Marabu Launches New, More Durable and Versatile Liquid Laminates

For more durable outdoor print protection and more versatile applications, Marabu has announced three new options for water-based liquid laminates. These advanced formulas represent the latest advancements in water-based coating technology with UV inhibitors, and extend the life of the prints while enhancing image quality. The ClearShield brand also boasts a new look and logo!

The three products include:

  • ClearShield Select a new formula, available in gloss, semi-gloss and matte, that provides excellent chemical and scratch resistance on a wide range of printed products, like vinyl, banners and rigid substrates. It’s ideal for roller or spray equipment application.
  • ClearShield Select for StarLam is the ClearShield formula, but with a lower velocity for use with roll-to-roll liquid laminators like the StarLam 1600R on digitally printed vinyl, banners and fleet graphics.
  • ClearShield Professional Transit is designed for the most demanding applications. This two-part system provides the ultimate scratch and abrasion resistance, which is ideal for truck tarpaulins and inflatables.

To learn more about these water-based liquid laminates, connect with a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538 today.

For Flexibility, Privacy & Design, Squid Delivers for this Texas Printer

Phillip Cole, sales manager at Thomas Graphics Inc. in Austin, Tex., is always looking for unique products to offer his clients. Once he heard about Squid Textiles, a new self-adhesive window fabric that offers privacy, reduced heat and glare from the sun, and the opportunity to create customized graphics, Cole knew it would be a great addition to his product line.

In October, while attending Printing United, Cole stopped by the S-One booth because the Squid demonstration caught his eye. “LexJet had some on display and the print really leaped out at me,” he says. “It looked so unique, which is the type of product I like to lead with to differentiate my company from my competitors.”

Moon image printed on Squid Chalk

With such a unique product, Cole understands that a variety of applications is important. “I went to the website to show some examples of what can be done. One striking image was of the moon. It’s a die-cut circle that looks dimensional, but it’s not,” he says. “Then I showed the client an image of a tree on an office window. I knew it would get the client’s attention, and it did.”

Working closely with his client, they came up with three different graphics to use on two different Squid colors. For a layered tri-colored graphic that is meant to provide some privacy for a conference room, they chose Bone. “You can see parts of the chairs below the graphic, (pictured at top) but you can’t see the table. The amount of privacy is perfect,” Cole says.

The client wanted something simple for two of the half walls that still allows some visibility but doesn’t feel enclosed. Using an EFI printer, they chose to use Rock and use white ink to create the images of the Texas capitol building for one hallway and their logo for another. “In the pictures, you can still see people in the background, but you can also tell how much privacy the product provides,” Cole says.

Texas capitol printed with white ink on Squid Rock

Privacy wasn’t the only feature that caught Cole’s attention. “I like the unique ability to print on it because that’s what we do, and it opens up lots of ideas on how it can be used,” he says. “There’s more than just privacy to this product, the design component is important.”

After the installation was complete, the client mentioned to Cole how well the Rock blended with the flooring. “It’s nice to have the flexibility of various colors to blend with the environment of the application,” he says. “It’s nice to have a solid color as a base for consistency. A different printer or technology might hit a different color.”

This project was Cole’s first experience with Squid, and the install went relatively smoothly. “It’s easy to install, but we did have a little issue with small, intricate cuts because it is a fabric,” he says. “We found a way to make it work and the client was happy with the results.”

Squid Textiles originated in Europe and was introduced to the U.S. market at Printing United last year, exclusively through LexJet. Getting in on the ground floor is exciting to Cole and his team and he knows the addition of Squid will lead to new business as well as additional business from current clients. “I take a lot of pride in the fact that this is one of the first Squid installs in the country,” he says. “This product helped us get our foot in the door for other work.”

If you are looking to branch out into new markets and are interested in learning more about Squid, call a LexJet sales specialist today at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

Kick Off 2020 with the First Printer Webinars of the Year

Now that the holidays are over, take some time for yourself by attending a free printer webinar. If a new printer is in your 2020 business plan, then don’t miss your opportunity to learn about some of the most popular aqueous and latex printers available today. You can register for sessions from Canon PRO-Series or HP Latex industry pros. Learn about the latest technology, new applications, and receive extra savings on qualified purchases as a “thank you” for attending. Don’t wait to register, space is limited.

Canon

  • What? Learn about the next generation Canon PRO-Series printers, software, and new contoured-cut bundles.
  • Who? Pete Wright, an award-winning photographer, discusses the benefits of the recently updated PRO-Series printers.
  • When? Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. ET
  • Why? Attendees will receive an additional 5% off their PRO-Series printer purchase. SIGN UP NOW

HP

  • What? Join us for the free HP Latex printer technology webinar
  • Who? John Stevens, one of the industry’s leading latex specialists, will discuss the applications and benefits of HP Latex technology.
  • When? Friday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. ET
  • Why? Attend and you will save $1,000 on an HP Latex 315 Print & Cut Bundle or HP Latex 335 Print & Cut Bundle, or save $4,000 on an HP Latex 560 or HP Latex 570. SIGN UP NOW

Sign up online or call one of our printer specialists at 800-453-9538 for additional information.

Easy Variable Data Printing with HP Print & Cut + SAi Flexi

Looking for a quick way to use variable data in your next print project? When the Suncoast Jeep Festival asked us to create 500 numbered decals for their event, we opted for an easy software and print-and-cut solution to get the job done.

Each Jeep that entered the event needed to be tagged with a decal, and each needed its own number, which was to be displayed on the windshield. We chose HP Latex Print & Cut Solution, which comes with SAi FlexiPRINT RIP software that makes variable data printing a breeze. For the decals, we chose to print on HP Optimal Gloss Air GRP, which has a removable and repositionable adhesive.

In the video above, we provide easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on how to set up your design file for auto-serialization numbering, as well as marking cut-lines for kiss-cuts and perforations, to illustrate how fast and simple making these decals was.

Working in tandem with the HP Latex Print & Cut system, the Flexi RIP software creates a barcode during the printing process, and the cutter will read and recognize this barcode, and is then programmed to know the exact pattern to cut and perforate — no additional programming is needed when moving the print job to the cutter.

While we chose a simple number serialization project, the Flexi RIP software could be used to swap out photos, graphics, logos or anything else to create individual or personalized prints for labels, decals or whatever your customer can dream up!

For more information about working with variable data, give a LexJet print specialist a call at 800-453-9538.

If You Learn One Last Thing in 2019, Let It Be from a LexJet Webinar!

If you’ve missed any of the Canon or HP webinars this year, don’t worry, there’s still an opportunity to catch one – or both – before year’s end. Choose your session and hear from either a Canon PRO-Series or HP Latex industry pro. Learn about the latest technology and new applications, and receive extra savings on qualified purchases as a “thank you” for attending. Sign up today because space is limited.

Canon PRO-Series

  • What: Learn about the next generation Canon PRO-Series printers, software and new contoured-cut bundles.
  • Who: Pete Wright, an award-winning photographer, discusses the upgrades and benefits in the new PRO-Series printers.
  • When: Monday, Dec. 9, at 11 a.m. ET
  • Why: Attendees will receive an additional 5% off their PRO-Series printer purchase. SIGN UP NOW

HP Latex

  • What: Join us for the free HP Latex printer technology webinar
  • Who: John Stevens, one of the industry’s leading latex specialists, will discuss the applications and benefits of HP Latex technology.
  • When: Monday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. ET
  • Why: Attend and you will save $1,000 on an HP Latex 315 Print & Cut Bundle or HP Latex 335 Print & Cut Bundle, or save $4,000 on an HP Latex 560 or HP Latex 570. SIGN UP NOW

Sign up online or call one of our printer specialists at 800-453-9538 for additional information.

Three Tools to Help You Wrap the Perfect Holiday Canvas

The holidays are the perfect time to create custom gifts. With the hundreds of personal images that people store on their phones, there’s no better way to encourage your customers to print an image than by turning a personal photo into an archival canvas wrap right before their eyes. Here are three tools that can help you create sentimental gifts that will last a lifetime:

HP Designjet Z9+ Printer: This nine-color (plus optional gloss enhancer) printer allows you to easily create content and submit jobs through the HP Applications Center, the dual roll feed saves you the hassle of switching media types between prints, and the vertical trimmer gives you frame-worthy graphics right off the printer.

HP Artist Matte Canvas: This high-quality, stretchable canvas delivers vivid, long-lasting images. Designed for fine art and photography, it’s a cost-effective canvas that works seamlessly with the HP Z9+ vertical trimmer.

GOframe Stretcher Bars: No canvas wrap is complete until it is properly stretched and the easy-to-use GOframe stretcher system is perfect for the novice and professional, alike. The GOframe Starter Kit and bars are designed to help you wrap canvases in no time. The reusable corner clamps make positioning accurate, and the bars are finished with adhesive on two sides for easy installation.

To see how LexJet can help you create other customized gifts this holiday season, call us at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

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