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10 Percent Growth Forecast for Wide-Format Inkjet Printing

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Lightwords Imaging predicts uptick in latex, textile, aqueous, and solvent graphics through 2018.

Lightwords Imaging, a digital imaging market research, analysis, and consulting agency specializing in wide-format inkjet printing, has released its latest industry market forecasts.

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3 Fine Art Media from Red River Paper

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Photographic printing up to 44 in. wide.

Red River Paper’s offerings for fine-art printing are acid-, lignin-, and chlorine-free; buffered; and coated. The company’s three wide-format papers include:

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Two New 3D Printers from Ultimaker

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Ultimaker 2+, Ultimaker 2 Extended+ feature interchangeable nozzles.

Ultimaker has released two new 3D printers: The Ultimaker 2+ and the Ultimaker 2 Extended+. Based on predecessors Ultimaker 2 and Ultimaker 2 Extended, respectively, the newest models feature a more powerful geared feeder to reduce the likelihood of materials skipping and improved cooling for better surface quality. Also, the addition of interchangeable nozzles is designed to simplify material changes and maintenance, and to give users the option between high speed and a high level of detail.

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Steelers Star Gets Digital Prints for Christmas

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Life-size cutouts of football stunts impress Antonio Brown.

What might record-holding, Pro Bowl-caliber NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown want for Christmas? Pittsburgh Steelers reporter and radio host of “The Antonio Brown Show” Dale Lolley was at a loss for gift ideas for his football-playing pal. Luckily, Lolley has an “in” in the print industry.

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Flashpoint Graphix Battles the Elements

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A midnight transit install presents an array of challenges.

The Client Los Angeles Metro Transit Authority

The Players Flashpoint Graphix, Los Angeles-based artists, J Perez

Tools & Supplies Durst Rho 500R UV printer, 3M Scotchcal Graphic Film Series 50 calendered vinyl

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Tekra Adds New Latex Backlit Film

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Up to 87 in. wide.

Tekra has added an 8-mil backlit polyester film to its JetView line of latex-printable media. Compatible with some UV inkjet printers, the bright white film is designed with improved ink adhesion, scratch and water resistance, and depth of color. It reportedly dries immediately and does not require lamination in long-term signage applications. Available in up to 87-in. widths.

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Onyx Graphics Offers Software Education

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2016 classes range from Phoenix to The Netherlands.

Onyx Graphics has announced the 2016 schedule for its Certified Operator Training program. The two-day course features an overview of Onyx RIP and Thrive software packages, including new features for Onyx 12.

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3 Vehicle Wraps You Can't Miss

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These imaginative jobs are high on ambition and short on flat surfaces.

Vehicle wrapping is on the rise as a top application produced on wide-format machines, moving from 21.1 percent in 2013 to 33.3 percent in 2015, according to InfoTrends' Emerging Trends in Wide Format Printing Report. Here we provide you with three print shops that put the pedal to the metal when it comes to wrapping vehicles, plus what's trending, from overall business branding to simply bringing happiness to the passenger.

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Fisher Textiles Adds Superwide Printable Fabric

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GF 8864 now available in 125-in. widths.

Fisher Textiles has extended its offerings for its GF 8864 triple-layered woven fabric. Now available in 125-in. widths, GF 8864 is compatible with dye-sublimation and UV printing, and best suited for applications such as double-sided banners and silicone-edge graphics. It is designed with a tight weave for improved print quality and opacity. The material is also wrinkle resistant.

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SpeedPro Faces Sharp Angles of Slingshot Wrap

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The Lake County franchise couldn't cut corners with this challenge.

SpeedPro Imaging Lake County is no stranger to working with BBQ’d Productions, a full service barbeque joint in Third Lake, Illinois. “We’ve done several wraps for this client before this, which included a Ford F-250 pickup truck and a 16 by 20-foot trailer,” says Brian Finfrock, marketing and production assistant. “So, we were naturally [the client’s] go-to graphics company.”

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