3M has announced the second Wrap2Wrap Battle, an east-versus-west competition for graphics installers. Beginning August 3, entrants can submit before and after photographs of a vehicle wrapped with 3M Wrap Series Film 1080. The top entries will advance to the next round, with five knockout rounds leading up to the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 5. Points will be awarded for submitting the requested photos, wrap quality, and overall appeal, plus public votes.
RTape has introduced VinylEfx Air, a digitally printable film designed to give the appearance of metal in window graphics, P-O-P displays, posters, counter mats, and more. The film is equipped with air-egress, bubble-free technology, and removes cleanly from surfaces, according to the company. Available in 54-in. widths in fine brush silver, matte silver, smooth silver, and smooth gold (custom sizes available upon request).
Chicago’s Lyric Opera called on print shop ER2 Image Group (www.er2image.com) to collaborate on its January gallery exhibit, “Dictated by Fate.” Based on the Lyric’s production of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s The Passenger, “Dictated by Fate” follows former Auschwitz SS officer Liese as she travels to her new post and is haunted by a former prisoner.
Mimaki upgraded its dye-sublimation inks, Sb54 and Sb310. Engineered with high density for improved color consistency and reliability, both inks are available in 6 colors. The new design aims not only to reduce vapor emissions during the transfer process, but also to improve print production yield by ensuring stable ink jetting, according to the company.
Sb54 inks are compatible with the following Mimaki machines: JV300-130/160, JV150-130/160, CJV300-130/160, CJV150-107/130/160, JV33-130/160, JV5-130S/160S, and TS34-1800A.
Ocean (www.oceanoutdoor.com) has opened its sixth annual competition seeking the best creative work in digital out-of-home advertising, including full motion, subtle motion, and interactivity. Open until August 28, the competition will award media space to first, second, and third place winners across two categories: creative techniques and interactive.
The Mosaica Group (www.printmosaica.com) will host a technology showcase at its Sussex, Wisconsin, headquarters August 5-7. The first two days of the exhibition will feature demonstrations on vehicle wrapping (Avery Dennison); Mimaki’s JFX200 and JV300 printers; Epson’s SureColor printer series; and more.
3M Graphics has added eight new offerings to its Wrap Film Series 1080 vehicle wrap media. The new colors are: Satin Smoldering Red, Satin Apple Green, Satin Battleship Gray, Satin Dark Gray, Gloss Boat Blue, Gloss Midnight Blue, Gloss Ember Black, and Matte Riviera Blue. The pressure-sensitive adhesive films do not require an overlaminate, according to the company, and are available in 60-in. widths.
DaVinci Technologies and Presto Tape have announced a partnership for the distribution of Presto Tape’s selection of removable and repositionable print media. To be made available across the US from its Enfield, Connecticut, and Pomona, California, warehouses, DaVinci’s offerings will include the 17-mil CanvasTac and 7-mil polyester PrestoTex, now in iridescent colors.
Xara has announced version 11 of its Photo and Graphics Designer software, featuring an enhanced Brush Tool that stretches vector or bitmap images along a freehand-drawn line. Textured brush effects include paint, chalk, and watercolor; or, users can create their own brush designs. Version 11 can also sync files with cloud-based storage programs such as Dropbox and Google Drive. The Shape Painter tool has been expanded with new shape editing tools and web- and PDF-safe blend modes such as Overlay, Hard Light, Soft Light, Luminosity, and Color.
EFI has introduced a new generation of its Fiery digital front end (DFE) platform with Fiery FS200 Pro. The new platform will feature CMYK+ tools for more precise color matching up to 8 colors, as well as connectivity with other JDF-based devices and EFI’s MIS/ERP and web-to-print products. It will also offer Fiery HyperRIP, which processes up to 55% faster than other DFEs, according to the company. HyperRIP includes a multiple-job mode for up to four simultaneous projects, as well as a Rush RIP mode that opens up a fifth RIP for last-minute projects.