EFI (www.efi.com) has released the VUTEk TX3250r fabric printer, a XX-ft (3.2-m) system that images directly onto textiles and transfer papers. The VUTEk TX3250r uses dye-sublimation technology to decorate fabrics for soft signage and other applications. EFI says that printed images produced on the TX3250r can be washed, dried, and folded without leaving marks. The EFI VUTEk TX3250r supports print speeds up to 1800 sq ft/hr (167 sq m/hr) and four- and eight-color print modes.
M&R (www.mrprint.com) recently added the Diamondback S to its line of automatic textile presses. Diamondback S features a servo index-drive system and is available in six- and eight-color models. It has a maximum image area of 16 x 18 in. (406 x 457 mm) and a maximum platen size of 18 x 22 in. (457 x 559 mm). Diamondback S can be ordered with an additional printhead over the unload station, and it is available in base and enhanced configurations.
Roland DGA Corp. has expanded the versatility of its popular inkjet printer/cutters with the addition of new white ink options that open up profitable new markets and applications for users.
Everything we know changes constantly if it is to survive, even business. The economy at large has been iffy since2008 and now shows signs of stability and upward growth. You can look at lots of indicators. The Housing Index is slated to climb, and in 2013 will begin recovery, according to The Week magazine. The stock market has shown healthy numbers recently.
Finishing tables are capable of feeding printed sheets and picking up and stacking the finished pieces.
After several years of challenging economic times for the printing industry, worldwide demand for print increased in 2011, resulting in a commensurate jump in technology investments as large-format customers sought to take advantage of the 6.2B sqm opportunity in the sign and display industry. The resulting boost in digital print growth is pushing print service providers (PSPs) to capitalize on new business opportunities tied to growing technologies like UV and latex.
Daniel Hilldrup, artist in residence at the London Metropolitan University, recently unveiled new artwork in a series titled “Fragments in Time.” Two pieces, Flux and Aquiform in Rest, were produced by Objet Ltd. on an Objet Connex 3D Printer, a system designed to print multiple materials and properties in a single print run.
Smaller companies are more likely to already be engaged in social media—a function of their flexibility and the low cost to leverage social media.