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Small-format LED-UV printers are coming down in price and are so versatile they can personalize just about anything that fits in the machine. But, if you’ve never done this type of printing before, how hard is it to get into? The first step when buying any new piece of equipment is to identify the opportunity that is in front of you, says Mark Stephenson, director of marketing for ColDesi in Tampa, Florida. “These guys are already in the business; they are already making signage; they already have customers,” he adds. Sign shops should look at what they are already doing and see...

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A few weeks ago, whilst in Japan, I met with Minoru Usui, president and CEO of Epson, who has largely been responsible for overseeing the development of the company’s thin-film micro piezo printheads, including the latest generation PrecisionCore heads. Minoru Usui, president, and CEO of Seiko Epson Corporation holding a PrecisionCore print bar. Epson’s corporate headquarters is at Suwa, Nagano, which is roughly a three-hour train journey northwest from Tokyo. It’s high up in a mountainous region, 700 meters above sea level, with a scattering of snow on the ground, and stepping out of the train station, the air immediately...

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Roland has officially launched its Texart XT-640S-DTG t-shirt printer, which it has already shown off as a prototype at several shows over the last year or so, and which I’ve written about here after last year’s Fespa show. Roland has developed this Texart XT 640S, which uses pigmented inks to print directly cotton, taking up to 12 jigs at a time. It is an interesting device as Roland has essentially adapted a roll-fed textile printer by mounting it onto a table that can hold up to 12 jigs to create a machine capable of a reasonable throughput. Roland says that it can...

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By Cassandra Balentine Textile printing is a hot and growing industry segment. Wide-format digital print technologies evolve to better serve this market, especially for direct printing methods. Advancements in inks, and media—including pre-coatings—are essential. However, printheads specifically designed for textile printing help improve speed and quality as well as reduce challenges commonly associated with textile printing. Water-based inks are popular for printing to textiles, and printheads designed for textile printing are advancing to better accommodate these inks. The number of nozzles per channel, droplet size, firing frequency, the area between the printhead and substrate, and ink circulation capabilities are all...

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FESPA.com looks back at some of the most creative and colorful printed t-shirts from the past 12 months.   T-shirt printing is big business for print companies all around the world, and as demand continues to increase for this type of work, we are only likely to see the market expand further. From top fashion designers and leading high street brands, through to individual bespoke jobs for customers, printed t-shirts come in all forms, making it one of the most creative areas of the industry. FESPA.com picks out some of the best examples of t-shirt prints from the past year. Match of...

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