The Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies (ASDPT) has inducted three new members. New members, according to SGIA, are chosen for industry expertise, demonstrated ability in their field, and willingness to better the imaging community. The inductees are:
The inaugural Industrial Print in Production conference has been announced by FESPA and ESMA. The associations will collaborate to host the March 7-9 event, held at the Grand Elysée Hotel in Hamburg, Germany.
Kornit and the Fashion Institute of Technology have announced the winners of the second stage of their annual printed textiles competition. Fashion design students used printed textiles designed by their classmates in the textile/surface design school to create ready-to-wear garments. The materials were printed on a Kornit Allegro textile printer.
The hosts of the 2 Regular Guys podcast, Aaron Montgomery and Terry Combs, have announced a hands-on digital decorating workshop for February 24-25, 2017. The event will take place at Mind’s Eye Graphics in Decatur, Indiana, and will focus on DTG and sublimation decoration. The hosts will also share advice on pricing and marketing, while Mind’s Eye’s Greg Kitson will speak on business management.
The Southern, a Charleston, South Carolina, art gallery, has announced its holiday exhibition: “99 Problems (but a print ain’t one).” From November 25 to December 31, the exhibit will run through the holiday season in an effort to promote art collecting. Pieces from more than 100 artists working in woodcut, linocut, etching, engraving, monotype, monoprint, lithography, screen printing, digital printing, and transfer printing will be available in editions of five to ten across a range of prices.
Let’s stop for a minute and think about all the moments our presses have come to a halt in production. I’ve been in the T-shirt business some 30 years, and the list of reasons hasn’t changed much. You’ve got pinholes, ghost images, ink buildup, ink hangup, mis-registration, uneven ink coverage, poor color balance, and dot gain – to name a few. Now take it a step further and estimate the amount of downtime these disruptions cost you. Better yet, ask your staff to start recording this information, because real data is far more revealing than a casual estimate.
Mimaki has added the JFX200-2531 UV-LED flatbed printer with a dual bed. Based on the company’s JFX200-2513 model, the machine offers dual origin points and a user-controllable twin independent vacuum pump system, enabling operators to position two 4 x 8-ft boards, multiple jigs and pre-cut pieces, or one oversized sheet up to 98.4 x 122 in. The printer handles media up to 2 in. thick.
Available inks include:
ImageOne Impact has revealed the P.O.D. Pressure on Demand Steamer for applying and removing vehicle wrap film, paint protection film, and window tint film. The system releases a pressurized flow of steam to soften material; ImageOne reports it can help prevent broken glue, stretch marks, silvering, whitening of chrome films, and particles getting beneath the film.
Dubuit has added Evopanel Inks, a line of UV screen inks for industrial applications such as automotive, aerospace, medical devices, overlays, and membrane switches. The ink is NVP-free and compatible with most adhesives, according to the company. Dubuit also reports that the black Evopanel is extremely opaque and flexible. The line is designed to withstand high temperatures for in-mold applications. It can also be printed on polycarbonate and treated polyester.
Virus Inks has expanded its line of metallic powders available for use with its Hydra Clear for Metallic base ink. In addition to gold and silver, the line now includes copper, mercury, cadmium, uranium, brass, and titanium. The resulting ink is reportedly Oeko-Tex Class 1-certified and has high washing resistance.
The company also reports that the mixed metallic inks be used as an underbase to create bright reflexes in the finished print, and that heat pressing will bring out additional reflective effect.