LexJet Talks Innovative Textile Printing with Sign & Digital Graphics

Sign & Digital Graphics magazine recently spoke to Jaimie Mask, product specialist at LexJet, about the burgeoning field of printable fabrics. In its January 2017 issue of the magazine, Sign & Digital Graphics highlights this growing industry of textile prints. fabricsGiven the demand for inkjet-printable fabrics, there has been an increasing need for technology that enables any type of digital printer to utilize the fabric.

While this technology is still somewhat new, LexJet offers a self-adhesive printable fabric called LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric. Versions of this product are compatible with aqueous, latex and solvent printers, and is often used in supermarkets, office buildings and other areas with wall murals. Mask explains the difference between this product and a similar one called Photo Tex.

“The difference between the two is that Photo Tex has more of a wider weave vs. the LexJet Print-N-Stick product having a tighter weave,” she says. “So the tighter weave gives better image quality.”

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LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric wall mural

Mask goes on to explain that there are markets for both products, especially architecturally. This shift to fabrics is in part due to its durability. The advances in technology have improved the scratch and flame resistance, allowing them to be used in a variety of environments.

“This technology allows the ink to adhere with the fabric material, and you don’t have a scratching issue at all. You can fold and do everything you do with dye sub fabric,” says Mask, who considers these advances in technology to be “game changers” for many LexJet clients.

To read more on this exciting new technology, see the article in the January 2017 edition of Sign & Digital Graphics magazine.

Find All Your Trade Show Media Needs Here

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Looking forward to another innovative, exciting trade show season for your customer’s displays? You’ll need a full supply of media to ensure you’re ready for anything they can dream up.

We’ve created a page of the 14 Must-Have Trade Show Materials that you’ll want to visit before planning your next project.

We outline the applications, printer types and benefits of a variety of films, fabrics and media for graphics. Plus you can read several articles featuring inspiring projects from your peers.

Check out this new trade show materials page today.

Introducing: LexJet Gloss Blockout ThriftyBanner

With our newest banner material, LexJet Gloss Blockout ThriftyBanner, we’ve combined a set of features that will make this cost-effective scrim vinyl your new solution for high-impact banners.

This 15-mil banner combines a smooth, bright-white base for excellent color reproduction with a 100 percent opaque black back that blocks out everything.

“We tried a regular banner for a customer who wanted it hanging in the window,” says LexJet customer Chris Kleine, who runs New Mexico-based Graphics by Kleine. “I redid it with the Blockout, and there was literally no show-through. It’s all I push now … I won’t use any other.”

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Photo provided by Chris Kleine

The glossy finish makes this product unique on the market, giving photo banners an extra pop that other vinyls can’t produce.

“The gloss enhances the output by, I’d say, 1000 percent,” Kleine says. “You go from a dull matte finish to almost photo quality … it’s perfect.”

With weather- and water-resistance, the aqueous ink-compatible Gloss Blockout ThriftyBanner can last up to six months outdoors, making it the go-to vinyl for pole, street and hanging banners indoors or out. Kleine says the thickness and durability make finishing a breeze.

“You don’t even have to fold and stitch it … just grommet it,” he says. “Other companies want me to use their stuff, but I like the dependability and durability of this product.”

LexJet Gloss Blockout ThriftyBanner is now available in 24-, 36- and 60-inch by 75-foot rolls on LexJet.com or by calling a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538.

Get Your Free WPPI Expo Pass Now

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If you’re heading to the WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference and Expo next month in Las Vegas, you can get a free expo pass now, courtesy of LexJet.

Go to the WPPI registration page and, when prompted, enter promo code EXIV167364.

While you’re at the WPPI Expo, be sure to swing by booth #116 and say hello to the LexJet crew. We’ll be featuring the latest PRO Series printer from Canon, LexJet Sunset fine art papers, photo papers and canvas.

You won’t want to miss it! If you have questions about WPPI, give us a call at 800-453-9538.

HP Webinar: Discover the Versatility of HP Latex Printing

Join HP’s John Stevens for a one-hour webinar, hosted by LexJet, to learn the very latest about HP’s Latex printer technology.

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. EST

You’ll discover everything you need to know about bringing latex technology in-house to take your business to the next level with more diverse and versatile offerings for your customers. This webinar will be jam-packed with information, and John will be available to answer your questions at the end of the presentation.

After attending this webinar, you’ll receive a Letter of Intent (LOI) for a discount of up to $2,500 on printer purchases before Jan. 31, 2017:

SIGN UP NOW

Illinois Company Revs Up Custom Car Show Signs

Sometimes a passion can turn into an excellent business opportunity, which is exactly what happened to Gary Hedlin, who owns Show Car Signs, a business that specializes in designing, printing and mounting customized signs for car shows.

car show3“We got started after I made a sign for my truck for car shows, and everyone liked it and asked who did it,” says Hedlin, who was running a sign and banner print shop at the time. “So I set up a site specifically for those signs in 2005, and it took off from there. Now the car show signs are 100 percent of the business.”

The signs are displayed on the ground, on easels or mounted onto a 4-foot brushed-aluminum stand, and the verbiage on the sign describes details like the car’s make, model and year, horsepower, wheel types, suspension, vehicle upgrades and other tidbits to help the car stand out in the competition.

Hedlin custom designs each sign — no templates allowed — and prints them on LexJet TOUGHcoat Aquavinyl PSA using his Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8400 44-inch printer, then finishes them with LexJet Performance Gloss Vinyl Laminate 3 mil. The Aquavinyl is adhered to a 3 mil PVC board and finished with a plastic edge cap to protect the sides.

car show4“Most makers of car show boards use foam board to mount their signs,” Hedlin says. The laminate and PVC board create more durable, longer lasting signs. The LexJet products are key to the success of the niche business he’s created.

“We chose these products because we’ve used them in the past and have always had great results,” he says, noting also that the cost and product availability play into his decision. “I like knowing I can get a roll the next day.”

Hedlin says he and many of his customers will have their vehicles and custom signs at the March 3-5 Chicago World of Wheels, so look for his handy work if you checking out the show.