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Coming In On The Ground Level

Coming In On The Ground Level

The display and point of purchase (POP) space is always looking for the next big thing to promote a product or service and stand out from the crowd. Floor graphics are one way to do this. Digitally printed floor graphic media is designed to withstand heavy foot traffic while attractively catching the eye of the passerby.


Friday, September 29, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (950)/Comments (0)/
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Ink Maintenance: Driving Your Print System

Ink Maintenance: Driving Your Print System

Emily Dickinson once said, “If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves.” At most shops doing large-format digital printing, there is a calculated process for taking care of one’s equipment and supplies. It sounds like a minor detail, but it couldn’t be more important.
Much like owning a car, you want the best performance possible from your printer—you clean it, keep it fine-tuned, and fix it when necessary. You even feed it; as an automobile takes fuel, a printer runs on ink. But printer functionality is a little more complicated than simply pulling into a service station and squeezing out $30 worth of gasoline. A print system needs routine care, and when it receives the proper attention, it can be a sign shop’s biggest asset and money maker.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (914)/Comments (0)/
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Entry-Level Wide-Format Printers

Entry-Level Wide-Format Printers

If you are new to the wide-format business and are in the market for an entry-level wide-format printer for your shop, there are a number of questions you must first ask yourself and some criteria that must be met to ensure that any new machine you choose will be a good fit for your business model. Among the first and most important questions to ask is what is the right entry point for wide-format digital printing for your business? What print volumes will you need? What are the ideal price points?


Monday, September 25, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (892)/Comments (0)/
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UV printers play key role in success of shared factory Makers’ Base (Part 1)

UV printers play key role in success of shared factory Makers’ Base (Part 1)

We visited Makers’ Base Tokyo, a membership-based shared factory run by Makers’ Inc. that was previously featured in the Imagine Blog, to see exactly how UV printers are used for creating personalized products. We’ll be bringing you more details of how this unique creative workshop operates in this two-part series.
Monday, September 18, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1269)/Comments (0)/
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New Inks and UV Developments on the Table for Nazdar Ink Technologies at SGIA Expo

New Inks and UV Developments on the Table for Nazdar Ink Technologies at SGIA Expo

Nazdar Ink Technologies will be a key exhibitor at SGIA Expo, taking place from October 10th to 12th, 2017 in New Orleans, LA, USA. The event, bringing together professionals from across the specialty and wide-format printing markets, is a fixture on the US trade show calendar but welcomes delegates from around the world.

Stationed at distributor Nazdar SourceOne's booth, #1545, the leading alternative ink brand will focus on its latest products: Nazdar 2800 Series graphic screen ink; and Nazdar 203 Series, 730 Series, and 705 Series inkjet inks.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1021)/Comments (0)/
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Color Tips Series, Vol 2: "Color Isn’t Only Ink-Deep"

Color Tips Series, Vol 2: "Color Isn’t Only Ink-Deep"

Many inquiries to Nazdar InkAnswers involve color matching. However, a critical—and sometimes overlooked—component to this process is the substrate on which the ink will be printed, which can have a profound effect on the final apparent color.
Friday, September 8, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1488)/Comments (0)/
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Slaps! Stickers with an Edge

Slaps! Stickers with an Edge

There are cool stickers, and then there are "slaps". This is the term given to sticker art that goes beyond the realms of mere graphics and into an artistic world, inhabited by mad creatures and bizarre characters. With eye-popping swagger, it draws from graffiti, street art, tattooing, surfing, skating and other popular culture.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1149)/Comments (0)/
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Arlon Pro Tip: Shelf Life of Vinyl Film

Arlon Pro Tip: Shelf Life of Vinyl Film

The shelf life of vinyl film is primarily determined by a.) the amount of plasticizing oils which transfer into the adhesive coating, and b.) the sensitivity of the affected adhesive to plasticizer contamination when it is fully saturated or contaminated. To some extent, shelf life is dictated by product formula of film and adhesive but is also strongly affected by storage conditions at the distributor and end-user facility. A sign shop that keeps its film properly stored can expect to use it for significantly longer than the indicated shelf life with minimal risk, while an overheated or wet storage condition will invariably cause problems.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (2465)/Comments (0)/
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Fresh Graphics expands business offering with Roland DG

Fresh Graphics expands business offering with Roland DG

Steve Laing, founder of Fresh Graphics, explains why he believes Roland DG is the supercar equivalent of the print industry and the key to commercial success.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (3347)/Comments (0)/
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Transforming Environments with Digital Printing Pizzazz

Transforming Environments with Digital Printing Pizzazz

When you ask Ryan Pearse, graphic designer for Westwind Design Group in Calgary, Alberta, what he loves most about his job, he answers without hesitation: “The creativity.” With roots in museum design, Westwind’s team of nine employees specializes in creating a wide range of “environments.”  They design, produce and install retail displays, signage, wall, window and floor graphics, custom desks and kiosks, and even custom apps.  


Monday, August 21, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (2956)/Comments (0)/
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