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Stratasys Introduces Recycling Program

Free disposal of FDM canisters and PolyJet cartridges for North American customers.

Stratasys ( has announced a recycling program for its North American customers that will provide a free, code-compliant system for disposing of waste FDM canisters and PolyJet cartridges. Customers can print a pre-paid shipping label directly from Stratasys’ website.

Recycling will be done by the Stratasys facility in Eden Praire, Minnesota, in collaboration with Lifeworks, a nonprofit serving people with disabilities.


3A Composites Extends Fome-Cor ValueBoard Line

White and natural liners now offered.

3A Composites has added white and natural options to its line of Fome-Cor ValuBoard media, intended for use in short-term P-O-P displays, exhibits, kiosks, interior signage, and long-term framing applications. ValuBoard can be fabricated with mounting, laminating, knife-cutting, die-cutting, punching, and embossing techniques, according to the company.

New choices include white foam sandwiched between white kraft liners, white foam with natural liners, and black foam with natural liners. Available in 3/16-in. thickness in standard 48 x 96-in. sheets, or by custom order.


Candid Litho Renames Wide-Format Branch

Blue Ocean Worldwide becomes Candid Worldwide.

Candid Litho ( has announced the rebranding of its large-format subsidiary, Blue Ocean Worldwide, in order to clarify the correlation between the two companies. The newly named Candid Worldwide will continue to operate in New York and Las Vegas, with significant investments in wide-format technologies that include several EFI Vutek roll-to-roll and hybrid printers, several flatbed cutters, UV laminators, HP Indigo digital presses, and a variety of finishing equipment.


FESPA Returns to Amsterdam in 2016 to Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary of Digital Show

FESPA today announces that FESPA Digital 2016 will mark its ten year anniversary by returning to the Amsterdam RAI from 8 – 11 March 2016. The four-day event will once again include FESPA Fabric, Printeriors and European Sign Expo.

CRON-ECRM Introduces New Platesetter Family to North American Market

CRON-ECRM LLC, a newly formed joint venture of China’s Hangzhou CRON Machinery & Electronics Co., Ltd, and ECRM Imaging Systems, today announced the availability in North America of the partnership’s new platesetter family. CRON-ECRM systems offer the marketplace unmatched versatility, while maintaining pinnacle-quality production (up to 400 lpi with 1,200 to 3,600 dpi resolution). Each system enables purchasers to tailor the speed, automation features, and imaging head preference (UV or thermal) to their specific productivity requirements (up to 96 diodes).

Esko to Make a Big Presence in Wide Format and Packaging During Graphics of the Americas

At booth 622 during Graphics of the Americas, February 26-28, 2015 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Esko ( will feature its fully-featured super-wide digital finishing system, the Kongsberg C60. The Kongsberg C60 is a 3.2-meter table designed to keep up with faster, wider printers, cutting and finishing substrates up to 63" x 126". Esko will also be demonstrating preproduction software for both packaging and wide format applications

InfoTrends’ Barb Pellow to Present in Dscoop’s Tenth Annual Conference

InfoTrends is pleased to have Barb Pellow, Group Director of the Business Development Strategies Service, speaking at the Dscoop’s Tenth Annual Conference. This event will be held March 5-7, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Aslan-Schwarz Releases New Self-Adhesive Films

For designing memoboards.

Aslan-Schwarz has released two new self-adhesive films, the combination of which allows for a writable, dry-erasable memoboard surface.

FerroPrint Aslan FF 450 is a white, magnetic film designed to be printed on directly. Rolls are 40 in. wide.

Clearboard Aslan CB 90 is a clear, glossy, and scratch-resistant whiteboard film. Intended for applications on smooth surfaces such as doors, cupboards, and walls. Rolls are 54 in. wide.



ISA Board of Directors Appoints Industry Leaders to Three Steering Committees

Three steering committees have been appointed to advise the International Sign Association’s Board of Directors throughout the coming year.

“The steering committees are a valuable component of the leadership of ISA,” said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. “They ensure that ISA and the board represent issues of concern to all facets of membership in the present and that they help set a course to deal with future issues and opportunities.”

Digital Harmony

Artist Karin Schminke blends nature's inspiration with wide-format technologies.

Technology and nature are often pitted against one another, but for Seattle-based artist Karin Schminke (, these two inspirations are equally vital. Schminke has been using digital printing in her work for 30 years, and her Epson and HP wide-format printers are a key part of her multi-modal process.