Looking for Digital Décor Materials? Download This!

So you’re expanding your services to include more digital décor options for your customers, but you need guidance on the best materials to print to. We’ve got you covered, whether you’re printing with aqueous, latex, eco-solvent, UV-curable or dye-sublimation technology.

At LexJet, we’ve got more than 100 materials for you to choose from in a variety of finishes, including media and substrates for wall art, wallcovering, window treatments, fabrics, upholstery and accessories. With these options, you can decorate nearly all of the objects and surfaces in a room, office, retail space or commercial facility with digitally printed graphics and images.

With digital technology, you can make fully customized décor pieces that your customers will cherish. To discover LexJet’s line of digital décor materials, please download our Digital Décor Printing Line Card.

To discover more ways to incorporate digital décor printing into your operation, call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538.

Fundy Designer Software Now Available at LexJet

LexJet is excited to announce a partnership with Fundy Designer Software. With more people turning to local print service providers to transform their amateur photographs into artistic masterpieces, Fundy software helps PSPs with photo editing and designing layouts, providing new and easy ways to build revenue with this growing trend.

This design suite simplifies the process of choosing the right image for the right space by visualizing images on virtual walls. Fundy can also be used to organize photo albums and arrange presentations for proofing. It opens the door for PSPs to delve into new – and often overlooked – markets.

Fundy Designer Software allows you to streamline sales and increase profits on wall art that practically sells itself:

  • Present beautiful wall art your clients will love
  • Design collections in a stock room or import a client’s room
  • Preview canvases, metal panels and frames
  • Create your own collections in a few clicks

In the coming months, additional tools will be added to the Fundy suite of products, giving printers more options within the décor market.

If you are attending WPPI in Las Vegas, Feb. 26-28, we will have live demonstrations of Fundy, as well as the opportunity to get a copy of Fundy Lite for free. Stop by booth #233 at the show or contact your LexJet sales rep at 800-453-9538 for more details.

What You Need to Know Now About Digitally Printed Fabric

It’s nearly impossible to work in the print industry and not have heard about the expanding interest in digital textiles. Although digitally printed fabrics make up only 2% of the entire textile marketing, it’s a fast-growing technology. It’s expected to grow from a $14.2 billion industry in 2016 to a $33.4 billion industry by 2021, according to Keypoint Intelligence.

That’s more than doubling the opportunity in five short years. And it could grow even more, with big players like Amazon and Home Depot both entering the textile game in 2018.

As a print service provider, what does that mean to you? More material options with ever-advancing technology, more solutions to offer to your customers and more ways to grow your business. Here are four key points to know now about digitally printed fabric in the wide-format market.

When Is It Time to Upgrade Your Printer?

Michael Clementi

The start of a new year is the perfect time to evaluate your business goals and ensure that you have the right equipment to help you reach those objectives. With all the new printers and different technologies available today, we asked in-house printer expert Michael Clementi to weigh in on how to tell if it’s time to replace your old printer.

Q: What are the most common ways to tell if your printer is aging?

A: For aqueous piezo technology (like Epson or Roland), you’ll experience vertical banding running the length of the print, errors that you cannot navigate past or an increase in the number of cleanings needed to produce a healthy nozzle check. For aqueous thermal user-replaceable printheads (such as Canon or HP), you may see hardware errors on the machine. You can call a LexJet representative to help determine what may be causing the error; however, if you need service, it would be best to contact the printer manufacturer for quotes or troubleshooting. Some hardware-related issues indicate the need for a head replacement – not uncommon for thermal printers – but errors related to what I call the “drive train” of the printer (i.e.: belts, head/carriage motors and internal electrical components) might be reparable, but the difference in cost of repair vs. upgrading to the latest technology might be almost negligible.

Q: Are there any repairs that are worth the cost rather than buying a new printer?

A: If it is an older Epson or Roland that needs a full printhead replacement (which are not user-replaceable and can cost more than $600 for just the parts, not including labor), it makes more sense to use those funds towards a new printer. With a new model, you will have better ink usage, print more profitable jobs, work with current technology and have a printer that is covered under warranty. New technology has allowed for increase in output and a significant decrease in the footprint of the printer. New printers will also be more efficient and will offer a wider color gamut than older models. If your current printer is several generations old, it may be difficult finding parts for the repair due to the manufacturers halting production of older parts (as they call, “end of life”).

Q: What kind of lifespan can I expect to get from a printer?

A: The average lifespan for aqueous machines is three to five years, depending on the technology, frequency of use and how well it is maintained. Solvent and latex printers can be in the six- to eight-year range, again depending upon use and maintenance.

Q: When is it a wiser investment to upgrade rather than repair?

February Webinars: Find Your Perfect Printer Match

If you love to learn, don’t miss out on educational opportunities with the pros from Canon and HP. During February, LexJet is offering webinars to learn about the latest Canon PRO-Series and HP Latex printers on the market, ensuring you make the right match for your business. There is limited space, so register today to reserve your spot. When you attend a webinar, you’ll get extra savings on your printer purchase.

HP Latex Webinar: Join us for a webinar on HP’s Latex printer technology on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. ET. When you attend this webinar, you’ll save $1,000 on an HP Latex 315 Print & Cut Bundle or HP Latex 335 Print & Cut Bundle; or save $3,000 on an HP Latex 560 or HP Latex 570. SIGN UP NOW

Canon PRO-Series Webinar: Join us Thursday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. ET to discover the latest advancements in Canon printers. Attendees will receive an additional 5% off their PRO-Series printer purchase. Plus, Canon is offering 6-months, no interest through Feb. 28th. SIGN UP NOW

If you have questions, our LexJet printer specialists can help. Give us a call at 800-453-9538.

Now at LexJet: Clear Positive Film

We’re excited to announce a new film designed for screen printers to create high-resolution, digital inkjet screen positives — at a fraction of the cost of traditional film.

LexJet Clear Positive Film creates dense black images that provide excellent light-blocking power for both fine lines and heavy spot colors. The nano-porous coating of this PET film is compatible with aqueous-pigmented black ink and absorbs high levels of ink, making this film more durable from scuffing and scratching – and it dries instantly when using photo-black ink. And with an opacity of less than 13%, your exposure times are quick.

Watch the video above to learn about how LexJet Clear Positive Film is used to output film separations on a Epson T-Series printers. You’ll also learn how to produce prints with more control and precision by pairing LexJet Clear Positive Film with an Epson RIP®-Kit such as the RTI Harlequin RIP®-Kit.

“The Epson T-Series is affordable and with our Epson software it gives them the full controls they need,” says Drew Nielubowicz of RTI-RIP. “When compared to other products on the market, it’s definitely the best value that’s out there.”