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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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Q&A: Print Providers Look to 2016

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We brought your toughest questions straight to the experts.

To wrap up 2015, we gathered your burning questions, frequent frustrations, and other inquiries, then asked print industry experts to provide insight in a Q&A designed to help you tackle your top challenges and get 2016 started off right. Choose a topic below and hear straight from the experts.

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Wrapping a Wrangler

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Symbolic graphics support Rebuilding Amerca's Warriors foundation.

Desert Wraps in Palm Desert, California, wraps 20 to 30 unusual vehicles a month, from 40-foot cow-print helicopters to an amusement park promo VW Beetle Convertible. Yet higher-ups consider this a marketing company with a focus on vehicle wrapping, not a wrap shop. Owner Soterios Anagnostou calls this wrap for Rebuilding America’s Warriors (RAW) a typical job, but it’s the execution that makes it better than the norm.

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Vehicle Wrappers Deliver Wood Panel Effect

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Austin Extreme Graphics is challenged to create an authentic design.

Online presence matters – especially to Austin Extreme Graphics. A client had just launched the Five Bucks Shuttle transportation company (think party bus plus more), and needed a wrap job. After clicking through Austin Extreme’s website and Yelp reviews, he called the team.

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The Cloud: Color Management and Workflow

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Is moving to a cloud-based system the right step for your shop?

The cloud has been a recent buzzword in the wide-format industry, especially during SGIA Expo 2015, with the introduction of GMG’s CoZone, SAi’s Cloud mobile app, and more. Many shops have moved to cloud-based mobile apps to manage or oversee a print job from a separate location, but these apps aren’t driving the in-house printers themselves. Could a cloud-based color management/workflow system be the next step?

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Q&A: Bringing Digital In-House

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It's time to make the switch: What knowledge and materials do you need to get started?

Digital printing and industry experts tackle your top questions, challenges, concerns, and frustrations as 2015 comes to a close.

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House Passes Tax Provision Package, Expands Section 179 Deduction

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Legislation would increase Section 179 to $500,000 and make the allowance permanent.

The US House of Representatives has passed “The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015,” a $622-billion package of tax extenders that includes legislation making Section 179 Expensing and the R&D Research Tax Credit permanent. This will enable small businesses to deduct expenses of up to $500,000 of investments in heavy machinery or office equipment instead of having to depreciate the cost over a number of years, creating an incentive to purchase new equipment.

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Rocket II Scanner Controller from Paradigm

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Featuring a 64-bit processor.

Paradigm Imaging Group has introduced the Rocket II Scanner Controller, a system for managing the large-format copying and scanning of graphics, photography, fine art, P-O-P applications, and more. The scanner controller features a 64-bit dual-core RIP processor for faster operation, according to the company. The standard memory offered is 4 GB (upgradeable to 16 GB). The controller is equipped with a 21.5-in. screen with the option to upgrade to a touchscreen.

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