BEEP, BEEP, BEEP.
The hotel alarm goes off and one thought runs through my mind: Game day.
It’s January 8; tonight is the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship game. In less than 12 hours, the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide will battle it out for that coveted national title at Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The 5th drupa Global Trends Report will be released end of April 2018. Printers and suppliers from the majority of market sectors reported growing confidence in their companies’ economic performance. This year, performance patterns were tracked over the years. Packaging remains the most dynamic market and there has been a steady improvement in confidence over the five years among commercial printers. For functional printers it is a similar situation but this market showed an increased lack of confidence in 2017 for both printers and suppliers.
As many successful print shop owners have learned, adding the hottest special effects to your product offerings allows you to add sizzle to your sales. We all strive to set ourselves apart from ordinary apparel decorators, and that’s why we reach into our bag of special-effect tricks. Plus, screen printers have resources and tools at their disposal that decorators using other processes don’t, enabling them to add that extra something that can win the order.
Mimaki has released the Tiger-1800B inkjet printer available in direct-to-textile or transfer dye sublimation printing versions. The 74.8-in. machine offers print speeds up to 4144 sq ft/hr, 16 staggered printheads for the direct-to-textile model (8 for the transfer dye sub model), 600-dpi print resolution, and a 10-L ink tank. The Tiger-1800B is designed for applications including fashion textiles, performance apparel, soft signage, interior décor, and more.
More than 150 apparel decorators, sponsoring suppliers, and industry observers attended SGIA’s first ThreadX conference, held in February in Palm Springs, California. The 15 educational sessions, developed by SGIA’s garment decorating committee, focused on e-commerce, innovation, and ecologically conscious business practices.
More than 20,000 sign and print shop guys and gals traveled to Orlando, Florida for the 2018 ISA International Sign Expo March 22-24. With 221,000 square feet of show floor hosting nearly 600 exhibitors, it wasn’t difficult for each attendee to find a new product, technology, or innovation to get excited about.
In our previous issue, we told the story of artist Dave Gardner, who pioneered simulated process printing 35 years ago. The innovative, photorealistic look he achieved with his unconventional techniques didn’t explode until the early ‘90s, after he had partnered with Jon Weiss at New Buffalo Shirt Factory and the pair cracked the licensed sports market.
EFI has introduced the Optitex 3D Design Illustrator, a plug-in tool which gives designers the ability to validate and customize 3D garments in Adobe Illustrator. The tool creates 3D pattern representation through imported 2D and 3D pattern files or building block libraries into Illustrator. Designers can view 3D garments with accurate proportion and scaling for improved customization of fabric, texture, patterns, and graphic placement without relying on a printed sample, the company reports.
Brother DTG has introduced a larger-size platen for the GTX direct-to-garment printer. The new 16 x 21-in. platen is designed for printing big artwork on extra-large garments. A slide mechanism allows users to load the garment while on the printer and then slide and lock the platen in place before printing. A metal hanger simplifies garment loading and a fabric covering holds the garment in place during printing.
The baseball, softball and soccer seasons are coming up fast, bringing profit opportunities decorating uniforms and spiritwear for those ready to meet the challenges they present.