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Digital Textile Congress 2014

Venue: University of Ghent, Belgium
Date: 4th-5th September 2014

This conference intends to bring forward the best research, latest developments on digital technologies, including hardware, software, digital inks, printed materials and their related applications.

IndusPRINT 2014 - South Asia

Venue: Bangalore
Date: 11th October 2014

IndusPrint 2014 is the first conference in India, which is specifically focused towards industrial inkjet and printing technology.

Inkjet India 2015 - Digital Textile Printing Conference

Venue: New Delhi
Date: 26th February 2015

Inkjet Forum India is all set to organise its 5th edition of this flagship conference on Digital Textile Printing in Delhi.

Inkjet India Technical Workshop Series 2015

Venue: tba
Date: tba

This technical workshop series will provide an indepth understanding of inkjet printing technology and will provide the delegates a comprehensive educational experience.

Inkjet Forum Asia 2015 - Digital Textile Printing Conference

Venue: Asia
Date: tba

We will go International with our very first ‘Inkjet Forum Asia’ conference on Digital Textile Printing in South East Asia. The details for the same will be announced shortly.

Inkjet India 2016 - Digital Textile Printing Conference

Venue: tba
Date: February 2016

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In its 6th year, Inkjet Forum India will organize its its flagship ‘Inkjet India’ series conference enlighten the stakeholders of this area about the flourishing trends of Digital Textile Printing.

IndusPRINT 2016 - Industrial Print Conference

Venue: tba
Date: October 2016

After the 1st event in Bangalore,IndusPRINT 2016 will provide the best networking opportunities for the stakeholders involved in this field of industrial inkjet and printing technology.

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More than a dozen NASA satellites and spacecraft constantly monitor our planet's vital signs. In order to get people interested in our galaxy and allow those with access to a 3D printer to produce their own version of spacecraft, NASA has now released 21 3D models of asteroids, NASA's spacecraft and satellite, and planetary surfaces etc on their website.


These .stl-formatted printable models are scaled to approximately 4 inches (100 mm) in the longest dimension. And they are available for download for free. To make it easy for users, NASA has even pre-cut the large pieces to make them printable.

However NASA is aware that 3D printing often involves trial and error. So probably not every model is 3D printable. NASA states on each page that "the .stl file was produced by scaling the original model and converting it directly to .stl format; it may not yet be ideal for printing. We welcome your feedback on your experience."



Among the collection, you can find the model of spacecraft and satellite such as Cassini, Dawn, Juno, Kepler, Mars Odyssey, Messenger, Pioneer, Rosetta, Stardust and Voyager, etc. The Moon Nearside Farside demonstrate the differences between the near and far side of Earth's Moon (see the image below). Also you can find 3D model of asteroid Itokawa, a topographic model of a portion of Valles Marineris with vertical exageration, STL file of Vesta which is split into Northern and Southern Hemispheres suitable for printing and assembly into a Vesta Globe.

Moon Nearside Farside


Valles Marineris


On NASA's site, you can find a growing collection of 3D models, textures, and images from inside NASA. All of these resources are free to download and use. "Our team's goal is to provide a one-stop shop for 3D models, images, textures, and visualizations. We offer these assets for your use, free and without copyright." notes NASA. And NASA is working on adding more to the site.

Earlier this month, NASA has 3D printed a physical model of the expanding cloud produced by Eta Carinae Homunculus Nebula, allowing them to study even dust-obscured portions of the Homunculus that face away from Earth. 

Goddard astrophysicist Theodore Gull said, "While 3-D-printed models will make a terrific visualization tool for anyone interested in astronomy, I see them as particularly valuable for the blind, who now will be able to compare embossed astronomical images with a scientifically accurate representation of the real thing."


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3D Printing Posted 2014-07-25T05:52:36-07:00

Xennia Technology today launches a full range of sublimation digital textile printing inks for proofing and production-scale decoration of polyester fabrics. Xennia Corundum(TM) offers unsurpassed colour vibrancy and industrial reliability.

The Xennia Corundum(TM) range of digital textile inkjet inks is designed for high quality sublimation polyester fabric printing using both coated and uncoated transfer papers. Xennia Corundum(TM) is available for Kyocera and Epson-based systems. "Xennia Corundum(TM) is our high performance sublimation ink for polyester textile decoration," comments Dr Olivier Morel, Xennia's Chief Technology Officer, "offering customers maximum colour performance with minimum ink consumption. This key product launch expands Xennia's high performance digital textile ink range".

Dr Morel explains further: "Xennia Amethyst(TM), our advanced reactive dye digital textile ink, has established a reputation for having the best quality and colour performance of any reactive ink on the market. The Xennia Corundum(TM) sublimation ink continues this story and uses the same technology strategy: in benchmark testing against other inks available on the market our product shows improved jetting performance, enhanced transfer efficiency from the sublimation paper and superior colour on the textile. This maximises end user benefit, as more colour gets to the fabric where it is needed and waste is reduced. We have been sampling Xennia Corundum(TM) with selected beta customers in several territories over the last year, and we are now making this fantastic product available worldwide."

Xennia's digital textile inks have been deployed in digital textile production environments globally for several years, enabling textile mills to create high colour intensity prints with excellent production reliability. Xennia's digital textile ink range includes Xennia Amethyst(TM) reactive dye ink for printing cotton and cellulosics, Xennia Moissanite(TM) UV curable ink for outdoor textile printing and the new Xennia Corundum(TM) sublimation ink.

Digital Textile Printing Posted 2014-07-25T02:16:50-07:00

A number of – a really big number – of sites for 3D printable content have popped up in the past two years.  Trying to distinguish between them all can be quite difficult, but Solidry has a defining characteristic that sets it apart from the rest: all of the prices for 3D models are in Rupees.  Based out of New Delhi, Solidry is, I believe, the first 3D printables marketplace from India.

Solidry is a sleek looking site already populated by more than a few designs.  As a service bureau local to India, the company can 3D print the models and ship them out for a few hundred Rs.  Every print is offered in a wide variety of colors and, if you don’t see something you like, you can upload your own design to have the Solidry team print it for you.  Many of the designs on the site are taken from Thingiverse and attributed to their original creators so, in the case that you own your own 3D printer, you can always click on a model’s original link and print it yourself.

The company was started in June 2013 by Pranav Prakash, Shantanu Raghav and Shirsendu “Troy” Karmakar’s, a team of engineers that had full-time gigs at places like LinkedIn and SlideShare.  Karmakar tells NDTV Gadgets how the idea got started, “We got hooked onto the concept when we first heard about it during our engineering days. We wanted to purchase a 3D printer, but it was not cost effective. As a result we decided to build it all ourselves. That was the inception of Solidry, in June, 2013. We are focussing not only on popularising 3D printing but also in creating customised products for people and retailing them.”

Photo of the Bakheda event by Jai Pandya Photography

In addition to acting as an online marketplace and service bureau, Solidry is in the process of building New Delhi’s 3D printing community by hosting events that spread the word about the technology.  The team explains“3D Printing is one such technology, which most Delhites are unaware of. In our effort to make people more aware of 3D Printing, as well as to boost the maker community, we organize workshops, events and demos for the public.” This past June, they held their first event at entrepreneurial co-op, Stirring Minds, where the engineers demonstrated the building of a 3D printer, how the technology works, and how to 3D print your own designs.  Three days later, the crew took the show to Bakheda with Indian crowdfunding site QREOH.

Photo of the Bakheda event by Jai Pandya Photography

It seems like the company is well-connected with other Indian Makers, which could aid them in locating Solidry at the heart of the 3D printing community in the country.  And, by teaming up with some of India’s other start-ups and organizations – like 3D printer manufacturer Brahma3 or non-profit ProtoPrint – or by obtaining funding from iMakr.VC, the company could secure that position.

Courtesy: www.3dprintingindustry.com

3D Printing Posted 2014-07-24T23:47:32-07:00

Visitors to FESPA China 2014 (Poly World Trade Expo Center Pazhou, Guangzhou, China, 19 to 21 November 2014) will find an extensive line-up of international wide-format technology and materials manufacturers, with many exhibiting an expanded range of products compared with the first FESPAChina event last year.

Brands including Chemica, Cham Group, MontiAntonio, MS Srl, JTeck, Siser, Stahls and Zünd have increased their presence at November’s show, intending to use the event as a key platform for discussions with print service providers from China and neighbouring countries.

The second edition of FESPA China is also attracting some notable first-time participants from the international supplier community, for example Reggiani and Chemical Consultants.

Exhibitors at FESPA China will represent prominent equipment and consumables manufacturers from the USA, the UK, Austria, France, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands and Japan, including names such as Kornit, Mimaki and Epson.

Demand for space at FESPA China 2014 is strong and growing, the event is already 20% bigger and more extensive than last year’s, giving visiting Chinese printers time-efficient access to dozens of major international suppliers under one roof.

FESPA Ambassador Nigel Steffens commented: “When FESPA and CSGIA set out to jointly develop the FESPA China exhibition, our mission was to give the Chinese print community easier access to the technology and insight of key international suppliers, particularly in the digital print technology space. Our aim in doing this was both to extend product choice for Chinese buyers, and to give printers here insights from other markets that could help them develop robust strategies for blending digital production with established screen printing processes.”

This focus made FESPA 2013 a compelling destination for Chinese print businesses, with 70 percent of visitors participating for the first time, and 34 percent indicating an interest in digital print technology. Over 45 percent of visitors came to FESPA China 2013 specifically to make a purchase.

Steffens concluded: “International exhibitors have enthusiastically responded to the opportunity to participate in a FESPA-managed event targeted specifically towards a community of investment-ready Chinese decision makers, while visitors to last year’s event were satisfied to find such a globally diverse supplier line-up. Five months away from the show, we’re confident that we’ll exceed their expectations in Guangzhou in November.”

Courtesy: www.myprintresource.com

Event News Posted 2014-07-24T07:55:31-07:00

At an analyst, press, and customer event in New York City Konica Minolta launched two new color products and hinted at (but did not provide specifics on) announcements to come later this year. Rick Taylor, Konica Minolta U.S.’s President and Chief Operating Officer, and other Konica Minolta U.S. executives also outlined the company’s strategy in a presentation titled “Blueprint for the Future” that showed how print technology remains at the core, but is surrounded by solutions and services.

Information Management, IT Service, and Technology

Taylor opened the proceedings with an overview of Konica Minolta’s global fiscal 2013 successes. It was a year that saw a 16% increase in revenue and a 42% increase in operating income. Other highlighted increases were operating profit ratio (8.8%); total MFP revenue (25%); office revenue (22%); production revenue (39%); global revenue (41%); 55% OPS/MPS revenue; and IT services revenue (84%). While some of this growth is organic, a fair amount comes from Konica Minolta’s recent acquisitions, including Copytronics, CopySource, Pitney Bowes Canada’s document imaging solutions business, AMS Imaging, and KnowledgeCentrix. Taylor said that Konica Minolta will continue to acquire companies.

As he began to discuss Konica Minolta’s blueprint for the future, Taylor also highlighted production print growth, particularly in color. He said that sales were good and customers were largely optimistic, having no issue with five-year leases. He described the Konica Minolta brand as having three components: Information Management, IT Services, and Technology. Sam Errigo, Senior Vice President of Business Intelligence Services continued the strategic theme by outlining the company’s services and solutions platform that takes customer requirements and provides a solution blueprint with the three components mentioned above. Built around that are process management, reporting, and metrics.

Hardware continues to be at the center of Konica Minolta’s ecosystem. Their intent is to surround the product with software, services, and technology to support vertical market needs in government, finance, legal, graphic communications, healthcare, manufacturing, and education.

Konica Minolta described its overall approach in four-point fashion: (1) incubate, (2) invest, (3) partner, and (4) mergers & acquisitions. Supporting the incubation part of the approach are Konica Minolta’s newly announced Business Innovation Centers (BICs), five of which are being formed in key regional markets including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, China and Japan. The U.S. center is in Silicon Valley (Foster City, California to be precise) and was represented at the event by that BIC’s vice president, Ekta Sahasi.

Looking forward, Errigo defined nine areas of interest: intelligent assistant & voice interfaces, human computer interface, Internet, healthcare knowledge hub, 3D printing marketplaces, intelligent data, connected marketing platforms, security compliance, and intelligent spaces. IT services play a key role in many of these areas, and Konica Minolta’s All Covered group has been very active there, acquiring fourteen companies and driving revenue growth in areas such as managed IT services (delivered to customers large and small), cloud services, and IT projects (such as application development and support for office relocation and acquisitions).

New Color and Recent Black & White

Despite all the talk about services, the headline announcement at the event was the release of the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C1100, which had first been shown as a technology demonstration at drupa 2012.

The C1100 supports substrates from 55 gsm to 350 gsm and its speed is 100 images per minute regardless of substrate type or weight. Konica Minolta has doubled the maximum monthly duty cycle to 1 million A4/letter impressions per month over the C8000. The paper capacity is also increased (to 13, 890 sheets). Several new aspects of the device include a large diameter belt and air separation fusing system as well as new expanded-gamut magenta toner as part of the new Simitri toners the system uses. A sister device, the C1085 with 85-ipm speed and a 750,000 sheet monthly duty cycle, is also now available. Konica Minolta said that the base list price of the C1100 (not including the controller or other options) is about $150,000. The base list price of the C1085 is around $130,000. The announcements do not immediately replace existing offerings. Konica Minolta said that the C8000 will stay in the product line until existing inventory is exhausted.

The news about the C1100 and C1085 follows the June 16 launch of Konica Minolta’s bizhub PRESS 2250P, a dual-engine monochrome system capable of 250 duplex impressions per minute (15,000 per hour) at 1200 x 1200 dot per inch resolution. Using two bizhub PRESS 1250P engines connected in a single design, the 2250P is capable of a maximum monthly duty cycle of six million A4/letter impressions. The device supports substrates as light as 40 gsm and as heavy as 350 gsm for both simplex and duplex printing. Konica Minolta is particularly excited about its opportunity in light transactional printing environments with the 2250P.

Konica Minolta invited four early placement customers of the bizhub C1100 to discuss their impressions of the product. The panel, hosted by Dino Pagliarello, Konica Minolta U.S.’s Director of Product Marketing, included John McNichol, Vice President of Information Technology for Horizon Business Forms; Todd Beauregard, President MDT / Custom Cuts; Mike Kaufman, President of Cox Printers; and Jay Adcock, Vice President of Digital Dog Direct. They were all equally enthusiastic about the C1100, particularly in regard to speed, saying it was twice as productive as the 8000, particularly on thick stocks. They liked the quality, stability, low energy costs (a 20% reduction), and improved registration.

The new products will be shown at Graph Expo (September 28th to October 1st in Chicago). Konica Minolta hinted at, but did not describe some additional announcements that will occur in that time frame. Stay tuned. The company noted that the KM-1 B2-format inkjet printer will not be displayed at the show. Konica Minolta is focusing on beta site placements for the KM-1, which will begin early next year.

3D Printing Rollout

A sign of progress since the June announcement of a distribution alliance is that two 3D Systems devices have recently been installed at the Konica Minolta customer engagement center in Manhattan: a ProJet 660 Pro and a ProJet 3500 HDMax. 3D Systems’ printers are also going into four other Konica Minolta centers in Ramsey, New Jersey; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; and Anaheim, California. (There’s not one yet in the Atlanta Konica Minolta center, but that’s mainly because there’s a 3D Systems location nearby where customers can go for demonstrations.) The Konica Minolta direct sales force is not the only beneficiary of this move. Konica Minolta dealers can sell the products but they need to have been trained on servicing the devices and must have a demo device on site. Four Konica Minolta dealers are already signed up. One, NovaCopy in Nashville, has been selling 3D printers for several years.

One of the most memorable handouts from the event was a small bottle with a color label printed on a 3D Systems’ ProJet 660 Pro. The ProJet 660 Pro prints with five colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and white. In contrast, the ProJet 3500 HDMax doesn’t print in color, but has much higher print resolution than the Project 660 Pro.

Other Items of Interest

Some other noteworthy items came out at this event:

  • Konica Minolta produced a fun video about a ‘dream printer’ that takes kids’ ideas and produces a personalized portrait for them. It’s worth a look. (Over 2 million views to date.)
  • Panelist Michael Kaufman of Cox Printing explained how his company has taken the idea of corporate social conscience to a new level. In addition to solar panels on the roof, which produce some of the energy consumed by their offset presses, they have also installed honey bee hives up there. The initiative is a great example of corporate citizenship and has produced some good marketing benefits, including recent coverage on the Today show.
  • Rick Taylor used a number of third-party quotes in his presentation, but one of the most memorable was his own (I think): “Social media is how companies will hear about crappy service.” (Rick is now active on Twitter at @ricktaylor444)

InfoTrends Opinion

Konica Minolta is building momentum with products that move it further into commercial print and other higher volume production environments. They called this event “Blueprint for the Future,” and though much of the content was about the Konica Minolta of today, the presentations did give analysts and press a good view of where Konica Minolta is headed. Some aspects, such as 3D printing and B2-format production inkjet printers, were—for the most part—left out of the executive presentations, but overall the message is clear: Konica Minolta is targeting the production market with a combination of technologies and services that bode well for continued success.

Anyone interested in recent year-over-year financial performance of key imaging and printing system providers may find the InfoTrends “Vendor Financial Analysis: Calendar Years 2010-2013” analysis to be of interest. One key factor over the past year has been the positive impact of exchange rates for the Japanese companies.

Courtesy: www.myprintresource.com

Business and Technology Posted 2014-07-23T06:01:36-07:00

According to association of European machine builders CEMATEX, its ITMA 2015, the leading international textile and garment machinery exhibition, has already attracted over 1300 applicants for exhibition space from 43 countries by the application deadline of 4 July. As a result, over 95% of the 200,000 square metres of space has been taken up.

Innovation in Textiles will be exhibiting and we look forward to meeting you in Milan. This is my fortieth year in textiles this year and ITMA 2015 will be my ninth ITMA exhibition. My first was in Milan in 1983 as a student and my second was in paris in 1987 as a technical sales representative for a leading textile machinery agency. As always I am looking forward to a great show with lots of innovation but for most of us its also about the opportunity to meet with so many people from around the world - many of whom we have known for years.

CEMATEX, the European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers, is of delighted with the outcome. Charles Beauduin, President of CEMATEX, commented: “We are very encouraged by the strong space take-up over the last few weeks.”

“The overwhelming response is testimony of ITMA as a relevant marketing and sourcing platform. It further reinforces the reputation of CEMATEX's global platform.”

High interest

Interest in ITMA from CEMATEX countries is said to be very high, with many companies planning to launch their latest technologies at the exhibition. Over 750 applications have been received to date from companies in CEMATEX countries, taking just over 70% of the space booked so far.

Several CEMATEX countries have increased the space booked for the 2015 show compared with the 2011 event, including Italy, Netherlands, France, Germany and Sweden.

The top five countries in terms of space booked are Italy, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland and India. The top five countries in terms of number of applicants are also Italy, Germany, India, China and Turkey.


The top five sectors are finishing (24%), spinning (16%), weaving (14%), knitting (14%) and printing (10%). Commenting on the sectors, Eileen Ng, Executive Director of MP Expositions and Project Director of ITMA 2015, said: "The top five sectors have always been well represented at ITMA. Exhibitors sign up for large stands to showcase their machinery through live demonstrations. Visitors can look forward to learning about the latest technologies from these manufacturers.”

“We are encouraged that the printing sector has more than doubled in space applications from the last ITMA show in 2011. The positive response affirms our decision to expand it into a dedicated chapter. As there have been rapid developments in the digital realm, manufacturers will be using ITMA 2015 to launch their innovative solutions.”


Emphasis has also been given to the nonwovens, fibre and yarn, as well as garment making chapters. Technical textile solutions which have formed an integral part of the offerings by technology providers at ITMA will be further highlighted with displays of new applications andInnovation in Textiles will of course be covering this in depth.

With more than 15 months to go before the exhibition opens in Milan, the organising team is confident that the ITMA 2015 exhibition will soon see more participation from the industry, with the show expected to completely sell out before too long.

ITMA 2015 will also feature a number of knowledge-sharing events. These include the World Textile Summit, nonwovens forum jointly organised by EDANA, Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum, and ITMA Sustainable Innovation Award programme.

We look forward to seeing you in Milan next year.


Digital Textile Printing Posted 2014-07-23T05:12:07-07:00

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