SGIA’s annual benchmarking survey of the garment decoration community forecasts a generally positive outlook for the industry. Based on responses from 87 garment decoration businesses in the first quarter of 2016, the report reveals the following:
In garment printing, the term “special effects” covers a lot of inks and processes, some of which I’ve never considered to be part of this category. Puff, for example, isn’t a special-effect ink to me even though some consider it to be one. Others inks, such as discharge, have been around for a long time and are now being used in ways that do make them special effects. Then there are inks that are clearly designed for special-effect printing and that can create remarkable results when used correctly.
The Information Management Institute (IMI) has announced the details for the Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2016. The show will be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel outside of Chicago, September 7-8.
A report from Research and Markets suggests that, while big-name 3D-printing providers seem to have struggled recently, the market for low-cost 3D printers is on pace to reach $4 billion by 2021. Findings suggest a major influence for this is increasing interest in small 3D printers for prototyping from corporations such as Dell, Boeing, Ford, and more. The report’s authors also predict a similar growth in interest from professionals such as architects and designers.
HP has added three models to its Latex printer series: the 560, 570, and 1500.
Mutoh has launched the ValueJet 1938TX, a 75-in. direct-to-textile printer for high production of soft signage, custom apparel, home furnishings, tradeshow graphics, flags, upholstery, and more. With a staggered dual printhead design, the machine prints up to 914 sq ft/hr at resolutions as high as 1440 dpi on a variety of fabrics.
Gerber Technology has released an update to its Omega software for the sign and specialty graphics industries. The platform is designed to integrate with vinyl cutters, Gerber Edge thermal printers, and Gerber CNC routers.
New features include:
Chromaline has released Alpha E-30, a dual-cure direct emulsion for industrial and printed electronics applications. The emulsion features particle sizes below 2 microns for resolving high-res lines and spaces down to 30 microns. Chromaline also reports that Alpha E-30 can prolong screen durability on press when used as a laminating emulsion in conjunction with a capillary film. It is compatible with solvent, UV, and conductive inks, as well as polyester or stainless steel mesh.
3M has announced its new co-branded inks for Durst, Epson, OKI Data, and EFI printers; graphics produced with the inks are also now covered by the company’s MCS Warranty. The new inks include:
Avery Dennison has added textured wall films Pure Canvas, Crushed Stone, and Natural Stucco to its MPI 2600 line of wall media. The calendered films are offered in permanent (MPI 2630) and removable (MPI 2631) options. They are 6 mil thick, durable up to 2 years (4 years unprinted), and printable with solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV inks. Available in 54- and 60-in. widths.