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Roland Reveals New Website

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Featuring a ‘Help Me Choose’ option for product navigation.

Roland has redesigned its corporate website with the goal of providing more content, mobile friendliness, and visual appeal. New navigational features include a “Help Me Choose” option that allows users to find product information based on what they want to do with their business. The new site also includes an “Industries” section featuring educational content and a “Showcase” section with customer success stories. Visitors can find a “Roland TV” video library, as well.

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Can Print Shops Benefit from 3D Printing?

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Drupa 2016 saw some big innovations.

Until now, the 3D printers at ISA, Graph Expo, and SGIA have been box-like devices that slowly print small models and doodads. That’s about to change, as larger, faster, more versatile 3D-printing devices will make it practical to offer 3D-printing services.

Before determining what types of services to offer, you must first understand that 3D printing isn’t really about “printing.”

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Roland Adds Fluorescent Dye-Sub Ink

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Including a proprietary color library for Illustrator and CorelDraw.

Roland has introduced two fluorescent dye-sublimation inks for its Texart XT-640 and RT-640 wide-format printers. The pink and yellow inks are designed to expand color gamuts for applications such as sportswear, fashion, soft signage, décor, promotional merchandise, and more.

Roland has also developed the Roland DG Fluor Color Library swatch palette, compatible with Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw.
 

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GASC Announces Long-Term Dates

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Annual tradeshow set through 2019.

The Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) has announced the details for Graph Expo and Print shows through 2019. Print 17 will be held September 10-14, 2017, at McCormick Place in Chicago. Graph Expo 18 will remain in Chicago, September 30 to October 3; Graph Expo 19 will return to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, September 22-25.

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Drupa Returns to Düsseldorf in 2020

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Reestablishes four-year cycle.

Drupa has announced that its mega-tradeshow serving the printing industry will resume its traditional four-year cycle. The decision to break from last year’s plans to establish a three-year cycle is in response to “numerous demands voiced by exhibiting industry players,” the company reports in a release.

Drupa 2020 is scheduled for June 23 through July 3 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
 

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GPA Opens 11th Print & Design Contest

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Entries accepted through October 31.

GPA has launched the 2016 Print & Design Contest, the 11th edition of the annual competition recognizing creative print work that utilizes the company’s substrates.

Entries must be from a job completed on a qualified GPA substrate within the past year. Contestants can choose from any of six categories:

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EskoWorld Hits Florida for 2016 Users’ Conference

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Featuring 75-plus educational sessions.

Esko has announced its 2016 users’ conference, EskoWorld, will travel to Orlando, Florida, June 21-23. Featuring more than 75 educational sessions, the event will be held at the Omni Orlando Resort. Topics will cover digital flexo, commercial print, digital finishing, packaging, structural design, 3D design, and brand management. Attendees can also receive training, meet one-on-one with product experts, and network with more than 500 other Esko users.

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Xaar and Ricoh Announce Partnership

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Collaboration works toward thin film piezo printhead development.

Xaar and Ricoh have divulged a partnership to continue developing thin film piezo printhead technology. Xaar reports that its 1201 GS2p5 printhead is the first beneficiary of the move, but that collaboration will lead to a broader range of printheads and improved technology for both companies.

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Northwestern Brewery Gains Presence through Wall Mural

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Signs Now Moses Lake provides a statement piece.

Signs Now Moses Lake collaborated with Justin Alaniz of Lucid Concepts Photography on this wall mural for Ten Pin Brewery in Moses Lake, Washington. Commissioned to give the brewery itself a presence within the public tap house, the graphic measures 8 x 13 feet and was printed on Signs Now’s HP Latex 360 onto Avery Dennison MPI 2611 Wall Film.

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Semi-Automatic Cutter from Kala

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Reads automatic stop marks.

Kala has released the KalaXY 1650, a 65-in. semi-automatic cutter. The machine reads automatic stop marks that stop cutting to allow a manual change of blade position. Kala reports it is accurate within 1 mm. Users can program longitudinal trimming via an LCD control panel and can choose from three modes. It also features 3-in. self-locking roll shafts that allow users to transfer rolls directly from laminator to cutter.

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