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Milestones in inkjet

Of all the different print technologies currently in use, inkjet is probably the most interesting for its sheer versatility, working across documents and wide-format, labels and packaging and even 3D printing. The technology has evolved gradually over several decades and in this story we chart some of the major milestones.

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.

60 seconds with Boxtick Graphics

The owners of a group of existing non-print businesses purchased the company a few years ago to enter a new market that focuses on small businesses. We rebranded to Boxtick last year with our customers at the centre of what we deliver.

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.

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.

Fashion favours the personal approach

Imagine changing your home decor as often as you buy new clothes and upgrade your phone. Chances are you won’t be finding this too much of a stretch – or at least you won’t be finding the idea as alien and extravagant as previous generations no doubt would have done.

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’.

Inkjet printing holds the key to future success, says Xerox

High-speed continuous-feed colour inkjet has emerged as the most significant digital print market in the past few years. Yet having been a leader in the development of digital print, Xerox was notable for its absence. That changed last week with the company's acquisition of French inkjet developer Impika.

Show preview: Fespa Digital

Applications are to take centre stage in Barcelona, with the key message being howprinters can boost profits by "exploring the wider opportunities"

Digital adds a special touch

The skin of a lizard brought to life through tactile ink, a glitzy metallic greetings card and sophisticated security inks: all effects which once were only pipe dreams for digital printers. However, many of these digital dreams have become reality. Since the last Drupa, digital technology has come on apace, enabling applications that used to be in the domain of long-run litho work to be rolled out cost-effectively for shorter run and personalised jobs.

Product Review: Xerox 1000 colour press

The press uses environmentally friendly dry ink, which delivers sharp, rich, digitally mastered image quality to enhance the efficiency and productivity on the widest ranges of media, says Sachin Shardul

Product Review: Ricoh Pro C751

The mid-production press incorporates some of the best features from Ricoh C901 that gives the press more flexibility, reports Noel D'cunha

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