STS Inks has launched Eco-Xtreme inks, a series developed for Roland’s Ai2, Ai3, and Ai4 inks for use on the AdvancedJet AJ and AJ-i printer series. Eco-Xtreme is available in 1-L cartridges and in 6 colors: CMYKcm. The series is compatible with coated and uncoated media.
3M has released Envision Print Film 48C, a PVC-free alternative to the company’s Controltac Print Film 40C. The intermediate film is designed for applications such as windows, walls, floors, signage, and partial vehicle graphics. It features 3M Comply Adhesive for air release and is engineered to resist tears and bubbles during installation and removal. Envision 48C is also printable with solvent, UV, and latex printing, durable up to 5 years indoor and outdoor (3 months for floors), and available in 54-in. widths.
The ThermTX from Graphics One is a 44-inch rotary heat press calendar featuring three capabilities: roll-to-roll, cut piece, and dye fixing. The machine offers heat sensors and an automated cooldown system designed to maintain a consistent temperature. The roll feed and take-up system leverages three mandrels for feeding and three for take-up; it also includes a material centering system for quick loading. For cut-piece users, the unit offers a fixed table and catch bin. The solid steel model features a 7.8-in. drum.
Mactac has revealed Rebel X-treme, a permanent adhesive media designed for difficult surfaces such as indoor and outdoor concrete surfaces, cinderblock walls, polypropylene, pebbled surfaces, powder-coated paint, stainless steel, and more. The material features a double-sided SuperFlat release liner and a 99%-opaque, blue-white PVC film in addition to the clear adhesive. Rebel X-treme is printable with latex, UV, solvent, and eco-solvent inks. It is durable up to 7 years outdoors and is available in 54- and 60-in. widths.
Mimaki has released version 5 of its RasterLink6 RIP software. New features include:
Agfa Graphics has released the 10th version of its Apogee Suite of workflow management software. New features include a new user interface and a cloud-based option.
The Apogee WebApproval portal for print buyers will now offer preflight notifications, page bleed and trim size information, separation previews, and validation for complex versioning.
Additional changes include IntelliTune technology for automatic image correction and image quality improvement, as well as enhanced versioning support.
Print NW provided a graphic refresh for a local Tacoma Goodwill, totaling 800 square feet of vinyl lettering, window and door graphics, and white ink-printed 3M Scotchcal Clear View Graphic Film 8150 on a charcoal wall to create a chalkboard look. Produced on a Vutek GS3250LX Pro, the install took 30 man hours as the team worked around ongoing construction.
Magic has introduced Adhere6.0, a 6-mil, removable window film featuring a high-gloss surface and a wet-apply silicone adhesive. Adhere6.0 is designed as an environmentally friendly alternative to vinyl. The company reports the material will not residue upon removal. It is printable with latex and UV inks, and is available in 50- and 54-in. widths.
Sihl is transitioning the synthetic liner for its SyntiSol and SyntiTec Easy Tack graphic media to a paper-based, PVC-free alternative. Both materials are designed to be tear-resistant and feature low-tack self-adhesives for bubble-free application and residue-free removal on glass and other smooth, flat surfaces, according to the company.
3529 SyntiSol offers a satin, low-glare finish and a water- and scratch-resistant coating. It is solvent- and UV-printable.
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) has announced its annual Sustainability Conference for September 13 in Las Vegas.