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3M Announces Envision FS-1

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A flexible substrate for LED backlit signage.

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.

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EFI Sets Attendance Record at Annual Conference

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Plus, software bundling and new ink colors.

As one of the first major events on the graphic-arts calendar, EFI’s Connect users’ conference provides a glimpse of what the remainder of the year may hold, which could mean good things in 2015 for the printing industry. The event, held in late January at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, drew a record reported attendance of over 1500 customers, channel partners, and industry observers.

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FESPA Announces Global Conference Program for 2015

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Four congresses to take place in Spain, Denmark, Mexico, and South Africa.

FESPA (www.fespa.com) has announced an educational program that will extend to four different corners of the globe this year. Funded through a re-investment of profits from FESPA’s global exhibitions known as the Profit for Purpose initiative, the four congresses are as follows:

Barcelona, Spain, March 10-11 The Southern European Print Congress, entitled “The Wow Effect of Printing,” will be hosted in partnership with FESPA España Association, FESPA France Association, and Italy’s Siotec.

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Onyx Graphics Offers Certified Training Program

Onyx Graphics, Inc. is expanding its educational offerings to included hands-on classroom training for its latest version of ONYX 11 including ONYX Thrive™ workflow software and ONYX ProductionHouse™, ONYX PosterShop® and ONYX RIPCenter™ RIP software. This is the only ONYX-certified course for end-users who are seeking to gain a complete understanding of the full potential of ONYX RIP software.
 

Metro Signs Scores Big for Miami Dolphins

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Graphics tower above NFL players.

When the NFL’s Miami Dolphins unveiled the team’s new logo design and uniforms at an April 2013 NFL draft party at Sun Life Stadium, they called upon Hollywood, Florida-based Metro Signs (www.metrosignsinc.com) to supply a larger-than-life stage backdrop.

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AMSP/NAPL/NAQP Rebrands

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“Epicomm” name and logo revealed at Executive Leadership Summit.

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.

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Technology Advances to Drive 3D Printing Market Growth

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Global Strategic Business Report from Research and Markets points to increased demand and emerging new applications.

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.

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M&R Introduces Stryker

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An automatic oval garment press.

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.

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And Now, for Some Good News

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A smattering of hopeful indicators that print is rebounding—and maybe even cool.

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.”

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12 Tips for Color Matching

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Refine your vision.

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.

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