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All-rounders step up to big leagues

Typically we print to flat surfaces, like paper or board, or to labels that can be fixed to objects. But there is a growing interest in printing direct to objects.

Digital print tech lifts fabric creatives to new levels

Chris Childs is a convert. The managing director and founder of Contrado, a fabric printer that also operates the Bags Of Love online business, believes digital fabric printing isn’t just transforming the lower-run, bespoke end of the fabric market, but will encroach on more and more of the fabric printing sector, which is still largely wedded to screen printing.

Inkjet: head to head

If you’re new to the industry or are looking to take on a new process, inkjet technology can look complicated. To address this we are publishing a quick, back-to-basics primer on printhead technology.

DTS paints picture of the shape of things to come

A new dimension is opening up for digital printing. The third dimension. We’re at the start of an exciting new phase in the adoption of digital printing that will see it applying images ‘direct-to-shape’ (DTS), meaning straight onto cylindrical, concave, convex and irregular objects.

The shape of print to come: thermoforming is a hot topic

UV inkjet is undergoing a boom in applications, fuelled in part by advances in materials science that have enabled the development of speciality inks that can meet a variety of unique needs.

Digital manufacturers seek to cash in on pumped-up inkjet

Very high speed inkjets look set to shake up the large-format printing market in the coming year. The mighty HP will bring its PageWide technology to market, battling existing Memjet technology that has been adopted by fellow industry giants Canon and Xerox.

Inkjet technology drives sectors other than just print

If ever a simple adjective could cause confusion in the world of print, it’s ‘industrial’. The term has been cropping up with increasing frequency of late in relation to wide-format machines, meaning printers could be forgiven for assuming printed electronics, decorative ceramics and phone marking and the like were lucrative add-on applications now within reach.

Dive deeper into the wide-format world

'Passport? Check. Business cards? Check? Scuba gear? Hang on a second…’

One-shot wonders zero in on bullseye

Will digital printing technology ever truly dominate the industry? It’s a question never far from the minds of printers and the titles of exhibition seminar schedules. But it is one which is generally accepted to be more contentious and sensational than its answer of ‘maybe, but probably not’.

Business inspection: Blisset Bookbinders

Ultra-modern kit has enabled this firm to capitalise on traditional skills in the digital age

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