Proper drying and curing are critical to short- and long-term ink performance on garments. This final step in the screen-printing process can be the culmination or the ruination of all the efforts preceding it. And what happens in the dryer definitely does not stay in the dryer. Drying and curing issues can become apparent when the print comes off the belt or months down the road. The potential impact on your business makes addressing them—or, even better, heading them off—imperative.
3D Systems has successfully outfitted Derby the dog with 3D-printed prosthetics, allowing him to run for the first time. Born with a congenital deformity characterized by small forearms and no front paws, Derby was previously only able to get around on soft surfaces.
Mactac Distributor Products has expanded its Imagin B-Free Gruv media line with two new 3.2-mil products offering up to 4-year outdoor durability. Imagin B-Free Gruv GV428P and GV429P, both employing the company’s air-egress technology for easier application, are intended to be lower-cost alternatives for short- to medium-term, general purpose graphic applications.GV428P is a gloss white vinyl; GV429P is a matte white. Both are compatible with most wide-format inks, including solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV, and are supplied with a 98-lb polycoated liner.
Cotswold Industries (www.cotswoldindustries.com) has released Wonder Wipes, shop towels reported as cheaper, stronger, and more absorbent than paper towels. Wonder Wipes measure 10 x 15 in. and are available in packs of 100. They will not scratch surfaces or harm skin.
EFI has announced that its annual Connect Users’ Conference will feature a keynote discussion with Thomas J. Quinlan III, president and CEO of global integrated communication services provider RR Donnelley & Sons Company.
The keynote will take the form of a discussion with Guy Gecht, EFI CEO, covering Quinlan’s perspective on the printing industry, consolidation, the future of print, and RR Donnelley’s strategy for short- and long-term success.
Mutoh America has announced five open houses throughout 2015 at its learning facilities across the country. The open houses will include a two-part Caldera RIP software workshop series presented by Caldera.
A morning session, “Basic Introduction to Caldera,” will be geared toward those who wish to gain a better understanding of the software’s interface and functionality. In the afternoon, “Enhancing Your Workflow” will cover more in-depth topics such as profiling, spot colors, and automation.
Mimaki USA (www.mimakiusa.com) has announced an extension of its Mini-Expo road show to cities in the South Atlantic, East South Central, and West South Central states in January and February 2015. The event will feature half-day application and solution demonstrations for Mimaki’s newest printers.
Workhorse Products has released a new version of Flashback, a shuttle flash-curing unit that eliminates the need to dedicate a printhead to flashing.
InkSoft has released Studio, an addition to its suite of business software products. Designed for entry-level users, Studio is meant to simplify and automate the process of art creation.
Features include Design Studio, an interactive online designer; a website template; vector-based templates and clip art; unlimited cloud storage; and Art Approvals, which allows users to create, send, and manage artwork.
Design Studio allows users to design printed goods such as shirts, signage, and promotional products online and embed them into an existing website.
SGIA has announced the 2015 Sustainability Recognition Program in order to recognize and applaud the efforts of SGIA members who have committed to a sustainable business ethic.
The program does not include an element of third-party certification and therefore is not meant to be construed as a certification program.
Members can apply here through February 28, 2015.