for any type of design use — from billboards and packaging applications to Web pages, motion graphics, and print advertising.
LexJet has updated its Sunset Photo Paper line, including the Sunset Photo eSatin, Sunset Photo Gloss, and Sunset Photo Semi-Matte papers. All of the papers are now thicker, heavier, and optimized for the latest inkjet printer technology from Canon, Epson, and HP, the company reports. Sunset Photo eSatin (featuring a satin finish similar to E-surface papers used in traditional darkroom printing) and Sunset Photo Gloss (high-gloss for maximum impact) now weigh in at 300g and are 11.5-mils thick; Sunset Semi-Matte (smoother finish than eSatin) is 270g and 10.5-mils thick.
Kapco Graphic Products has debuted three new media for solvent printers: PSA Satin White Vinyl with high-tack permanent adhesive; Blockout two-sided scrim banner; and Mesh Banner with PVC liner.
The Satin White Vinyl, 3.75-mil, is suitable for indoor and outdoor signage printed with OEM and mild-solvent inks. It features an aggressive permanent adhesive for bonding to hard-to-stick, low-energy, plastic, and textured surfaces in cold temperature environments. Available in a 54-in. roll x 150 ft.
InteliCoat Technologies has introduced Magic DMBL5, a 6.5-mil, satin, instant-dry film that’s ideal for indoor and outdoor backlit applications. Water-resistant, DMBL5 features a satin print surface that allows for maximum ink density, vivid color, and high image resolution, the company reports. Magic DMBL5 is designed for water-based pigment ink systems compatible with pigmented inks. Available in 24-, 36-, 42-, 50, and 60-in. widths.
Ultraflex Systems has introduced a new 15-oz smooth, scrimless, blockout banner material that is PVC free and 100% recyclable. Engineered primarily for indoor use, the media is compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, UV, latex, or screen-printing; it features a no-curl formula and lay-flat appearance. Ideal for pop-up or scrolling banner stands, tradeshow and events graphics, P-O-P and any hanging banner or sign, says Ultraflex. Available widths are 38, 54, 63, and 86 in.
Metallurgy in the UK has announced a new inkjet-printable metal on a roll. Designed for water based inkjet printers, the highly reflective metal has an inkjet receiver topcoat and comes with a permanent adhesive backing. The product is compatible with water-based inks and many types of large-format printers including Epson, HP, and Canon .
Graphics One has launched the GO FlagMaster Series of direct-to-fabric dye-sublimation printers engineered specifically for the flag and soft-signage market. Available in 44- and 64-in. models, the 4-color FlagMaster models feature print speeds up to 185 sq ft/hr and a maximum resolution of 1440 dpi.
The Client: SoHi Grilled Sandwiches
The Players: Harlan Graphics (harlangraphics.com), Jeff Waggoner Design, Finished Dimensions
Tools and Supplies: EFI Vutek PressVu 320 UV, HP Scitex FB6700 and Designjet Z6100, Inca Columbia; Evonik Acrylite P-95 (matte finish), Fisher Textiles GF 4308 Art Canvas (wall mural), Kodak Universal Backlit Film
A partnership between Roland DGA and Richard Childress Racing (RCR) has established Roland DGA as the exclusive printer manufacturer for RCR, a performer on the NASCAR racing circuit and home to drivers including Kevin Harvick, Jeff Burton, and Clint Bowyer.