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The Limitations of Screen Printing in the Graphic Arts

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Screen printing emerged as a graphic arts application for posters, signage, and other commercial applications. Does it still belong in the markets from whence it was born?

Our special "SWOT: Changes & Challenges" issue brings industry experts together to consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to screen printing. In opening the "Weaknesses" section, Frecska examines the wane of screen printing in the graphic arts.

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Why Web-to-Print Software Matters for All Printing Businesses

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It’s a sales and marketing tool that enables your company to join the evolution in internet-enabled entrepreneurship and merchandising – and could make the mix of printing technologies offered by individual companies increasingly irrelevant.

Our special "SWOT: Changes & Challenges" issue brings industry experts together to consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to screen printing. Fritsch headlines the "Weaknesses section," raising the question of whether the world of web-to-print could render screen printing irrelevant.

 

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4D Printing to Hit Markets by 2019

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Market research predicts commercial explosion in coming decade.

Research and Markets has released a study on the global 4D printing market outlook through 2027. Most simply defined as objects that transform over time, 4D-printed materials are engineered to react to external conditions, such as temperature and pressure, to change their properties and behavior. Possible applications range from “smart” garments that react to humidity to biomedical implants to solar panels launched compactly into space, taking their true shape only upon reaching a satellite.

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Launch of Vanguard Digital Printing Systems Announced

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CET Color’s Cich, Case, Peterson build new company.

Dave Cich, Jim Case, and Jim Peterson have announced their new venture, Vanguard Digital Printing Systems (Suwanee, Georgia). The three co-founders share a common past at manufacturer CET Color and have banded together to “build an adaptable, affordable, upgradeable printer” and provide a “hands-on management approach,” according to a release.

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FESPA Digital Explores Print for Interiors

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Co-located Printeriors conference heads to Amsterdam.

The Printeriors conference returns for its second year to illustrate opportunities for digital printers in the realm of interior décor.

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Are Screen Printers Part of the Maker Movement?

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After decades of outsourced, massive-scale manufacturing, a new generation of consumers is demanding products that are one-of-a-kind and homegrown.

Our special "SWOT: Changes & Challenges" issue brings industry experts together to consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to screen printing. This feature highlights the maker movement as an opportunity for the industry moving forward.

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PDAA Offers Certification Tests

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A one-day course for graphics installers.

Vinyl graphics installers can test for master certification from the Professional Decal Application Alliance (PDAA) this March at three locations across the country:

• March 11 in Fairfax, Virginia;
• March 18 in San Antonio;
• And March 25 in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.

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What if Screen Didn't Exist?

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Those who believe that screen printing is on the wane are mistaken – mostly because they’ve forgotten the fundamental things that make the process unique.

Our special "SWOT: Changes & Challenges" issue brings industry experts together to consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to screen printing. Here, MacDougall prefaces the "Opportunities" segment of our exploration.

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Screen Printing: A Technology at a Crossroads

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A word from the editor as we examine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to the industry.

Our special "SWOT: Changes & Challenges" issue brings industry experts together to consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to screen printing. Here, our editor-in-chief discusses how these four forces have brought us to a turning point.

I heard my first eulogies for screen printing in Düsseldorf, Germany, at drupa 1995. Two exhibitors gave me previews of digital printing systems they were developing, predicting that in short order, they would wipe out every screen printer who didn’t buy one.

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Ricoh Looks to Industrial Inkjet Market with Acquisition of AnaJet

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Direct-to-garment offerings expand market scope.

Ricoh has announced the acquisition of direct-to-garment printer manufacturer AnaJet. Among the first mass-produced DTG offerings on the market, most of AnaJet’s products already employ Ricoh printheads.

“With the addition of AnaJet, our collective customers benefit from a larger support team, added innovation, and access to a services-led portfolio of solutions to ultimately help them grow their business,” says Junichi Matsuno, Ricoh Inkjet Business Division general manager, in a release.

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