Student imagers were featured on the last day of the 2014 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 22-24) in the Tom Frescka Student Printing Competition. The competition is named for the late Tom Frescka, editor of Screen Printing magazine from 1996-2009.
Last month at the 2014 SGIA Expo (Las Vegas, October 22-24), winners of the Golden Image Competition were honored for achieving imaging excellence and displaying exceptional expertise in their field.
“Receiving one of these awards places the winner at the very top of the world’s leading printers,” says Johnny Shell, SGIA’s VP of technical services. “Achieving such high quality indicates remarkable control and ability.”
Staffing agency Semper International has released its annual “Industry Insight Survey” for the printing and graphics arts markets, showing a year-over-year increase in revenue and the number of companies considering diversification. And unlike the previous decade, no respondents said that they planned to decrease staffing levels. Respondents were culled from Semper clients and prospects.
Budget Inks (www.budget-inks.com) has introduced Eco-Maxx replacement inkjet cartridges for Roland DGA’s SolJet Pro, VersaCAMM, and VersaArt printers. According to Budget Inks, the cartridges don’t require different media color profiles and can be used without flushing the printers. Outdoor durability is said to be up to three years without lamination. The 440-ml cartridges are available in CMYK, Lc, and Lm. Four- and six-cartridge packs are also available.
The Nyala 2 from Polytype Americas is the largest and highest-productivity machine in the firm’s swissQprint line of UV flatbed inkjet printers. It features a maximum print size of 80 x 126 in. and is available with up to 18 printheads and from 4-9 colors. Available colors include CMYK, light shades of all process colors, Pantone colors (orange, green, and violet), white, and special-effect varnish. Four print modes range from Fine Art to Speed (with speeds ranging from 344-2217 sq ft/hr in 2 x CMYK mode).
Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions (www.averydennison.com) has launched two new perforated films that allow windows to be decorated with digitally printed graphics without completely restricting vision. Both films are printable with all ink platforms including solvent, eco-solvent, UV, and latex. MPI 3529 has a matte finish, removable adhesive, and 50/50 perforation pattern for use in promotional vehicle applications where increased visibility from the interior is required. MPI 3729 has a 60/40 perforation pattern and is intended for P-O-P, tradeshow, and other flat window applications.
Many of us spend hours in conference rooms discussing new products that we hope will differentiate us from competitors. The reality is that being a large-format printer isn’t unique and it won’t keep your good customers from looking around. However, if you’re able to present opportunities to clients that address the goals of their marketing teams, then you have something exciting to offer.
Garment decorators can add rhinestones to digitally printed heat transfers on either light or dark apparel using the company’s heat presses and transfer papers. To add rhinestones to dark apparel, the user would first print the graphic on the firm’s RT 33DC DayBold SunAngel printer, which can print fluorescent and white colors, onto RT SunAngel DARK heat-transfer paper and transfer it to the garment.
Roland DGA Corp. (www.rolanddga.com) has entered the additive 3D printing space with the ARM-10, designed for validating a design in the initial stages of prototyping or modeling a complex shape. Incorporating a DLP (digital light processing) layered projection system, the ARM-10 builds prototypes by sequentially printing and UV curing layers of resin. Complex parts that previously required multi-axis milling can be printed quickly and easily. The unit’s suspended build system minimizes resin usage, making the process more efficient and affordable.
Atma Equipment’s latest model in its ATMAPC line of close-tolerance screen-printing presses, the G6 version, is designed specifically for industrial, printed-circuit board, and other high-tech applications. Distributed exclusively in North America by RH Solutions (www.atmaequipment.com), the four-post G6 machine is designed to print onto rigid and flexible non-deforming flat films as well as applications such as LCDs, light guide panels, overlays, nameplates, flexible circuits, instrumentation panels, appliance decoration, labels, and more.