Laurence King Publishing has released a second edition of “Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials & Process.” Originally published in 2009, the compilation of guides and illustrations for every type of printing process was written by print artists Bill Fick of Duke University and Cockeyed Press, and Beth Grabowski, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and former president of SGC International.
Essentra Specialty Tapes has engineered two families of double-sided tape specifically for adhering to UV-coated material. Designed to eliminate workarounds like spot coating that are needed to keep areas free for tape, these adhesives have been formulated with UV inhibitors for direct adhesion to UV-treated material.
Epson America has introduced its next-generation SureColor F-Series dye-sublimation inkjet printers. The three models all use the company’s UltraChrome DS ink with a new high-density black ink to improve ink efficiency and density, providing better tonal transitions and grayscale images on roll-to-roll fabrics, customized promotional products, soft signage, cut-and-sew apparel, home décor, and more.
Screen printing as a manufacturing process has definitely arrived. In fact, it walked through the shop door, kicked over your daddy’s hand-print setup, and began seriously flexing its muscles a few decades ago. It used to be (and still is) known mostly as a versatile medium for printing flat graphics as well as the dominant decoration method for fabric. But over the past 20 years, industrial screen printing has helped alter the very foundations of the modern world.
Mimaki USA has released the Original Goods Package System (OGPS), a bundle of products for creating short-run customized goods and packaging prototypes. The bundle features ArtiosCAD DS, a packaging-design software package designed by Esko; the UJF-6042 UV-LED tabletop printer; and the CFL-605RT compact cutting plotter.
Roland DGA has released HeatSoft Plus heat-transfer material (HTM3) and polyester transfer mask (PTM2) for decorating T-shirts, sports apparel, and accessories. Compatible with eco-solvent printers, HTM3 is a thin, inkjet-printable polyurethane heat-transfer media designed for easy stretching and weeding as well as a soft-hand application on cotton, polyester, poly-blend, spandex, Lycra, and leather.
Designed for high-production textile-printing facilities, Adelco’s Duplex Dryer provides 20 ft of curing capacity in the same footprint as a 10-ft dryer. Distributed by Hirsch Solutions, the Duplex unit features a double-decker design with independent upper and lower conveyor belts and automatic belt-speed controls that can be set to minutes and seconds. Operating from a single gas burner for greater efficiency, the unit delivers a separate stream of high-velocity jet air to each belt.
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Many people don't realize that screen printing is integral to countless industrial processes, from the clandestine printing of banknotes to innovation in photovoltaic technology. Discover screen printing in places where you wouldn't have thought to look.
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Water-based inks aren’t as production-friendly as plastisols. You can’t just switch out the inks using the same prepress and printing procedures. But with some important changes at each stage of production and attention to detail, you can overcome these challenges and get consistent results.