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Emboss Like a Boss – Inspirational UV Ink Effects

Emboss Like a Boss – Inspirational UV Ink Effects

There was a time when embossing meant creating a special die-cut stamp for a letterpress machine that would impress the design onto a paper substrate. There’s definitely still a place for these traditional techniques, however, with digital UV technologies from Roland DG, the art of adding textures and embossed effects to all manner of media and surfaces has never been easier or more impressive.

The following close-up examples of raised textures and embossed designs were created with Roland VersaUV LEC Printer/CuttersLEJ Hybrid Inkjet and LEF Benchtop Flatbed Printers.

Monday, March 7, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (2505)/Comments (0)/
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Why Industrial Applications Hold Tremendous Promise for Screen Printing

Why Industrial Applications Hold Tremendous Promise for Screen Printing

As traditional commercial markets for screen printing have been squeezed on one end by inkjet and on the other by offset, industrial applications where screen printing’s unique combination of characteristics remains unmatched have flourished.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1598)/Comments (0)/
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Solving a sticky situation - the innovative advances for automotive print technology

Solving a sticky situation - the innovative advances for automotive print technology

Following on  from the interview I had with David Parker at MacDermid Autotype about the innovation taking place regarding FIM (Film Insert Moulding) I recently spoke with Keith Parsons who is an expert at MacDermid Autotype responsible for new developments for automotive interior styling.
Friday, February 12, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1257)/Comments (0)/
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The Future of Functional Printing

The Future of Functional Printing

Screen printing's versatility is solving imaging challenges in countless industrial settings.
Thursday, February 11, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1095)/Comments (0)/
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Marcus Thielen Discusses LED Corrosion

Marcus Thielen Discusses LED Corrosion

Winter, electrolytic effects and humidity play roles

This month, I'll deal with corrosion - especially the electrolytic effects in LED Signs, because humidity is one of the worst wintertime enemies of electric signage. Corrosion, from the Latin corrodere, which means “eating away,” describes how some chemical agents (like acids) can change an object’s constitution and finally dissolve it. I’ll confine myself here to metal corrosion, because it’s the most prevalent type of corrosion in signs. 
Rusting iron is the most common form of metal corrosion. However, iron won’t rust automatically; kept dry or in absolutely pure water, it’ll stay shiny forever. But in a humid environment, iron transforms into a brittle, brown-grey substance: rust, chemically called iron oxide (more precisely: a mixture of different iron oxides, oxide-hydrates and/or iron carbonates). To understand corrosion – and prevent it – we need insights into its surface chemistry.

Friday, January 15, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1556)/Comments (0)/
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UV-Cure Printing Onto Plastics

UV-Cure Printing Onto Plastics

When UV-curable inks and UV printers first hit the market, they sounded like the perfect solution for all of our problems. But of course when something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. And while UV-cure printing has many advantages over printing with conventional inks, the reality is not exactly a panacea.
Monday, December 28, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1809)/Comments (0)/
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Think Ink: Low-Migration UV-Curable Inkjet Inks

Think Ink: Low-Migration UV-Curable Inkjet Inks

With its improved graphics quality and increased productivity, inkjet technology is expanding rapidly into new applications like label printing and packaging graphics. With these new applications come new requirements not previously considered in the design of inkjet inks and media. This is particularly true for common UV-curable inkjet inks. They incorporate chemicals incompatible with food and pharmaceutical packaging and labeling. Here we will discuss the issues and some of the efforts to design inks and media that meet these new requirements.
Monday, December 21, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1817)/Comments (0)/
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Significant growth in functional and industrial print markets

Significant growth in functional and industrial print markets

A new report from Smithers Pira: The Future of Functional and Industrial Print to 2020, examines the rapidly emerging use of printing-for-profit in novel areas outside the traditional graphics and packaging arenas. This wide range of applications in professional 3D printing, printed electronics, biomedical and more are driving market growth, in a collective industry quantified by Smithers Pira as being worth $67 billion in 2015 – and reaching more than $107 billion in 2020.
Monday, December 7, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1690)/Comments (0)/
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The Challenges of Functional Inkjet Printing

The Challenges of Functional Inkjet Printing

New digital technologies are addressing nozzle clogging, viscosity, ink migration and – always – hoping to increase print speed.

Printing done within industrial manufacturing processes has traditionally been dominated by analog methods, particularly screen printing. Inkjet is increasingly becoming part of the discussion, however. Beyond well-known commercial applications, such as signage and outdoor advertising, inkjet printing now commands the majority of the market for tile decoration. Almost all expiration dates and batch codes on beverage cans are inkjet printed. Inkjet is playing an increasing role in printing glass, packaging, flooring, laminates, and other home décor products.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1874)/Comments (0)/
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A Closer Look at the Design and Typography of Unique Labels and Products

A Closer Look at the Design and Typography of Unique Labels and Products

As senior graphic designer at Roland DGA, one of my personal highlights each year is creating print samples to show-off the capabilities of our machines. We start these design and print projects by creating a pseudo print brand to showcase our specialty inks and features such as print/cut. Like everything at Roland DGA, this is a team effort and with the help of amazing freelance illustrators like Joe Diaz, these projects are always some of our most eye-catching and impressive.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1810)/Comments (0)/
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