A couple years ago, I attended a conference session led by a group of futuristic researchers – people who study how the future might be, and predict how we’ll react to it. One of the things they noted was that the rate of change in our world is increasing. In other words, our universe is both constantly changing and changing at an accelerating rate.
This leads to information overload, feelings of insecurity, a desire for solitude, and some wacky reactions, like the guy you know who still doesn’t have a cell phone.
Mimaki USA has introduced the CFL-605RT compact flatbed cutting plotter. The 20 x 24-in. multifunction, compact flatbed cutting plotter supports on-demand production with multiple functions including reciprocating, tangential, and eccentric cutting, plus creasing for immediate finishing of packaging and prototypes, according to Mimaki. Designed for the production of items such as short-run or custom original goods, samples, and package prototyping.
Arlon Graphics (www.arlon.com) has announced the expansion of its distribution partnership with EM Plastics (www.emplastics.com/en). EM Plastics will now offer Arlon's full range of automotive films, including both Ultimate PremiumPlus and PerformancePlus brands across multiple locations throughout Canada. EM Plastics has already been in partnership with the company, distributing Arlon Graphic's traditional product lines.
Jerry Swormstedt, the former third-generation chairman of the board and president of ST Media Group Intl., the parent company of Signs of the Times magazine, died April 4, the day before Easter, after having suffered a massive heart attack on Good Friday, April 3. The 1994 recipient of the sign industry's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award (now known as the Kirk Brimley Distinguished Service award), presented by the National Electric Sign Assn. (now the Intl. Sign Assn.), Jerry was 80.
Drytac has added Polar, a 3.2-mil, polymeric self-adhesive print vinyl with a gray crosslinking acrylic adhesive. Available in a matte and gloss finish with both permanent and removable adhesive versions, the media is designed for both indoor and outdoor settings, including advertising graphics, P-O-P displays, signage, and more. Polar is compatible with most eco-solvent, UV, and latex wide-format inkjet printers.
Fisher Textiles has added five new styles: DD 1664 Mesh, DD 1764 Dazzle, DD 3268 Table Cloth, DD 7375 Feather Flag, and DD 7777 Casino Suede.
DD 1664 Mesh is 3.4 oz, available in 64-in. widths, and designed for apparel applications, like athletic shorts.
DD 1764 Dazzle is 4.5 oz, available in 64-in. widths, and designed for applications such as apparel, indoor banners, exhibit graphics, retail displays, and table covers.
Mimaki USA (www.mimakiusa.com) has announced that Next Wave Media Solutions (nextwavems.com), a provider of printers, media, and ink for digital textile printing including software, media, transfer equipment, and accessories in Buford, Georgia, has signed an agreement to distribute Mimaki JV Series, TS Series, and TX Series printers with Mimaki Sb Series inks exclusively.
The International Sign Association (ISA, www.signs.org), with InfoTrends, has released its latest white paper on the benefits of innovative curing technologies, reviewing both UVcured and latex inkjet methods.
The white paper also includes case studies of two sign and print shops that have implemented these technologies, AlphaGraphics and Portland Vital Signs.
There’s more “pop” to P-O-P (point-of-purchase) marketing these days, thanks in part to advances in large-format digital printing.
Print services providers who specialize in point-of-sale collateral report clients are embracing digital’s easy set up and quick turnarounds, short runs, and variable print capabilities for fresh approaches to in-store marketing.
Ultimaker has added to its collection of new desktop 3D printers, Ultimaker² Go and Ultimaker² Extended.
Ultimaker² Go has a compact design with special, reusable, travel case, designed for makers on the go, or those just getting started in the 3D world. The Ultimaker² Go’s printhead is cooled by dual fans and prints with an accuracy of 20 microns.