Many applications in today’s world of wide-format printing are accustomed to taking a serious beating. Floor, window, and wall graphics; vehicle wraps; and signage run the risk of damage from exposure to the elements, such as heat, sun, or heavy rain during a storm; human error like car accidents; and things you just can’t stop, like constant foot traffic over a floor graphic. So, it’s clear lamination is a necessary component to the final touches of a project, ensuring the printed graphics are visible and casualty free.
Fenner Drives has added two new colors to NinjaFlex, a thermoplastic elastomer 3D printer filament.
The two metallic colors, Silver and Gold, will be available in October, and are joining NinjaFlex’s nine other existing color options: Snow, Fire, Midnight, Sapphire, Lava, Flamingo, Grass, Sun, and Water. All NinjaFlex filaments are available in 1.75- and 3-mm diameters.
The new website features technical specifications, case studies, and an ideas-exchange forum.
Roland has announced its first additive 3D printer, the ARM-10, and a compact 3D subtractive milling machine, the SRM-20, part of the company’s monoFab series.
Coveris Advanced Coatings has introduced its Magic PCW-Matte, a 14-mil, 100-percent post-consumer waste matte paper. The paper is compatible with aqueous, solvent, eco-solvent, and UV inks. The ultra-smooth, bright white base is designed for indoor and outdoor products like posters, P-O-S, P-O-P displays, and more.
Available in 36- and 42-in. widths.
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With margins on some of out-of-home media shrinking, are billboards, transit-shelter graphics, and other outdoor applications still worth your while? With a growth in multi-platform jobs (think digital signage coordinated with taxi-top signage and even staircase wraps) there are growing opportunities to turn that slim-pickings gig into a healthier revenue driver.
HP has opened a new Graphics Solutions Centre of Excellence and expanded its HP Indigo ink plant in Singapore. The new 226,000-square-foot facility will provide customers with one-stop access to HP’s digital printing portfolio. It will also expand local ink manufacturing capabilities to include inks for the HP Indigo 10000, 20000, and 30000 Digital Presses.
The Gilman Brothers Company, specializing in foamboard manufacturing, and Larson-Juhl, a Berkshire Hathaway Company specializing in custom framing, have met to discuss product development and industry distribution. With the recent launch of The Gilman Brothers’ low-temperature, permanent adhesive, heat-activated MountCor family of foamboards, Larson-Juhl has signed with The Gilman Brothers Company to market the new foamboard line to the framing industry.
Big Picture magazine is preparing for change: a bright, bold redesign, launching with the October print and digital edition on October 1, 2014.
With a larger format for ease of navigation and improved readability, the magazine will showcase ideas from wide-format experts with an increase in analytical content that will help readers navigate our changing field.
Inx Digital has introduced H76 high performance UV curable inks, designed specifically for the HP 7500 and HP 7600 printers when using the FB225 ink series. The latest Triangle brand superwide format application is designed for outdoor P-O-P display, transit signage, and packaging applications. Available in six basic colors plus white, light black, and orange; and in 5-liter bottles that can be installed directly into the printer.
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Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has introduced two new window perforated films and three new overlaminates into its digital portfolio.
The MPI Perforated Window Series, including the addition of MPI 3529 and MPI 3729, allows window surfaces to display printed graphics, without completely restricting vision, according to Avery.
MPI 3529 has a matte finish, removable adhesive with opaque/block out capabilities, and a 50/50 ratio; designed for vehicle applications, like transit buses or fleet vehicles.