When preparing for a project, a shop can have everything lined up – the design, the printing equipment, the ink, the installer – but it’s impossible to complete a project without a substrate on which to print the graphics.
So, how do you go about deciding what works for this specific project, or for your shop in general? There are a lot of variables: composition, surface treatment/texture, color, whiteness/brightness, ink compatibility, post-printing compatibility, width, and much more.
Agfa Graphics has introduced Apogee 9, the PDF-based workflow solution that serves as the production hub for graphic reproduction, including wide-format print-service providers.
HP has updated its matte canvases: HP Professional Matte Canvas and HP Artist Matte Canvas.
Both canvases have an improved coating, providing higher-quality image reproduction. Compatible with aqueous printers, the canvases are designed for print-service providers, fine-art reproduction companies, and photographers. Both canvases are flexible and designed to enable stretching, folding, and mounting without cracking the image.
HP Professional Matte Canvas features a bright-white, smooth matte finish on a 2-over-1 weave with a larger color gamut.
Epson America has announced a new series of wide-format color printers designed for scalable applications from CAD drawings and GIS maps to corporate graphics and retail posters. The SureColor T-Series, which comprises the Epson Sure Color T3270, T5270, T7270, T5270D, and T7270D, is available in single- and dual-roll models and offers a max. resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi.
The printers feature variable-size ink droplet technology, as well as the company’s PrecisionCore TFP print head and UltraChrome XD pigment ink in five hues – CMYK with both Photo and Matte Black.
Graph Expo 14, branded as a one-stop shop for all things print, is set to take place September 28-October 1 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The event will showcase more than 500 exhibitors, 14 pavilions and specialty show floor sections, 70-plus education sessions, 50-plus co-located industry events, four show floor theaters, three “Ask the Expert” stations, and more.
Flexcon has added Jetbond 42178 to its product line. Jetbond 42178 is a 4.0-mil hard clear gloss overlaminate vinyl, coated with a permanent adhesive that bonds to printed surfaces.
Jetbond 42178 is backed with a 42-lb poly-coated one-side, white kraft release liner. Designed for digitally-printed graphics that require enhancement, a glossy finish, and general protection, like scratches and fingerprints, according to Flexcon.
Available in 54-in. widths.
3M Graphics has added two new straight fibers to its Wrap Film Series 1080: 3M Wrap Film 1080-SF12 Straight Fiber Black and 3M Wrap Film 1080-SF201 Straight Fiber Anthracite. Including carbon fiber, brushed metal, matte, satin, gloss, and now straight fiber options, the Film Series 1080 is available in 57 finishes, textures, and colors.
The straight fiber films are avail be in 60-in. widths, and are designed for vehicle wraps.
3M COMMERCIAL GRAPHICS
Roland DGA has introduced the VersaExpress RF-640, a 64-in. inkjet printer.
The new printer features: a top speed of 521.9 sq ft/hr; mirrored printhead configuration (CMYK); Eco-Sol Max 2 inks; variable-dot function (seven different dot sizes); resolutions up to 1400 dpi; and the ability to accommodate roll media up to 110 lbs.
1. Los Angeles │ Iconography Studios (www.iconographystudios.net) is no stranger to working with ESPN. In the past, the print shop has produced signs for multiple events and even wrapped golf carts for the annual ESPYs awards show. Their latest project for ESPN: wrapping trash/recycling bins with Los Angeles sports-themed graphics.
ST Media Group International, a Cincinnati-based publisher of information products for the signage and graphics, packaging, and design fields, has promoted Robin Donovan to editor-in-chief of The Big Picture, the leading publication for the digital-printing industry.