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Gatorfoam Exterior Line Expanded

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Boards are now available in Bright White.

3A Composites USA has expanded its line of Gatorfoam Exterior board. It’s now available in Bright White in 48 x 96-in. sheets in 1-, 1.5-, and 2-in. thicknesses. As with the rest of the Gatorfoam Exterior line, the new Bright White boards consist of polystyrene foam bonded between two layers of wood-fiber veneer laminate. A specially formulated adhesive enhances weather performance by reducing the chance of delamination when exposed to heat, cold, and humidity; and the adhesive doesn’t yellow over time. Also available as a custom order in 3-in.

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Screen Adds Features to Truepress Jet2500UV

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Multi-layer printing and automatic generation of see-through graphics now available.

Screen USA has showcased two new features now available on its Truepress Jet2500UV printer: multi-layer printing and automatic generation of see-through graphics.

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Synergia H Printer: New from Novus Imaging

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PrinterEvolution introduces Evo33 aftermarket upgrades.

Novus Imaging has introduced its first printer: the Synergia H hybrid press. The 126-in. Synergia is available in two models: the AQ and UV (indicating the type of ink used). Both offer: 2400-dpi apparent resolution; Spectra Q class printheads with a 10-30 pL variable drop; 4-color standard ink system (optional colors include cmW, orange, gray, red, and blue); the ability to handle media up to 2-in. thick; iPad integration; and a Caldera Grand RIP+.

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New BioMedia from Ilford

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Also adds OmniJet Photo Realistic recyclable media.

Ilford has launched its new BioMedia line of media, which includes biodegreable display films, boards, and laminates. All of the BioMedia products are designed to completely break down under anaerobic (no-oxygen) landfill conditions due to an enzyme that accelerates the biodegradation process, the company reports, and meet ASTM D5511 standards; they can also be incinerated without the release of any harmful gases or chemicals.

The new Ilford BioMedia line includes:

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Océ Debuts ColorWave 600 Poster Printer

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Boasts the company's TonerPearls solid toner and CrystalPoint imaging technology.

Océ has announced that its ColorWave 600 Poster Printer is now available in the US. Specially designed for poster-printing applications, the roll-to-sheet ColorWave 600 uses Océ’s TonerPearls solid toner (CMYK) and CrystalPoint imaging technology to produce instantly dry, water-resistant prints that are cut to size.

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Konica Minolta Sensing Launches New Website

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Site sections include Learning Center, on-demand webinars, and more.

Konica Minolta Sensing Americas (KMSA) – the wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Holdings USA focused upon industrial measurement of color and light – has launched a new corporate website to better serve its customers.

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Photography, Graffiti Style

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Photographer JR uses an HP Designjet Z6200 in photobooth at Rencontres d'Arles festival.

As another avenue to express his art, photographer JR developed “Inside Out,” a participatory art project that challenges people to capture untold stories from people around the world through their own black-and-white photos. They then upload their images to the organization’s website, and these images are made into posters and sent back to their creators to be displayed in their own communities.

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Audacious in Auckland

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Omnigraphics' “World’s Here to Play” graphic adorns the Tower Building in Auckland’s downtown area.

In preparation for rugby’s biggest showcase this past fall, the Rugby World Cup 2011, New Zealand’s Auckland Tourism, Events, and Economic Development agency commissioned a 13,400-square-foot building wrap to adorn the Tower Building in Auckland’s downtown area. The “World’s Here to Play” graphic, designed by branding agency Ogilvy, was produced by Auckland’s Omnigraphics, utilizing its EFI Vutek 3360 solvent printer to output onto Contra Vision Performance see-through perforated window film.

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Hit the Road Sunning

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TKO Graphix wraps University of Michigan's solar car for the Veolia World Solar Challenge Australia.

The Job Being deemed “America’s number-one” after six American Solar Challenge wins just wasn’t glory enough for the University of Michigan’s (UM) Solar Car Team. So, it set out to conquer foreign soil last fall and entered the Veolia World Solar Challenge Australia. To increase its chances of winning the 1800-mile race through the Outback’s Stuart Highway, the UM team attempted to make its eleventh custom car – the Quantum – its lightest vehicle yet. To do this, the team skipped the paint job and instead opted for a wrap.

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Grapo Technologies Acquired by Private Investment Group

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New brand – SigmaJet –and strategy for Czech printer manufacturer.

Grapo Technologies, the Czech Republic-based manufacturer of wide-format hybrid and flatbed UV printers, has announced its acquisition by a group of private investors. The company will be re-named SigmaJet; Branislav Oravec, previously sales and marketing director of Grapo Technologies, has been appointed the new SigmaJet CEO.  

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