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This special interest area of WhatTheyThink focuses on emerging trends in the rapidly-growing area of industrial printing. It features commentary and analysis on technical and business trends in industrial printing including 3D Printing, industrial inkjet, functional printing and other areas printing technology is used within industrial applications and manufacturing.

Commentary & Analysis

Success with Specialty Printing: Changing the Mindset (Premium Content)

As we all know by now, there are very few surfaces, substances, and objects that can't be printed, and thus there is no end to the print products that a shop can offer. From posters and banners, to signage, to garments and other textile products, to garage doors, to...name it. But when approaching the vast new market for specialty graphics printing, two questions usually come to mind: Where do I start, and How do I sell it? Here is some advice.

Inside Technical Textiles: The Glen Raven Story (Premium Content)

This is the second of a series of articles by Senior Editor Cary Sherburne on technical textiles—how they fit in the industry, why they are important, and interesting new developments. In this installment in the series, Sherburne shares the Glen Raven story, a 138-year-old company that has almost completely reinvented itself.

Wide Format: Now and Venn (Premium Content)

What do we talk about when we talk about “wide format”? How is the term definitionally changing—and what does it even mean anymore? And more importantly, how does whatever we define as “wide format” play nice with other kinds of printing such as industrial, packaging, and commercial? And how can we navigate the “convergence” of these different print silos? Read on for more.

How MakerBot Is Shaping a 3D Future in Industry and Education (Premium Content)

For a dozen years, Forrest Leighton held marketing roles at Canon USA, and then spent four years with Marcomm Central. Today, he is Vice President of Marketing at MakerBot, a Stratasys company and a global leader in desktop 3D printing solutions. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne spoke with him recently to learn more about MakerBot and how 3D printing might be a relevant opportunity for commercial, sign & display graphics, packaging and textile printers.

InPrint Reflections: Moving the (Digitally Printed) Goalposts

A major theme of last week’s InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference in Chicago was the emerging distinction between two specific kinds of industrial printing: printing as part of a larger manufacturing process and what we have often called specialty printing. The conference explored the differences between them, where the growth areas are, and what the drivers of that growth are. Read on for some reflections on the conference.

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EFI CEO Informed Board He Intends to Step Down

RadTech Announces New Conference - BIG IDEAS for UV+EB Technology

ESMA Members to Showcase the Best in Functional and Decorative Glass Printing at glasstec 2018

Kopp Glass Announces New Research on Increasing the Efficiency and Performance of UV LED Arrays

GIS Celebrates Second Queen’s Award for Enterprise Success

InPrint USA Announces Partnership with Kentucky Automotive Industry Association

ColorGATE and Durst Phototechnik AG Announce Exclusive Distribution Partnership

Binder + Wöhrle Is Modernizing its Production with CIJ Printers from Leibinger

Underhill Promoted to Director of Business Development at Masterpiece Graphix

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Video preview: From Antibacterial Substrates to Smart Labels, Nanotechnology Comes to Print

From Antibacterial Substrates to Smart Labels, Nanotechnology Comes to Print

Published: June 14, 2018

Nir Waiskopf, Ph.D., team leader for a nanotechnology project at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, explains the uses of nanotechnology in biomedical, industrial printing, and display and packaging applications.


Video preview: Factors Driving the Growth of Industrial Printing

Factors Driving the Growth of Industrial Printing

Published: June 6, 2018

Marcus Timson, Co-Founder of the InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference, discusses the reasons for the growing popularity of industrial printing, including the plateauing of traditional print markets, the maturity of digital inkjet and its advantages in industrial applications, and changing consumer behaviors.


Video preview: RadLaunch Helps Start-Ups Make Connections

RadLaunch Helps Start-Ups Make Connections

Published: June 4, 2018

Nir Waiskopf, Ph.D., of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, attended the RadTech UV+EB 2018 Conference as part of RadLaunch, an "idea accelerator" for start-ups, students, and innovators. Dr. Waiskopf chose the RadTech conference for its educational and networking opportunities, seeking potential collaborators and partners for some of the projects he is helping develop.


Video preview: When Launching a Business or a Product, Don’t Skimp on Marketing

When Launching a Business or a Product, Don’t Skimp on Marketing

Published: May 30, 2018

Mark Abramson, President of Printform Corporation, talks about his experiences in starting a business that produces specialty-printed products, as well as his efforts in helping other entrepreneurs launch wide-format, industrial, and other specialty products. He shares some pieces of advice for success, a key one being to invest at least as much in marketing as in any other part of the business.


Video preview: EFI's Inkjet Philosophy

EFI's Inkjet Philosophy

Published: May 29, 2018

Josh Samuel, Director of Ink Development at EFI, talks to David Zwang about EFI's inkjet philosophy: helping companies and even entire industries make a seamless transformation from analog to digital. EFI offers the machines, the inks, and the software as a larger system to help customers make that transformation.


Video preview: Wade Neff Offers an Inkjet Reality Check

Wade Neff Offers an Inkjet Reality Check

Published: May 21, 2018

At the InPrint Industrial Inkjet Conference, Wade Neff, Strategic Business Unity Manager for Strategic Factory, discusses how inkjet printing is not the solution for every application, and that print service providers need to understand, and be able to communicate to customers, both the advantages and limitations of inkjet technology.


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