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Dye Sublimation Makes a Statement

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Belgian bank's atrium wows visitors with art printed on metal columns.

The atrium at the Brussels headquarters of Belgian bank Beobank was sunlight-filled and vast enough to make an impression, but was lacking just one thing: a statement piece. So, photography lab J.J. Micheli teamed with artist Yves Ullens to produce these striking centerpieces, dubbed “Crescend’O,” to ornament the space.

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Drupa 2016 Explores 3D Printing

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Co-located 3D fab+print to offer demos and education.

Drupa 2016 has revealed plans for 3D fab+print, a segment of the mega-show solely dedicated to 3D printing. The German Engineering Federation’s (VDMA) Additive Manufacturing workgroup will sponsor a series of presentations; exhibitors will include HP, Leapfrog, Mimaki, Roland, Ricoh, Xerox, Stratasys, and Massivit 3D Printing.

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Large-Format Photography Graces Smithsonian

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Print exhibit features 20 years of Nature’s Best Photography.

A 5000-square-foot print exhibition will open at the Smithsonian Saturday, October 24, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards. More than 100 photographs chosen from 500,000-plus submissions over the past 20 years are printed on a 44-inch Epson SureColor P9000 printer onto Epson Professional Papers, ranging in size from 2 to 5 feet.

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Gilman Brothers Adds Recyclable Display Board

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For hot and cold mounting; screen and digital printing.

Gilman Brothers has added EagleCell, a 100% recyclable honeycomb board designed to be lightweight, rigid, and resistant to damage. Intended for constructing applications such as exhibits, P-O-P displays, and interior and tradeshow signage, the board offers a high white point and is suitable for hot or cold mounting, and screen or digital printing. Available in thicknesses from ¼ to 2 in.; sizes from 48 x 96-in. widths (custom sizes available); and white/kraft/white or white/white/white color combinations.

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Avery Dennison Selects Regional Wrap Kings

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Seven car wrap installers will compete at SEMA Show.

Avery Dennison has announced the seven regional winners of its Wrap Like a King vehicle graphics installation contest, featuring car wraps crafted using the company’s Supreme Wrapping Film, Conform Chrome, and digital Supercast vinyl. Chosen from 173 entries from around the world, the winners will travel to Las Vegas November 3-6 to compete at the 2015 SEMA Show. They include:
Designer Wraps, Millville, New Jersey;

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Prepare Now for the New Year

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Get a jump start on your budget analysis of the current year for a more successful, profitable 2016.

At the close of each fiscal year, one of the most important tasks for a shop is analyzing the current year and planning for the coming year. Typically, many of us wait until late November or December to begin this process. However, starting now and identifying some specific areas of focus will kickstart a more thorough and effective approach, helping you begin the new year in a more organized manner.

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Nimlok Compiles Brochure for Eco-Friendly Offerings

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Details more than 50 exhibit offerings.

Nimlok has released a catalog featuring its product offerings that are designed to have longer lifecycles and a lower impact on the environment. The brochure includes details for more than 50 modular exhibits, including 10 x 10-, 10 x 20-, and 20 x 20-foot options.

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OKI Data Acquires Seiko Wide-Format Division

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Calls print industry “major growth area.”

OKI Data has completed its acquisition of the wide-format sector of Seiko I Infotech, affecting the companies’ subsidiaries across Europe and the US. A press release from OKI Data states that the company anticipates a 6 percent CAGR for the wide-format printing industry, “driven by accelerated on-demand printing needs, particularly in the retail and distribution industries.” The deal includes a range of wide-format inkjet printers, LED graphic plotters, and related development resources.

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The Writing’s on the Wall...and Paper...and Acrylic

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How the Great Recession is (still) shaping print fulfillment in 2015.

What a difference a few years can make. As early as 2012, the growth potential of the print industry beyond the depths of the Great Recession was still in question. Clients large and small were closing their doors for good, already reduced marketing budgets were strained to their limit, and a demand for more economical yet greener printing began to take hold. In the Phoenix market, hard choices were being made – adapt by generating shorter runs, using newer materials, venturing out into new sectors, and engaging new clients, or slowly but surely run out of steam, and ink.

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Bordeaux Offers Larger Bag for Mutoh-Compatible Inks

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1-L bags include a compatible chip for ValueJet series.

Bordeaux has added a 1-L bag option to its range of “plug-and-print” inks designed for the Mutoh ValueJet printer series. Also available in 440-mL bags, the inks come with a dedicated chip for installation without the help of a technician.

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