EFI Optitex unveils 3D Design Illustrator for garments

EFI Optitex has declared the launch of the Optitex 3D Design Illustrator, a plug-in tool allowing designers the freedom to validate and customize 3D garments in Adobe Illustrator.
The company claims that through working in the native design environment on a PC or a Mac, designers can visualize 3D garments, with accurate proportion and scaling, and customize the garment’s fabric, texture, print patterns and graphic placement without waiting for a printed sample.
The plug-in works by importing 2D

Konica Minolta to partner with CBK Soft

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Middle East has signed a channel partnership agreement with CBK Soft, a subsidiary of leading information management solution provider InfoFort.
Kazuo Kobayashi, managing director, Konica Minolta, said: “With digital transformation changing every aspect of today’s business, our customers are keen to embrace new integrated workflow technologies that will support the bi - directional development between paper and digital.”
Abed Shaheen, CEO, InfoFort, said

Flint launches new UV LED ink

Flint Group has launched EkoCure XS, a UV LED ink series  designed for the demands of shrink sleeve applications. “We knew from interviews with clients specialized in the short run shrink sleeve market, that they want a UV dual-curable ink with better adhesion and increased curing speed to boost productivity and reduce yield losses” said Kelly Kolliopoulos, global marketing director for Flint Group Narrow Web.  
She concludes, “EkoCure XS combines the latest ink chemistry including novel binders

Agfa Graphics unveils Fortuna 11 software

Agfa Graphics has released Fortuna 11, the latest update of its design and assembly software for high-security printing. Agfa Graphics said that this version focuses on better user-friendliness, productivity and creative freedom. “It’s the first step towards a completely revised user experience,” reveals Andy Grant, Global Head of Software at Agfa Graphics.
Fortuna 11 takes a modular approach to high-security design and printing. They can rely on a potent graphical base editor that reconciles

Flint Group launches ‘lighter’ rotec ULW Bridge in the market

Flint Group has  launched a new polyurethane adapter - rotec ULW Bridge that is ‘65% lighter in weight compared to similar products in the market’. 
With increasing demand in the printing industry for equipment that enables more frequent and faster job changes on press, Flint Group introduced this new adapter, which it says has been validated in applications on plate-mounting equipment and on presses running up to 450 m/min for the last 1-2 years. 
Ralf Venema, Flint Group general manager

UPM Raflatac unveils new industrial outdoor-resistant film

Self-adhesive label materials producer UPM Raflatac has launched a new outdoor-resistant film face material, thereby expanding its product offering for industrial chemical labelling. The new Synlite Xtra material is available to the European market.
According to the company, the material can be used for industrial chemical labelling applications that need greater resistance to challenging outdoor conditions.. The UV resistance offered by Synlite Xtra is based on a lightweight and

DALIM ES 5.5 in action with new features

DALIM SOFTWARE has announced the release of DALIM ES 5.5, loaded with many new features, a significant update to its major version launched last year.
DALIM ES (Enterprise Solution) is a media production platform for marketing partners and media services companies. Companies use it to store, manage, locate, and drive omnichannel projects, from print to Web to video. With DALIM ES 5.5,  all activities are coordinated from design to final print. It extends the productivity of digital asset

Kodak adds violet ink

Kodak has announced upgrades to the KODAK Proofing Software. New with the upgrade, KODAK Proofing Software allows to proof spot colors with accuracy with new support for violet ink proofers from the EPSON SC-P7000 and SC-P9000 family.
“KODAK Proofing Software is a dependable, easy-to-use solution for inkjet proofing”, said Allan Brown, vice president and general manager of Kodak’s Unified Workflow Solutions. “This offering reduces costs by eliminating extensive planning and allows for an

Riso launches ‘fastest ever’ digital duplicator

Riso has launched two new A3 digital duplicators, one of which it is referring to as the fastest of its kind.
The two-colour MF9350 and single-colour SF9390 are both set for commercial availability in early 2018, with pricing yet to be disclosed, and, at 190spm, Riso is referring to the SF9390 as the fastest duplicator ever, while the MF9350 runs two colour at 150spm.
Riso UK product manager Mike Murphy said the products follow on from the 2015 launch of the world’s first A2 digital duplicators

Closing the gap between digital, print with WoodWing’s Aurora

WoodWing Software has introduced the latest update to Enterprise – WoodWing’s multichannel publishing solution – that allows media companies and publishers to adopt a channel-neutral content creation workflow, resulting in more efficient publishing on all channels.
Due to the media industry shifting from producing newspapers and magazines to producing content pieces, workflows and processes have changed for media companies. The tools they use, therefore, have to evolve as content is mainly

SAi signs agreement with Graphtec

SA International (SAi) has announced a global agreement with technology giant, Graphtec, to supply three newly-created cutting software packages with the company’s entire range of large format vinyl cutters. Driven by SAi’s Flexi software’s cutting solutions – Cutting Master 4, Graphtec Pro Studio and Graphtec Pro Studio Plus – have been designed to meet the varied requirements of print service providers and sign & display companies.
Commenting on the agreement Hiroyuki Takahata, senior MD

X-Rite adds eXact SCTV

X-Rite Incorporated and its subsidiary Pantone have extended the eXact portfolio of handheld spectrophotometers to include a spot color tone value (SCTV) feature that supports the latest ISO 20654 standard.
The eXact SCTV configuration has been developed to allow commercial and package printers to verify tone value for spot colors that ‘correlate well’ with visual appearance. With this latest firmware update to the eXact family, X-Rite said printers will be able to more easily verify both spot

Konica Minolta launches updated pre-press software

Konica Minolta has launched its updated AccurioPro Flux pre-press workflow software with a new pre-flight engine.
Version 7.6 of the software, which was launched in its first iteration more than 15 years ago, but changed name last year to accommodate for the Accurio rebrand, features a new Flux Preflight Pro in-built pre-flighting engine incorporating more than 80 predefined profiles.
It became available for update or for configuration with new machines, with price dependent on the supplier. The

Sun Chemical making digital inroads with LabelExpo debuts

Sun Chemical has expanded its portfolio with new UV-LED flexo inks and digital coatings, which were both debuted at LabelExpo Europe.
The company showcased a variety of its inks, coatings and supplies at the show in Brussels. One of the headlining products was the SolarFlex LED flexo ink, intended for migration-compliant food packaging.
European sales and marketing director Jonathan Sexton said the inks, developed as a four-colour process set, would be available in full to customers in the next

Magna launches new UV reactive ink

Water-based ink manufacturer Magna Colours has launched its new MagnaPrint UV-reactive invisible ink range, kicking the range off with a dark blue.
After a development phase lasting around six months, the ink was launched for sampling and is soon to go on commercial sale, priced at £15/kg.
Helen Parry, who replaced Tom Abbey as Magna managing director, said the ink, intended for screen printers, was the only one of its kind to use water-based technology. The inks are designed to function either

MGI receives Gold Ink Award

Gold Ink Awards program is produced by Printing Impressions Magazine to judge, recognize and honor the best print applications in the industry. In 2017, nearly a thousand entries were received and evaluated by graphic artists, production managers and print buyers. MGI received a “Gold Award” for a unique cover ‘tip card” affixed to the outside of a limited edition of PostPress Magazine.
PostPress Magazine is the official publication of the Foil & Specialty Effects Association. A special

Epson launches upgraded dye-sub machine

Epson has launched a new dye-sublimation textile printer, the 1.6m-wide SureColor SC-F9300.
The new roll-to-roll machine is an upgrade on and will replace the Fespa 2015-launched SC-F9200. It is priced at £16,595, the same as the F9200.
Epson sales manager Phil McMullin said that the main improvement on the new machine is a new feed mechanism to help avoid cockling on thin substrates of minimum 40gsm, and there are also speed improvements.
“We have been very successful over the last two years

PerfectPattern unveils for print optimization

Germany-based PerfectPattern’s web-based EasyApps utilize the company’s powerful algorithms to calculate the optimal layouts of gang forms for entire job pools in seconds. These make up the powerful sPrint One engine, which is also used in sPrint One, “the most modern solution for dynamic sheet optimization and print planning.” Billing is based on usage, but because of a temporary introductory offer, the apps are now available free of charge. PerfectPattern explained the benefits and usage of

Sun Chemical heads to InPrint

Sun Chemical will be presenting its products and expertise for functional, industrial and specialty print applications at InPrint 2017, Nov. 14-16 in Munich, Germany.
SunJet, the global inkjet brand of Sun Chemical and DIC, will demonstrate its latest developments in inkjet chemistry and its ability to collaborate in development projects with OEM partners, system integrators and printhead manufacturers in a broad range of market sectors, including graphics, décor, textile, industrial and

Domino launches 7-colour ink set for N-series digital label press

Domino Digital Printing Solutions has launched a new 7-colour ink set for the N-Series Digital Label Press at Labelexpo Europe 2017.  Designed and optimised for use specifically with the Domino N610i hardware and workflow, the new UV90 ink set is suitable for many media types, particularly in areas of low density tints and can reproduce over 92% of the Pantone range in High Quality Mode (50m/min) says the manufacturer.
UV90 has been formulated to be both EuPIA and Swiss Ordinance compliant

Domino launches new fluorescent ink

Domino Digital Printing Solutions is launching a new fluorescent ink for its K600i inkjet printer module.
The UV80CL fluorescent security ink will be given its launch at Labelexpo Europe, to be held in Brussels, from 25 to 28 September, and will be available thereafter for retrofitting or as an additional configuration for newly purchased modules.
The ink prints clear but fluoresces green under an ultraviolet light. It can be used to print 2D codes, barcodes, alpha-numeric codes, images, graphics

Polar enhances software

Polar has announced that it is now offering an additional version of the workflow software Compucut  GO, for setting up cutting programs.  Designed according to the motto ‘Plug and Cut’, there is no need to even install the software, as it runs on the medium which is installed on a computer.
The PC is integrated into the network and therefore connects the prepress stage to the guillotine type cutter. At the prepress stage, the digital sheet layout is stored as a PPF or JDF file. This file is

New Corel software package aimed at SMEs

Graphics software developer Corel has introduced a new edition of Graphics Suite targeted at small print and design businesses.
CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2017 – Small Business Edition enables SMEs to get the software, launched earlier this year, in a special package that includes three licences for less than the cost of two.
The company said the bundle equips small businesses operating in the areas of creative design, signmaking, engraving and printing with a cost-effective, in-house marketing

ColorGATE RIP solution tailored with Kornit

Manufacturers of digital textile printers, Kornit Digital and ColorGATE Digital Output Solutions will be collaborating  to provide workflow and job management solutions to their customers.
The ColorGATE Textile Productionserver (TPS) will be tailored to the Kornit settings and subsequently added to the Kornit offering. The complete solution will be available as of Q4 2017.
Thomas Kirschner, owner of ColorGATE, elaborates: “Kornit Digital knows direct-to-garment and we know RIP. The combination

MAcTac added new products

In response to the latest customer trend for larger digital sheet constructions for use on HP Indigo presses, Mactac Distributor Products has added several new pressure-sensitive sheet solutions to its METRO Digital product line.
The new 29.5”-by-20.5” products were designed specifically for customers who use the newer HP Indigo 10000 and 12000 series presses that feature the larger B2 sheet size.
“In today’s digital printing business, more and more HP Indigo press users are investing in the

Drytac launches new opaque white film after beta-testing

Drytac has expanded its SpotOn range of self-adhesive materials with the new SpotOn White M50 film.
The material was launched  in the first week of August  in  EMEA after a beta-testing period of around four months at companies in Europe and the US.   It is intended to provide opacity improvements of around 50% compared to the standard SpotOn whites costing 8% to 10% more than the standard white matte, which is currently available in 1,370x50m rolls for $342.04 per reel.
Drytac European and Asia

Komori’s Impermia IS29 receives InterTec Technology Award

Komori’s Impremia IS29 receives Printing Industries of America’s 2017 InterTec Technology Award.
The InterTech Technology Award was established in 1978 and has honored the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries. In 2017, 14 recipients won award among 26 nominees. This year is the fourth time Komori has been honored with an InterTech Technology Award. Previous accolades were for the Automatic Plate Changer (APC), the Lithrone S40

Antalis launches roll storage unit and carbonless paper range

Antalis has launched a new compact portable roll storage product designed to make it easier to handle and transport rolls of large-format media.
The Stock & Roll, which is commercially available immediately, can hold up to six rolls of up to 2m wide – accommodating both 2in and 3in cores, while taking up minimal floor space with its 600mm diameter.
The option of extra roll splitters allows more rolls to be added, which enables users to double or triple their storage capacity.
The device

Sun Chemical partners with KBA-MetalPrint

Sun Chemical has announced its partnership with KBA-MetalPrint to deliver printing inks for metal decorating.
Working closely with KBA-MetalPrint, Sun Chemical will soon be providing its UV ink series DAICURE 5LM, the conventional ink series SunTrio DAIMETAL and the  flexible SunTrio TOBA series with the MetalStar 3 and Mailänder 280 metal decorating press starter kits, depending on the individual needs of the customer.
Iñaki Llona, global champion Metal Deco Inks, Sun Chemical, commented

Aslan unveils Print’nGo

Aslan, the German manufacturer of self-adhesive films for special applications, is complementing its floor graphics range with an additional slip-resistant, directly printable film. Print’nGo Aslan DFP 33 does not require any additional protective laminate after printing, whilst providing the rough surface characteristics needed for non-slip category R9 classification.
The 125 µm thick matt white film provides a safe floor graphics solution for short-term interior designs on smooth floors