ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has made a name for itself over the years by rebuilding and refurnishing dilapidated homes for deserving families in need. Thanks to the quick turnaround times offered by inkjet technologies, many of the new houses have incorporated wide-format prints to add some colorful flair.
Travel photographer Ken Kaminesky began working with Image Wizards to produce brushed aluminum prints of his artwork a little over a year ago. “The aluminum prints are a very unique way to present these images and really must be seen to get an idea of the effect,” says Kaminesky.
Aurora Specialty Textiles Group has added Act II SP and Twill SP to its Northern Lights Printable Textiles collection. Specially pre-treated to yield excellent color pop and line definition while maintaining the fabric’s soft hand, both fabrics are compatible with latex and UV-cure print technologies as well as solvents. Prints produced with latex inks will rival dye sublimation, the company reports. Both styles are excellent choices for retail soft signage, indoor and short term outdoor banners, window graphics, exhibits, and other applications.
Datacolor has introduced the Spyder4 line of advanced colorimeters, able to calibrate a variety of wide-gamut and normal-gamut displays, including monitors, laptops, and projectors, as well as TVs, iPads, and iPhones. All Spyder4 models feature a simple install wizard, and deliver an average of 26% more accuracy and improved low-luminance performance over previous Spyder3 technology, the company reports. The new line includes:
Shiraz Software, based in the UK, has announced new editions of its RIP Server, Signature, and Focus solutions. All of the new products feature a full-scale rebuild of the underlying architecture, Shiraz reports, as well as faster RIP functionality, a redesigned Dashboard, enhanced customer-service module, remote access, extended support for machines from various manufacturers, native support for the latest Windows 7 and Mac OS X Lion systems, new media profiles, and more.
Members of the Allegra Network – the franchise network comprising the Allegra, Signs Now, American Speedy Printing, and Insty-Prints brands – have reached an agreement to invest in a company that will purchase the assets of Signs By Tomorrow.
Signs By Tomorrow, founded in 1986, includes 162 franchisees operating in 36 states with system-wide sales approaching $70 million. The network of companies provides indoor and outdoor signage, exhibit displays, vehicle wraps, and other large-scale graphics.
The Printing Industries of America is now accepting nominations for its 2012 InterTech Technology Awards. The awards honor the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic communications and related industries.
CET Color’s new X-Press 1000 is a flatbed UV that can handle substrates up to 49 x 99 in. and 4-in. thick. It offers an 800 x 1200-dpi resolution maximum; the X-Press 1000’s Production speed is 960 sq ft/hr (4-pass) and High Quality speed is 400 sq ft/hr (8-pass). Three inksets are available: CMYK, CMYKcm, and CMYK+white+clear. Features include: Spectra Polaris 512 printheads; a customizable print spooler; four-zone reversible vacuum table; and pin registration system. Price: $145,000.
Value Vinyls has introduced Rio PET Sign Media, a new line of scrimless sign media that can be used for long-term indoor as well as short-term outdoor displays. Featuring an extremely smooth matte finish compatible with digital printing, screen printing, and pressure-sensitive lettering, the new Rio PET line is engineered to provide low-curl prints when producing hemless signs.
3M Commercial Graphics has announced a new color/finish combination to its 3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080: Brushed Black Metallic. As with the other 1080 Series films, the Brushed Black Metallic version is a pressure-activated, 3.5-mil cast film designed to provide dimensional stability and durability without the need for an overlaminate. It’s available in 60-in. widths. The new Brushed Black Metallic color was selected in the company’s recent Wrap Battle: 1080 contest, which asked fans of the product to vote for their favorite new color and finish.