SA International and EFI have teamed up to create a Cut Server Option for Fiery proServer and Fiery XF digital front end platforms. Fiery users can now take advantage of an integrated print-and-cut workflow supporting more than 1300 sheet and roll-fed cutting devices. The server, which separates print and cut paths and delivers them to the appropriate machine, can drive up to eight cutting engines at once. This recognition can be automatic or manual.
Roland’s new RotaPrint attachment, designed for the company’s VersaUV LEF-20 flatbed printer, enables direct printing to bottles and other cylindrical objects with diameters ranging from 1.6 to 3 in. The attachment is lightweight and connects to the LEF-20 via a series of magnets for simple installation and efficient power usage (since no additional electrical connection is required). It is compatible with materials including glass, plastic, metal, and ceramic.
3M has released Screen Print UV Gloss Clear 9760LX, a UV-cured clear coat designed for use on latex-printed graphics. Chemical-, abrasion- and weather-resistant, the coating is engineered for use on HP 891, 881, 871, and 831 latex inks. It is backed by 3M MCS Warranty for 5 years when used with approved films.
Merchmakr’s All-in-One Screen Printing Kit is a compact, portable T-shirt press packaged with basic screen-printing supplies for mobile printing. The press itself features the company’s proprietary HotSwap Clamp for multicolor printing. The kit also includes:
Inkcups Now has launched Xtrans, an all-digital system for producing heat transfers for bags, garments, and more. With droplet sizes as small as 7 pL, the machine prints a max. resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi up to an area of 20 x 24 in. with 6 colors: CMYK + white and an adhesion promoter. The Xtrans features two UV-LED curing systems; staggered printheads for simultaneous white and color printing; and high-speed uni- or bidirectional printing.
Epson has released an update to its Garment Creator software for the SureColor F2000 DTG printer. Topping the list of new features is a “Use Garment Black” capability, designed to reduce ink usage and improve print quality on black garments by automatically recognizing and knocking out black areas of an image and leveraging the fabric in those areas of the design.
Mutoh has unveiled three new additions to its ValueJet line of wide-format inkjet printers. The X-Series includes the entry-level 1324X for wraps and signage, the 1624X for increased productivity of vehicle wrapping applications, and the 1624WX dye-sublimation printer. (Also see the previously announced 2638X high-speed model, configurable with eco-solvent or dye-sublimation inks.)
Ikonics Corporation has extended its Chromaline Screen Print Products line with the addition of Alpha MicroCap A, a capillary film for industrial and printed electronics applications. The film offers the ability to resolve sharp features down to 20 microns and is designed to optimize emulsion over mesh ratios for improved ink/paste release and print quality. The company also reports improved screen-room efficiency and screen-to
Avery Dennison has added MPI 1006 cast vinyl film featuring Hi-Tack adhesive. Engineered for long-term use on difficult substrates such as powder-coated paints, low surface energy plastics, fiberglass, and glossy or matte finish protective clear coats, the film is suited for applications including dirt bikes, boats, and industrial equipment. The film can be die cut, digitally cut on flatbed or roll-fed devices, screen printed, or digitally printed with solvent, UV, or latex inks.
SAi has released an update to its cloud-based mobile app for remote access to its Flexi RIP software (version 12 only). New features include smartwatch support for Apple Watch and Android Wear devices, and a new production trends dashboard. The dashboard displays an evaluation of daily production rates; monthly and annual totals as compared to previous months, quarters, and years; and estimated predictions on future performance.