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Mimaki unveils enhancements

Mimaki announced the availability of RasterLink6 ver. 5.0 RIP software. The new version  includes popular Pantone colour libraries, colour replacement via spectrophotometer measurements and support for creating FOTOBA cut marks.

This version includes the Pantone+ solid coated and Pantone+ solid uncoated colour libraries. Pantone spot colours in design files are automatically detected and converted to the CMYK build. The Adobe Illustrator-compatible DIC colour collection and Mimaki original colour collections – including metallics – have been added to the preset library as well.

Measured colour replacement: spectrophotometer data can be used as replacement colour values.  Also included is the ability to create Fotoba cut marks directly

EFI boosts portfolio with first textile software acquisition

EFI has boosted its textile portfolio with the acquisition of 2D/3D fashion design and prototyping software developer Optitex.

EFI said that Optitex’s portfolio of products, which are essentially used to shorten the time from apparel design to manufacture, was a solid fit with Reggiani – the Italian manufacturer of industrial textile printers it bought last year.

Gabriel Matsliach, senior vice-president and general manager from the EFI Productivity Software said: “Optitex technology

Kodak, PerfectPattern announce partnership

Kodak and PerfectPattern have announced a partnership to provide ‘advanced workflow capabilities’ for commercial and packaging customers. 

The companies will collaborate to deliver workflow functionality focused on productivity that will streamline operations for Kodak’s Prinergy Workflow customers to any professional printing organization world-wide

One of the first capabilities in joint development is a cloud-based sheet optimization functionality for PSP’s. 

“The Unified Workflow

Clickar first to launch augmented reality web-to-print

Spanish-based Clickar is showed its new Lala print product at Drupa, which it says is the first web-to-print programme with augmented reality.

While it has been working with augmented reality concepts for eight years, the new web-to-print programme allows users to scan images with their phone or iPad and have them sent directly to a print shop for printing and see the finished product before it is printed.

Clickar US partner Jose Marti said: “Clickar brand has sold 600 licenses worldwide

HP launches three new Latex printers at Drupa this year

HP launches three new HP Latex printers at Drupa, to fill in gaps in its portfolio.

The 1.6m-wide 560 and 570 will be 30%-50% faster than the existing 360 model, while the 3.25m-wide 1500 will have most of the features of the top-of-the-range 3100 and 3500 models but for an entry-level customer.

HP global business director large-format graphics division Joan Perez Pericot said: “What we’re doing is completing the portfolio which some customers request. In the low volume-market we see more

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  • Exhibtion

    The first ever 3D printing conference cum exhibition ‘3D Print UAE’ took place on 17th and 18th August 2015 at Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE which attracted a number of like-minded 3D Printing professionals from over 40 nations.

    3D Print UAE exhibition cum conference is a concept aimed at providing a broad scale platform for the manufacturing sector and consumer world across the ME region. 

    3D Print UAE gave an opportunity for the additive manufacturing experts from across the globe to converge on this regional platform to showcase their solutions, analyze the benefits and discuss the opportunities in the Middle East. It also provided the opportunity for a listen- in to first-hand experience from industry leaders, connect solutions for overcoming challenges in the field, and enhance the brand and  business portfolio. 

     Steffan Ritt, VP-head of global marketing and communications, SLM Solutions Group commented:  “Since, this is the first kind of event in this region, it has attracted less number of visitors. However, the visitors and participants were more positive. Overall, the show went fairly well for us but we would have been happier if the organizers promoted the event well in advance.”  SLM Solutions were one among the gold sponsors of the event.

    Most of visitors commented that these kinds of exhibitions and conference should be encouraged to create more awareness about the 3D printing in this region.