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‘The Printerverse’ Returns to Print 17

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Print Media Centr presents panels, interviews, and more.

“The Printerverse,” an interactive booth with networking events, educational panels, and interviews organized by Print Media Centr, will return to the Print 17 show floor for the sixth year in a row. Hosted by 28 exhibitors comprising the “Intergalactic Alliance of The Printerverse,” booth #4425 is designed as a way for show attendees to participate in daily panels and discuss topics and trends with industry leaders.

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GMG Opens California-Based Office

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Expands operations on the West Coast.

GMG Americas has opened a new location in Irvine, California. Eric Dalton, GMG Americas west region director of sales, heads the new West Coast office. GMG reports it aims to expand the company’s presence in the region, better serve its customers through quicker response times in the same time zone, and become more involved in the local print community.

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Colex Expands Sharpcut Conveyor Cutter Line

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Offering an entry-level model.

Colex has expanded its family of digital flatbed cutters with the Sharpcut SX1616, a 60 x 60-in. table with a four-zone vacuum system and optional conveyor. The line is designed as an entry-level version of the Sharpcut 3232 model, with integrated hardware and software for growing businesses.

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Puzzling Out a Wide-Format Toy Booth

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Color Ink designs and prints a vintage toy store out of foamboard.

Color Ink faced a unique challenge from Masterpieces Puzzle Company: create a 20 x 40-foot vintage toy store for their International Toy Fair booth using only Falconboard. Color Ink imaged 6210 square feet of material on their Inca Onset Q40, shipping all pieces in three crates to New York for a tool-free, one-day assembly.

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3D Printing: Expanding Your Reach

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Why today’s print service providers should consider breaking into the 3D printing market.

3D printing is currently in a very interesting phase. Some of the industry leaders, the companies that have made the market what it is today, are being challenged by new players, and distributors are trying to figure out what key technologies they should stake. The types of companies buying the systems are changing as well, making it important for traditional PSPs to understand the new service providers that are emerging to offer 3D printing services.

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Walki Releases ‘Green’ Media

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Made from recyclable, raw materials for front- and backlit applications.

Walki Group has introduced the WalkiPrint Media XXL line of “green” printing and imaging media for front- and backlit applications. The company reports the media is made with recyclable raw materials and features a non-reflective, inkjet-receptive top layer. The lightweight, tear-resistant line is engineered for UV-curable and latex inks. All products are available in widths up to 126 in.

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Thermal Overlaminate from Mactac

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Hard-coated for durability and scuff resistance.

Mactac has released Permacolor EasyTouch TL7000 thermal laminates for graphic image protection. The line is said to protect graphics from moisture, dirt, and oils, as well as color fading from UV exposure. Mactac reports the family of haze-free, matte-finished products is hard-coated for scuff resistance and has up to five years of durability. The line is engineered for compatibility with thermal hot-roll laminators. Available in 3-, 5-, and 10-mil variations and 38- or 51-in. widths.

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Veritiv Now Distributes Sun Chemical’s Wide-Format Ink

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Full range of Streamline solvent inks available.

Sun Chemical has formed a partnership with Veritiv in which the latter will distribute Streamline solvent inkjet inks for wide-format and superwide printers. Products include eco-solvent inks for Mutoh and Roland printers, as well as solvent inks for 118- and 197-inch machines. Goals of the agreement include reaching Sun Chemical’s North American customers more efficiently and providing technical and product support.

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Holding All the Cards: A Casino Bus Wrap

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National Harbor's grand opening announced with an immense printed ad campaign.

MGM opened the National Harbor casino and hotel outside of Washington, D.C., with a bang, hosting A-list celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Bruno Mars, Boyz II Men, and more.

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Paradigm Introduces Pixis Printers

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Offering eco-solvent and UV options.

Paradigm Imaging Group has launched the Pixis series of wide-format printers, including the Pixis ES Eco-Solvent, offered in 71- and 126-in. widths, and the Pixis UV Flatbed, offered in 48 x 96- and 72 x 120-in. sizes.

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