A report from Research and Markets suggests that, while big-name 3D-printing providers seem to have struggled recently, the market for low-cost 3D printers is on pace to reach $4 billion by 2021. Findings suggest a major influence for this is increasing interest in small 3D printers for prototyping from corporations such as Dell, Boeing, Ford, and more. The report’s authors also predict a similar growth in interest from professionals such as architects and designers.
HP has added three models to its Latex printer series: the 560, 570, and 1500.
Mutoh has launched the ValueJet 1938TX, a 75-in. direct-to-textile printer for high production of soft signage, custom apparel, home furnishings, tradeshow graphics, flags, upholstery, and more. With a staggered dual printhead design, the machine prints up to 914 sq ft/hr at resolutions as high as 1440 dpi on a variety of fabrics.
Gerber Technology has released an update to its Omega software for the sign and specialty graphics industries. The platform is designed to integrate with vinyl cutters, Gerber Edge thermal printers, and Gerber CNC routers.
New features include:
Chromaline has released Alpha E-30, a dual-cure direct emulsion for industrial and printed electronics applications. The emulsion features particle sizes below 2 microns for resolving high-res lines and spaces down to 30 microns. Chromaline also reports that Alpha E-30 can prolong screen durability on press when used as a laminating emulsion in conjunction with a capillary film. It is compatible with solvent, UV, and conductive inks, as well as polyester or stainless steel mesh.
3M has announced its new co-branded inks for Durst, Epson, OKI Data, and EFI printers; graphics produced with the inks are also now covered by the company’s MCS Warranty. The new inks include:
Avery Dennison has added textured wall films Pure Canvas, Crushed Stone, and Natural Stucco to its MPI 2600 line of wall media. The calendered films are offered in permanent (MPI 2630) and removable (MPI 2631) options. They are 6 mil thick, durable up to 2 years (4 years unprinted), and printable with solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV inks. Available in 54- and 60-in. widths.
Ryonet has added Sgreen Stuff to its line of eco-friendly screen-printing consumables. The two-in-one biodegradeable degreaser and dehazer features an abrasive pumice, designed to remove all oils and contaminants from screen mesh while reducing the risk of pinholes. It can be used on screens with leftover plastisol, water-based, and discharge inks.
Mimaki has unveiled the 128-in. UJV55-320 superwide UV-LED printer, featuring 6 colors + white. The machine’s UV inks are cured immediately, enabling multilayer printing for backlit and double-sided applications. An LED-lit panel on the front of the printer also allows users to check the backlit effect of a graphic as soon as it comes through the machine; the light can be turned on or off for frontlit applications, as well.
Nazdar has launched the 705 series of UV inks, designed for use in HP’s FB500/700 printers using 250 Series inks. Nazdar reports the inks can be switched one color at a time and do not require flushing, purging, or reprofiling.