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Darwin Chair highlights inkjet evolution

When graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister wanted to find a high-quality, durable printing solution that would allow him to realise his vision for the Darwin Chair with a cushion made of hundreds of sheets of printed paper that could be ripped off to reveal a new graphic beneath, he plumped for HP Designjet L65500 using latex inks on HP DuPont Tyvek Banner.

PrintIt! Scotland goes live

PrintIt! has teamed up with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and Graphic Enterprise Scotland (GES) to launch PrintIt! Scotland, which has the potential to get print careers in front of children in more than 300 secondary schools. This extension of PrintIt! comes on the back of the 100,000th student having registered for the programme since it was first launched in England September 2005.

Oc? clinches wide-format awards

Oc? has received two Bertl Best designations. The Oc? Arizona 350 XT UV flatbed printer was named 'Best Innovative Technology for Wide Format' and the Oc? PlotWave 300 system was named 'Best Eco-Friendly Wide Format Printer'.

BPIF anticipates employment law developments for 2010

The BPIF's legal team has outlined what is likely to come in terms of employment law for 2010. The most significant piece of legislation is likely to be the passing of the Equality Bill, announced last April, and expected to be given royal assent in April this year. If the bill is approved, expect it to bring dramatic changes.

Velmex to show off EFI developments

Velmex Distribution will host a UK launch day on 4 February for the EFI Colorproof XF v4.1 and EFI Fiery XF v4.1. The event will be held at the Velmex showroom facilities in Mitcham, Surrey, and will showcase the new EFI's products working with the Canon 12-colour imagePrograf printers.

EFI improves colour management system for sign and display

EFI has upgraded its XF software series. Key features include cutting-engine support and RGB print workflow to provide a one-stop inkjet production solution. The new EFI XF v4.1 also integrates with EFI Web Control Center, EFI's web-based application for remote control and distribution of print jobs. These new features have been added to all EFI XF products.

Work smarter, not harder with Switch 09

Switch 09 from Enfocus makes it easier to create and edit workflows, introduces more powerful tools for larger environments and features a completely renewed SwitchClient.

'Best in Class' awards for Colortrac wide-format scanners

Colortrac has achieved a BERTL (Business Equipment Research Testing Labs) 'Best in Class' for its CCD-based Colortrac SmartLF Gx+42 professional colour graphics and the CIS-based SmartLF Ci 40 technical document large-format scanners. Both had previously won BERTL's 'Outstanding' rating, accompanied by 4.5 Star Awards.

Roland shows packaging sector potential of VersaUV LEC-330

Roland DG will use Packaging Innovations 2010 to showcase the 30in UV-curable VersaUV LEC-330 and its prototyping capabilities to the packaging market. With its versatility to print onto almost any substrate and with white ink capability, the integrated inkjet printer/cutter could be used as a proofing mechanism for specialist packaging mock-ups. Not only is it able to print CMYK, cut and crease onto a wide variety of materials, but it also uses gloss and matte spot UV varnish to produce doming and embossing for use in creating effects like faux animal skin and Braille.

imageData installs Z?nd G3

The imageData Group has strengthened its display services by installing a Z?nd G3 L-3200 cutting table at its digital facility in Howden, East Yorkshire. Following hot-on-the-tail of a new M:Press Tiger digital flatbed printer, the Z?nd G3 enables the fast prototyping, and production of small runs for display graphics and 3D units.

Vivid adds 2M Easymount

Vivid has introduced its biggest ever laminator - the 2M Easymount. As well as being larger than all other systems in the range, the 2M Easymount has all the latest upgrades that are rolling out through the range, making them twice as fast and incorporating a new LCD control panel and stabilising tray.

More development of EFI Vutek QS series

Hard on the heels of the 2m-wide QS220 launch comes another EFI Vutek QS printer development in the shape of the 3.2m UV roll-to-roll QS3250r with features such as automated laser-aligned double-sided printing.

Image Factory hopes new website will inspire

The Image Factory has redesigned and rebranded its website to inspire visitors and increase interaction with users.

Oc? launches colour/black-and-white wide-format MFP

From Oc? comes the ColorWave 300, a multifunctional colour and black-and-white printer/copier/scanner that prints up to 36in wide. Aimed primarily at architects, engineering and construction companies, Oc? also sees a place for the MFP as an alternative to conventional wide-format toner systems within commercial printing companies.

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