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Digital Textile Printing: Fabrics 101

Posted by Ken Bach on 4/24/19 2:07 PM

With the advantages of today’s digital technology, it is faster and easier than ever to produce a textile sign. The following touches on what you need to know about fabric options and benefits, to help you determine your needs and the solutions that will work for your shop.

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Topics: Digital Printing, Digital Textile Printing, Fabrics

The Importance of "Dry" vs. "Cure" for UV-Curable Inks

Posted by Mike J. Idacavage, Ph.D. on 2/20/19 9:53 AM

With the long history of traditional printing, when to tell that the ink is dry comes almost naturally. Working with UV-curable inks moves the printer into a different world. The starting raw materials for the UV binder make up the UV-curable ink formulation. I like to think of it as having a miniature chemical factory taking place on the sheet or web after the printed wet ink is exposed to UV light.

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Topics: Digital Printing, Screen Printing, Inks, Dry vs Cure

What’s Next for the DTG Business Model

Posted by Bill Grier on 10/3/18 2:53 PM

If you are currently in the “digital T-shirt print-on-demand" business, you are probably beginning to feel the effects of price pressure from big online producers like Amazon,Custom Ink and others.  Because they produce a product based on cost, the competition will be tough in the traditional “message T” market. However, one market based on fashion and relationships is wide open.  

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Print, Printing Industry, Digital Printing, Digital Textile Printing, Retail, Business Solutions, Screen Printing, DTG

The Reinvention of Advertising Agencies (Part 2)

Posted by Eileen Fritsch on 8/29/18 1:46 PM

The Rise of Experiential Marketing Agencies

Face-to-face events such as conferences and trade shows will always be an effective way for marketers to communicate directly with customers. But experiential marketing is different. It’s a multi-media form of B2C marketing that is specifically designed to spark an emotional response and generate online exposure well beyond the actual event.

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Wide Format, Commercial Printing, Print, Printing Industry, Digital Printing, Digital Textile Printing, Garment, Business Solution, Retail Market Printing, Retail

Additive Manufacturing: Driving a New Wave of Design Freedom for Electronics

Posted by Tim Fahey on 8/15/18 10:33 AM

I presented at SGIA’s FP3 Conference in June in Chicago. The audience included several key electronics printers in North America, who I got the opportunity to engage with both during following the event. My presentation examined how additive manufacturing processes are converging to drive a new wave of design freedom for manufacturers of electronic devices.

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Packaging, Digital Printing, Robotic process automation, Industrial Print, Printed Electronics, FP3Conf, Functional Printing, FP3