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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.

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Mactac Announces Improvements to PERMACOLOR ColorGard LUV Overlaminates

Digital Print Media Staff : February 1, 2018 9:01 am : Backlit Signage, Digital Print Media News, Vinyl Wrapping, Wall Graphics, Window Graphics

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PERMACOLOR ColorGard LUV Application Example

Mactac has announced improvements to their line of PERMACOLOR ColorGard LUV overlaminates. Already considered to be some of the best laminating films on the market, the improvements elevates this product into an even highly level of performance. ColorGard LUV films offer protection from abrasion, moisture and other potentially damaging effects in both indoor and outdoor environments. Additionally, as an added benefit these films enhance the vibrancy of the graphic.

Among the new improvements are:

  • Increased outdoor durability up to 5 years
  • Color shift resistance
  • ColorGard LUV films now have unmatched superior adhesion and wet-out over challenging UV inkjet prints

Applications:

  • Photographic prints
  • Transparencies
  • UV screen printed images
  • Latex, Solvent, Eco-solvent and Water-based Inkjet AND especially UV inkjet prints

Why Use High-Performance Laminating Films?

Laminating are used to protect printed graphics from light, dirt and moisture both indoors and outdoors. It should also be known that not all laminating films are created equal. Low-grade laminating films can bubble, crack, warp, and cause graphics to fade. A high-performance overlaminate, such as PERMACOLOR ColorGard LUV by Mactac offers UV protection, superior flexibility/conformability, superior adhesion, long-term protection, and graphic enhancement.

Learn more about PERMACOLOR LUV Overlaminates

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Comparing the HP Latex 335 and the HP Latex 365

Digital Print Media Staff : December 12, 2017 11:08 am : Digital Print Media News

What are key differences and similarities between these two 64″ printers from the HP Latex 300 Series? Let’s compare the HP Latex 335 and the HP Latex 365:

Key Differences:

  • L365 Print Speed: up to 978 sq ft/hr vs L335 Print Speed: up to 538 sq ft/hr
  • 8in Touch Screen on the L365 vs 4in Display on the L335
  • The L365 comes with ink collector for printing fabric, has the i1 spectrophotometer and allows custom substrate profiling
  • The HP Latex 335 comes with SAi FlexiPrint HP Basic Edition RIP. The L365 does not come with RIP software but can be purchased separately
  • The L335 is offered in a print & cut bundle

Key Similarities:

  • Both are 64″ wide printers
  • Both are designed to handle larger, heavier media rolls
  • Takeup reel is included with both printers
  • Automatic X-axis cutter standard on both machines

Documentation:

Pricing and additional information on the HP Latex 335

Pricing and additional information on the HP Latex 365

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Environmental Recommendations for HP Latex Wide Format Printers

Digital Print Media Staff : November 9, 2017 3:42 pm : Digital Print Media News

The following are answers to commonly asked questions about environmental recommendations for HP Latex Wide Format Printers.

  • Relative humidity range for best print quality: 40–60%, depending on substrate type
  • Relative humidity range for printing: 20–80%, depending on substrate type
  • Temperature range for best print quality: 20 to 25°C (68 to 77°F), depending on substrate type
  • Temperature range for printing: 15 to 30°C (59 to 86°F), depending on substrate type
  • Temperature range when not in operation / storage of HP Latex Printer: -25 to +55°C (-13 to +131°F)
  • Temperature gradient: no more than 10°C/h (18°F/h)
  • Maximum altitude when printing: 3000 m (10000 ft)

NOTE: The printer must be kept indoors.

NOTE: If the printer or ink cartridges are moved from a cold location to a warm and humid location, water
from the atmosphere can condensate on the printer parts and cartridges and can result in ink leaks and
printer errors. In this case, HP recommends that you wait at least 3 hours before turning on the printer or
installing the ink cartridges, to allow the condensate to evaporate.

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Wall Graphic Media Guide

Digital Print Media Staff : October 31, 2017 10:30 am : Digital Print Media News, Wall Graphics

Types of Wall Graphic Media

Type II – Commercial Grade

Type II wall media is considered commercial grade – it’s designed to comply local, state and federal building and fire codes. This media is durable enough to withstand light and medium wear. Common applications include lobbies / waiting rooms, hallways, schools, restaurants, and retail settings. Typical intended application time is long-term. 

Browse Type II Wall Media

We recommend:

EnviroScape Wall Mural

Adhesive-Backed Wall Media

This type of media is ready to be applied to the wall without the need for paste. There are several options when it comes to adhesive. Water-activated adhesive has more room for error during installation because it can be moved or slid into place. Products with a peel away backing and a low-tack adhesive also fall into this category.

We recommend:

  • Easy Image Wallcover and EnviroScape Mural – PVC-free wallcoverings with water activated adhesive for easy installation
  • ROODLE by Mactac – A repositionable vinyl media for wall decals with similar characteristics to a certain product that begins with Fat and ends with Head.

Non Adhesive-Backed Wall Media

Non adhesive backed wall media is similar to wall paper in that it needs paste to be applied. This type of media is used for applications where typical adhesive-backed media does not cut it or when users prefer a traditional wall-paper-like installation.

We recommend:

DigiScape Smooth 9 mil – a durable, wet-strength media and an excellent alternative to pvc wallcovering materials.

panoRama Walk & Wall

Metallic / Specialty Finishes

We recommend:

RoughRap – for rough deeply textured surfaces such as brick, stucco, and cement.

WallFab Pearlescent – stunning metallic canvas-textured surface.

PanoRama Walk & Wall – one-step solution for indoor floors and walls, no lamination required.

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Printing & Cutting Floor Graphics with HP Latex

Digital Print Media Staff : October 12, 2017 8:00 am : Digital Print Media News, Floor Graphics

Learn how to create and install amazing floor graphics avoiding solvent wait time and laminating right away with no delays. In this video, you will see demonstrations for printing and cutting indoor and outdoor floor graphics and the correct media to use.

Products featured in the video: Mactac IMAGIN JT 5822P, Mactac PREMAFLEX 6400, Mactac STREETRAP, Mactac STREETLAM and HP Latex Print and Cut Solution

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Carve a Niche with Unique Wallcovering Textures

Digital Print Media Staff : October 10, 2017 10:43 am : Digital Print Media News, Wall Graphics

Examples of Unique Wallcovering Textures

Unique textures such as this distinctive exotic faux mayan stone finish by KoroGraphics® can give the appearance of a mural that was painted directly on the wall.

Another option from KoroGraphics® is Trade Route, a finely detailed interpretation of ancient Chinese horizontal “raw” silk. Subtle slubs adorn the face of this fine fabric texture and convey a rich, sophisticated appearance to the finished image, a true upgrade from a standard “Artist Canvas” texture.

WallFab by Presto Tape is a polyester nonwoven wallcovering featuring a natural hand-woven canvas texture. It produces vivid imagery and striking detail – something that has to be seen in person to get the full experience. It comes in a variety of options including WallFab, WallFab Pearlescent, and WallFab Black Metallic (all pictured below).

WallFab by Presto Tape

WallFab Pearlescent Metallic Finish

WallFab Black

Easy Image by DaVinci Technologies is a PVC-free wallcovering with a premium fabric-like texture that produces vibrant images on a unique soft to touch surface.

What are Wallcoverings?

Wallcoverings are designed to cover an entire surface as opposed to a smaller section of a wall. Additionally, wallcoverings can serve to cover blemishes or imperfections on dry wall or plaster walls. Typical wallcovering media is also thicker and more durable than standard sign vinyl.

Why Choose a Unique Wallcovering Finish?

It is easy to go with a standard smooth or canvas textured wallcovering. They are mass produced and many times a less expensive option. Standard wallcoverings will always have a place in the market – especially for short term or applications where a big visual impact is not important. So why choose a unique finish?

Unique wallcovering media gives the appearance of a premium surface. Since the textures and finishes are indeed unique, it makes viewers more intrigued about the subject matter – something everyone in the digital printing industry strives for. Surfaces can vary greatly. Some wallcovering surfaces look as though the graphic has been painted directly on the wall. Others have metallic finishes and change appearance in different lighting. Heavily textured finishes create depth and rich images. As you will see in the examples below, the possibilities can open opportunities into new markets and carve a niche for you as you expand into this sector of wide format printing.

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Application Spotlight: Pickup Truck Wraps

Digital Print Media Staff : September 26, 2017 9:49 am : Digital Print Media News, Vinyl Wrapping

Pickup trucks are used across a wide variety of service and construction based businesses. Unfortunately, very few of these businesses utilize their pickup trucks as an effective advertising tool. Well-executed vinyl wraps grab the attention of viewers and provide continuous marketing your business, as long as the vehicle is visible to the public.

Here are several effective pickup truck wrap designs:

Partial wrap for heating and air company

Reflective wrap for auto sales company

Classic design fused with modern graphics make this truck wrap a real head turner

Visit DaVinci Technologies for a complete selection of wrap vinyl

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DaVinci Adds HP Latex Print and Cut Solution to Product Offering

Digital Print Media Staff : August 29, 2017 12:09 pm : Digital Print Media News

HP Latex Print and Cut SolutionDaVinci Technologies, a distributor and manufacturer of wide format print media and equipment announced the availability of the HP Latex Print and Cut Solutions. The dual-device solution enables simultaneous printing and cutting in a single workflow, delivering 50% time savings.

Available in 54-inch or 64-inch options, the HP Latex 300 Print and Cut Series is designed for sign shops, artists, quick printers and print service providers (PSPs) to help grow business with a simple and cost-effective workflow.

The 54-inch HP Latex 315 Print and Cut and 64-inch HP Latex 335 Print and Cut solutions offer more efficient production for a wide range of applications including floor and window graphics, as well as stickers and customizable clothing.

“HP print and cut reduces total cost and improves workflow, enabling Latex water-based inks to further replace solvent for indoor and outdoor applications,” said Xavier Garcia, GM, Large Format Printing division, HP Inc. “The solution reinforces the market momentum toward HP technology, now reaching the milestone of 42,000 units sold, with 12,000 units added in the last year alone.”

DaVinci Technologies provides solutions for the digital wide format printing industry ranging from equipment and general purpose media to innovative specialty media for unique applications. Their product line ranges from HP Latex Printers, Finishing Equipment and Inkjet Media to cleaning solutions designed specifically for the printing industry.

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Reflective Vinyl Examples

Digital Print Media Staff : August 16, 2017 2:18 pm : Digital Print Media News, Vinyl Wrapping

Reflective vinyl is an effective material for a variety of signage applications including street signs, vehicles, and windows. It’s available from a variety of manufacturers such as Mactac Graphic Products and 3M with each type offering a variety of unique reflective qualities. Here are several effective examples of reflective vinyl:

Traffic sign on reflective vinyl printed with an HP Latex 365.

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Unique and Unconventional Vinyl Wrap Applications

Digital Print Media Staff : April 12, 2017 4:16 pm : Digital Print Media News, Vinyl Wrapping

We gathered several creative examples of unique and unconventional wrap applications:

The folks at image 360 in Wyndmoor, PA wrapped their flatbed printer. They call it “The Beast”

Another angle of “The Beast”

Spaceship-Themed-Wrap-MRI-Room

Spaceship-themed wrapped MRI machine in Childrens Hospital

Portraits of Hop project using Mactac IMAGin® B•free® PSA Vinyl

Yellow submarine wrapped MRI machine, via Pinterest

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