Great Dane Graphics has crafted three monthly subscription plans offering royalty-free artwork for garment decorators, signage printers, and more. Subscribers can choose from stock art, embroidery designs, or a combination, with a max. of 200 downloads each month.
M&R has revealed the EZPrep Pretreatment System for direct-to-garment printing. The system automates garment pretreating with the goal of improving consistency and production time while also reducing waste. EZPrep features a touch screen with adjustable settings such as coverage area and dosage; operators can store and retrieve frequently used settings. Users can also choose to apply pretreatment on the inward and outward scans of the spray carriage.
Drytac has launched Scrimless Banner, a double-sided PVC/PET blockout banner material for short-term indoor and outdoor graphic applications. Suitable for hanging or standing banners, Scrimless Banner is bright white, 15 mil thick, and printable on both sides with solvent, eco-solvent, UV, and latex inks. It features non-curling technology, even with heavy ink saturation. Available in up to 63-in. widths.
Tekra has added two polyester films to its line of Protek industrial films:
Creative Materials has introduced an electrically conductive screen printable silver/silver-chloride medical ink designed for difficult-to-print substrates such as silicone, polyolefin fabrics, and fluoropolymers. The silicone-based ink system, named 126-49, offers flexibility and stretchability, and is said to maintain electrical properties when the final printed product is bent, creased, or stretched. The company says it has excellent resistance to hydrogels with high salt content and withstands temperatures up to 325 C.
Corel has released CorelDraw Graphics Suite X8, the newest version of its graphics software package. The update is now compatible with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, including multimonitor viewing and pen and touch support on Windows 10 devices. Additional features include:
The Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), enacted in August 2008, is still causing a great deal of confusion among specialty printers who manufacture children’s products. Many misunderstand what the regulatory puzzle means and who is responsible for which piece. Amendments that were passed in August 2011 did little to clarify the matter. And the CPSIA isn’t going away.
Roland has introduced the Texart XT-640, a 64-in. dye-sublimation printer for creating transfer graphics for fashion, sports apparel, and more. Roland’s dye-sublimation technology has also been Oeko-Tex Class 1 certified for safe use on products intended for babies and toddlers.
For screen-printing firms who are interested in exploring the potential of the vast, expanding market of wearable technology, industry consultant Ray Greenwood offers these tips:
Quality screen printing of apparel begins with the garment itself. The garment impacts every other variable in the process, and understanding how it does so is central to achieving the best possible result. Stitch count, finish, weight, thickness, and fabric properties such as the potential for dye migration and heat sensitivity, as well as the material’s construction and color, all affect the print, and need to be considered in the production process.