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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, Apparel Decorators

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, Apparel, 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

Explore What’s on the Horizon at the 2018 SGIA Expo (Part 1)  

Posted by Bill Stein on 8/8/18 3:22 PM

It’s not your father’s printing industry any more. Whereas once upon a time you were either a litho printer or a screen printer or a flexographic printer, the advent of digital technologies means market segments are blurring.

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Topics: SGIA, Printing, Wide Format, Commercial Printing, Print, Printing Industry, Packaging, Digital Printing, SGIA Expo, Industry Training, Color Management, Education