Commentary & Analysis
There has been a lot of hype over the last few years about 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, being the next big thing in the print-related world. We recently learned that EFI hired Gal Barak as its Inkjet Eastern Region Sales Manager. Barak most recently worked for 3D printing company Stratasys. Why did he make this move and what are his thoughts on 2D versus 3D? Read more.
Direct-To-Shape (DTS) has become a commonly used term in recent times. We want to try to clarify a little around the definition of DTS and to describe the state of this particular art. We are prompted to do this by our recent visit to the InPrint Europe Industrial Print show in Milan, Italy, where there was a lot of discussion of the potential of DTS as a market.
What turned out to be the penultimate SGIA Expo featured an emphasis on “industrial printing”—a nebulous but increasingly common term for what mainstream printing may be morphing into.
As interest in industrial printing gains momentum, the inaugural InPrint USA Industrial Print Show will take place in Orlando in April. We spoke with SGIA President and CEO Ford Bowers about industrial printing in general and the upcoming show in particular.
Study on 3D printing concludes that 3D production is now ready for the mainstream and every home. How does this impact MSPs using or considering using 3D printing as a way to get customers in the door?
3D printing was one of six focused areas at drupa 2016. Most printing operations are probably wondering how this can apply to their businesses. Senior Editor Cary Sherburne has some ideas to share that will shed light on the subject.
It’s been some time since HP first announced it would be entering the 3D printing market with a production-class printer and it is finally show time. The HP Jet Fusion 3 Printing Solution will be unveiled at RAPID, the largest 3D additive manufacturing conference. As promised, the printer is 10X faster and half the cost of its nearest competitor.
Gearing up for drupa yet? At WhatTheyThink, we are. In fact, our drupa page is already up, so be sure to follow the news as the show gets closer! One of the areas worth investigating when you go to drupa is the developing area of advanced materials, whether it is resins for 3D printing, conductive inks, or advanced inkjet ink formulas.
EFI is integrating hardware and software for specialty printing applications, as well as making the most of its many recent acquisitions. Here are some wide-format-related highlights.
Just when we thought that the definition of “printing” had been pushed to the limit, along comes a new one that envisions morphing objects made of self-assembling materials.
Published: August 28, 2017
Ben Adner, CEO of InkCupsNow, talks about the company's ability to digitally print to 3D objects. We observed their equipment in practice at InPrint USA, for cylindrical or other shaped objects with UV inkjet. The devices are suitable for short to mid-sized (up to 10,000 pieces) runs and in many cases will replace labels.
Published: May 22, 2017
Joe Morgan, formerly CEO of Standard Register and now Founder and CEO of Be Safe. Be Inspired. Be YOU. shares his insights on the InPrint USA show and the opportunities he sees for printing businesses in functional printing applications, particularly for packaging. He sees this as changing the role for the converter and requires businesses to redefine the role they will play in the future.
Published: May 9, 2017
Jim Lambert, Vice President and General Manager of INX Digital, talks about the company's role in industrial digital printing. The goal is to be the company that helps its customers make the transition into digital in the industrial world. This includes the continued move from screen and pad printing to digital technologies. He explains how non-contact printing direct to objects is enabling new applications, showing real-world examples.
Published: May 2, 2017
Cary Sherburne talks to Frazer Chesterman of Mackbrooks talks about bringing the InPrint show to the USA and the developing industrial printing market in the United States.
Published: April 25, 2017
Steve Nigro, President of HP's 3D business, provides an update on HP's JetFusion 3D printing solution, which is now commercially available. After a period of hype, Nigro believes 3D printing is "frothing" again ... and talks about how 3D printing can fit into a graphic arts business, and what new skills are required. He also predicts what market growth will look like.
Published: April 4, 2017
Dan Byler, President of LaGwana, a printing firm in Indiana, acquired a 3D printer to explore its possibilities and it's been worth the investment! The company modeled its new building, which led to new business in the Architectural arena; was able to print a repair part for a digital press; and is selling furniture models to Amish furniture builders! Hear the whole story.
Published: February 27, 2017
Frazer Chesterman, co-founder of the Show, explains why graphic arts professionals can benefit from attending. With the growing number of solutions and applications in the industrial print arena making their way into the graphic arts domain, including packaging and wide format, the show offers a learning and networking opportunity that should not be missed.
Published: February 9, 2017
Are you planning to attend InPrint, the industrial printing show in Orlando in April? Maybe you think industrial print doesn't apply to you. But take a look at this video with show co-founder Frazer Chesterman who explains what it means and why it is important for print and packaging service providers to pay attention. As he explains, we're not talking about additive manufacturing as much as we are talking about different ways inkjet deposition technologies are being used for industrial purposes, including home decor. We'll see you at the show. Don't be left behind!
Published: December 9, 2016
An Australian company has developed an inkjet printing system that prints on walls — right, walls. Zeescape has created a new category of inkjet printer: wide format, flatbed, 3D, and now vertical.
Published: October 4, 2016
John Carrington, CEO of ZVerse, shares his thoughts on his first experience exhibiting at Graph Expo and talks about how his company can help printing firms add 3D printing solutions as a new revenue-generating offering with little investment. ZVerse exhibited in the Konica Minolta booth at the show.
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