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 Digital Print Media is a resource for sign professionals. Find everything from digital printing tips to new wide format printing product information.

New some wide-format graphics inspiration? Browse hundreds of photos ranging from vehicle wraps, wall murals, floor graphics, window graphics and more!

Digital Print Media applications can range from vehicles and billboards to fine art reproduction. Looking for wide format inkjet media? Find media for vehicle wraps, wall, windows, floor, P.O.P, trade show and backlit applications from our site sponsor at DaVinci-Technologies.

DaVinci Adds CourtWrap, A High-Performance Floor Graphic Media

Digital Print Media Staff : August 8, 2016 10:27 am : Digital Print Media News, Floor Graphics

panoRama CourtWrap is a new high-performance floor graphic print media specifically designed for athletic surfaces such as basketball/volleyball courts. It is ideal for a variety of smooth, flat indoor surfaces including painted metal, glass, tile, sealed concrete, sealed wood, etc… When used with panoRama CourtWrap Protect, a non-slip ASTM D-2047 & R10 certified textured laminate, these products are the ideal floor graphic solution for athletic surfaces.

Available in 54″ x 100′ rolls, panoRama CourtWrap is easy to install, remove, or reposition. It is made of durable 8 mil polyester (PET)/vinyl, making it ideal for long term applications. panoRama CourtWrap has an application of 6-12 months when used indoors on floors and 24-36 months for wall and window applications.

panoRama CourtWrap Protect is a 4.7 mil textured vinyl laminate featuring a permanent, clear, acrylic adhesive and a 63gsm siliconized paper liner. It is offered in 54″ x 100′ rolls, and is ASTM D-2047 & R10 certified (slip resistant), a key feature for floor graphic media.

Learn more:

https://davinci-technologies.com/product/panorama-courtwrap/

https://davinci-technologies.com/product/panorama-courtwrap-protect-textured-non-slip-laminate/

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Innovative Digital Print Media Spotlight: Presto Tape CanvasTac Wall Murals

Digital Print Media Staff : August 3, 2016 11:17 am : Digital Print Media News, Wall Graphics

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CanvasTac Gold Office Wall Mural

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Useful Templates & Patterns for Vehicle Wraps

Digital Print Media Staff : July 25, 2016 11:34 am : Digital Print Media News, Vinyl Wrapping

1. Corrugated metal for an industrial look. Use as a full wrap pattern or for accent areas. Seamless continuous vector pattern. Image ID: ISS_0956_00060 via SignElements

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Image ID: ISS_0956_00060 via SignElements

2. Seamless wood pattern – Use as a full wrap pattern or for accent areas. Seamless continuous vector pattern. Image ID: ING_19051_00756 via SignElements

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Image ID:ING_19051_00756 via SignElements

3. Space / Galaxy Wrap – Full wrap template. Image ID: f-wraps0012 via SignElements

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4. Corroded Metal Industrial Wrap – Full wrap template. Image ID:f-wraps0019 via SignElements

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5. Blue Lightning Bolts / Electrical Wrap – Full wrap template. Image ID:f-wraps0010 via SignElements

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Full wrap template. Image ID:f-wraps0010

6. Seamless Black & White Floral Pattern – Seamless vector pattern can be used as a full wrap or as an element to a design. Image ID: 02B37591 via SignElements

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Image ID: 02B37591 via SignElements

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Guide To Digital Printing 101

Digital Print Media Staff : June 29, 2016 12:23 pm : Digital Print Media News, Print Head Cleaning

Your Guide to Digital Printing 101Whether you are starting out in the world of wide format printing or have years of experience, its always beneficial to review a few tips to help maintain optimal quality output. There are many factors that can influence the way printers, ink and media work together. The following can play a role in the final outcome of a digitally printed product.

Environment

The space where the printer(s) is located should be a clean and a controlled environment. Temperature and humidity should be monitored and the space should be well-ventilated. How well the room is ventilated will depend on the type of digital printer that’s being used. Keep shop wipes and lint-free wipes handy as well as abrasive-free gloves for handling prints.

Recommended relative humidity: 40-60%

Recommended temperature: 70-75 degrees (f)

Additional notes:

Dirt and dust control: Using air-filtration systems can help keep airborne particulate to a minimum. Cleanroom Sticky Mats, when placed in the entrance of the print room, can help reduce dirt from foot traffic.

Static Control: Printers, carpets, and rugs generate static. Controlling static is important because it can attract dirt and dust towards the print and interfere with ink lay-down. There are a variety of static control products that can help dissipate static buildup. Anti-static strips, aerosol coatings, and flooring are a few examples.

Digital Print Media Selection

Selecting the correct print media for the intended application, printer, and ink type is key to producing optimal results. Most print media manufacturers provide print media selection guides to help assist with this. Start with the application and be sure to know the intended longevity and durability of the graphic.

The list below is an example of the different types of digital print media available:

  • Wrap Vinyl
    • Inkjet Wrap Vinyl – Cast
    • Inkjet Wrap Vinyl – Calendered
  • Permanent Inkjet Vinyl
    • Air Egress – Permanent Inkjet Vinyl
    • High Tack – Permanent Inkjet Vinyl
    • Economy – Permanent Inkjet Vinyl
  • Removable Inkjet Vinyl
    • Air Egress – Removable Inkjet Vinyl
    • Economy – Removable Inkjet Vinyl
  • Perforated Window Film
    • Adhesive Backed – Perforated Window Films
    • Non-Adhesive – Perforated Window Films
  • Window Film / Cling
    • Adhesive Backed – Window Film
    • Air Egress (Dry Install) – Window Film
    • Cling – Window Film
  • Translucent / Backlit Media
    • Paper-Based
    • Polyester Film
    • Vinyl
  • Wall Graphic Media
    • Type Ii Wallcovering
    • Adhesive Backed Wall Graphic Media
    • Non-Adhesive
  • Floor Graphic Vinyl
    • Adhesive Backed
    • Non-Adhesive
  • Banner Material
    • Polyethylene
    • Polypropylene
    • Single Sided Vinyl
    • Double Sided Vinyl
  • Fabric
  • Paper-Based Media

Media Profiles

Choosing the correct media profiles is another important factor to maintaining optimal print results. Profiles can include heat settings, ink saturation, linearization, iCC profiles, and ink restrictions. Controlling these profiles can help reduce unnecessary ink usage and improve production time and reduce costs. Print media manufacturers should provide profiles available to download and import into your RIP software. Sometimes it may be necessary to create your own profiles. It this is the case, select the profile of a similar media and test the results.

Printer Maintenance

Refer to your printer manual for maintenance procedures. Perform the recommended maintenance tasks such as calibration, print head cleaning and other mechanical parts cleaning.

For additional information or to add your input, leave a comment below.

 

 

 

 

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Easy Image vs Standard Vinyl Wallcover Installation Time-Lapse Video

Digital Print Media Staff : June 10, 2016 3:57 pm : Digital Print Media News, Wall Graphics


Easy Image Wallcover features a patent-pending adhesive system that enables end-users to quickly and easily install wall murals and graphics. As shown in the video, it can reduce installation time by up to 60%.

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DaVinci Adds Ultraflex Banner Media

Digital Print Media Staff : June 1, 2016 10:50 am : Digital Print Media News

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DaVinci Technologies has partnered with Ultraflex Systems Incorporated for distribution. Enfield, Connecticut-based DaVinci Technologies will market a variety of Ultraflex banner and sign materials including options for indoor and outdoor hanging banners. billboards, retractable displays, blockout media for pole banners, and more. Ultraflex is known for offering industry-leading PVC vinyl banner and display materials. With over 25 years of experience, Ultraflex Systems, Inc. is recognized as an innovator in PVC and specialty substrates.

For more information visit: https://davinci-technologies.com/product-category/manufacturers/ultraflex/

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Aquarium Conference Room – Printed Clear Window Film

Digital Print Media Staff : May 24, 2016 10:03 am : Digital Print Media News, Window Graphics

KHDA of United Arab Emirates, (Dubai) wanted to transform their conference room into an underwater aquarium theme. So they called upon E-Walls Studio to tackle the job. Using Mactac Printvinyl 899 R (only available to Mactac’s European market) the studio did an incredible job of transforming the space into a life-sized aquarium.

The transparent film used for this application allows for the graphic to be viewed from both sides of the glass. It is a nice example of high contrast and vivid imagery – traits that are sometimes difficult to achieve with clear film. The product is similar to Mactac JT5999R, a 3.1 mil clear gloss PVC film with a removable adhesive- which is available in the United States.

This project proves that wide format media has found a place in the world of interior décor.

Via Mactaccreativeawards.com

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Professional Lamination Techniques

Digital Print Media Staff : May 4, 2016 8:00 am : Digital Print Media News

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Ever wonder how the pro’s laminate? It’s all about the technique (and equipment) as explained in this feature piece by SDGMag.com – Read the full article here: https://sdgmag.com/features/lamination-techniques-0

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Silver Vinyl Window Graphics

Digital Print Media Staff : May 2, 2016 3:58 pm : Digital Print Media News, Window Graphics

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Silver lettering and graphics on windows provide an elegant and classic touch if executed the right way. Silver and gold lettering/graphics have a timeless look, once achieved only by hand-painting directly onto the window. Thanks to current-day vinyl plotters, this look can now be achieved with far less effort. We have compiled a short list of some creative examples of silver vinyl applied to windows.

Boutique des Baskets, Amsterdam – Silver Vinyl Window Graphic

Skull graphic on window of retail store

Tried & True Coffee Co. silver vinyl window graphic

Anchor silver vinyl window graphic

Silver Vinyl Window Graphics

Silver vinyl combined with frosted vinyl snowflakes on window

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Mactac Europe Acquired by Avery Dennison

Digital Print Media Staff : April 27, 2016 4:23 pm : Digital Print Media News

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GLENDALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr. 27, 2016– Avery Dennison (NYSE:AVY) Announced a definitive agreement to acquire the European business of Mactac from Platinum Equity for €200 million, including assumed debt. With revenues of €147 million in 2015 (approx. $170 million) and approximately 470 employees, Mactac Europe is a major player in the wide format printing industry. Mactac’s core product lines complement Avery Dennison’s existing graphics portfolio.

The proposed sale includes the manufacturing facility in Soignies, Belgium, and a number of sales offices and warehouses throughout Europe, as well as in China and Singapore, including exports.

“The acquisition of Mactac Europe enhances our competitiveness in high-value graphics, where we have sustained above-average growth over the past few years,” said Dean Scarborough, Avery Dennison chairman and CEO.

The deal does exclude Mactac’s business and resources in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and fares (i.e. Mactac North America). Albeit sharing a worldwide brand name, Mactac North America and Mactac Europe have worked independently for quite a while. The Mactac name and brand will stay with the North American business. Accordingly, this exchange won’t affect Mactac North America’s clients, representatives or suppliers.

All remains the same for Mactac North America thus the business you do with Mactac North America today does not change. In a statement, Mactac North America said, “We are focused on providing you the quality service and products you receive from us. Our graphics and sheets business continues to be strategically important to Mactac North America, as indicated by our investment in resources and new product development.”

Source: Avery Dennison & Mactac

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