26 Jun 2019

Pimp Your Ride with 3M's Carbon Finish

3M DI-NOC Carbon Fibre Finish

Vehicle body shops and car owners can now restore, modify or customise cars with low-cost, no mess, carbon fibre finishes.

3M DI-NOC Carbon Fibre Finish, from 3M UK & Ireland, is a vinyl film that looks like the real thing but is less expensive and more versatile. It is simple to install and easy-to-clean with a modern, visually appealing design making them perfect for unique wrapping of interior or exterior car surfaces such as bonnets, boots, roofs, side view mirrors and interior plastic.

It's not a carbon pattern printed; the film has an embossed finish resembling true carbon fibre, which reflects light as expected and changes the highlights of the pattern depending on the viewing angle.

Already widespread in interior decoration and exterior building design applications, 3M DI-NOC Finishes are scratch resistant and highly durable. There are a huge number of patterns and designs in the range from natural to hi-tech, which faithfully reproduce wood, stone, sand, marble, stucco, leather and many others, but the most fashionable patterns are from the carbon family.

"We are delighted by the enthusiasm and interest that our 3M DI-NOC Carbon Finishes are generating in the market. They offer a stylish substitute to authentic carbon fibre. They also offer ultimate versatility and adaptability to curved, irregular and flat surfaces, and are more cost-effective, replacing expensive and laborious modification and maintenance work," said Cécile Linard, European Market Development Manager Signage Products, 3M Commercial Graphics.

Featuring 3M Comply adhesive, 3M DI-NOC Carbon Fibre Finishes for car personalization allow quick and easy application. The air trapped between the film and the surface is released via tiny channels resulting in a bubble-free installation. The thinness of the film also enables installations that are lighter in weight compared to real carbon fiber bonnet and hard-top parts.

As a result of decades of experience in the production of self-adhesive films, 3M DI-NOC has excellent resistance to water, dirt, impacts, wear, abrasion and mould. It is amongst the technologically most advanced and prestigious products offered by 3M.

Colorific launch alternative Roland AdvancedJet inks with a 2 for 1 offer

Colorific PRO-AJ inks for the Roland AdvancedJet

Get colour-matched inks for your Roland AdvancedJet printer for only £49, by taking advantage of the Colorific '2 for 1' launch promotion.

Created specifically to meet increasing customer demand for a lower-cost yet high-quality alternative ink for users of the AdvancedJet series of production printers from Roland, Colorific PRO-AJ inks offer complete plug and play compatibility with Roland Eco-Extreme original inks.

As with the recently launched Colorific PRO-J3 ink for Mimaki printers, substantial cost savings are the primary incentive for the customer, without having to sacrifice quality, reliability or indeed backwards colour compatibility with previously printed jobs.

Formulated as a ‘Mix & Match’ solution for users of OEM Roland AdvancedJet inks, the colour and physical properties of the original OEM inks have been matched so that existing profiles and printer settings can be used.

Mix and Match means the ink is an accurate colour match - no reprofiling is required - and can be used without flushing of the previous inks - PRO-AJ inks can be used in your printer alongside your existing Roland inks, making it an easily adopted and completely plug and play ink solution.

Based on extended field testing, in all vital areas of ink performance, Colorific claim their PRO-AJ ink is a viable and highly cost-effective alternative for AdvancedJet users.

"For users looking to reduce the running costs on their AdvancedJet printer, and its OEM derivatives such as the Uniform Grenadier GFX and beDigital Turbejet PS-2600, we believe our Colorific PRO-AJ ink can deliver the reliable performance that you have come to expect from your printer, at greatly reduced cost."

With a suggested resale price of £98 for a 1 litre cartridge, the PRO-AJ inks already offer substantial potential savings for the user of what is invariably a productive workhorse printer - this value has been further enhanced with an introductory offer that will allow users, for a limited time, to buy on a '2 for 1' basis, effectively reducing the price to only £49 per cartridge.

Colm Garvey, European Sales Director of Colorific suggests there has been a real demand from customers for this ink "The AdvancedJet is a fast printer that is often found in a busy production environment, accordingly it can use significant volumes of ink, so we can help the users to realise significant and tangible cost savings".

The '2 for 1' deal will run across Europe, to encourage users to try the inks, and see for themselves the seamless integration that is made possible by the 'mix and match' Colorific PRO ink series. Garvey adds "We have evey confidence that once users have tried these inks, they will remain Colorific users long-term, that is the thinking behind the '2 for 1' launch offer."

Garvey was also keen to stress that Colorific inks are fully backed by the company "We can offer our UK customers comprehensive warranty cover, that aims to meet or exceed the scope of any manufacturer provided warranty".

The Colorific ink range is sold in sixteen countries across four continents and is rapidly gaining a reputation for trouble-free reliability.

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You can also find further information on the Colorific website at www.colorificink.eu

ASLAN unveils new glass decoration films for bubble-free, dry application

ASLAN glass decoration films

With glass playing an increasing role in architecture, glass decoration is gaining in popularity.

Now designers can look forward to yet another innovation in film as ASLAN presents two new products.

With its specially developed Dryapply technology, ASLAN’s new, self-adhesive, sandblast-look glass decoration film offers a major advantage: simple, bubble-free, dry application on any glass surface. A honeycomb structure in the release liner creates air channels in the adhesive, enabling bubbles to be simply smoothed out, and guarantees problem-free, dry application with no need for water.

In addition to the very easy and quick application method, another plus is that the application tape can be removed as soon as the film has been applied. There’s no more waiting, which means users save a huge amount of time. On top of that, this sight-obscuring film is ideal for digital prints using solvent, eco-solvent and UV inks, making it the perfect choice for creative designs on glass.

The film comes in two types: ASLAN EL 300, with a width of 1.26 m, for cutter plotters and ASLAN DFL 300, with a width of 1.37 m, for digital prints.

ASLAN products are available in the UK from Doro-Tape.

Further information is also available on the ASLAN website at www.ASLAN-schwarz.com

MACtac Keeps Environment Top-of-mind as a Registered Latex Developer

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MACtac to test and profile its media with HP’s Latex inks and environmentally friendly printer

Meeting the needs of environmentally-minded print providers looking for new advancement in media technology and ink, MACtac® Graphic Products has become an HP Registered Latex Developer, allowing the company to provide options in media that offer excellent compatibility and impressive results on film and on the environment.

Through this agreement, MACtac tests and profiles its media printed on the HP Designjet L65500, which offers performance comparable to low-solvent ink performance, with the new HP Latex inks. The new Latex inks are the first water-based inks that can print on uncoated substrates while maintaining the durability of solvent inks. Unique from solvent and eco-solvent inks, the new Latex inks emit little to no harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC), which harm the environment and are hazardous to employees.

“Customers keeping sustainability top-of-mind can rest easy knowing MACtac media not only works well with this new ink technology, but MACtac as a company has a vested interest in providing more products that support this advancement in the industry,” said Jeff Stadelman, technical marketing manager, MACtac Graphic Products. “There are a lot of variables to consider when choosing the right products for a job, and MACtac can now provide proven results in colour, quality and durability with HP’s environmental technology, taking the guesswork out of the equation.”

MACtac has worked thorough extensive testing and approvals for several of its media printed on the HP Designjet L65500 with HP Latex inks, including MACtac’s IMAGin® B-free® (JT5529BFD PRO and JT5929BFD Plus) digital vinyl, IMAGin B-free Window Films, IMAGin PrintVinyl, IMAGin wallNOODLE™, StreetRap™ and IMAGin RoughRAP™. About 20 profiles have been created, with more in development, and are available to download at www.MACtac.com/Graphics

“As the environment becomes an increasingly crucial component our customers consider in their design, MACtac continue to work toward achieving the technology requirements and industry-leading partnerships we need to ensure we are helping our customers conquer their challenges while minimizing the effects on the environment,” said Stadelman.

Customers Conquer their Challenges with Application Solutions from MACtac

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Beyond new product innovations, MACtac application solutions answer all application needs

Helping installers, printers and distributors conquer their graphics industry challenges, MACtac® Graphic Products offers more than new product innovations, accelerating the industry with inclusive solutions for new, unique, original and traditional graphic applications.

Answering application needs as opposed to product needs, MACtac, as a consultative partner, works with its customers to deliver application-focused solutions with added project versatility; thus arming customers with a solution for any application they encounter.

“End-users want to apply pressure sensitive vinyl to virtually any substrate that will permit adhesion – from traditional applications to unique and unusual, as the trend for out-of-the-box advertising and promotion continues to grow,” said Rick Moore, marketing director, MACtac Graphic Products. “Through the development of custom solutions for various applications such as wall, window, vehicle, fleet, retail, concrete, brick and more, MACtac offers its customers a strong competitive advantage and a high return on investment.”

Within the last year, MACtac has launched more than 20 customer-requested new product innovations that are geared toward specific applications. From IMAGin® B-free® Window Films to IMAGin RoughRAP™ and StreetRap™, MACtac’s latest solutions deliver smooth, dynamic graphic masterpieces for some of today’s most popular eye-catching applications.

An array of MACtac’s wall, window and floor graphic application solutions is featured throughout the 2009 Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) tradeshow in New Orleans, La. The wall graphics in the main lobby opposite registration were created using MACtac’s IMAGin® digiTrans™ and PERMACOLOR® ColorGard™ matte laminate. The window graphics at the shuttle and taxi drop off area were created using IMAGin B-free Frosted Window Films and the floor graphics in the main lobby were created using IMAGin JT5800R and PERMACOLOR PF6300 floor graphic laminate.

The key to MACtac’s application solution offering is finished graphic appearance and protection, which is delivered through the company’s trusted PERMACOLOR overlaminate line.

“Custom to each application, the overlaminate solution caters to the need of the application; those characteristics may range from durability and longevity to short-term brilliance, enhanced finish, scratch resistance and so on,” Moore added. “External signage, for example, wouldn’t be complete without the high-quality protection offered by the overlaminate component of the solution. PERMACOLOR® ColorGard™ overlaminating film, the overlaminate recommended for signage applications, was designed for high-quality graphic protection and delivers image brilliance, pop and dimension – even on UV-printed graphics – exceeding printer, distributor, installer and end-user needs.”

MACtac Launches New REBEL Series for the Screen Printing Market

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MACtac’s new product line enhances consistency and performance for digital and screen printers

Bringing to life a revolutionary product line as unique as its applications, MACtac® Graphic Products is launching its new, flexible REBEL™ screen print series. Much as its name implies, the REBEL performance-driven product line is built to be different. Specifically designed to deliver consistent printability and superior adhesive performance, REBEL works for both screen and digital printers.

Available in a broad range of multi-print media, the REBEL series offers a versatile and valuable printing platform for indoor and outdoor applications, including point-of-purchase, retail and overall general signage.

“REBEL is unique because we approached the product development process differently,” said Rick Moore, director of marketing, MACtac Graphic Products. “After benchmarking existing products on the market, including our own, we developed a special adhesive with performance characteristics that deliver the quality and uniformity necessary to meet the widest range of application surfaces.”

One of the many unique features to REBEL is the product’s opacity is created with the face film, not tethered to a gray adhesive like other industry offerings. REBEL’s face film innovation also allows for the best adhesive technology—clear, high-performance adhesives.

“By building opacity into the face stock, MACtac is able to provide printers with the block-out they require without sacrificing performance, which means, for example, that REBEL featuring our high tack adhesive will perform better on a wider variety of surfaces, including low surface energy substrates” said Moore.

In addition, MACtac optimised lay flat, enabling better production consistency and performance to easily fit screen applications as well as high-production inkjet drum printers. The REBEL product line works with UV screen, solvent and eco-solvent printers.

The 4-mil vinyl film comes in a wide variety of finishes, including gloss white, matte white and gloss clear. The product is available in rolls, and custom options are available with MACtac’s converting capabilities.