The Print Industries Market Information and Research Organization (PRIMIR; www.primir.org), the research unit of the Association for Supplies of Printing, Publishing, and Converting Technologies (NPES; www.npes.org), has published a study on the North American market for UV/EB printing applications. “UV/EB Curing Technologies in Printing” provides an overview of energy curing, sizes of each market segment, technology drivers, and growth rates, along with implications for the industry.
Magnum Magnetics (www.magnummagnetics.com) has announced the release of DigiMaxx, a printable, flexible magnetic material designed for superwide-format printing applications. DigiMaxx runs on many wide-format UV flatbed and inkjet presses. Available in 20- or 30-mil thicknesses; custom orders may be placed in additional thicknesses, roll length and width, laminate, and adhesive backing.
Designed specifically for backlit signage illuminated by LEDs, 3M’s (www.3Mgraphics.com) Envision Flexible Substrate FS-1 allows printers to create bright, more energy-efficient signage. The company reports that Envision FS-1 is nearly twice as light transmissive as 3M Panagraphics III Wide Width Flexible Substrate, allowing brand owners and graphics manufacturers to create signs that use less energy and require less maintenance without sacrificing performance. The film can be decorated with cut vinyl or direct printing through solvent, UV, or latex inks.
CET Color (www.cetcolor.com) has introduced the Q5 series, a line of UV flatbed and hybrid printing presses. The series includes Ricoh Gen5 printheads, which feature grayscale printing with 600 dpi resolution, and an automatic height detection system that calibrates printhead distance for dot placement and image quality for varying media heights. An optional static suppression kit is available. Color configurations offered include CMYK + White and CMYKx2 + White. Max. print speeds range from 400 to 1152 sq ft/hr.
I was walking the floor on the second day of SGIA when I ran into an old acquaintance, the owner of an industrial-graphics printing business who is also a dignitary in the industry. We catch up each year at the show.
SGIA has released the 2015 Graphic Workshop schedule, which includes two new training classes.
HP has introduced the first product from its Blended Reality ecosystem, Sprout by HP, a computing platform. Its release was accompanied by the HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D print system.
Multi Jet Fusion at a Glance
The Multi Jet Fusion is built on HP Thermal Inkjet technology and is designed to increase the commercial viability of 3D printing.
“We examined the existing 3D print market [and] saw major gaps in the combination of speed, quality, and cost,” says Stephen Negro, senior VP, Inkjet and Graphic Solutions, HP.
At this year's SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 22–24), the Dave Swormstedt, Sr. Memorial Award was presented to Guido Lengwiler for his book, A History of Screen Printing, How an Art Evolved into an Industry.
When considering a new special-effects technique, ask yourself, “Can a customer distinguish our products from those from the guy down the street? Or are we just another in a long line of the many screen printers they can choose from, for no other reasons than convenience or price?”