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hp, hp textile printer -

HP is expanding into textiles with a new HP Stitch brand. To start with, this will include a new range of S-series dye sublimation printers with, of course, accompanying Stitch-branded inks and media. HP’s S500 is a 1.6m wide dye sublimation printer that can be set up for unattended printing of longer runs. Joan Perez Pericot, general manager of HP’s large format graphics, explains: “Textiles is the next big opportunity. We are surrounded by textiles from the day we are born, in our clothing, in our offices, our homes, our vehicles and it’s really a big part of the market.”...

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Barbieri has released a textile edition of its Spectro LFP QB Spectrophotometer, said to be suitable for working with any type of textile.  The Spectro LFP QB is an automated device that comes with an integrated measuring table to hold the test charts in place. The new textile version gains automatic patch recognition whereby the Sensing Unit works with software algorithms to detect the center of each patch of the chart to be measured so that the device can build a virtual map of exactly where all the patches are located. This allows it to cope with any distortions in the chart,...

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Konica Minolta has announced a new digital label press, the AccurioLabel 230, which is the third generation of this series, following from the original C71cf and AccurioLabel 190. Unusually, in this inkjet age, these are dry toner electrophotographic printers. The most obvious improvement is to the maximum speed, up from 18.9 mpm to 23.4mpm but there’s a lot more going on under the hood. This printer looks the same on the outside as the outgoing AccurioLabel 190 but Konica Minolta has used a completely different print engine. As with the older machine, Konica Minolta has taken the imaging engine from one...

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epson, new heads -

Epson has announced several new printheads alongside a new willingness to partner with OEMs in both graphics and industrial printing. The new heads include the S3200, which Epson itself has used but is only now making available to OEMs. At its heart is a PrecisionCore MicroTFP (Thin Film Piezo) chip, which has two rows of 400 nozzles, 800 in total, at a rate of 600 nozzles per inch on a 33.8mm line. This produces drop sizes from 1.5 to 32.5 picolitres, on a 50KHz frequency. Epson uses these chips as the raw building blocks to construct each printhead. So the...

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3d, 3d printers, 3d printing -

The sign industry has seen its fair share of technological upheaval. For example, after several centuries of brush and spraying work, the 1990’s arrival of vinyl cutters and easy-to-use sign software allowed virtually anyone to become a signmaker. Soon after, digital printing machines and photo editing software transformed the monochrome world of vinyl cutting into the vibrantly colored digital print world we know today. So, is 3D printing the newest wave to hit the sign industry? Is it industry-altering technology? Most 3D printers are fairly simple machines. Essentially, they comprise an XY carriage, a Z platform, and a printhead. The...

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