Roland DGA Corp. (www.rolanddga.com) has entered the additive 3D printing space with the ARM-10, designed for validating a design in the initial stages of prototyping or modeling a complex shape. Incorporating a DLP (digital light processing) layered projection system, the ARM-10 builds prototypes by sequentially printing and UV curing layers of resin. Complex parts that previously required multi-axis milling can be printed quickly and easily. The unit’s suspended build system minimizes resin usage, making the process more efficient and affordable.
Atma Equipment’s latest model in its ATMAPC line of close-tolerance screen-printing presses, the G6 version, is designed specifically for industrial, printed-circuit board, and other high-tech applications. Distributed exclusively in North America by RH Solutions (www.atmaequipment.com), the four-post G6 machine is designed to print onto rigid and flexible non-deforming flat films as well as applications such as LCDs, light guide panels, overlays, nameplates, flexible circuits, instrumentation panels, appliance decoration, labels, and more.
(press release from Avery Dennison)
Mentor, Ohio, October 13, 2014 – Avery Dennison announced today that “Tramontana R - Kicks N Whipz” by Bruno Dede from Metro Signs, Inc. / Metro Wrapz, won the Judges’ Choice Award grand prize and “Full Wrap on a Dodge Viper” by Scott Bechtel from Car Wrap City won the Fan Favorite Award grand prize in the “Wrap Like a King” Challenge featuring Avery Dennison® Supreme Wrapping Films.
On Oct. 29, 2014, EFI (Fremont, CA), a manufacturer of production digital printers, software, and workflow solutions, announced that it has acquired key intellectual property assets for digital inkjet printing of thermoformed products from Polymeric Imaging (North Kansas City, MO), a provider of screen and digital inks for industrial and graphic-arts applications.
SGIA set not one, but two new records at the 2014 SGIA Expo, held October 22–24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center: It was the largest attended SGIA Expo, and it had the most exhibitors on the floor in the history of the event. With 25,500 registered attendees and 541 exhibitors filling 223,000 square feet, the show concluded the 2014 exhibit season in the specialty-graphics industry with a flourish.
Among the highlights of the convention:
For retailers, getting shoppers through the front door is just part of the battle. The next challenge is keeping them there. According to industry studies, within 10 seconds of walking into a retail establishment, shoppers decide whether to stay or go elsewhere.
The Cutlass automatic tag-printing press from Workhorse Products (www.workhorseproducts.com) allows garment printers to expand into promotional products and accessories without tying up their production equipment. It can be used to print foam-beverage holders, CD cases, portfolios, and tablet sleeves in addition to garment-related applications such as pockets, shorts, and hoodies. The six-station printer’s standard configuration includes two print stations, two built-in quartz flash units, and one station each for loading and unloading, but can be customized.
Mimaki USA (www.mimakiusa.com) has added a print-and-cut model to its JV300 Series platform, providing integrated cutting functionality to produce labels, decals, T-shirt transfers, static-cling graphics, floor graphics, P-O-P displays, vehicle markings, package prototypes, and more. The CJV300 Series, available in two sizes (the 54-in. CJV300-130 and the 64-in. CJV300-160), has staggered-array printheads with up to eight color channels. Production speeds for the variable-drop machines are up to 1140 sq ft/hr (2xCMYK mode).
Chromaline Screen Print Products (www.chromaline.com) has launched a new direct emulsion designed for use with either UV-LED or conventional screen-exposure systems. ChromaLime is a pure-photopolymer emulsion that has been optimized to work with commercially available UV-LED exposure equipment as well as traditional units such as metal halide, fluorescent, and mercury vapor. The lime-colored emulsion promotes a thorough exposure and provides translucency for easy registration. The high-solids (48%) emulsion has a viscosity of 5000 cps and exposes very quickly.
DRUPA has released its “drupa Global Insights” report, discussing how Internet-enabled tools such as web-to-print, variable data printing, interactive printing such as augmented reality and QR codes, and smart technologies such as printed electronics will impact most areas of the printing industry.