Madeira (www.madeirausa.com) has released BurmilanaCo embroidery thread, a 12-weight, 50/50 blend of cotton and acrylic designed for special effects such as chenille embroidery, chain stitch, fringing, and decorative seams. Available in 72 colors, including 7 mixed tones, and recommended for use with a #100/16 needle.
Onyx Graphics (www.onyxgfx.com) has announced version 11.1.2 for its range of software, featuring integrated access to HP’s WallArt application. Users of Onyx Thrive, Textile Edition, and RIPCenter software packages will now be able to expand into wallcoverings and interior décor applications with new features for design and customization, including a one-step HP WallArt button in Onyx RIP-Queue.
Visual Magnetics (www.visualmagnetics.com) has added VM-PolyEdge to its line of MagnaMedia, including the white polyester VM-PolyEdge ULS and the white polypropylene VM-PolyEdge UV.
VM PolyEdge ULS is a PVC-free, 7.1-mil magnetic-receptive film with a satin print surface, designed for durable displays and P-O-P signage. Available in 50-, 54-, and 60-in. widths.
Designed to help users create short-run or custom original goods, samples, packaging prototypes, and more, the CFL-605RT from Mimaki USA (www.mimakiusa.com) is a 20 x 24-in., multifunction flatbed cutting plotter. The machine can perform reciprocating cutting (substrates up to 10 mm thick), tangential cutting (up to 2 mm thick), and eccentric cutting (up to 1 mm thick). A creasing roller can be mounted alongside a cutting blade to perform cutting and creasing without changing tools.
ClipArtBoom (www.clipartboom.com) has released a library of softball-themed designs that can be purchased individually or in groups. A total of 35 vector and three raster designs are offered, each furnished as full-color, royalty-free images with unlimited usage. All designs can be used for screen and digital printing, including direct-to-garment, inkjet and laser transfers, and print-and-cut systems. Images include balls, bats, gloves, players, bases, trophies, helmets, and more. The company also offers design templates for creating layouts.
The latest model in Inca Digital’s (www.incadigital.com) Onset series of high-speed UV flatbed inkjet printers features 14-pL Fujifilm Dimatix Spectra print heads and an eight-channel, dual-CMYK color configuration. The Onset R50i has a top print speed of 4306 sq ft/hr and prints on substrates up to 123.6 x 63 in. and up to 2 in. thick. Depending on job requirements, users can choose between uni-directional, bi-directional, and high-quality or high-productivity modes.
The next time you find yourself lamenting the fortunes of screen printing in the graphic arts, consider what our colleagues in offset have endured. Few industries have been more thoroughly squeezed between economic forces on one hand and technological displacement on the other. The volume markets once served by offset – business forms, direct-mail promotions, books, catalogs, newspapers, and (yes) magazines – read more like a World Heritage list of endangered species.
For the second consecutive year, Kornit Digital (www.kornit.com) partnered with the New York Fashion Institute of Technology on a contest that allowed senior design students to print their ecologically themed submissions directly onto roll-good fabrics. The challenge encouraged students at the State University of New York to create original designs relating to the concept of sustainable, local, short-run production while learning about the capabilities of short-run digital printing.
Printers often ask me if it’s possible to deliver predictable color to clients every time, in a foolproof way. The answer is yes. Color is just numbers that have been standardized under L*a*b* (See Figure 1), a non-device-dependent color space that is the same anywhere in the world. Therefore, if you control the variables in incoming files, the process-control elements in your workflow, and your output devices diligently targeting L*a*b values, you can automate color reproduction in your facility.
Vastex (www.vastex.com) has expanded its line of V-1000 screen-printing presses with a six-station, six-color version. Model V-1000-66 features all-heads-down printing, rubber-coated steel platens, and a floating head design with tool-free micro-registration and six-way head leveling to deliver multicolor registration accuracy. A redesigned rotor hub increases the rigidity of the platens and arms while allowing for more than 100 Vastex platens including oversized (20 x 24 inch) and heavyweight vacuum platens used for transfers, signs, and flat stock.