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EFI Acquires Optitex

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Targets fast fashion market through textile design software.

EFI has acquired Optitex, a developer of 3D design software for the textile and fashion industry. The company’s capabilities include a 3D digital apparel simulation and 2D patternmaking software.

Optitex will now be housed in EFI’s Productivity Software business unit, continuing to operate from its offices in the US, Italy, India, Hong Kong, and Israel. CEO Asaf Landau will stay on as general manager.
 

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Dip-Tech Seeks Industry Standard for Ceramic Color

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The Dip-Cmix Color Guide establishes baseline for glass printing.

Dip-Tech has announced the Dip-Cmix Ceramic Premix Color Guide, developed as an industry standard for matching color in glass printing. Similarly to Pantone and RAL color guides, this swatchbook assigns a numerical code to each shade so that parties across the supply chain can discuss color consistently.

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13 Digitally Printed Wallcoverings

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A baker's dozen of projects that will inform and inspire.

It’s tough to pin down a pattern in the realm of digitally printed wall décor: Increasingly, the trend is that almost anyone – designers and artists, digital print shops, and analog printers who decide to make the switch – can do just about anything. As machines and media become simpler to operate and install, there’s a fear that the role of the print shop middleman may decline.

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Avery Dennison Launches New Cast Film Series

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Plus, corresponding overlaminates.

Avery Dennison has announced MPI 1105 Supercast films and three new corresponding Digital Overlaminate series. MPI 1105 features PVC facestock with a long-term removable adhesive and is designed to be ultra-conformable. Applications include car wraps, outdoor graphics, and more.

The film is available in up to 60-in. widths with Easy Apply RS (for repositioning and sliding), Easy Apply (to prevent wrinkles and bubbles), and Gloss Opaque LTR (for long-term removal) technologies.

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Bordeaux Presents Printer-Specific UV Inks

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New series designed for HP, EFI, Mimaki, and Agfa machines.

Bordeaux has launched a range of printer-specific UV inks designed for HP flatbeds, EFI’s Vutek GS models, Mimaki JFX models, and Agfa Anapurna machines. Bordeaux reports that the plug-and-print inks can replace OEM products one at a time and require no downtime for installation.

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Beyond Aqueous Printing: Alternative Inks on the Rise

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Latex, eco-solvent, UV, and dye-sub technologies are shaking up the imaging market.

While numerous ink technologies are employed within the large-format printing business, historically, aqueous (water)-based wide-format printers have represented the largest number of printers installed. Even today, few would argue that large-format aqueous inkjet printers are the most affordable and application-flexible printers on the market.

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Xaar, Global Inkjet Systems Join Forces

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Partnership offers components for Xaar 5601 printheads.

Xaar and Global Inkjet Systems (GIS) have announced their partnership in the development and distribution of components for the new 5601 family of printheads. Designed to accelerate OEMs’ time to market, the components include a Head Management Card and ink supply system.

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PVC-Free Canvas from InVinci Surfaces

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Offering a repositionable backing.

InVinci Surfaces is offering Muse, a PVC-free polyester canvas featuring a repositionable adhesive backing. Muse is offered in silver, black, white, and iridescent gold, and is printable with solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV inks. It measures 15 mil thick and is classified as Type II for medium-duty wallcoverings. According to inVinci, the canvas is rip, wrinkle, and stretch resistant, and will not damage paint or walls upon removal. Available in 54-in. widths.

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Interior Design Show Sees Printing in Pink

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Detroit shop shows off print's potential for décor.

Detroit-based Digital Print Specialties wanted to wow passersby at the Interior Design Show in Toronto. This 8 x 20-foot removable graphic was printed on PrestoTex Gold Iridescent wallcovering film with the shop’s HP Latex 360. Installation took just an hour and a half.

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Roland Reveals New Website

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Featuring a ‘Help Me Choose’ option for product navigation.

Roland has redesigned its corporate website with the goal of providing more content, mobile friendliness, and visual appeal. New navigational features include a “Help Me Choose” option that allows users to find product information based on what they want to do with their business. The new site also includes an “Industries” section featuring educational content and a “Showcase” section with customer success stories. Visitors can find a “Roland TV” video library, as well.

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