A report by Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com) at the close of 2014 suggests that future market potential for 3D printing technology is almost unlimited. While the short-term market is largely represented by rapid prototyping and highly customized, low-volume products, technology advances, expanding application areas, and government funding will likely spur both supply and demand for 3D printing systems and services.
I’m so glad New Year’s resolutions have been debunked. Are you on this train yet? If not, get there. All your carefully laid plans to eat right and exercise, if they come true, won’t meet fruition thanks to a resolution. In fact, if you want a new habit to stick at all, you’d better devote 66 days, on average, and a prayer.
The upcoming West Pack 2015 (www.westpackshow.com) event will incorporate digital printing into its lineup this February at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Manufacturers such as Roland DGA, Xante, Flexcon, CGS, and 3D Systems will join the mix of exhibitors to demonstrate packaging applications of digital and 3D print technology.
PolyOne Corporation has announced InVisio Color Inspiration 2016, four new color collections developed for brands and designers.
Color Inspiration 2016 includes the following four color stories, according to PolyOne:
Print is not dead. With new technology and innovation, print continues to be an important medium for conveying a message to an audience. That hasn’t changed even with the evolution of dynamic signage. Dynamic doesn’t work for everything, but pretending it’s a fad or something only for certain verticals is burying your head in the sand. Dynamic is here to stay; it’s made its mark and proven to be an important part of the signage industry.
Dalim Software has announced the launch of Twist 7.5, an update to its production automation software that has expanded from business process management to final file processing, from preflight to image handling to video.
Twist 7.5 supports new image file formats that are commonly used by photographers, retouchers, and web portals to improve image handling in design, marketing, and ad agencies, according to Dalim.
The UPS Store has launched an online printing platform that will allow customers to upload or create their own printed products. Powered by PrintSites, the platform offers custom, pre-formatted templates for products such as business cards, flyers, postcards, banners, envelopes, and greeting cards, as well as a document builder where users can configure files for production, including wide-format options.
Select products may be printed at The UPS Store’s 4400-plus locations and picked up the same day.
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HP has introduced the third generation of HP WallArt. HP WallArt 3.0 incorporates WallArt in-store design, helping producers of digital wallcovering and wall décor applications gain new business by connecting and collaborating with retailers, according to HP.
HP WallArt is a cloud-based web service that helps simplify the design, visualization, and production of customized wall decoration applications. It’s free of charge for HP Latex customers, and is designed for PSPs, wallcovering manufacturers, and designers.
LexJet has added Sunset Photo Matte Paper 280g to its Sunset line of fine-art and canvas inkjet media. The 12-mil paper is designed for fine-art reproduction, photo printing, and poster decoration.
Sunset Photo Matte Paper 280g is available in 17-, 24-, 36-, 44-, and 60-in. widths.
Former EFI CFO David Reeder has officially left the company in order to relocate closer to his family as VP and CFO at Lexmark International. Reeder announced his resignation in late December, continuing his employment through January 9 , to ensure a smooth transition of his responsibilities to COO Marc Olin.
Olin served as interim CFO from September 2013 to January 2014, when Reeder joined the company.