The year was 1996 and PrismTech Graphics – a screen-printing operation in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada – was looking for a way to set itself apart from other print providers.
“The industry was quickly switching to digital and we needed to be there to keep an edge over our competitors,” says Lane Beaton, PrismTech’s director of operational development.
As we approach our 9000th vehicle-graphic installation here at bluemedia, I think I can safely say that we’ve made just about every mistake in the book – and our list of things that have gone wrong is pretty extensive. But from our many errors, we have learned a lot.
The Mob Museum, dedicated to the history of organized crime and law enforcement, debuted in Las Vegas this past February. To bring the exhibits to life, Vegas’s own Color Reflections output more than 800 prints using the shop’s HP Designjet Z6100 and then mounted the graphics onto Plexiglas. For a small portion of the work, an EFI Vutek GS3200 was utilized to print directly onto Plexiglas, glass, MDF, and metal. All custom cutting was done with the shop’s Multicam 3000 series CNC router.
Phoenix-based Image Craft has acquired Qube Visual, a Denver-based signage and graphics company. Image Craft plans to keep the Denver sales team as well as the majority of Qube Visual employees on staff.
The publishers of The Big Picture have released the 2012 Media + Ink Sourcebook print edition via MagCloud. The new resource assembles information on nearly 400 sources for: vinyl, paper, films, and self-adhesives; specialty media; rigid substrates; and inks for wide format. A digital edition is available at bigpicture.net.
Mactac Graphic Products has announced its Application Nation session dates and locations for the first half of 2012. Each one-day class will cover the basics of proper vinyl preparation and installation for various applications.
Creative professionals are always on the quest to achieve one thing: perfection. Renowned photographer Dennis Manarchy dreamed of creating that perfect picture. To accomplish this lofty goal, Manarchy devoted 10 years to hand-building a 35-foot-long camera.
Manarchy’s first attempt at creating such a massive camera was inspired by the Italian translation of the word, “camera,” which is “room.” He put a lens on the door of a small pantry in his home, and, over time, the room-camera evolved into the massive camera prototype it is today.
Graphics One has introduced the GO EcoMax 44 printer, a 44-in. rollfed system designed to use the upgraded formulation of Sepiax water-based resin inks. Engineered for apparel transfers (and GO OT Stretch Transfer Film) as well as wide-format indoor and outdoor applications, the 4-color EcoMax 44 features an Epson MicroPiezo TFP printhead with Variable-Sized Droplet Technology, a top speed of 100 sq ft/hr, and resolutions up to 2880 dpi. Maximum media thickness is 1.5 mm.
“Tobacco kills” is the message the Paris-based League Against Cancer wanted to get out in its Operation Tueurs Payeurs (“Paying Killers”) – a street marketing campaign calling for a compulsory levy on the tobacco industry. The League worked with CQFD Communication Agency (studiocqfd.com) and Northern Design (northerndp.com) to create 15 oversized faux cigarette packs with the “tobacco kills” message and prompted the public to sign a petition on the campaign’s website.
Seiko Instruments USA (SIU) has published a white paper addressing the lightfastness of various wide-format printer inks, including its own ColorPainter low-solvent GX inks and ColorPainter HAPs-Free IX inks.
The white paper also includes comparisons of print metrics such as color gamut, gloss levels, print-to-print color consistency, print speeds, ink usage, printhead replacement rates, and overall running costs.