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InPrint: Collaboration Key for Advancement of Industrial Printing

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The industrial print show reveals a white paper in advance of its third iteration.

The InPrint industrial print show’s newest white paper “What is the Future of Industrial Print” explores the pace of and factors behind development in this rapidly growing market. Authored by Mark Hanley of IT Strategies and Marcus Timson of InPrint, the paper is based on survey results collected from 150 respondents around the world in January 2016.

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Prepping for a Quality DTG Print

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Garment selection and prep aren’t just important in screen printing. They are also key when using direct-to-garment technology.

Selection Tips
• Your best bet is a natural fabric; 100-percent cotton is ideal, although there are other options, such as bamboo. It’s possible to use some synthetic blends, but the quality that’s achievable varies in indirect proportion to the percentage of cotton in them – the more natural fiber, the better the print. This is because synthetic fibers are not as absorbent and ink has a harder time penetrating them. Also, there is a tendency for dye migration to occur when heat is applied to synthetics.

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How Pigments Prevent Fading

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The ITMA textile show saw an explosion in fade-resistant ink technology, but how does this phenomenon work?

Colorants, sometimes called “chromaphores,” are molecules that cause color to reflect from dyes and pigments. A chromaphore is a group of atoms and molecules with alternating single and double bonds. Imagine this: When white light strikes a chromaphore, electrons within its atoms absorb photons with specific wavelengths. We see the other photons – those vibrating at wavelengths the electrons aren’t tuned to absorb – reflected as color.

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SGIA Opens Annual Student Printing Competition

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Entries due by June 30.

SGIA has announced that the annual ASDPT Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition is now accepting entries. Named for the late editor of Screen Printing magazine, the competition “challenges students to print their best work,” says Erin Nuss, SGIA’s associate manager of education, in a release.

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Workhorse Offers Mid-Level Automatic Press

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Cutlass SE features touch-screen controls, remote communication.

Designed for shops with more production capabilities than an entry-level press but are not yet ready for a high-end automatic model, the Cutlass SE from Workhorse Products features pneumatic printheads and an electric indexing system. Each printhead has unlimited multiple-stroke capability with automatic printhead stop and start. The press can be integrated with Workhorse’s Flashback and Plug N Go flash curing units and allows for multiple flash settings.

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Tekra Adds Latex Backlit Film

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Widths offered up to 87 inches.

Tekra has released JetView Latex Backlit Polyester, an 8-mil latex- and, with some printers, UV-printable film for long-term signage applications. The film is scratch and water resistant and is said to offer high ink adhesion. Additional features include immediate dry time and a bright, cool white color. Available in up to 87-in. widths.

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Sawgrass Expands SubliJet-HD Inks

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Now offering 8 colors for Virtuoso printing system.

Sawgrass has launched SubliJet-HD Pro Photo XF inks for use on its 25-in. Virtuoso Product Decorating System. The new configuration features three XF black dye-sublimation inks – K XF, Lk XF, and Llk XF – for improved stability and image definition. Applications include interior signage, fine art, photography, personalized gifts, and promotional products.

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ROQ Introduces New Sealing Attachment

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The ROQpress Iron smooths the surface of the print.

The new ROQpress Iron, distributed exclusively in North America by Ryonet, is an attachment for ROQ automatic presses that uses a combination of heat and mechanical force to smooth down the surface prints to help control defects such as fibrillation.

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Mimaki Adds Fluorescent Dye-Sublimation Inks

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And, a light black for smoother gradations.

Mimaki has added three shades to its Sb410 dye-sublimation ink set for use on its TS300P wide-format printers: fluorescent pink, fluorescent yellow, and light black. The company says the additional black reduces grain, color shifts, and tonal jumps in monochromatic prints, while fluorescent hues are in high demand in applications such as performance wear, fashion, and soft signage. Each ink is available in 2-L packs.

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Lintec Adds Scratch-Resistant Window Film

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Lintec Dry Apply features printable topcoat.

Lintec of America has released Lintec Dry Apply, a 2-mil clear polyester film for removable and repositionable window graphics. The film’s topcoat is printable and scratch resistant, and is said by Lintec to have been designed for adhesion with UV-curable inks. It also features an air-egress release liner designed to simplify installation.

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