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Ask the Experts: Profiting from Print

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Is there any one application that will give shops the biggest bang for their buck?

We asked six digital print specialists to respond to the current state of the industry and reveal what we should expect in 2017.

Big Picture: What do you think is the most profitable application in the market today, and why?

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Mimaki Expands Kebab Options

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For printing on cylindrical objects.

Mimaki has announced two new Kebab options for its UJF-7151 plus and UJF MkII Series UV-LED printers. The attachment is designed to print on cylindrical objects such as stainless steel tumblers, bottles, cans, vases, packaging, candle holders, and more.

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Ready-to-Print Glass Designs from Dip-Tech

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Interiori portfolio includes printed samples.

Dip-Tech has released Interiori, a set of 52 ready-to-print designs for digital printing on glass. The package, compiled with input from architects and designers, includes an applications brochure and printed samples for shops to show to prospective clients.

The 2017 collection of designs includes three categories: Smell the Forest, featuring wood patterns, Touch the Stone marble designs, and geometric patterns in Playing with Shapes.

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Arlon Adds Short-Term Promotional Film

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Available in gloss and matte finishes.

Arlon has revealed DPF 510 Removable, a short-term film for P-O-P, tradeshow, and window applications. The low-tack adhesive is removable up to one year after installation, according to the company. The film is available in gloss and matte finishes.

DPF 510 is printable with eco-solvent, solvent, and latex inks. Offered in up to 60-in. widths as well as custom sizes.

 

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SAi Adds 3 EnRoute Packages

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Subscription-based software for CNC cutting.

SA International (SAi) has added three subscription-based EnRoute software platforms for users of CNC cutters. The three tiers, EnRoute Complete, EnRoute Designer, and EnRoute Fabrication, each include on-demand online video tutorials.

EnRoute Complete offers 2D and 3D CAD/CAM abilities such as 3D Surface Cutting and AutoToolpath of DXF files. Additional features include a Component Creator to make notch parts and a Model Stacker that can slice mesh in any direction.

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Greenery: Pantone Color of the Year 2017

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A yellow-green spring shade symbolizing hope.

Pantone has chosen its 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery. The yellow-green hue, Pantone 15-0343, was chosen “to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape,” says Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eiseman in a release.

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Smithers Pira: Food-Safe Inks on the Rise

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Food packaging forecasted as fastest-growing sector.

Smithers Pira has released “The Future of Printing for Food Packaging to 2021,” a report compiled by consultant Sean Smyth. The analyst forecasts that food packaging will grow at a faster rate than the general packaging market over the next five years at a CAGR of three percent, in part thanks to increasing development and adoption of food-safe inks.

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Wall Graphics Pop at New Coca-Cola HQ

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Italian office gets digitally printed décor.

Architectural agency Lombardini22 teamed up with Italian print provider Underline to produce wall graphics for the new headquarters of the Coca-Cola HBC Italia bottling plant. The design, printed on a Seiko Colorpainter H2-74S with matte 3M Scotchcal IJ40C, is based on bottling motifs such as bottle caps and crates.

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Buyers Lab, InfoTrends Form Keypoint Intelligence

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Rebrand combines testing with market research.

Buyers Laboratory has acquired InfoTrends and rebranded the combined companies as Keypoint Intelligence. The shift came into effect December 1; each entity will operate as a product line under the Keypoint Intelligence name.

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Floor Graphic Becomes Tradeshow Talking Point

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Kwik Kopy Hornsby pushes shop limits for impact piece.

When Kimberly Degenhardt and her husband/business partner, Stewart Schmidt, bought a Kwik Kopy franchise outside of Sydney, they immediately began transitioning the previous owners’ offerings from small offset and digital printing to wide-format products, specialty finishes, and even graphic and web design. Applications such as decals, cut vinyl lettering, and vinyl prints for outdoor signs took off, but this year they felt ready to branch out, looking to wallpaper and floor graphics as two promising markets.

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