3M has announced new brush finishes for its Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080. Metal finishing options include brushed aluminum, brushed titanium, brushed steel, brushed steel blue, and brushed gold. These pressure-activated, 3.5-mil cast films are designed to provide dimensional stability and durability without the need for an overlaminate. The films feature non-visible air-release channels and 60-in. widths. Scotchprint wrap films are also available in carbon fiber and four matte colors – black, white, silver, and military green.
Moab has launched Lasal Exhibition Luster 300, a heavyweight (300-gsm), archival exhibition-quality luster paper, designed for use with all inkjet printers. The new paper replaces the company’s Photo Luster 270 paper and features a new coating designed to produce an extra-wide color gamut and an improved scratch-resistance, enhanced stiffness, reduced curl, and increased opacity.
Available in rolls (17-, 24-, and 44-in. wide) and in sheets (4x6-, 5x7-, 8.5 x 11-, 11x17-, and 13 x 19-in., plus A2 and A4).
Xanita has introduced X-Board Lite, comprising an expanded honeycomb core pressed between a print-receptive laminate. The substrate is directly printable on both sides using UV-curable and solvent inks; once printed, X-Board can be mitre-cut, folded or curved, and shape cut, and is suitable for flat-panel or three-dimensional applications. It’s designed to be laminated, veneered, pressed with decorative foils, painted, or upholstered.
It’s getting more and more difficult to track down a printer that utilizes solvent inks. As a result of a combination of factors – the onrushing surge of UV technologies coupled with green/sustainable aspirations, to name two – solvent-machine options are much more limited today than they were a few years ago.
In the high-profile worlds of fashion, theatre, and entertainment, Dyenamix (dyenamix.com) is not a name that’s instantly recognizable – except to those in the know. This New York City specialist in custom fabric and textiles produces the material for the latest designs and costumes seen on Broadway and in the movies.
The National Print Group (TNPG) has partnered with Vegas hotspots like the Flamingo Casino, MGM Grand, and the Luxor to create building wraps and other large projects for more than 18 years.
The 65th annual Sign Expo hosted by the International Sign Association (ISA) will take over the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, April 28-30. As this article is written, ISA looks to surpass the crowd numbers of last year, with early registration being up by 47 percent and there is already a 12-percent increase in committed exhibitor space, with more than 1900 exhibit booths on the show floor.
With the ISA show on track to be its largest since 2008, will the event be a harbinger of better times for the graphics and signage marketplace?
Founded in 1858, Sentinel Printing in Hempstead, New York, is one of Long Island's oldest companies, "perhaps the oldest company that's still in the original business," says company president Glen Boehmer. Sentinel had its beginnings as a town newspaper, but in 1950,when the paper folded, the company re-branded itself as a commercial printer. Boehmer's family, printers for generations themselves, bought the business in 1983.
Lynn Krinsky, president of Seattle-based Stella Color, started out with what seems like primitive technology by today's standards. "I did rubdown transfers," she recalls. "My customers – graphic designers – would go buy Pantone paper, we would mix the ink, take the sheets of Rubylith that they had cut, and we would make, say, a three-color comp."
Founded in 1938, Modernistic (modernistinc.com) was originally a die-cutting company. It eventually morphed into a screenprinting company, and 10 years ago the Stillwater, Minnesota-based company began getting into digital printing.