IQ’s Management Workflow System, printIQ, and its expandable options are now available in North America.
EnCore Products has added Brushed Aluminum Foam Board, a metallic-finished, printable media for creating displays and signage. The 3/16-in.-thick board is lightweight and partially reflective. Available in 40 x 60- or 48 x 96-in. sheets; custom sizes also offered.
Wallcovering collective Wall Heroes suggested design after design for a residential customer, “but none seemed to fit just right,” says the shop’s founder, Ryan Deemer. But then they saw this log design and it was “an instant hit.” The graphic was printed on Wall Heroes’ HP Latex 360 onto LexJet Print-N-Stick fabric and cut with a Graphtec FC8600-160 vinyl cutter.
Ultraflex Systems has developed Signetics, a new series of magnetic receptive media. Three new products, which require no lamination, according to the company, include:
HP’s newest batch of latex printers includes the HP Latex 560 and 570, designed for medium- to large-sized PSPs, and the superwide HP Latex 1500.
Sihl has released the design2wall line of nonwoven, PVC-free wallcovering media, featuring three options for any ink type. Each matte-finished material is Class A flame retardant.
2500 design2wall UV 150 offers a natural, structured surface for latex and UV printing. It features high lightfastness and is available in 54-in. widths. It is HP Latex certified and measures 12.5 mil thick.
3M has widened its Opaque Graphic Film offerings with 22 new colors, including Atomic Red, Khaki Green, and Petroleum Blue Metallic, and a new Controltac Graphic Film with Comply Adhesive Series 180mC. The 180mC series features micro comply air release technology for simplified installation and improved adhesion to liners for cut letters and graphics.
Colex’s new Sharpcut Flatbed Cutter 3232 processes boards, vinyl, and textiles measuring up to 10 x 10 ft via automatic board and roll feeders. The Sharpcut 3232 also features an automatic conveyor table with a triple interchangeable tool head station (fixed knife, oscillating knife, and router), a six-zone vacuum system, and vision registration system. The Optiscout registration system features a high-resolution color camera; plugin to export data from CorelDraw, Illustrator, and AutoCAD; and a material library.
Black Box Creative is a one-size-fits-all creative studio in Miami, offering everything from graphic and web design to small- and wide-format printing and installation. A self-described friend to small businesses, the shop has found that wallcoverings are a great way to decorate and advertise simultaneously; removables are even better. “For most small businesses, their spaces are leased,” says Marcos Albernas, creative director.
Tucanna has partnered with axaio to develop an add-on for Tucanna’s tFlow workflow software that will enable native file processing. While previously, users had to convert Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop files to PDF in order to process them in tFlow, the optional MadeToPrint add-on performs this conversion automatically.