According to a new report from Allied Market Research titled "3D Printing Market (Technologies, Materials, Applications and Geography) - Global Opportunity Analysis and Forecast-2013-2020," the global 3-D printing market will reach $8.6 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 20.6% from 2014 to 2020. The surge in growth is primarily due to rising demand for faster and more efficient ways to manufacture complex objects using a wide array of materials.
Spartanics and SMAG Graphique announced a new partnership during the Label Expo Americas show that with the goal of merging the companies’ core technologies to develop a best-in-class digital converting solution for the label market. The partnership will combine Spartanics’ laser-cutting technology with SMAG’s traditional roll-fed label converting solutions to create a fully integrated digital line. of converting equipment that will compete through direct sales and a global network of distributors.
We all get caught in the grind of pushing orders through our businesses, and the quality of what we produce can be lost in the shuffle. Since improving a shop’s quality requires more than just a quick attempt, most avoid it and continue to churn out product at the same level.
MHM’s new iQ-Oval garment screen-printing press, distributed in the US exclusively by Hirsch International (www.hic.us), features a modular design that allows for a wide variety of configurations. Designed to provide speed, flexibility, performance, and safety, the iQ-Oval can be purchased with a minimum of 12 stations (an 8-color model) to a maximum of 60 stations.
Kiian Specialty Inks (www.kiian.com) has developed FREE, a full line of plastisol inks containing no PVC or phthalates, to be marketed under the company’s Manoukian-Argon brand. Designed to offer the ease of use, performance, and productivity characteristics of traditional plastisols, FREE inks can be used with most textiles, from cotton to synthetics, and are furnished ready to print with no mixing, additives, or special procedures in handling or storage. They can be printed wet on wet with no restrictions and do not dry in the screen at room temperature.
Available in two models, the JV300 series of eco-solvent inkjet printers from Mimaki USA (www.mimakiusa.com) include eight ink channels with a variety of ink and color options to address a wide range of applications. The line includes the JV300-130 (53 in. wide) and JV300-160 (64 in. wide), both featuring newly designed print heads in a staggered, dual-head configuration to deliver a wider print swath per pass, increasing productivity.
Esko held its annual EskoWorld 2014 conference this past June at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. During the four-day meeting, more than 700 users, industry partners, product specialists, and support staff were offered a mix of presentations, demonstrations, hands-on training, and labs revolving around the future of Esko technologies, as well as myriad networking and team-building opportunities.
The International Sign Association's initial ISA Sign Industry Market Monitor, sponsored by the National Association of Sign Supply Distributors (NASSD), shows anticipated growth in wide-format printers, dynamic digital signage, electronic signage, and wayfinding signage throughout 2014 and into 2015. The Market Monitor compiles data and assesses key drivers of change in the market, according to ISA.
In the last issue of Screen Printing, I discussed using Facebook to build very precise target and custom audiences for your prospecting efforts. This month, I’ll expand on the potential of advertising to these precise audiences. But before I dive into the details of the different types of Facebook campaigns you can do, some background is in order.
Every technical support person in the industry has at least one anecdote of a mysterious quality-control problem that was eventually traced to the exposure unit sitting in the corner of the screenroom. My favorite involves a shop that suddenly began experiencing screen breakdown during its production runs. The technician checked the ink and press parameters to see if something was attacking the stencils. She looked into QC records from the emulsion manufacturer, the coating procedures in the shop, and the exposure unit’s functionality and could find no explanation.