PrintPlanet, an online community for print professionals, and Idealliance, a global community of content and media creators, print service providers, material suppliers, and technology partners, have collaborated to produce Print IdeasOnline, free live monthly educational sessions. The webinar schedule will be available on the Idealliance website and will feature industry professionals’ unbiased, hands-on input regarding graphic communication software and hardware solutions, as well as vendor support services.
Colex has introduced its Sharp Cut FBC-I Cutter/Router powered by i-cut. The flatbed machine is designed to give operators the ability to trim, kiss cut, and crease a variety of rigid and flexible substrates.
It includes a dual-tool station with fast oscillating knife as well as a multi-zoned vacuum table (four/six), auto-setting blade height, and single-phase 40-amp power. Colex says its standard router spindle is rated for most substrates used in wide-format production, but a heavy-duty router spindle is available as an option.
To help raise money for UNICEF in aiding children in Japan and emergencies around the world, Mini USA – the maker of the Mini auto – partnered with legendary rock band Kiss to launch a “Mini Rocks the Rivals” test-drive tour in the US. Kiss made the announcement live at the New York Auto Show this past April as four Mini Countryman vehicles with Kiss-inspired designs and wraps debuted, each design representing a band member's face.
The Client Chicago International Trucks
The Players Road Rage Designs (www.roadragedesigns.com)
Tools & Supplies Mimaki JV3-130, Avery MPI 1005 Supercast Easy Apply RS, Avery DOL 1360 overlaminate, GBC Arctic Titan laminator
Coroplast has debuted CoroGreen, a 100% recyclable corrugated plastic sheet. Made from post-consumer and post-industrial polypropylene, CoroGreen meets the requirements for US Building Council LEED credit.
CoroGreen is ideal for outdoor signage and eco-friendly messaging and can endure high-moisture environments, the company reports. With a printable white surface and black core, CoroGreen is available in 4-, 6-, 8-, and 10-mm thicknesses. Custom surface colors and sheet sizes are available.
Durst has introduced the Omega 1, an entry-level UV inkjet printer designed to provide fine-art printing quality at an industrial production level, says the company.
The Omega offers a top resolution of 1728 dpi, grayscale printing technology, and an advanced magnetic linear drive for precision transport of the printheads (for consistency and accuracy). Users can choose a 4-color (CMYK) version, a 6-color Plus version (CMYKcm), or a PCA version (CMYK, orange, violet); white and gray are options. Inks are supplied in 1-litre containers
Creating, editing, and manipulating images can be a time consuming and, in some cases, daunting task that precedes a print shop’s real glory moment: the output. But before you can show off that perfect print, you must be able to help your client ready the perfect image.
In the wide-format digital print world, it’s rare to find a formally trained artist specializing in commercial print work. That’s where Bill Louf, owner of ImageMaster (imagemastersedona.com) in Sedona, Arizona, breaks the mold. His was a long road from the New England School of Photography to custom digital printer, and the evolution was entirely organic.
I can remember a time in the 1990s where our focus was on subjects like: “Will this material have bubbles in it?” “Will it hold up to car washes?” “Will we be able to install it without wrinkles?” And, “Is this high-end vinyl really worth it?”
During the past several months we have all listened to or read from the various “experts” regarding their thoughts on the great recession we’ve recently endured. I’ve realized, as I’m sure many of you have, that you can pretty much decide whatever you want in terms of the current economic state of affairs and then quickly find an economic expert opinion to back up your theory.