Ultimaker has released a new version of its free Cura software for use with all of its 3D printers. The upgrade includes a redesigned platform that will allow features to be easily added later, plus a more user-friendly interface with an undo/redo button. Some features that were previously available, including the Bed Leveling and Configuration Wizards, are currently being reengineered, according to the company.
CADlink Technology has released a UV edition of its Digital Factory RIP software. The set of features designed for a UV-specific workflow includes:
• Automated underbase support for .pdf and .eps workflows;
• Advanced color management for handling white and clear inks;
• Automated black background feature that blends black artwork into black substrates;
• Support for bitmap and vector files;
• Direct printing capabilities from any design application;
• And support for Mutoh, Mimaki, and Roland printers.
When you think of Alcatraz Island, aka “The Rock,” typically dangerous criminals, high-security, and isolation come to mind. What you don’t picture is an outdoor basketball competition with some of the best players from around the world. But that’s just what The Red Bull King of the Rock is: a one-on-one basketball tournament with 64 athletes from 23 countries.
Beginning in 2010, Red Bull has produced the first sporting event to be held on “The Rock” since the inmates were relocated more than 50 years ago.
DreamScape’s Brilliant adhesive-backed, printable wallcovering media features a metallic surface for creating wall graphics, tradeshow displays, murals, P-O-P displays, and more. Available in 54-in. widths.
3M has announced the second Wrap2Wrap Battle, an east-versus-west competition for graphics installers. Beginning August 3, entrants can submit before and after photographs of a vehicle wrapped with 3M Wrap Series Film 1080. The top entries will advance to the next round, with five knockout rounds leading up to the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 5. Points will be awarded for submitting the requested photos, wrap quality, and overall appeal, plus public votes.
RTape has introduced VinylEfx Air, a digitally printable film designed to give the appearance of metal in window graphics, P-O-P displays, posters, counter mats, and more. The film is equipped with air-egress, bubble-free technology, and removes cleanly from surfaces, according to the company. Available in 54-in. widths in fine brush silver, matte silver, smooth silver, and smooth gold (custom sizes available upon request).
Chicago’s Lyric Opera called on print shop ER2 Image Group (www.er2image.com) to collaborate on its January gallery exhibit, “Dictated by Fate.” Based on the Lyric’s production of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s The Passenger, “Dictated by Fate” follows former Auschwitz SS officer Liese as she travels to her new post and is haunted by a former prisoner.
Mimaki upgraded its dye-sublimation inks, Sb54 and Sb310. Engineered with high density for improved color consistency and reliability, both inks are available in 6 colors. The new design aims not only to reduce vapor emissions during the transfer process, but also to improve print production yield by ensuring stable ink jetting, according to the company.
Sb54 inks are compatible with the following Mimaki machines: JV300-130/160, JV150-130/160, CJV300-130/160, CJV150-107/130/160, JV33-130/160, JV5-130S/160S, and TS34-1800A.
Ocean (www.oceanoutdoor.com) has opened its sixth annual competition seeking the best creative work in digital out-of-home advertising, including full motion, subtle motion, and interactivity. Open until August 28, the competition will award media space to first, second, and third place winners across two categories: creative techniques and interactive.
The Mosaica Group (www.printmosaica.com) will host a technology showcase at its Sussex, Wisconsin, headquarters August 5-7. The first two days of the exhibition will feature demonstrations on vehicle wrapping (Avery Dennison); Mimaki’s JFX200 and JV300 printers; Epson’s SureColor printer series; and more.