Mimaki has released an update to its RasterLink RIP software. Version 5 now offers a selection of embedded color libraries, including Pantone+ Solid Coated and Uncoated colors, Adobe Illustrator-compatible DIC colors, and Mimaki original color collections, including metallic. Via these presets, Pantone spot colors are automatically detected and converted to CMYK.
Workhorse Products has unveiled the CapMax Convex Cap Printer, a dual-purpose headwear and T-shirt printer. Featuring a curved platen and screen, the CapMax prints hats with up to six panels. Additional features include a large diameter center shaft with tapered bearings and a tubular steel construction; fine thread microregistration; adjustable off-contact; adjustable screen angle; and large diameter registration points.
3M has added 3M Envision Print Film 48C, a PVC-free alternative to the company’s Controltac 40C material. The intermediate film is designed for window, wall, floor, and partial vehicle graphics, signage, and more. Features include tear resistance, bubble-free removal, and 3M Comply Adhesive for air release.
3M has also engineered 3M Envision Gloss Overlaminate 8048G and Matte Overlaminate 8050M, companion laminates for the new film.
Ryonet has announced the HotRoq quartz flash dryer, designed for small- and midsized screen printers. The dryer is engineered with nine quartz bulbs with a medium-wavelength output designed for flashing plastisol inks, though it also features four forced-air fans to keep the flash cool and provide airflow for water-based and discharge printing. The HotRoq is equipped with an optical sensor that cues the 18 x 24-in. curing zone to turn on when the platen moves under the flash and turn off immediately after curing.
Adding equipment has always been about creating opportunities at Becker’s Fabrication (Yorba Linda, California). Integrating UV inkjet technology into the company’s diverse printing/manufacturing operation has been no exception. With applications ranging from labels to membrane switch overlays and large parts, including many with complex color, three-dimensional graphics, and/or sub-surface printing, Becker’s UV inkjet capabilities help support its continued expansion into diverse industrial markets.
Not everyone who dabbles in DTG technology succeeds with it, as a cursory check of used equipment for sale on eBay and other classified sites will quickly show. Here are some ways to get the most from your investment in DTG.
Industry consultant Thomas Trimingham has announced the CorelDraw 0-60 Bootcamp, a six-week screen printing-specific online training program for CorelDraw software beginning August 8th. Topics include:
SGIA has announced that the Industrial Printing Symposium will return to its pre-show educational lineup. Set for September 13-14 in Las Vegas, the symposium is marketed towards professionals across the print industry interested in learning more about the industrial segment. Sessions will cover topics such as single-pass inkjet printing, utilizing UV curing, digital decoration of 3D surfaces, and ceramic tile printing.
The Chicago City Council has passed new legislation designed to streamline the city’s protocol for issuing signage permits. ISA lobbied the council alongside the Illinois Sign Association and Chicago’s Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) for more than a year. ISA says, in a release, that the old process was “arduous and lengthy” and required signage installers to seek new permits every five years, even if the sign hadn’t changed.
Primera Technology has released the Bravo SE-3 Disc Publisher, an automated disc burn-and-print system. The company reports that the system prints up to 270% faster than the previous model. Features include USB 3.0 connectivity and 4800-dpi resolution. Three models area available: the AutoPrinter for print-only applications; the Disc Publisher for burning and printing; and the Blu Disc Publisher for burning and printing with Blu-ray capability. Each model offers a 20-disc capacity.