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UV Printing Yields Outside-the-Box Solutions that Improve Margins

UV Printing Yields Outside-the-Box Solutions that Improve Margins

Thinking outside the box has always paid off for Alvaro Rodriguez.  So, when he opened his own business, he chose UV flatbed technology to achieve a competitive edge.  “Other shops had solvent printers, and some had UV capabilities, but those operations weren’t using the white ink to their advantage.  I saw an opportunity,” said Rodriguez.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (497)/Comments (0)/
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A-to-Z of Printing: Print on Metal

A-to-Z of Printing: Print on Metal

Applying decals or vinyl wrapping metal items used to be the only choice for graphics experts who wanted to customize metal. Today, we have a lot more choice with Roland VersaUV flatbeds, Texart dye-sublimation printers, and MPX-95 impact printers that offer a myriad of sophisticated finishes and personalization results.
Thursday, July 12, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (474)/Comments (0)/
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Making the Case with UV Printing

Making the Case with UV Printing

Luis Santiago bought his first smartphone and was dismayed when soon after, the device was covered in small scratches. “I decided to buy a case, but they were either ugly, boring, or poor quality,” he said. Santiago, a computer network systems engineer, decided to start making custom cases himself.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (419)/Comments (0)/
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Eyes on the Prize

Eyes on the Prize

Don't be fooled: While online shopping is at an all-time high, brick-and-mortar retail and P-O-P displays are alive and well. 

Monday, June 25, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (502)/Comments (0)/
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Insider Insight: What's Next for Wide Format?

Insider Insight: What's Next for Wide Format?

We asked the experts what 2018 has in store for the industry.

We asked seven of Big Picture's Editorial Advisory Board members to respond to the current state of the wide-format industry and reveal what we should expect in 2018.


Friday, June 22, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (504)/Comments (0)/
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A-to-Z of Printing: Print on Leather

A-to-Z of Printing: Print on Leather

Leather has always been a highly valuable material. Used in the production of many high-end fashion and décor products, leather becomes even more valuable if you’re able to personalize it with logos, patterns, art, and text.  

Wednesday, June 20, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (529)/Comments (0)/
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Digital Printing Takes Flight

Digital Printing Takes Flight

Sarah Naccarato was searching for a new career, and she knew exactly what she wanted in her next position: less travel, more flexible hours, and freedom to express her creativity. After carefully analyzing the possibilities, Naccarato opened a sign shop the Signworld, a nation-wide organization with more than 240 independently owned and operated sign companies.


Monday, June 11, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (699)/Comments (0)/
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Nazdar Ink always “On Deck” for Sanctus Skateboards

Nazdar Ink always “On Deck” for Sanctus Skateboards

Sanctus Skateboards, a shop based out of Hartsville, South Carolina, has been creating handmade skateboard decks for over a decade. Each deck (the board portion of each skateboard) receives careful attention to detail. To make their unique designs come to life, owner Ryan McCoy trusts Nazdar ink.


Thursday, May 31, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (901)/Comments (0)/
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The Logical Move into Direct-to-Garment Printing

The Logical Move into Direct-to-Garment Printing

For sign and digital graphics and screen printing shops, it makes perfect sense to branch out into direct-to-garment printing.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (531)/Comments (0)/
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Making Ink Stick

Making Ink Stick

Before inkjet became the dominant printing process, screen printing was the only segment in the world of printing that could and does print on practically anything. During this time, most printing was done on some form of paper, where adhesion and durability were not primary factors in ink and substrate performance. The commercial screen printing industry began as a short-run process to reproduce images on paper and paper board substrates.
Sign companies adopted screen printing because it allowed them to use the same enamel paints they used on metal and wood substrates to create durable exterior graphics or signs in multiple quantities to supplement a product line of one-off handpainted signs. Even though these signs were printed and not brush painted, they were expected to have the same exterior durability. This was the beginning of the durable graphics market in printing.
The real monumental change took place in the 1950s, when plastics became available and affordable for signage. The plastics industry developed and plastics began to be used in every application imaginable. As soon as products were made out of plastics, there was a need to imprint functional and decorative images on the plastics. This led to the need for different inks. Inks for plastics all needed to adhere to plastics, but while some needed to be rigid on certain plastics, and others needed to be highly flexible. Some products required abrasion resistance, some chemical resistance, and some resistance to nuclear blasts (an infrequent request for Nazdar). After 50 or more years, we have a screen printing ink industry where there are 30 to 40 different types of inks made by several ink manufacturers in an effort to meet all these needs.

Friday, May 4, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (655)/Comments (0)/
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