Students in the Graphic Communications program at the C.S. Monroe Technology Center in Leesburg, Virginia, had the chance to visit the SGIA headquarters in nearby Fairfax for a day of hands-on training. The 11th and 12th graders follow a curriculum focused on graphics software, print layout, and graphics theory, but their hands-on experience is limited.
Our special "SWOT: Changes & Challenges" issue brings industry experts together to consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to screen printing. This web-to-print sidebar supplements the "Weaknesses" section with a sampling of web-based workflow options.
Screen Americas has expanded the capabilities of its Truepress Jet W3200UV series of flatbed printers. Users now have the option to purchase a Roll2Roll system for handling roll-fed media up to 126 in. wide. The system also features tension control and determines vacuum zones and strength according to the length and condition of the media.
Tekra has released two industrial films from SABIC. The first, Lexan 8A13E, is a high-clarity polycarbonate film for use in molding applications such as lighting and display, automotive dashboards and interiors, appliances, overlays, and consumer electronics. The film exhibits low ink consumption, improved print registration, uniform fine matte texture, and a low gloss appearance. It is available in rolls or sheets with thicknesses ranging from 5 to 20 mil.
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.