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Marabu Launches New Water-Based Sublimation Inks

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Compatible with Epson DX4 and DX5 printhead technologies.

Marabu North America has introduced TexaJet DX-SHE (Sublimation-Hybrid-Epson) water-based sublimation inks. Suitable for both transfer and direct digital printing, TexaJet DX-SHE's applications include soft signage, flags and banners, sports apparel, fashion, and fine-art prints.

TexaJet inks are compatible with wide-format printers using Epson DX4 and DX5 printhead technologies. Ink features include light, wash, and perspiration fastness; intense colors and deep-rich blacks. A bulk system is available.

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Sihl Mirano Rollup Film

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Also new from Sihl is its 3143 ColorMax 180 matte paper.

New from Sihl Digital Imaging is Sihl Mirano, a 9-mil rollup film featuring a “tri-lam” construction comprising photo paper front and back plus an opaque polymer center, combined with the company’s low-glare, satin SuperDry coating. Compatible with aqueous and latex inks, Mirano is water- and scratch-resistant for most short-term indoor applications, Sihl reports; it can also be laminated with pressure-sensitive or heat-activated films. In 36- and 42-in. widths.

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Cutting Capability

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More than 50 companies that produce cutters, cutting systems, and routers.

To help you bring cutting and routing capabilities in-house, we’ve put together the following sourcelist of more than 50 companies that produce cutters, cutting systems, and routers for your perusal. We’ve highlighted a sampling of offerings from each company (visit the company’s website for a comprehensive list of products). Note that we’ve not included printer-cutters here.

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Cutting Corners

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PrismTech Graphics has utilized digital cutting technology to increase efficiency and expand clients’ imaginations.

The year was 1996 and PrismTech Graphics – a screen-printing operation in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada – was looking for a way to set itself apart from other print providers.

“The industry was quickly switching to digital and we needed to be there to keep an edge over our competitors,” says Lane Beaton, PrismTech’s director of operational development.

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How to Bungle a Vehicle Wrap

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Common wrap mistakes ranging from lessons learned the hard way to almost comical happenings.

As we approach our 9000th vehicle-graphic installation here at bluemedia, I think I can safely say that we’ve made just about every mistake in the book – and our list of things that have gone wrong is pretty extensive. But from our many errors, we have learned a lot.

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Meet the Mob

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Color Reflections outputs more than 800 prints for Las Vegas Mob Museum.

The Mob Museum, dedicated to the history of organized crime and law enforcement, debuted in Las Vegas this past February. To bring the exhibits to life, Vegas’s own Color Reflections output more than 800 prints using the shop’s HP Designjet Z6100 and then mounted the graphics onto Plexiglas. For a small portion of the work, an EFI Vutek GS3200 was utilized to print directly onto Plexiglas, glass, MDF, and metal. All custom cutting was done with the shop’s Multicam 3000 series CNC router.

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Image Craft Acquires Qube Visual

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"We're excited to build a more permanent home in Denver.”

Phoenix-based Image Craft has acquired Qube Visual, a Denver-based signage and graphics company. Image Craft plans to keep the Denver sales team as well as the majority of Qube Visual employees on staff.

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New 'Media + Ink Sourcebook' Print Edition Released

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Provides 400 sources for wide-format media, substrates, and inks.

The publishers of The Big Picture have released the 2012 Media + Ink Sourcebook print edition via MagCloud. The new resource assembles information on nearly 400 sources for: vinyl, paper, films, and self-adhesives; specialty media; rigid substrates; and inks for wide format. A digital edition is available at bigpicture.net.

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Application Nation Session Dates Set for First Half of 2012

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One-day classes from Mactac will occur in Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Mactac Graphic Products has announced its Application Nation session dates and locations for the first half of 2012. Each one-day class will cover the basics of proper vinyl preparation and installation for various applications.

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Capturing Cultures Through the Eye of America

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Dennis Manarchy's artistic journey, with a 35-foot camera.

Creative professionals are always on the quest to achieve one thing: perfection. Renowned photographer Dennis Manarchy dreamed of creating that perfect picture. To accomplish this lofty goal, Manarchy devoted 10 years to hand-building a 35-foot-long camera.

Manarchy’s first attempt at creating such a massive camera was inspired by the Italian translation of the word, “camera,” which is “room.” He put a lens on the door of a small pantry in his home, and, over time, the room-camera evolved into the massive camera prototype it is today.

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