Ikonics Corporation has extended its Chromaline Screen Print Products line with the addition of Alpha MicroCap A, a capillary film for industrial and printed electronics applications. The film offers the ability to resolve sharp features down to 20 microns and is designed to optimize emulsion over mesh ratios for improved ink/paste release and print quality. The company also reports improved screen-room efficiency and screen-to
Avery Dennison has added MPI 1006 cast vinyl film featuring Hi-Tack adhesive. Engineered for long-term use on difficult substrates such as powder-coated paints, low surface energy plastics, fiberglass, and glossy or matte finish protective clear coats, the film is suited for applications including dirt bikes, boats, and industrial equipment. The film can be die cut, digitally cut on flatbed or roll-fed devices, screen printed, or digitally printed with solvent, UV, or latex inks.
SAi has released an update to its cloud-based mobile app for remote access to its Flexi RIP software (version 12 only). New features include smartwatch support for Apple Watch and Android Wear devices, and a new production trends dashboard. The dashboard displays an evaluation of daily production rates; monthly and annual totals as compared to previous months, quarters, and years; and estimated predictions on future performance.
Roland has introduced the VersaUV LEF-300 benchtop UV-LED flatbed printer, the largest model to date in the series. The LEF-300 prints on a variety of substrates – including PET, ABS, polycarbonate, TPU, leather, smartphone cases, and promotional items – up to 30 in. wide and 3.94 in. thick. The benchtop printer leverages four printheads and two UV-LED lamps for bidirectional printing reportedly 60% faster than the LEF-20.
Our special "SWOT: Changes & Challenges" issue brings industry experts together to consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to screen printing. Young headlines the "Strengths" section, championing the use of screen printing in the functional and industrial printing sectors.
PRIMIR has released a new research study from The Economist Intelligence Unit, “The Future of Print in the US – Landscape, Implications, and Opportunities.” The study predicts a “rapidly changing environment” for commercial print over the next decade with factors such as big data, mass personalization, product differentiation, and the role of social media playing a part in how content is conceived and taken in.
EFI has cultivated an online community for exchanging digitally printed applications and ideas. Imaging of Things is a forum-style website where EFI customers and other print professionals – including ad agencies, marketers, brand owners, and designers – can post photos and videos of projects produced on EFI inkjet printers or with EFI Fiery software platforms.
3M’s new Printable Fabric 9100 is engineered for creating inkjet-printed exterior graphics subject to wear and tear such as awnings, umbrellas, flags, and other textile signs. The fabric’s launch is paired with that of 3M Scotchcal Ultra-Matte Overlaminate 9025UM, designed specifically to protect the new material; users can qualify for a 6-year 3M MCS Warranty when using the two products together.
Our special "SWOT: Changes & Challenges" issue brings industry experts together to consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to screen printing. Zoomer's analysis of one of screen printing's strongest areas, functional printing, includes a partial list of potential applications. Click each link to learn more about some of the most lucrative possibilities.
Vastex has introduced the V-100 line, a series of tabletop garment screen-printing presses that can be used in mobile operations, home shops, and other restricted spaces. Users can choose from expandable configurations ranging from one to four stations and 1 to 4 colors.