LexJet Highlights AR at the “Epic” IPI Conference

Earlier this month, LexJet joined the International Print + Imaging Conference in Nevada to discuss some of the most innovative photo reproduction technology and media offerings and the latest advancements in augmented reality for the print industry.

LexJet’s Michael Clementi

IPI is made up of photo and print professionals who own businesses and meet annually to network and share ideas on how to enhance their businesses and brands. Supplying Partners like LexJet offer vital products and services for them.

LexJet highlighted several popular products like LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric and LexJet TRIBUTE Satin Photo Paper and newer products, including the new, award-winning HP Recycled Satin Canvas.

“IPI is a strong membership program for us,” says LexJet’s Michael Clementi. “The IPI members are great listeners! We’re able to provide them with educational information so they can use the products we provide and put them into play in terms of the applications they are creating for their customers.”

During the education session, Jason Nelson from LexJet’s parent company S-One Holdings Corporation, presented two hour-long classes on the state of augmented reality in the print industry. The sessions included live demonstrations of three custom-made apps:

  • Jason Nelson on stage at IPIC.

    PhotAR, which allows a user to visualize canvas prints and framed photos on their walls using images from their device

  • SGIA AR, which allows users to see life-sized printers in their space and change the graphics of a light pole banner and roll up banner
  • Culture Book AR, which allows users to watch 5 videos embedded in our 2019 S-One Culture Book

“My main goal at IPIC was to introduce, inform and inspire printing and photography professionals to the possibilities of using augmented reality to grow their businesses by providing new, innovative tools for their customers,” Nelson says. “There was a buzz throughout the show about the potential of AR.”

During his presentation, Nelson highlighted the difference between augmented reality and virtual reality, as well as other “extended realities,” such as 360 video. AR, he says, has a strong future in everything from decor visualization to augmented print ads and signage to technical support.

“Everyone at the IPIC show carried a positive vibe,” Nelson says. “The best part was seeing the looks on people’s faces when I launched live demonstrations on my iPad. There’s definitely a ‘wow’ factor that makes me feel like there’s real potential with AR in the commercial printing industry.”

 

Print More Polished Posters with HP Application Center & Paper Options

Power up your poster game by pairing an all-new service from HP’s Application Center with some of the best-performing, cost-effective media on the market.

If you have an HP DesignJet or Latex printer, there is a new cloud-based service to help you create professional posters in just a few easy steps. The HP Poster Application will let you:

  • Create posters using HP’s free cloud-based design tools and templates
  • Use free and premium content for your designs
  • Customize existing content with simple workflow integration

Want to add this service to your workflow? Join the free webinar on Wednesday, March 20, at 2 p.m. ET. Click HERE to register and simply note that you were referred by LexJet.

And for your next poster project, consider some new as well as tried-and-trusted options for your print media.

For a classic poster with a gloss finish, LexJet 8 Mil Production Gloss Photo Paper is a favorite option for excellent color reproduction and pop, utilizing aqueous inks that get consistent results. It’s smudge and fingerprint-resistant and, at $0.32 per square foot, it’s a cost-effective option to pair with pressure-sensitive or low-heat thermal laminating films.

For large-scale production, consider LexJet Satin Poster Paper 200g, which is compatible with eco-solvent, latex and UV curable. You’ll get great reproduction results at a bottom-line price that you’ll love: $0.14 per square foot.

Looking to create a poster with pizzazz? Try LexJet FlexTek 170 for aqueous, or LexJet FlexTek SUV 200g for eco-solvent, latex or UV curable. You’ll get a slightly textile texture with more durability, making it a versatile option that also works for banners or even gallery wraps. That’s one product, three ways!

Speaking of versatility, you’ve also got options when it comes to finishing your poster. Check out this video to see how three cool poster jobs — hanging, mounted and in a window — were finished:

HP Adhesive Vinyl Case Studies: ‘The Easiest I’ve Ever Used’

Shannon Norwood of Fullmoon Graphics in Athens, Tenn., has been making graphics for race cars for more than 22 years. Recently, his LexJet sales representative, Dave Mayer, told him about the new HP Adhesive Vinyl products. “At first, I was hesitant to switch,” Norwood says. “I’d never had any complaints, but nobody ever said anything about the other stuff I’ve used.”

That’s not the case anymore. “I have one driver who usually installs his own graphics,” he says. “After I switched to the HP vinyl, he called me and wanted to know what material I’d used to print his images. I was initially worried. Usually, nobody asks. I asked him why and I knew I’d get a straight answer from him because he’s very blunt. He said ‘I love it! It went on so easy, it almost falls on. It’s the easiest I’ve ever used.’ I was glad to hear it.”

Norwood orders 2-3 rolls a week, using the HP Prime Gloss Air GP with both the HP Gloss and Matte Polymeric Overlaminates, depending upon his customers’ requests. “I used the matte finish for a rust effect on a car and the finish was perfect. After all, you don’t want glossy rust. Some matte finishes are too coarse and when you take pictures at night, there’s a glare.”

Norwood created a faux rust look using HP Matte Polymeric Overlaminate

While he has been getting positive feedback from his customers who install their own work, it’s the person who is doing the printing who is the hardest to please: himself. “It prints much brighter than my last vinyl. My colors seem to pop better. Also, the images don’t have the mottled look,” he says. “My ink goes on real heavy and on other products, it would look like it was puddling. When I print with this on my 64-in Mutoh, the image is completely smooth, no mottling.”

With drivers all over the country, from Blue Ridge, Ga., to Arizona, to Mississippi, Norwood says that all of them tell him the product is a dream to install. “Nearly everyone tells me it almost installs itself, it’s so easy. All of my guys have worked with products from 3M and other brands.”

If you are working with adhesive vinyl and laminates and would like to learn more about the benefits of the HP Vinyl portfolio, call us today at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

The LexJet Experience: Bringing Applications to Life

The LexJet Experience was a success! Our open-house showcased equipment, RIP software and media applications for local customers. Representatives were on hand from Canon, EPSON and HP as well as GRAPHTEC, SignComp framing systems, Onyx and ImagePrint.

Set up on the third floor of the Sarasota, Fla. headquarters, the trade show-style event allowed LexJet customers the opportunity to discuss current technology, best practices and innovative applications with the vendors of their choice.

Vince Bejar, LexJet sales representative, had several customers in attendance. “They were excited about the opportunity to visit our office,” he says. “They enjoyed the hospitality and are looking forward to growing with our partnership.”

Timothy Mitchell, the resident expert in all things HP Latex, was available to discuss the best media to use with the latex printers, including his recent review of the new HP Prime Gloss Air GP.

With such an intimate setting, customers spent as much time as they needed with vendors. “I was happy about the way the customers engaged in conversations with everyone,” said HP Partner Business Manager, Frank DeMartino. “They had questions about specific applications for both the latex printers and the Z-series printers, and they wanted to learn more about the vertical trimmer on the Z9+.”

Craig Hellman, Senior Account Manager for Epson, agreed that customers were seeking solutions for unique applications. “There was a lot of interest in dye-sub printing,” Hellman said. “They want to know how to create promotional products, displays, signage and, of course, apparel.”

With Epson’s breadth of products, it wasn’t just the dye-sub applications that piqued their curiosity. “People are very interested in what the SureColor S-Series (solvent) printers can do. They asked about signage and display, but they also want to know about décor printing.”

As the day began winding down, everyone seemed to have the same question: “When are you going to do this again? This was a great learning experience.”

Given the positive feedback we’ve received, we look forward to doing another open house later this year. If you were in attendance, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact your LexJet sales representative at 800-453-9538, leave us a comment here on the blog, or visit our Facebook page.

March Rebates are Here!

You don’t need the luck of a four-leaf clover to get a new printer. Check out these rebates from HP, Canon, and EPSON and save yourself some green this month.

Not sure which printer is right for you? Sign up for the HP Latex or Canon PRO-Series webinar or read more out about different applications for aqueous, latex and solvent printers on the blog.

This month’s rebate highlights include: For the first time ever, save up to $4,000 on the HP Latex 560; Canon is offering up to $1,200 in mail-in rebates on imagePROGRAF PRO-Series; or save $4,000 instantly on an Epson SureColor S-series printer.

Fisher Textiles Now in Wide-Format Sizes – Only at LexJet

LexJet is excited to announce that it will offer eight Fisher Textiles dye-sublimation fabrics, sized for wide-format printers. Previously available for grand-format printers, this is the first time these world-renowned, award-winning fabrics have been converted and distributed for wide-format applications.

LexJet will carry a variety of Fisher Textile products in 61-inch widths by 100-foot rolls for a multitude of applications, including trade shows, SEG frames, retail signage, back drops, home décor and furnishings, soft signage, backlit graphics, banner stands, table covers and more.

“At wide-format widths, these trusted, well-known and proven-to-perform dye-sub fabrics from Fisher open the door to the benefits of wide-format applications, such as smaller runs, one-off prototypes, quicker turn-around and customization, which is in higher demand than ever,” says LexJet VP of Sales, Justin Lehman. “With the success of our LexJet InFuze dye-sub transfer paper last year, we are seeing fast-growing, high-margin possibilities with dye-sub technologies for our wide-format PSPs.”

Products Now Available:

These fabrics round out LexJet’s dye-sub portfolio of products, which includes Epson printers and inks, InFuze transfer papers, ChromaLuxe metal photo panels and heat presses from Geo Knight and FLEXA.

For more information about Fisher Textiles or the possibilities of adding dye-sub technology to your business, call a LexJet pro at 800-453-9538.