Large-format core to PrintIT! competitionLarge-format print will be a core part of the fifth annual PrintIT! competition which targets students undertaking GCSEs in Graphic Products and Product Design. More than 200 schools have pre-registered to take part in the 2009/2010 competition which will challenge students to design a print-based campaign to promote Fairtrade products in supermarkets.
Total Print! Expo culledTotal Print! Expo 2009 has been cancelled.
3D delight from FFEIRealVue3D version 3.9 from FFEI provides access to all the latest features and special effects in one package. The software lets designers convert any multi-page PDF document into an interactive 3D visualization that can be rotated and viewed from any angle. The package contains features to depict the creative effects used, from stock selection - textures, gloss, matt, tint - to more sophisticated effects such as embossing, varnishing, foiling and die-cuts.
Screen ups workflow functionality with Metrix SEAdvanced job planning and imposition module Metrix SE is now available from Screen for users of its Trueflow SE PDF workflow system. The Screen Edition of Metrix SE is specially adapted version of LithoTechnics' product that features enhanced JDF connectivity with Trueflow SE.
SunJet formed to leverage inkjet know-howSun Chemical and its parent company DIC Corporation have created a single, co-ordinated global structure for the inkjet market under the name SunJet. The new structure will fully leverage both organisations' technical expertise in pigments, dispersions, polymers and formulation chemistry.
printMax acquires consumables businessprintMax has completed its acquisition of the consumables business of Planet Media.
Hybrid make slash costs of Mimaki's flexible LED UV inksAt a time when there's been industry-wide price increases, in most cases put down to the weakness of the pound, Mimaki's exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland, Hybrid Services, announced this week that its has knocked 25% off the price off its flexible UV ink.
ImagePerfect media range sees PVC free additionsThe ImagePerfect range of media from Spandex has been expanded to include 100% PVC-free materials specifically designed for large-format digital inkjet printing. The new materials are compatible with all eco-solvent and solvent inks, as well as UV-cured inks and are suitable for use in an extensive range of indoor and outdoor signage applications. The polyolefin products are both plasticiser- and chlorine-free and feature a specially-developed top-coating for vibrant, high quality printability.
Mimaki brings out UV flatbed JFX-1631The JFX-1631 grand format, flatbed printer tops Mimaki's range of UV printers and boasts a low power consumption, long lasting and low heat emitting LED UV curing system for efficiency. One inherent feature of the LED technology is that it requires no 'warm up' time, so can be switched on and off as required, reducing energy consumption and extending the life of the LEDs to somewhere in the region of 5,000 hours.
Converting textured surfaces into promotional toolsMany textured building surfaces that have proved 'off-limits' for promotional signs and graphics due to the need for a graphic film that could effectively be applied to them could benefit from the new Scotchcal IJ8624/8624ES Graphic Film for Textured Surfaces.
Invite to trial Truepress Jet650UV on industrial inkjet applicationsScreen printers specialising in work for industrial equipment manufacturers such as membrane switches, graphic overlays and instrument panels can now try out the production and economic benefits of the new Screen Truepress Jet650UV inkjet flatbed printer at Screen's European Print on Demand (POD) Demo Centre in The Netherlands.
Plea to printers to get involved in shaping skills training
Proskills, the Sector Skills Council for the Process and Manufacturing sector, is making a plea to printers to join forces with it to help shape the future direction of skills provision and training for the printing industry. Richard Moore, the recently appointed Print and Paper Industry Lead at Proskills is heading the campaign to encourage as many printers as possible to provide more representative input into how Proskills can assist employers gain the right training provision, offer the most appropriate industry-specific qualifications and guide businesses through the process of obtaining government funding for skills training.