How-to Video: Use a Media Tube to Make an Eclipse Viewer

Want to view the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21 in a safe way by upcycling an old media tube and using a few other items you have in your shop?

The video above gives step-by-step instructions on how to use an empty media core, plastic end caps, a ruler, pencil, drill and 1/8-inch bit and a fine-tooth saw to create a pinhole projector for eclipse viewing.

credit: GreatAmericanEclipse.com

Get started now so you’ll be ready on Monday when a total eclipse of the sun will occur and can be viewed as the path of totality cuts across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. For the best viewing, you’ll have to be within the 60 to 70-mile wide path, pictured here.

Remember: Looking directly at the sun in any manner can cause damage to your eyes. Follow the directions in the video above carefully.

To learn more about the eclipse go to GreatAmericanEclipse.com and follow LexJet on social media to learn fun facts about the eclipse.

Going Green with Eco-Solvent Inks? Here Are 20 Must-Have Products

We know the environment is top-of-mind for many print shops, and that’s why you’re transitioning to eco-solvent ink technology, such as Epson’s UltraChrome GS3 ink with GreenGuard Gold certification. To help you pair your printer with the right products, we’ve compiled a list of 20 must-have compatible media options, available at LexJet. Check out these products for art and photo, walls, signage and multipurpose applications:

Art & Photo

Eco-solvent options for canvas and photo printing is especially attractive because it eliminates the need for additional coating production that’s required for aqueous printing. These best sellers do just that while offering excellent image reproduction, as well:

Don’t Miss These Printer Webinars with LexJet

Before you buy your next wide-format printer, be sure you’ve got all the information you need. Join LexJet and the pros at Canon, HP and Epson for educational webinars that help you discover the latest information on the newest printer technology. Register today to reserve your spot. When you attend a webinar, you’ll get extra savings on your purchase.

Epson SureColor F-Series Dye-Sub Webinar: Sign up for our webinar on Monday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. EST to learn the latest on Epson’s dye-sublimation printing solutions. Attend this webinar and save an additional $500 on an Epson SureColor F6200; $1,000 on an Epson SureColor F7200, or $2,000 on an Epson SureColor F9200. SIGN UP NOW

HP Latex Webinar: Join us for a webinar on HP’s Latex printer technology on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2 p.m. EST. 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,  $3,000 on an HP Latex 560 or $1,000 on an HP Latex 570. SIGN UP NOW

Canon PRO-Series Webinar: On Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. EST, you’ll discover the latest advancements in Canon printers and how they can help grow your business while simplifying your workflow. Attendees will receive an additional 5% off their PRO-Series printer purchase. SIGN UP NOW

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

Printer Review: Epson Solvent S-Series One Year Later

Last year I wrote a review describing my initial experience with the newest Epson Solvent SureColor S-Series printer, the S60600. You may recall that I could not find anything negative to write about it.

Well, I figured one year and hundreds of prints later is a good time to give everyone an update on these solvent printers. On our tech support floor, we run more than 25 different wide format machines. We typically use them to run profiles for each printer/product combination. There are times when we print on both the Epson S60600 and the Epson S80600 continuously five days straight. But the next month, we’ll only use the once or twice a week.

As a testing facility, we are a very odd user since we will have spells of not using a machine for some time, but that makes our situation prime for a review that is ideal to satisfy both types of users.

5 Ways to Grow Your Business with an Epson S-Series

If you’re considering adding a wide-format solvent printer to your operation, you’re on the right track to increase production and add lots of new capabilities. We sat down with our printer training pro, Michael Clementi, to learn five top ways that an Epson SureColor S-Series printer (S40600S60600 and S80600) can help you grow your business.

  1. It’s two printers in one. Particularly with the S80600, you’re going to see a major uptick in production speed. So much so, that it is like having two printers instead of one. The print speed is nearly doubled in comparison to older model solvent printers. Plus, you’ll see the consistent, photo-realistic/fine-art quality that Epson printers are known for.
  2. Quick-drying solvent inks. The new ink formulation that Epson has introduced with these printers are so quick-drying that you can now use a take-up reel and save space and time on waiting for ordinary solvent inks to dry. The UltraChrome GS3  inks are low-odor and nickel-free and produce an enhanced color gamut. So, you’ll print faster and with better results.
  3. More pinch rollers = more material options. With 40 individual media rollers with five independent pinch rollers, you’ll experience better control of the media you’re printing to. The additional rollers prevent the material from bunching, causing fewer head strikes. Try it with polyester or other fabric solutions.
  4. More applications, indoors and out. With solvent, you’ll not only increase the longevity of your outdoor print jobs (aqueous may last a year, solvent lasts five times that), but you can also branch out into other growing markets, like décor. The recently launched LexJet Premium WallPro line, for instance, is solvent-compatible. Even more benefits: Solvent materials and inks are less expensive than aqueous, and typically don’t require a protective coating. So, you’re getting savings on savings!
  5. Less maintenance. Any printer knows that maintenance is a time-sink and production-killer. Epson’s eco-solvent inks will save you here, as well, because they are far less harsh than aggressive, volatile hard solvent inks. Your printheads will thank you. “You’re looking at once a month maintenance, rather than once a week,” Clementi says. “We ran the S80600 for four months, maintenance-free, with no problems.”

Take an Early Lunch and Learn About Printers with LexJet

We’re hosting two educational webinars in July to help you decide which printer is the best for you and your growing business. We’ve teamed up with the pros at HP and Canon to produce these webinars, so register today to reserve your spot. Plus, when you attend a webinar, you’ll get extra savings on your purchase that you can pair with our monthly printer rebates.

HP Latex Webinar: Join us for a webinar with HP’s John Stevens to learn the latest about HP’s Latex printer technology on Thursday, July 13, 11 a.m. When you attend this webinar, you’ll save $1,000 on an HP Latex 315 Print & Cut bundle, HP Latex 335 Print & Cut bundle or HP Latex 570; or save $3,000 on an HP Latex 560. SIGN UP NOW

Canon PRO-Series Webinar: On Thursday, July 20 at 11 a.m. EST, you’ll discover the latest advancements in Canon PRO-Series printers and how they can help improve your output while simplifying your workflow. Attendees will receive an additional 5% off their PRO-Series printer purchase. SIGN UP NOW

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