Continued from The Challenges of Functional Inkjet Printing.
All types of inkjet technologies – CIJ, TIJ, and PIJ – present some fundamental limitations that developers must overcome for industrial work. These include the diameter of nozzle openings, fluid viscosity required for jetting, frequency of drop generation, drop volume, and fluid and substrate surface tension.
SGIA announced the winners of the annual Tom Frecska Student Printing Competition at the 2015 SGIA Expo earlier this month. The contest, named for the late editor of Screen Printing, recognizes secondary and post-secondary students working across more than 25 printing categories.
The best of show winner at the secondary level was Jade Ochoa with her digital “Most Wanted Poster.” Ochoa studies at Eagle Rock High School under instructor Glenn Laird.
Pulling colors from artwork so that they can be reproduced on screen-printed apparel doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, the whole process of breaking a design down into printable sections of color shouldn’t require years of experience, custom software, or intense mathematical formulas. The best way to separate a design for screen printing is often the simplest, keeping as much of the feel of the original design as possible in the final print.
Sawgrass has released the Virtuoso 25-in. HD Product Decorating System, featuring an inkjet printer, sublimation inks, and software for producing full-bleed prints on 24-in. products (max. print area 24.4 in.). The system features the VJ 628 printer, developed in partnership with Mutoh, which offers an industrial-grade printhead, 1440-dpi resolution, and i2 Intelligent Interweaving technology to eliminate banding.
SGIA has announced that Ford Bowers of Miller Zell will begin as president and CEO of the association in February of 2016. Keep reading on our sister site.
FESPA has added FESPA Asia to the books for February 2017, to be held at the BITEC exhibition center in Bangkok.
“Our objective – to build demand for print by reinvesting in the print community – is matched by the enthusiasm of our regional associations, with whom we will be working closely,” says Roz McGuinness, divisional director. “Our aim is to leave a lasting legacy across Asia through various initiatives in the years to come.”
Drytac’s new SpotOn removable vinyl is a 4-mil PVC film printable with solvent, eco-solvent, UV, and latex technologies. Designed with a dot-patterned adhesive for bubble-free application without the need for tools or wet installation, according to the company, the film is suitable for short-term indoor graphic applications including windows, walls, tradeshows, and seasonal retail environments.
Sensient Imaging Technologies has launched ElvaJet Punch, a range of digital sublimation inks intended for decoration of high-performance polyester fabrics, including fashion apparel, sportswear, flags, and banners. One set of inks in the line, ElvaJet Punch EP, is designed for use on Epson DX- and TFP-based printers. Designed with high transfer efficiency, color vibrancy, and a wide gamut, the inks are suitable for printing on a wide range of coated and uncoated sublimation papers.
International Coatings has released a reformulated white ink, 7038 Blaze Cotton White. For use on cotton fabrics, the short-bodied ink is designed with fast-flashing and low-tack capability, with an improved hand and opacity.