Four weeks before the ISA International Sign Expo 2015’s tradeshow opens, it already is completely sold out. In all, the tradeshow floor will approach 215,000 net square feet, making it the largest show floor in ISA history. The largest previous show was in 2013 at just over 202,000 net square feet.
Markthal Rotterdam is an all-in-one shopping, working, and living space that sits underneath a 40-meter-high arch made of natural stone and glass windows, covering an area the size of two large soccer fields.
“Horn of Plenty” by artist Arno Coenen features images of oversized produce that line the interior walls of the mixed-use development. Designed by Rotterdam architectural firm MVRDV with property developer Provast and architect Winy Maas, the indoor market opened last October in the Netherlands.
Enfocus Software has released the newest version of Connect job delivery software, designed to facilitate quality control and consistency between printers and designers. New features for version 13, intended to increase control for PSPs, include the ability to specify delivery rules based on file type, a simplified XML job ticket format, a new task bar, and more.
The buzz phrase from EFI Connect this year was “best of suite,” used to describe the company’s strategy to bundle its software modularly, launching updates in single waves rather than one-offs, and featuring a comprehensive portfolio for print and packaging, a modular suite of products and components, and a scalable platform. While it’s clear this will ease upgrades for new customers and help them expand into new sectors as need be, not all current users were sold.
Perception Wide Format Media, a brand of Worthen Industries, recently released the industry’s first repositionable wall graphic fabric made of 100% recycled water bottles (PCR). The fabric is laminated with a water-based repositionable adhesive and a stay flat liner making it an ideal product for in-home graphics, decals (stainless steel appliances), wall murals and POP retail graphics.
Mimaki USA will debut Print with Compassion (www.printwithcompassion.com), an educational program where beginners can learn print basics while giving back to the community, at the ISA Expo this April 9-10 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The 60- to 90-minute hands-on training sessions will teach each step of the digital print process; the materials created – such as pencil cases for a day care, wall graphics for a food closet, or customized stickers for police officers to give to children – will then be donated to local charities.
Housing for GRAPH EXPO 15 and co-located CPP EXPO is now open, the Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) has announced. GRAPH EXPO 15-the year's largest and most inclusive graphic communications exhibition and conference for the Americas, and CPP EXPO-the premiere annual tradeshow for the converting and package printing industries, will take place September 13 - 16, 2015, in Chicago's McCormick Place.
Today at DscoopX, HP demonstrated continued innovation across the graphics solutions portfolio, showcasing enhancements to HP Indigo 10000, 7800, WS6800, 20000 and 30000 Digital Presses as well as new services and workflow offerings, helping customers drive business growth and printing industry transformation.
The Printing Industries of America 2015 Ratios Survey is now open and accepting participants until May 15, 2015. This annual financial benchmarking study from the Center for Print Economics and Market Research is a core benefit for members through Printing Industries of America Affiliate Organizations. For more than 90 years, the Ratios program has been the leading financial benchmarking tool for the printing industry.
The jury for the first annual International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA, www.additive-award.com) has selected UK- and Texas-based Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies (www.hybridmanutech.com) for their submission of Ambit tool-changeable cladding heads, which combine CNC and additive technologies. The hybrid tool can be assimilated into any CNC machine, and enables metal deposition, finishing, and inspection of parts, using a tool changer to switch between processes.