HP Digital Wall Décor Educational Event at SGIA

HP Wall Decor Event at SGIA

As noted in an earlier post here at the LexJet Blog, if you’re headed to the SGIA Expo in Orlando next week (Oct. 23-25) stop by the LexJet/Fredrix Print Canvas booth (1033) to see the latest products for canvas production and to pick up some great show specials.

Another related event that you should look into while you’re at SGIA is HP’s Digital Wall Décor Event on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Rosen Plaza Hotel (near the Orlando Convention Center), Salon 11 and 12. The event is geared toward anyone who wants to increase sales in the growing and dynamic wall décor business.

There’s a lot of opportunity out there in wall décor, and the event will cover the following topics:

  • Trends in digital wall décor
  • Inkjet media, finishing and installation options
  • Using HP Latex technology to build your wallcovering and canvas business
  • Tips from print service providers who have successfully grown their digital décor sales

Space is limited, so click here to register for this event today. If you have any questions about this event or LexJet show specials, contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538.

Learn about Latex Printing at HP Latex Academy, Sept. 24-25

HP Latex AcademyHP’s next Latex Academy 2.0 will be held Sept. 24-25 at the company’s Graphic Arts Experience Center in Alpharetta, Ga., near Atlanta.

Attendees who sign a Letter of Intent at the event will receive an additional $2,500 off the HP Latex 260 Printer. Add that to the $1,000 instant rebate already being offered by HP and you’re looking at $3,500 in savings on the HP Latex 260.

HP will also pick up your hotel stay, dinner and transportation to and from the airport. All you’re responsible for is getting there. The Academy will detail all the ins and outs of latex inkjet printing with HP’s Latex 210 61″ Printer, Latex 260 61″ Printer and the Latex 280 104″ Printer.

HP says attendees will gain a better understanding of the printing technology platforms, learn the latest about media from HP and third-party sources and network with HP technology experts.

HP experts will also discuss the application versatility of the printers, their productivity and ease of use, the environmental benefits of the technology and how to justify your investment based on HP’s ROI calculations to position its L2 series within the production environment.

To register and for more details on the agenda, location information, directions and more, click here and be sure to tell them that LexJet sent you.

LexJet Inkjet Media Profiled and Ready to Roll for HP Latex Printers

LexJet at HP Latex Academy

In addition to the valuable knowledge and training LexJet customer specialists received at HP Latex Academy, which we covered at the LexJet Blog last week, HP was able to test and profile a variety of LexJet inkjet media for its lineup of Latex printers: the L25500, Latex 210, Latex 260 and Latex 280.

The first round of new profiles is now available and ready for download at LexJet’s ICC Profile page. Go to www.lexjet.com/Profiles.aspx (or click on that link), then click on HP Printers and HP L26500 (the new profiles here will also work of the other HP Latex Printers), and select either Onyx Profiles or Caldera Profiles based on your RIP platform.

The LexJet inkjet media that’s been profiled and added includes…

  • LexJet Clear PreLume HD (for ONYX)
  • LexJet Print-N-Stick Fabric (ONYX)
  • LexJet Simple Window Perf (ONYX)
  • LexJet Absolute Backlit (Caldera)
  • LexJet TOUGHcoat Water-Resistant Polypropylene (Caldera)
  • Fredrix 901SJ Select Matte Canvas (Caldera)

These are in addition to a number of other profiles for LexJet media available for HP Latex Printers. Be sure to check back at the Profiles page for more coming down the pike in the coming weeks.

One LexJet inkjet material you ought to check out for Latex printing is LexJet Clear PreLume HD, which is receiving rave reviews for the output you can achieve with it.

“I was pleasantly surprised at how well it printed on the Latex printer. There were no issues with posterization and it has great saturation. I’ve been able to switch the printing of LexJet Clear from our aqueous printer to the Latex, and I’m quite pleased about it since LexJet Clear has been one of our standard materials for the past 15 years or so,” says John Toth of Triad Creative Group, Brookfield, Wis.

If you have any questions, or need any help, contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538.

Military History Applied to Brick

Wall Mural of Military History

Staff Sergeant Bobby Jones of the Iowa Army National Guard got the call to produce a comprehensive and challenging timeline across 54″ x 54′ of wall space at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Wall Mural by Iowa Army National GuardThe military timeline spans the American Revolution to the current War on Terror and is designed to give recruits attending Basic Combat Training a big picture view of the National Guard’s place, and their place, in history.

“The idea for the project originally started as a concept that showed a timeline with silhouettes on an American flag background. The jpeg that was sent to us from Fort Jackson was about 31k and was clearly not useable for the project. With the help of Specialist Brandynn Boren, we set out to design an image that would keep the integrity of the concept, but provide some more detail,” says Jones.

Inkjet Printed Wall MuralJones adds that the final design is similar to the artwork found at the armory he works out of on Camp Dodge, Johnston, Iowa, which illustrates the history of America’s wars, the pivotal battles and the Iowans who fought and died in those wars.

“We also incorporated the use of the streamers of each conflict. The streamer is attached to the Army flag and represents the Army’s involvement in that particular war. When soldiers are deployed they receive a medal their involvement in the campaign, and the ribbon is made of the same pattern and colors as that war’s streamer,” explains Jones.  “So we used some of the same concepts used in our own armory and added a few personal touches like the use of some of the symbols of our great nation: the Liberty Bell, the 13-star flag, the 50-star flag, and the bald eagle. We also made sure to include the seven Army Values:  Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.”

Inkjet Printed Wall MuralThe next step was to find the right inkjet media for the project that would work well, both on the application to the painted brick surface and with the Iowa Army National Guard’s HP Designjet L25500 Latex Printer.

Jones turned to LexJet government specialist Vincent Bejar for advice. Bejar recommended LexJet Simple MTS Adhesive Vinyl for the project. The design printed without a hitch and was installed in about six hours with a ladder, a propane torch and a couple of Roller Pro Vinyl Application Rollers.

“We found that the measurements provided were guesstimations, so we had to make a few adjustments on-site.  We have never done anything of this size or on brick. I am very happy with the results and ease of use of this product, and look forward to using it again in the near future,” says Jones.

Save up to $10,000 with HP’s Upgrade to Latex Promotion

HP Latex Inkjet PrintersMay 31 marks the end of HP’s current Upgrade to Latex promotion, which is available through LexJet, on the HP Designjet L26500 61-inch latex printer and the HP Designjet L28500 104-inch latex printer.

Trade in your large-format aqueous or solvent printer/printer-cutter (54″ or wider) and get $10,000 cash back, or trade in a 42″-53″ aqueous or 30″-53″ solvent printer/printer-cutter wider and get $6,000 cash back when you purchase an HP Designjet L28500 104-inch latex printer.

HP is also offering a $1,500 instant rebate on the new HP Designjet L26100 61-inch latex printer, and a $1,500 cash-back mail-in rebate on the HP Designjet L26500 61-inch latex printer when you trade in any qualifying large-format aqueous printer (42″ or wider) or solvent printer/cutter (30″ or wider).

Plus, with the HP StartRight Program, receive up to $300 in free HP large-format media with the purchase of select HP Designjet printers. To find out more about the printers and HP’s current promotions, as well as fantastic bundle deals from LexJet, contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538.

Fredrix Print Canvas at LexJet: Buy Two Rolls, Get One Free

Buy Two Rolls of Fredrix Print Canvas at LexJet and Get One Roll FrreeAs noted here earlier on the LexJet Blog, LexJet is now the exclusive distributor of Tara Materials’ venerable Fredrix Print Canvas line. To celebrate this partnership, get a free roll of Fredrix Print Canvas when you buy two rolls with your first order from LexJet. To take advantage of this offer, call a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538. The offer ends April 30 and is not available online.

The Fredrix Print Canvas line now available exclusively at LexJet includes…

Compatible with Aqueous Printers

  • Fredrix 901WR Pulse Matte Canvas is a 19-mil, neutral-white, poly/cotton canvas with a 2-over-1 weave. This water-resistant canvas is the perfect choice for artistic reproductions that require the look of a traditional artist canvas.
  • Fredrix 901VWR Crystal Matte Canvas is a 19-mil, bright-white, poly/cotton canvas with a 2-over-1 weave that renders an expansive color gamut and incredible Dmax. This matte canvas is the perfect choice for fine art or decorative gallery wraps that require a smooth yet subtle texture.
  • Fredrix 777VWR Vivid Matte Canvas is an 18-mil, bright-white, poly/cotton canvas with a 2-over-1 weave. This water-resistant canvas is the smoothest of the Fredrix aqueous canvas line, making it the perfect choice for highly detailed, photographic, decorative gallery wraps on canvas.

Compatible with Solvent, Low-Solvent, Latex and UV-Curable Printers

  • Fredrix 575SMJ Tempo Semi-Matte Canvas is a lightweight, poly/cotton blend canvas with a 1-over-1 weave and a semi-matte finish. It is perfect for high-value products created in high production environments, and is well-suited for gallery wraps, décor, point-of-purchase, and more.
  • Fredrix 901SJ Select Matte Canvas is a high-performing, natural white, 2-over-1 poly/cotton blend canvas that is the perfect medium for artistic reproductions. The matte finish very closely emulates true artist canvas, and is perfect for gallery-wraps, art reproductions, décor, and point-of-purchase displays.
  • Fredrix 901SGSJ Artisan Semi-Gloss Canvas is the perfect choice for a high-quality, high-value semi-gloss canvas.  This poly/cotton blend, 2-over-1 canvas is specially engineered to create beautiful prints with the latest solvent, eco-solvent, and latex inks, providing a wide color gamut, exceptional Dmax, and a consistent, subtle texture.

For more information, and for help finding the right inkjet media for your project, contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538 or go to www.lexjet.com/fredrix. Be sure to ask about the Buy Two Get One Free Fredrix Print Canvas promotion, which ends April 30.