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Industrial Printers Look to Medical Market for Growth

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SGIA benchmarking report reveals industry ups and downs.

SGIA has released its annual industry benchmarking report for the industrial printing sector. The report is based on a survey of 37 industrial printers who shared information on their equipment purchases, hiring practices, and market expectations.

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Drupa Announces 2020 Tradeshow

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Returns to four-year cycle.

Drupa has announced that it will return to a four-year cycle after its 2016 show. After reporting last year that the mega-event – exhibitors for the 2016 show numbered more than 1800 – would take place every three years, drupa states in a release that the change is in response to “numerous demands voiced by exhibiting industry players.”

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Fashion Institute Students Design Printed Textiles

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Kornit sponsors sustainability-focused contest.

Kornit and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)’s third annual student competition, themed “Wearable Water,” challenged Textile/Surface Design scholars to create textiles to be printed on the Kornit Allegro roll-to-roll textile printer.

Judged for their use of the theme, sustainability, marketability, use of digital technology, and overall design aesthetics, the winning students are:

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Garment Decoration Industry Benchmarking Report from SGIA

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Equipment purchases strong in 2015.

SGIA’s annual benchmarking survey of the garment decoration community forecasts a generally positive outlook for the industry. Based on responses from 87 garment decoration businesses in the first quarter of 2016, the report reveals the following:

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Creating Special Effects with High-Density Inks

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High-density inks have declined a bit in recent years, but when used creatively and properly, they can achieve breathtaking effects that can't be produced with any other garment decorating technique.

In garment printing, the term “special effects” covers a lot of inks and processes, some of which I’ve never considered to be part of this category. Puff, for example, isn’t a special-effect ink to me even though some consider it to be one. Others inks, such as discharge, have been around for a long time and are now being used in ways that do make them special effects. Then there are inks that are clearly designed for special-effect printing and that can create remarkable results when used correctly.

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Chicago to Host Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2016

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IMI conference celebrates its 15th edition.

The Information Management Institute (IMI) has announced the details for the Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2016. The show will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel outside of Chicago, September 7-8.

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3D-Printing Market Tips toward Low-Cost Machines

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Report from Research and Markets examines industry influences.

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.

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3 New HP Latex Printer Models

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Third-generation machines geared toward unattended printing.

HP has added three models to its Latex printer series: the 560, 570, and 1500.

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Mutoh Announces Direct-to-Textile Printer

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The ValueJet 1938TX reaches 75 inches wide.

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.

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Gerber Launches Omega 6.0 Specialty Graphics Software

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Featuring ‘Find My Font’ and raster-to-vector tools.

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:

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