LexJet Reviews: Hot Products to Watch in 2021

In this edition of LexJet Reviews, C.J. Forker discusses a few of our customers’ favorites, making them some of the hottest products to watch in 2021.

From signage to photo panels to temporary banners, here are the products that will help keep you at the head of the class, this year:
HP Adhesive Vinyl – The products in the HP adhesive vinyl portfolio have been some of the hottest since their release in 2019. Customers say that the vinyl line delivers the consistency, performance, and image quality they expect from the HP brand.

HP Prime Banner – Unveiled last year, the HP Prime banner family quickly became another line of products our customers can’t resist. Available in 13-oz matte and gloss, 15-oz blockout, and 18-oz pole banner, these products are perfect for long-standing indoor displays or outdoor displays and offer extra durability.

ChromaLuxe Photo Panels – Using dye-sub technology, this high-end alternative to photographic paper helps your images stand out in the crowd. While there are similar products widely available in the market, very few can match the combination of color, durability, and diversity that ChromaLuxe panels offer.

To learn more about these hot products, visit our LexJet Reviews library, give us a call at 800-453-9538, or visit LexJet.com.

Make an Impression with ChromaLuxe Photo Panels

Since we started telling photographers and print service providers about ChromaLuxe Photo Panels a few years ago, they have become one of our most popular products. Why? It’s simple: ChromaLuxe images make an impression.

From the bright vivid colors with the gloss to the durability of the EXT products, the dye-sublimation technology helps art, signage, and photographs stand out from the crowd. We are excited to announce that a new finish has been added to the ChromaLuxe family: Textured Aluminum panels.

Textured ChromaLuxe
ChromaLuxe Textured Aluminum

The texture adds a unique look to your images, it also reduces glare and hides fingerprints for graphics in high-traffic areas. As with all ChromaLuxe products, the textured panels are durable and easy to clean.

ChromaLuxe metal prints are lightweight, durable, made with recycled material, and are 100% recyclable.

Be sure to visit our new easy reference guide to see informative videos and the wide variety of available ChromaLuxe panels. If you are interested in learning more about dye-sub technology or about the new textured panels, give us a call at 800-453-9538 today.

We Went Cruisin’ with FrameWorks Miami at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo

It was a tough job, but our team was up for it. They packed up mid-week and headed over to Miami to check out the Cruise Ship Interiors Expo at the Miami Beach Convention Center. What they found was endless opportunities for wide-format print applications!

Fun cruise decor displays at Cruise Ship Interiors Expo

More than 2,850 attendees attended the inaugural Cruise Expo to check out the growing needs for new, innovative products for new cruise ship builds and even more so the refurbishment of existing cruise ships.

“This event is something that we’ve needed,” says Antonio di Nenno, Lead Architect, MSC Cruises. “The market is changing and for the interiors industry, there’s nothing like this!”

Of course, trade shows in our industry are always full of the latest trends, and this show in Miami didn’t disappoint! We learned that 20 to 30 million people travel on cruises every year, a stat that’s grown 6% in the last few years.

FrameWorks Miami’s colorful stand

Like we’ve learned in digital printing, cruises are becoming more and more customized, rather than the “one-size-fits-all” approach. Themes like music, food, fitness and sports are really fine-tuning the cruising experience. And that translates to the need for more and more customized décor, graphics and signage, which is where wide-format PSPs can find some amazing opportunities.

LexJet customer FrameWorks Miami, which specializes in fine art printing and framing wanted to make a splash — almost literally — with their Fish Market & Fruit Stand exhibit during the Expo. We partnered with them to used ChromaLuxe metal panels in a super creative way. Using dye-sub technology, FrameWorks Miami created whimsical samples with fish and fruit prints that were cut to various shapes.

“From sardines, snapper, mahi to any type of fruit you can imagine, they had it,” says LexJet sales rep, Vince Bejar. “They even printed their own butcher paper to wrap up the samples for their potentials clients to take back with them to show off their state-of-the-art digital printing solutions. The attention to detail shown in their booth design & execution was seriously outstanding, especially since they created nearly everything in-house.”

We’re excited to see where cruise ship decor takes us in the near future. Printers looking to branch out into decor printing — like wallcoverings and wall art, such as canvas wraps — will find a ton of opportunities when working with this sector. Give us a call at 800-453-9538 for more ideas.

Visit S-One at GlobalShop @ RetailX in Chicago

For the first time, our parent company, S-One, will feature a booth at GlobalShop @ RetailX later this month in Chicago. Inside the booth, S-One will feature a number of exciting materials, perfect for retail environments.

Because the media you use matters, our team has hand-selected the best materials to bring your vision to life — all of which are available through LexJet. You can trust your most important graphics, signage and visuals to the materials we provide, whether you’re focused on high-impact graphics, color matching or environmentally-friendly media or if you simply need to stay within a strict budget.

Plus, every material we’ll highlight offer an ease-of-use that will make your floor transitions a breeze. When you stop by GlobalShop booth 5063, our team will demonstrate how easy the media is to handle.

Some of the products that will be on display include:

  • HP Backlit Fabric
  • HP Adhesive Vinyl
  • Vescom Gold and Silver Mylar wallcoverings
  • Fredrix Metallic Canvas
  • Fisher Textiles stretch fabrics
  • HP Recycled Satin Canvas
  • ChromaLuxe photo panels
  • UltraFlex Signetics magnetic receptive media

So whether your team is working with aqueous, latex, solvent or dye-sub print technology, there is a solution for you. We look forward to seeing you at GlobalShop @ RetailX later this month. If you have questions about retail signage, please give one of our print experts a call at 800-453-9538.

Get the Most Out of Your Dye-Sub Printer

Adding a whole new technology to your wide-format toolkit can be daunting, but the versatility you gain with dye-sublimation transfer printing can open all new opportunities. With the Epson SureColor Production printers, you can get into it with an initial investment starting around $7,ooo for the F6200 ($14,000 for the F7200 and $25,000 for the F9370) for a 44- or 64-inch system. Once you’re up and running, the creative and money-making possibilities are only limited to your imagination.

Dye-sublimation transfer is particularly favored for textile printing since the ink from the transfer adheres into the fabric, rather than sitting on top of it, as it does with other ink technologies. Once sublimated, the ink won’t crack, fleck or scratch off, making it an ideal option for knitted textiles, particularly high-performance athletic wear. (Bonus: Dye-sub fabrics are also washable!)

Metal photo panels by ChromaLuxe, available at LexJet

In addition to garment fabric, textiles printed for soft signage perform extremely well with dye-sub transfers. Backlit displays, tradeshow graphics and flags are two of the top applications for dye-sub, as they fold and travel easily and are cheaper to ship than films or vinyl often used for similar signage.

Dye-sub is a great complement to your other wide-format printers, allowing you to get into high-demand print products like the popular metal photo panels, ktochkees like coasters, cups and more, and customized décor, like pillows, window blinds and upholstery.

In addition to the printer system, you’ll also need transfer paper. The LexJet InFuze line provides four transfer papers for all needs, including textile, apparel, rigid substrate and multi-purpose. You’ll also need a heat press to sublimate the image to your final substrate. LexJet offers a full line of options, from a 16×20-inch table-top swinger heat press for small jobs, to a 112x48x53-inch heat calendar machine.

If you’re ready to master the world of dye-sub, visit our LexJet.com/dyesub page to learn about more applications and watch some of the how-to videos to learn all the ways to make dye-sub work for you and your business. Here’s a quick look at how to create an all-over print for t-shirts:

Top 5 Hottest Launches of 2018

Looking back on 2018, we’ve seen a lot of much-needed innovation, as well as power-house collaborations. Our top five launches of the year answered customer demand for versatile, cost-effective, application-driven solutions across the board in the wide-format market. If you haven’t tried these new options, what are you waiting for? The year’s almost over!

Fabric transferred using InFuze transfer paper

LexJet InFuze® Dye-Sublimation Papers — Adding to our dye-sub portfolio was a top priority for our customers who were bringing this new technology to their tool kits. We created the fresh InFuze brand, and brought to market four high-end, competitively-priced transfer paper options that our customers couldn’t refuse:

Outdoor signage transferred to ChromaLuxe EXT

ChromaLuxe EXT — Another important product line for our dye-sub customers is the stunning ChromaLuxe metal photo panels, a high-demand item. This year, ChromaLuxe introduced its EXT line, geared toward extended outdoor use — something dye-sub wasn’t able to achieve previously. The EXT innovation won ChromaLuxe an SGIA Product of the Year award, and it’s not hard to see why. Check out this story about how the panels were used as wayfinding signs for Felts Audubon Preserve.

AveryxLexJet — In one of the wide-format industry’s biggest news stories of the year, LexJet partnered with Avery Dennison, adding more than 200 calendared and cast vinyl, film and laminate products to our product line. Now, LexJet customers have access to all the vehicle and fleet wraps, wall films and so much more.

LexJet Flex Tek used for banners

LexJet Flex Tek — One thing so many print shops struggle with is inventory space, that’s why we love all-in-one media products like LexJet Flex Tek 170g for aqueous printers and LexJet Flex Tek SUV 200g, compatible with eco-solvent, latex and UV-curable inks. This non-woven technical fabric is lightweight and easy to use, making it a go-to option for hanging banners, retractable banners and even wrapped canvas.

HP Vinyl + Overlams — What the world needs now is a line of vinyl products that work well and are priced right. That’s what we delivered with the massive launch of the new HP Vinyl line of products.

We brought them big time with our 2018 SGIA Expo booth, where the colors were bright and installation was a breeze. But don’t take it from us — listen to what customers have said:

HP Vinyl for walls
  • “The colors are truer than with my previous material and the gloss is more vibrant.”
  • “We did an install onto a gym wall mat and it went on without a hitch! The rigidity of the material and the strength of the backer lead to a smooth installation.”
  • “My guys love the HP. They grab it for every application they can use it on, and they tell me that the air-release component is the best they’ve ever used.”

Now that you know all the hottest launches of 2018, stay tuned to this blog to discover the trends you need to keep an eye on in the New Year!