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3 ‘Color Flip’ Films from 3M

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Plus three additional film colors.

3M has added six new colors to its Wrap Film Series 1080 line of vinyl films. Three are color flip, polychromatic options that shift under different viewing angles and lighting: Gloss Flip Electric Wave, Satin Flip Caribbean Shimmer, and Satin Flip Glacial Frost. The three standard additions include Gloss Storm Gray, Satin Gold Dust Black, and Satin Frozen Vanilla. The series is available in 60-in. widths.

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Examining RIPs from A to Z

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Wide-format providers are reassessing RIP software as part of their overall workflow and print ecosystems.

Once upon a printer, raster image processors (RIPs) converted PostScript files, readying them for printing. That is all RIPs did or were expected to do.

Times have changed dramatically, of course, especially in the wide-format space. The commoditization of software has rendered RIPs as, well, so much more than PostScript converters. Today’s RIPs can control the management of spot colors and spot layers. They can set bleeds and printer’s marks, coordinate grommet location on vinyl banners, and even connect to web-to-print and MIS systems.

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MCT Launches VersaTech2 Digital Cutter

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‘All in one’ platform offers laser, router, and blade cutting.

MCT Digital has launched the VersaTech2 flatbed cutter, a digital flatbed offering cutting capabilities via routing, laser, and knife tools. The machine provides cutting speeds up to 78 in./sec. It is available in widths of 63 or 126 in., and lengths up to 252 in.

The VersaTech2 is also packaged with TigerVision workflow software, with features for nesting and parametric designs.
 

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Roland Hosts Vehicle Wrap Webinar

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Matt Richart offers advice on September 27.

Roland will conduct a free webinar, “Expert Advice to Successfully Complete a Professional Vehicle Wrap,” on Tuesday, September 27, 1-1:30 p.m EST. The session will be hosted by Matt Richart, co-owner of Digital EFX Wraps (Louisville, Kentucky). Richart leads the company’s Born to Wrap workshop and gives wrap demonstrations at industry tradeshows. The webinar’s content will feature real world experience, best practices, pricing, and more.

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Women in Print Award Winners Honored at SGIA Expo

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Big Picture presents honors at 2016 Chairman’s Reception.

SGIA welcomed roughly 200 press, attendees, and vendors to Las Vegas with its annual Chairman’s Reception, held this year at the Surrender Nightclub at the Encore hotel. Newly appointed editor-in-chief of Big Picture, Adrienne Palmer, took to the podium to honor the first-ever Women in Print Award winners.

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ITI Adds Superwide Textile Printer

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Featuring a dual production mode.

Inkjet Technology, Inc. (ITI) has introduced the TX3200 textile printer, a 126-in. machine capable of printing on both textile fabrics and dye-sublimation transfer paper. The TX3200 features an internal vacuum mechanism engineered to securely hold down thin paper to prevent wrinkling, and an ink collection gutter assembly for polyester and mesh textiles.

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Aurora Introduces Printable Canvas Line

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Finishes range from matte to satin to gloss.

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group has launched the Expressions Canvas line, a collection of materials printable with latex, UV, solvent, and eco-solvent inks. The portfolio includes matte, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss options, as well as a natural cotton option; all are available in widths up to 122 in. The company reports that its proprietary coating enables users to print equal quality in fewer passes. The material is OBA-free and is made from a 35%-cotton/65%-polyester blend.

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Agfa Graphics Reveals Duratex Supreme Mesh

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Designed with extreme tear resistance.

Duratex Supreme Mesh from Agfa Graphics is engineered to withstand harsh, windy environments for applications such as building wraps and pole banners. The material features a 90/10 air flow and is tear-resistant. It offers blockout characteristics for double-sided applications and is printable with most inkjet inks. Available in 126- and 196-in. widths.

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STS Offers Roland SolJet Ink Alternative

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Announcing the Eco-Solvent EJ line.

STS Inks has revealed Eco-Solvent EJ Inks, designed for use on the Roland SolJet EJ-640 eco-solvent printers. The 7-color series (CMYKcmk) is offered in 1-L cartridges.

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