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Q&A: 3 Ways to Use Varnish

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From wallcoverings to retail, an extra touch can set you apart.

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

Q: We recently installed an Agfa Titan with clear varnish. Yet to find the application for it. Any suggestions?

–Robert Lee, VP, Unicorn Graphics, Garden City, New Jersey

A: I think of digitally printed varnish as having three purposes and your Titan can do all three.

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Mutoh Partners with Avery Dennison for 2016 Wrap Classes

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Hosted by master installer Justin Pate.

Mutoh has announced its partnership with Avery Dennison to offer the Car Wrap Training Program in 10 cities across the US in 2016. The classes will be hosted by master installer Justin Pate, a globally recognized graphic installer who has wrapped more than 3000 vehicles in his 16 years in the field.

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Vycom Reveals ‘Vivid White’ PVC Board

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A bright white finish for enhanced cool colors.

Vycom has added Vivid White to its Celtec line of PVC flexible display board for P-O-P displays, retail signage, tradeshow graphics, and more. The company reports that the Vivid White option is preferable for cooler colors, while its Celtec Standard White is more suited for warm colors and flesh tones.

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Wallcoverings that Wow

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Texas shop imagines kid-friendly environments from floor to ceiling.

Digital wallcoverings are just one element of these themed environments, designed and printed in-house by Worlds of Wow!. The one-stop shop, which houses a 126-in. EFI Vutek GS3200 for printing murals on Korographics’ commercial-grade textile vinyl, also builds family-fun indoor and outdoor playgrounds.

Check out other great print projects from our September issue:

Swimkidz Wraps Brighten Welsh Streets

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EFI Adds Three New Hybrid Printers

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All machines capable of printing up to two inches thick.

EFI has announced Vutek HS125 Pro, Vutek GS3LX Pro LED, and EFI H1625-SD hybrid printers.

The Vutek HS125 Pro is a 10.5-ft hybrid roll/flatbed printer. Deemed by EFI as the fastest Vutek product ever developed, the machine prints up to 125 boards/hr in production quality mode (85 boards/hr in P-O-P quality print mode).

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Graphics on Fire

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"The Hunger Games: The Exhibition" features a stunning superwide display.

Fans of Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games” trilogy can experience the futuristic world of Panem via “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition,” a collection of 20 vignettes printed and produced by experiential design firm MC2. Located at New York City’s Discovery Times Square, the exhibit features 10,000 square feet of graphics and more than 1000 props and costumes based on the films as well as sketches provided by the Thinkwell Group.

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Backlight Option Available for WideTek Scanner

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Enables digitization of transparent materials.

Image Access has released an optional backlight unit for its WideTek 25 flatbed scanner. Distributed by Paradigm Imaging Group, the unit allows users to digitize transparent material such as film footage and X-rays. The WideTek offers a max. scanning size of 18.5 x 25 in. and scanning speeds under 6 sec at 600 dpi or 3 sec at 300 dpi, according to the company.

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Kiian Digital Launches Inks for Kyocera

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A water-based pigment ink set for textile printing.

Kiian Digital has released Digistar K-Choice, a water-based pigment ink for direct printing with Kyocera printheads. The inks reportedly prolong printhead life and exhibit high fastness. Available in 11 colors, including black plus, cyan, magenta, magenta plus, yellow, orange, blue, violet, green, gray, and red.

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Mactac Wall Media Now in 60-Inch Widths

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Imagin wallNoodle and Roodle are designed for short-term applications.

Mactac has extended the size offerings of its Imagin wallNoodle and Roodle wall graphics media from 54- to 60-in. widths. Both media are 6-mil, semi-rigid, matte white vinyl films, and feature a SuperFlat release liner.

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Three New Media from General Formulations

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For decals, wall graphics, and more.

General Formulations’ Concept Media Solutions has released three new digitally printable media for a variety of applications, including decals, signage, and wall graphics.

WallFrog Series 250 is a 4-mil, matte white woven polyester wall fabric that features a removable and repositionable adhesive. It is phthalate-free and its edges reportedly will not curl or fray when cut. Available in 54- and 60-in. widths.

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