The Association for Leaders in Print, Mail, Fulfillment, and Marketing Services, formerly AMSP/NAPL/NAQP, announced its rebranding last week at its annual Executive Leadership Summit in Las Vegas. Originally created on January 1, 2014, through the merger of the Association of Marketing Service Providers, National Association for Printing Leadership, and National Association of Quick Printers, the newly dubbed Epicomm (www.epicomm.org) aims to reflect a commitment to meet the needs of today’s evolving graphic communications industry, according to a press release.
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.
The Stryker automatic oval-shaped garment press from M+R (www.mrprint.com) features a modular design, with a 10-station base model that can be expanded in increments of 6 all the way to 52 stations. All stations except the ends can support printheads and any can be left open, allowing for a wide variety of production requirements. The Stryker features a new servo drive indexing system that can achieve speeds up to 900 pieces/hr, with adjustable indexing speed and the ability to do multiple indexing.
What do visual merchandising executives, politicians, and engineers have in common? The riddle came to me during a presentation at the Retail Design Collective event in New York in early December. The presenters, owners of a company that tracks information about high-end store window displays from major shopping destinations around the world, said the most popular trend in window design today is the incorporation of graphic imagery—design speak for “stuff that has been printed.”
1. Always compare colors under a standardized light source, such as a color viewing box. Resist the temptation to check colors outdoors, unless the customer specifically requires it.
2. Perform color matching in a well-lit area where the color scheme is based on a neutral gray. (Neutral gray is based only on black and white, without distracting colors in the shade.)
3. If you leave the color viewing area for a long period of time, give your eyes about 10 minutes to adapt to the lighting conditions before resuming your work.
Generating proofs that accurately depict the prints you will get from your screen-printing presses is one of the greatest challenges faced by graphics screen shops. This discussion identifies the main goals a color proof should satisfy and provides tips for improving your own proofing results.
With any design file you plan to screen print, you should proof the file prior to production. This is especially important when your customers provide their own files for you to print. The proof should accomplish the following five objectives:
Graph Expo 15 (www.graphexpo.com) has announced a partnership with CPP Expo (www.cppexpo.com) for its event this September 13-16. The co-located shows will take place in the South Hall at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event will also overlap for two days with the neighboring Process Expo (www.myprocessexpo.com), allowing attendees at either event all-access admission to the exhibit halls. Process Expo and its partners, the International Dairy and InterBev Process shows, will take place in the North and East Halls on September 15-18.
Proper drying and curing are critical to short- and long-term ink performance on garments. This final step in the screen-printing process can be the culmination or the ruination of all the efforts preceding it. And what happens in the dryer definitely does not stay in the dryer. Drying and curing issues can become apparent when the print comes off the belt or months down the road. The potential impact on your business makes addressing them—or, even better, heading them off—imperative.
3D Systems has successfully outfitted Derby the dog with 3D-printed prosthetics, allowing him to run for the first time. Born with a congenital deformity characterized by small forearms and no front paws, Derby was previously only able to get around on soft surfaces.
Mactac Distributor Products has expanded its Imagin B-Free Gruv media line with two new 3.2-mil products offering up to 4-year outdoor durability. Imagin B-Free Gruv GV428P and GV429P, both employing the company’s air-egress technology for easier application, are intended to be lower-cost alternatives for short- to medium-term, general purpose graphic applications.GV428P is a gloss white vinyl; GV429P is a matte white. Both are compatible with most wide-format inks, including solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV, and are supplied with a 98-lb polycoated liner.