The 2016 SEMA Show was filled with vehicles boasting the potential of vinyl wrapping, with exhibitors from tire vendors to luxury car retailers sporting wrapped cars at their booths. Notable appearances included:
A new reality TV show on GSN has enlisted Roland DGA as a promotional partner. “Window Warriors,” which premiered earlier this week, pits window display designers against one another in themed contests each week. Contestants will use Roland devices including the Soljet Pro 4 XR-640 printer/cutter, VersaUV LEJ-640 printer, and Camm-1 GS-24 vinyl cutter.
OKI Data Americas has opened a technology solutions center adjacent to its administrative offices in Irving, Texas. The company reports the facility will serve customers and channel partners in the central US and Latin America. OKI hosted a celebration Wednesday where attendees observed printer and workflow demonstrations and participated in discussions with company leadership.
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Kornit Digital and the Fashion Institute of Technology have expanded their third annual partnership challenging design students to work with printed textiles. In the first stage of the collaboration, textile/surface design students created original designs that were printed on a Kornit Allegro printer.
3M’s new Print Wrap Film IJ180mC-10 features Comply Adhesive with micro technology for wrapping vehicles, boats, walls, and more. 3M reports the film offers advanced slideability and initial tack for improved handling and repositioning, as well as stretchability up to 130% without primer.
The launch also features IJ180mC-114 (clear) and IJ180mC-120 (metallic) wrap films for accents and more.
The series is offered in 48-, 54-, and 60-in. widths, and is backed by the 3M MCS Warranty.
HP has certified SA International’s (SAi) Flexi and FlexiPrint software for use on its new series of latex printers, including the 315, 335, 365, and 375 models. HP-certified drivers in FlexiPrint HP Basic, Premium, and Sign-Pro editions are now available; the Basic version comes standard with the 315 and 335 models.
A proud father, looking to make a statement with a gift to his son, commissioned this Gonzaga College High School-themed wrap from SpeedPro Imaging Silver Spring. The graphics were printed on a Roland Soljet Pro III XJ-640 onto Avery MPI 1005 supercast film and laminated with Avery DOL 1060 Gloss overlaminate.
Case Paper has added Sonata Rainbow and Sonata Silver, a pair of laminates for luxury packaging, displays, and more. The PET film is available in 16 and 18 pt, with widths up to 57 in. Custom sizes and tints are also available. It is UV- and solvent-printable.
ImageOne Impact has announced the Pressure On Demand Steamer 2.0, a system for applying and removing vehicle wrap film, paint protection film, and window tint film, as well as pre- and post-cleaning. ImageOne reports the steam softens the material, eliminating pitfalls such as broken glue, stretch marks, silvering, whitening of chrome films, and tiny particles getting underneath the film. The system also delivers steam at a reduced temperature for installer and material safety.