Icon Image Graphics is getting pretty comfortable wrapping instruments for high-profile musicians at high-profile televised events, from the Grammy Awards (see our May 2013 issue) to “American Idol.”
“Wallpaper is headed in a number of new directions, but remains rooted in the past with many of today’s trends being cyclical returns to yesteryear’s big hits,” says Jon Sherman with Flavor Paper.
The market for 3D printing, consisting of all products and services worldwide, grew to $3.07 billion last year, according to a new report from Wohlers Associates Inc.
The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 34.9 percent is the highest in 17 years, according to the report; the growth of worldwide revenues over the past 26 years has averaged 27 percent, and the CAGR for the past three years (2011–2013) was 32.3 percent.
Graphics One has launched its GO X-24 printer/cutter, a 24-in. all-in-one print and cut unit. The machine features printing speeds up to 60 sq ft/hr, a cutting speed of up to 12 in./sec, cutting force up to 800GF, 8 colors, and prints up to 1440 dpi. The GO X-24 is flexible for desktop or can be mounted. The system includes FlexiSign 10.5 software, four 220 cc CMYK eco-solvent ink cartridges, and stand. Designed for applications such as textile transfers, stickers, car decals, posters, and more. MSRP is $9495.
RollsRoller has added Entry to its line of flatbed applicators. The entry model can mount wide-format digital print and self-adhesive film to substrates like acrylic, rigid boards, corrugated plastic, metal plate, banners, and glass up to 4-ft wide. Application areas include mounting, pre-masking, and lamination.
Summa has introduced the Summa DC5 series of thermal-transfer printer-cutters, comprising the 54-in. DC5 and the 30-in. DC5sx. Features include an integrated cutting head, OptiPrint media pre-cleaning system, built-in ribbon changer, ColorControl 8 RIP software with auto color tiling, a color touchscreen, Ethernet connectivity, and more. A built-in motorized media take-up system is standard on the DC5 (optional on the D5sx).
FloorSignage has showcased its AlumiGraphics Smooth media made of aluminum foil. Designed for use on exterior walls, building wraps, columns, and various other long- or short-term applications, the media is pliable, durable, direct-printable, and easily conforms to rough or smooth exterior rigid surfaces, the company reports. It features a smooth, non-glare satin surface, and does not require a heat source to install or remove; it can be disposed with aluminum recycling. Compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV printers. Available in 53-in. widths, and in various lengths.
Mikkelsen Converting Technologies has debuted its new Versa-Tech Laser, which joins the line of MCT digital finishing solutions produced in conjunction with Black & White. The new system combines the elements for laser cutting with those for routing or tangential knife cutting and creasing, and so can accommodate an array of materials from fabrics to flexible media and rigid substrates.
Arlon Graphics has introduced its Ultimate PremiumPlus Series 2600LX automotive wrap film. A 4-mil (100-micron) multi-layer, color cast PVC film, the new media is designed to provide exceptional conformability and ease of handling and installation, even on deep recesses and channel constructions, the company reports. Featuring high-tack repositionability, Ultimate PremiumPlus is available in glossy, super matte, pearlescent, and sparkle metallic finishes. In 60-in. widths.
The Eos126 DS textile printer from Printer Evolution was introduced at ISA. The 10.5-ft printer features an on-board calendar system; Ricoh Gen-4 variable-drop grayscale printheads that produce drops of varying colors (CMYK) and sizes (7-21 pL) within a single image; and water-based EOS DS inks that have passed all Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification. It’s available in two configurations: 8 printheads (2 heads/color) or 12 printheads (3 heads/color).