5 Hot Products to Try in 2018

If you haven’t experimented with some of our top-selling products, now’s the time to get to know them. Check out how our customers have used these five options for photo reproduction, signage, canvas wraps, wall murals, innovative art installations and more. Over the years, our customers order these products time and time again, so you know they’re tried-and-true favorites.

Artisan Craftsman Books
LexJet Premium Archival Matte Paper

LexJet Premium Archival Matte Paper is a long-time favorite for both photography and fine art reproduction. Artisan Craftsman Books relies on the smooth matte finish for gorgeous, coffee table-style fine-art giclee-printed books. This is a paper tailored to high-end work, with accurate color reproduction and high-resolution output. The heavy-weight 9.5 mil base dries instantly, making it an easy-to-handle, smudge-resistant choice that’s compatible with latex and aqueous printer techology.

Printing promotions, posters and banners with polypropylene
LexJet TOUGHcoat Water-Resistant Polypropylene

TOUGHcoat Water-Resistant Polypropylene is a versatile media that provides tear- and water-resistance that can work for a variety of applications, such as banners, posters, banner stands and even backlit displays. “Water-Resistant Polypropylene from LexJet prints nicely, it’s scratch-resistant, easy to work with and quite economical,” says photographer David Ziser, who prints hanging display banners for special events and promotions. Bonus: This product has a 125° white point, which delivers colors that really pop.

LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric wall mural

LexJet Solvent Print-N-Stick Fabric is one of our most versatile products that is the answer for promotions, displays and graphics of all kinds. It’s super easy to just print and stick, plus you can reposition and remove it without leaving any residue behind. Our customers have used it for wall murals, window graphics, floor graphics, menus, temporary menus, sporting event signage and even elevator graphics. Check out the inspiring project, UNIFY, during which the owners of Robert Charles Photography used Print-N-Stick in a number of creative ways. It’s also available in an aqueous- and latex-compatible version: LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric.

Canvas Gallery Wraps
LexJet Sunset Reserve Bright Matte Canvas

LexJet Sunset Reserve Bright Matte Canvas is a go-to, consistent canvas for high-end prints. When PostNet Norfolk needed to create art reproductions on canvas, they turned to the Sunset favorite to create canvas wraps that were eventually auctioned off during a Navy SEAL Foundation fundraiser for $18,000. The art pieces were topped with LexJet Sunset Satin Coating for a stunning finish. This best-selling product is a poly/cotton blend with a slight texture that turns out a wide color gamut.

LexJet 8 mil Absolute™ Backlit

LexJet 8 Mil Absolute™ Backlit film is another uber-versatile product that printers and artists alike have discovered for a number of innovative applications. Last year we met the creative minds at Lumii who incorporated Absolute™ Backlit in their 3D prints, pairing it with another film, backlighting and their groundbreaking software to create the 3D effect. New York artist Karin Giusti created breathtaking light columns printed on Absolute™ Backlit in her 9/11 First Responders exhibit, Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm. In 2017, the film achieved a Class A Fire Rating, which made it an instant favorite with Octo Lights, who create customized fluorescent light covers for hospitals, office buildings, schools and more.

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Reproducing Art for a Good Cause at A-R-T & Associates

Each year, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Coca-Cola Company commission an art partner to create an original painting that is auctioned during a fundraising event to raise money for the charity, which provides housing for a family while a child is receiving life-saving care at hospitals around the country.

A-R-T & Associates shared some of its test prints of the Coca-Cola/RMHC 2018 poster.

In additional to the original art, which has been created by the likes of Peter Max and Steve Penley, the poster is then reproduced and sold around the country as an additional fundraiser. For 2018, artist Winford Galmon was selected. Galmon is well known for his bright, action-packed paintings of famous sports stars. His RMHC/Coca-Cola piece celebrates the cheery Ronald surrounded by bright, multi-colored hearts.

A-R-T & Associates, based in Atlanta, has once again won the bid to reproduce the posters for 2018. “We have to be very competitive when we bid this job,” says Rachael Zaudke Wilkins, who runs the print operation at A-R-T. Her LexJet sales representative, Matt Bailey, suggested LexJet TRIBUTE Satin Photo Paper 240g for the job. TRIBUTE is an instant-dry, heavier-weight 9-mil photo paper that’s ideal for high-production jobs, thanks to its cost-effective price when purchased by the pallet.

“Matt knew what I was going to use the paper for, and he said, ‘we just got this paper you really need to try.’ By the time I was three-quarters of the way through my first roll, I was extremely pleased,” Wilkins says. “It’s a very nice quality paper for a fantastic price. Plus, you can hang it up with just pins on the wall — lighterweight papers need to be framed.

“The Ronald McDonald House poster is a very cost-conscious project,” she says. “With TRIBUTE, we’ll be able to give them a higher-quality product.”

Printers Prefer the Latex Fabric EnduraFab™ Textiles. Here’s Why!

When EnduraFab™ Textiles hit the market last year, the line of fabrics was one of the first latex-compatible options available to the industry. Throughout the year, print service providers have told us that EnduraFab™ not only offered a much-needed latex solution in the market, but it also outperforms its competitors.

Pop up trade show display printed on EnduraFab™ Stretch at TPM, Inc.

We caught up with Dustin Batson, the Color Lab division manager at TPM, Inc. in Greenville, S.C., where his team produces a wide variety of event displays, banner stands, site signage, interior décor printing and more. The market demand has changed in recent years, he says, to soft signage, rather than rigid display boards that were used in the past.

“We use EnduraFab™ Stretch for trade show pop ups and the EnduraFab™ Frontlit Premier for all of our backdrops,” Batson says. “There’s less cost in shipping, and easy changability with SEG panels — you just simply pull out the insert from the frame and replace it. For trade shows, it makes more sense and is less cumbersome.”

For Eduardo Aceves Hernandez, electronic publishing specialist at the Document Solutions department at the University of Texas at Austin, the ease of travel with EnduraFab™ is a huge win. “People kept asking for things they could fold and take to conferences,” Hernandez says. “In response, we shopped around, and EnduraFab™ was the solution. Customers have been really happy so far.”

Hernandez prints EnduraFab™ on an HP Latex 360 64-inch printer for his university customers, which include everyone from the athletic department to school administrators who need event signage, trade show displays, thesis exhibits and banners. When these items were printed on vinyl media, they had to be rolled up and shipped or carried in tubes to avoid creasing — “they were really a hassle to carry on a plane,” he says.

A fabric poster printed on EnduraFab™ at the University of Texas at Austin

EnduraFab™, however, can be folded and stowed in a suitcase. “It just hangs really well, and displays well,” Hernandez says. “And it’s not going to crinkle. So you get simplicity with good quality.”

Batson says the ease of use is definitely a bonus, and the print quality is strong, too. “It holds very vibrant color,” Batson says. “And the color tends to hold better and you get less crocking than other materials.”

Finishing EnduraFab™ is easier and more reliable, too, Hernandez says. “With thicker fabrics, fraying was an issue,” he says. EnduraFab™ finishes so cleanly, he says they don’t have to sew the edges. “We even mounted one graphic to a foam board and it looked good, too.”

The EnduraFab™ Textiles line is available exclusively through LexJet, and includes six options in a variety of sizes:

  • EnduraFab™ Frontlit: Lightweight fabric with excellent drape for table skirts, SEG frames and soft signage.
  • EnduraFab™ Frontlit FR: Frontlit fabric that meet the flammability standard for NFPA 701, 2015 Edition (Test 1, Small Scale) and require heat set for desired print durability.
  • EnduraFab™ Frontlit Premier: Heavyweight fabric for retail signs, SEG frames and indoor banners.
  • EnduraFab™ Frontlit Premier FR: Frontlit Premier fabric that meet the flammability standard for NFPA 701, 2015 Edition (Test 1, Small Scale) and require heat set for desired print durability.
  • EnduraFab™ Stretch: Lightweight fabric with one-directional stretch, providing installation flexibility and ease particularly for SEG frames and geometric trade show displays.
  • EnduraFab™ Stretch FR: Stretch fabric that meet the flammability standard for NFPA 701, 2015 Edition (Test 1, Small Scale) and require heat set for desired print durability.

5 Printing Trends to Watch in 2018

Welcome to 2018! As we begin the new year, we take a look at what’s hot now in wide-format printing and what’s going to gain traction in the coming months. Our team provided insight on what they see as the growing trends for 2018, so we can help you be prepared with the media and equipment you need to meet your customers’ evolving demands.

1. Digital Keeps Growing: During the past two decades, we were at the forefront as digital took the lead in the graphics, photography and signage markets. Now, we’re watching digital printing make new inroads in industries that range from décor to flexible packaging. In the same way digital printing made signage faster and more customized than technologies of the past, we’re going to see that advantage work for short-run, super customized, more quickly produced fabrics for applications such as signage, upholstery, drapery, bedding, accessories, fast fashion and much more.

Kornit Allegro roll-to-roll digital fabric printing system

Because digital allows a file to print directly to a substrate without expensive plate setup, short- or even micro-runs are a whole new possibility for fabric, specifically. With these shorter run possibilities, we anticipate more fabric printing here in the U.S., rather than mass production off-shore that equates to tons of inventory on shelves here. One-off digital printing means your customers no longer need to stock all that inventory from overseas.

Ring in 2018 with Free Ground Shipping on All Orders!

New Year: No Shipping Fees! We’re excited to announce that we’re now offering FREE ground shipping on all orders, every day whether you order over the phone or online at LexJet.com.

Every order placed now qualifies for free ground shipping to anywhere in the contiguous United States — every day, 24/7. With our five convenient warehouses located in Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Texas, most orders are delivered within two days. Visit our shipping information page for more details.

Happy New Year! We look forward to helping you continue to build success in the world of wide-format printing!

Year in Review: The 11 Biggest Product Launches of 2017

As we look back on the year that 2017 was, there’s no denying that our customers are branching out into new areas and looking to offer their customers better performing, more cost-effective wide-format solutions. At LexJet, we strive to stay in-step with those demands. Our 2017 product launches brought to market everything from new outdoor banner materials and high-end fine-art paper options to all new technology portfolios and exciting, versatile media for multiple applications. Let’s take a look back at the changes 2017 brought in media products and equipment advances:

NEW MEDIA:

A Glossy, Opaque Banner: Many of our aqueous printer customers were requesting a glossy version of our ThriftyBanner, so we answered with LexJet Gloss Blockout ThriftyBanner. Not only does the gloss finish add extra pop to graphics and photos, it also eliminates the need to add a gloss laminate when requested, making it a one-step, cost-effective option. The 100% opaque blockout adds another unique feature for one of our most popular launches of 2017.

ClearShield SoftFeel Low Melt laminate applied to a menu.

Print Protection Portfolio: If you’re looking for any type of print protection, LexJet is the go-to source. We relaunched some products and added many new items to our Print Protection portfolio, which includes thermal laminates, water-based liquid coatings, UV liquid coatings and pressure sensitive laminates. This line includes nearly 70 options from the best brands in the industry: Marabu, ClearShield, Sunset, EnduraCoat, MaraShield and LexJet. If you need to protect a print in any application, our Print Protection page is the place to start.