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3A Composites Adds Pro Series

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Three new graphic display boards.

3A Composites has launched the Pro Series of graphic display boards designed for enhanced printability. The line includes:

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Lawson, CADLink Develop FilmMaker V4

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Separation RIP software offers customizable workflow.

Lawson Screen & Digital Products has partnered with CADLink to distribute FilmMaker v4, a RIP designed to generate color separations for screen printers. FilmMaker interfaces with design programs including Corel, Illustrator, and Photoshop, and separates graphics directly within the RIP. The software is said to be compatible with all sizes of inkjet printers and gives users the ability to customize their workflow.

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Decorative Dye Sub Experts: Photographic Works

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Metal, wood, and tiles are just some of the substrates this shop tackles.

In her article "Why Hard-Surface Dye Sublimation Is Heating Up," Eileen Fritsch explores the growing popularity of dye sub on rigid substrates. Here, she shares how one shop in Arizona is embracing the trend.

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Meteor Inkjet First to Offer Electronics and Software to Drive New Samba GMA Printheads

The first production-ready electronics and software to drive the newly announced Samba GMA line of Si-MEMS inkjet printheads from FUJIFILM Dimatix Inc is now commercially available from Meteor Inkjet Ltd. Meteor Inkjet is a specialist in the design and manufacture of printhead driver systems. FUJIFILM Dimatix is the world’s leading supplier of drop-on-demand inkjet printheads.
 

Orafol Americas Announces New South America Territory Manager

ORAFOL Americas welcomes Guillermo “Memo” Lopez as the new South America Territory Manager. He will report to Gary Bender, Director of Sales – Graphic Products and Adhesive Tape Systems.
 
Guillermo joins the ORAFOL family with over 20 years of sales experience from companies like Signtech USA, Ltd., Allen Industries, Inc. and most recently at AgiLight Inc. He brings with him a strong customer service and sales background as well as a proven ability to develop, implement and exceed sales goals.
 

Joe Marin to Return to PIA as VP of Education and Training

Printing Industries of America (PIA) is pleased to announce that Joe Marin, one of the industry’s leading voices on digital and offset technologies, will be returning to the organization in June as Vice President of Education and Training. He previously served the association in a myriad of roles from 1995 to 2013.
 

Vastex Adds 54-Inch-Wide Dryers

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Expands Little Red series.

Vastex has added two new models to its Little Red IR dryer series. The Little Red X1-54 and X2-54 offer a 54-in. belt for curing images up to 44 in. wide. The X1 model features a 66-in.-long conveyor and can cure up to 260 plastisol-printed images or dry up to 90 discharge- or water-based images/hr. The X2 model, with an 84-in. conveyor, cures up to 520 plastisol-printed images or dries up to 180 discharge or water-based images/hr.

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FESPA Announces 2018 Expo, New President

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Annual show travels to Berlin, and more.

FESPA has released the date and location for its 2018 expo, which is scheduled for May 15-18 in Berlin. FESPA 2018 is expected to encompass nine halls of the Berlin Messe with exhibitors from the screen, digital, and textile printing industries. The show will again be co-located with the European Sign Expo, a show dedicated to non-printed visual communications.

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Print Tech: Fashion + Solar Energy

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Solar energy has long been a symbol of progressive technology; these days, it’s also pushing the boundaries of fashion.

“Technology is not a mere tool, but rather one of aesthetics.”

Dutch fashion designer Pauline van Dongen outlines this philosophy on her website, emphasizing the value and meaning that technology can bring to fashion. “It’s never about technology for technology’s sake,” the statement reads. Nevertheless, technology is what stands out the most about van Dongen’s apparel, blending distinctive fashion statements with deliberate elements of convenience and function.

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