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The World's Fastest-Moving Vehicle Wrap

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Even the vehicle built to break the sound barrier needed a touch of vinyl.

The Bloodhound racing machine – designed to someday break the sound barrier and world land speed record – needed a sleek vinyl finish for its debut. Print provider PressOn used their HP Latex 3500 printer and Kongsberg iXP24 cutting table to produce the wrap and branding for the 44-foot-long, $20.5-million car.

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Kornit Expands Direct-to-Garment Printer Line

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Two new Storm machines launched at FESPA.

Kornit Digital has added two new models to its Storm line of industrial direct-to-garment printers for medium-sized apparel decorators. Storm Hexa and Storm 1000 both feature a new recirculating ink system, developed to reduce ink consumption and improve reliability. The pair also exhibits twice the number of nozzles as previous Storm machines; the company says productivity may increase as much as 40%. Print speeds can reach 170 garments/hr in high productivity mode, including inline pretreatment. Max. print area is 20 x 28 in.

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Mactac Reengineers RoughRap Wall Film

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Reports improved conformability and adhesion.

Mactac has announced a redesigned version of its digitally printable Imagin RoughRap film for specialty wall graphics on rough and textured surfaces. Possible applications for the 2-mil, soft white gloss vinyl include locker rooms, gymnasiums, arenas, retail spaces, airports, restaurants, and more. The company reports that the new construction offers improved conformability and adhesion to surfaces such as concrete or brick.

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Roland Launches Eco-Solvent Printer/Cutter Series

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New TrueVis line offers 54- and 64-inch widths.

Roland has released the TrueVis VG series of wide-format eco-solvent printer/cutters for producing vehicle graphics, banners, posters, displays, decals, packaging prototypes, apparel heat transfers, and more. The series, which includes 54- and 64-in. models, leverages four FlexFire printheads, which the company says are designed to flexibly control the metallic plate attached to the ink chamber for a higher firing frequency.

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From the Editor: Print Defies the Doubters

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The naysayers of our industry are lacking both in facts and imagination.

False balance means giving fair play to an idea that’s unsubstantiated; something that a few people believe, but that lacks credibility in neutral circles. Think Holocaust deniers or The Flat Earth Society, whose members flout overwhelming scientific evidence that the Earth is spherical.

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Ritrama Opens New Development Plant

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Plus, production of a learning center is underway.

Ritrama has opened a 150,700-square-foot facility in Basiano, Italy, for the production of self-adhesive materials. The site features a quality control center and two integrated production lines for visual communications self-adhesives and automotive self-adhesives, respectively. Ritrama says the plant meets ISO standards for management and automotive production.

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'Props' for the Printers

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Snoop Dogg’s imagination runs wild with 17 wall murals from Gamut Media.

When Phillip Yu started Gamut Media (Brea, California) in his parents’ garage in 2009 with a Roland inkjet printer, a couple of PCs, and a friend, he never imagined he’d be producing 10,000 square feet of graphics for Snoop Dogg’s private recording studio just six years later.

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Van Straaten Reveals 16-Foot Dye-Sublimation Fabrics

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Three textiles developed with Heytex.

Van Straaten has launched three 16.4-ft-wide textiles for dye-sublimation printing, developed in tandem with Heytex and positioned for usage on the forthcoming Durst Rhotex 500. The materials reportedly contain no heavy metals or PVC and are REACH compliant, B1 certified, and foldable. The selection includes:

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Epson Rolls out 44-Inch SureColor P10000

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9-color display and photographic printing.

Epson has released the SureColor P10000, a 44-in. wide-format printer for producing display graphics and fine art photography. Positioned as a more compact version of the 66-in. P20000 released earlier this year, the machine employs the same 8000-nozzle, 10-channel PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead for droplets as small as 3.5 pL and has a max. resolution of 2400 x 1200 dpi.

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Lady Gaga Plays Vinyl-Wrapped Piano at Academy Awards

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Icon Image Graphics produces gloss white performance piece.

Even those who didn’t watch the 2016 Academy Awards probably heard of the event’s highlights: Leonardo DiCaprio’s long-awaited award for best actor, host Chris Rock’s daughters selling Girl Scout cookies to the star-studded audience, and Lady Gaga’s delivery of “Til it Happens to You,” nominated for Best Original Song. What most of us don’t know is that the piano from which the recording artist gave her moving performance was wrapped in 3M vinyl.

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