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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

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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
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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

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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

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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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Overwhelming demand for digital textile sees conference extended in Eurasian region

FESPA will host its fifth instalment of the Digital Textile Conferenceon 5 December 2014 alongside FESPA Eurasia 2014 Istanbul (4-7 December) at the WOW Hotel, located opposite the exhibition venue.

The one-day conference will provide delegates with an international line-up of digital textile printing experts all ready to share a wealth of knowledge, experience and insights into the latest innovative products, trends, case studies and trade secrets.

FESPA’s recent Digital Textile Conference in Milan, Italy, welcomed a total of 157 delegates, 101 of whom came from outside of Italy, proving the international appeal of the digital textile printing industry.

Lorraine Harrow, Marketing Manager at FESPA comments: “Turkey’s textile credentials are profound; it is the world leader for cotton production, second in Europe for clothing supply, and globally, a top three supplier of home textiles and is therefore a crucial location for FESPA to host the Digital Textile Conference. Coinciding with FESPA Eurasia ensures that printers and suppliers will have the ability to educate themselves across all aspects of printing.”

The Digital Textile Conference will explore the digital textile industry, including promotional products, textile and garment decoration, interior textiles and soft signage. Simultaneous translation will be available for all sessions in English and Turkish.

Topics will include:

  • Market updates
  • Industry strategies
  • Transfer vs. direct printing
  • Digital fashion
  • Sportswear and apparel
  • Interiors
  • Environmental impacts
  • Digital textile inks
  • Case studies from leading printers and end users


Confirmed speakers include Ron Gilboa of Infotrends, who will examine insights into the growth and creative development of digital textile markets. Mark Abramson, CEO of ThinFolio, will discuss automating profits with one-off and short-run printed products. Hilal Özdemir, international Fashion Designer and owner of LA MOON Textile Design will review how she sees digital textile printing as a beneficial tool for the fashion industry and how it benefits her as a fashion designer.

The one-day conference is being offered at a rate of €60 for printers, and €120 for suppliers and manufacturers. Visitors can take advantage of a discounted room rate at the WOW hotel by quoting ‘FESPA’ at the time of booking.

For more information on FESPA’s Digital Textile Conference and to register your interest to attend, visit www.fespa.com/digital-textile-conference/.

To pre-register to attend FESPA Eurasia, visitwww.fespaeurasia.com.



Founded in 1962, FESPA is a global federation of 37 member associations for the screen printing, digital printing and textile printing community. FESPA’s dual aim is to promote screen printing and digital imaging and to share knowledge about screen and digital printing with its members across the world, helping them to grow their businesses and learn about the latest developments in their fast growing industries.

Digital Textile Printing Posted 2014-11-20T22:52:52-08:00

FoxJet’s Marksman Matrix controller for inkjet printing systems features a 10-in touch screen that allows on-floor and main office editing of printed codes, 3-D rendering capabilities, and an error-reducing, user-friendly interface – at a price point that is competitive with standard inkjet system controllers.

The new technology is suitable for use in systems that print alphanumerics, graphics, and barcodes onto porous packaging substrates such as corrugated boxes for a wide variety of food, beverage, personal care, and medical applications.

The color 10-in touch screen featured on the Marksman Matrix allows quick, on-floor administrator editing of printed codes. The system is also compatible with front-office editing via Windows Remote Desktop. Additionally, the Marksman Matrix can control as many as four printheads on two production lines.

The graphics-driven, intuitive user interface on the Marksman Matrix is driven by the Windows environment. Unlike many controllers which feature an omnipresent key board, the Marksman Matrix keyboard only appears when necessary. The keyboard can quickly be reprogrammed to a wide variety of languages, and thanks to the larger screen size the keyboard (and individual keys, font sizes, etc.) is significantly larger than traditional controller keyboards, helping to reduce costly user error by as much as 25%, according to the company. The bigger screen size also allows users to quickly view complete spatial relationships in 3-D renderings of their package for enhanced user ease.

Hard drive storage on the Marksman Matrix is said to be as much as six times greater than on traditional controller technologies, allowing enhanced performance in a number of key areas: the Marksman Matrix offers nearly limitless standard true type and Unicode fonts pre-installed, eliminating the need for time consuming and costly additions to meet evolving needs.

Intelligent, streamlined design enhances the durability of the Marksman Matrix. The new system features as many as 20% fewer components as the 2011 Marksman Elite.

Durability is further enhanced by the systems´ compatibility with Trident printheads. Featuring unique-in-the-industry stainless steel construction, and patented repairable (rather than disposable) design, shock resistance and, automatic maintenance modules, the Trident-based ProSeries 384 and ProSeries 768 jet printheads provide durability. Whereas traditional printheads might need to be replaced as often as every few months, Trident printheads can last as long as 10 years or 300 billion firings, according tot he company. Significant cost savings are also generated by the reduction in system maintenance downtime that these printheads provide.

Courtesy: http://www.packworld.com/

Labels and Packaging Posted 2014-11-20T03:55:45-08:00

A team of researchers at Oslo University's Department of Informatics has developed a category of robots that, through simulation programs and 3D printing, adapt to unforeseen obstacles. In turn, these self-improving robots can enter hazardous areas and perform tasks in situations too extreme for human involvement, such as radioactive sites, deep mines, or even distant planets.

Image: University of Oslo; Apollon Research Magazine

The real-world uses for these robots are vast. One possible application, as described ay Associate Professor Kyrre Glette, imagines a robot entering a wrecked power plant and stumbling upon an unforeseen staircase. The robot is able to take a photograph, analyze the situation, and, using its integrated 3D printer, produce a new part, or even a new robot, that can negotiate the stairs. The entire scenario plays out without human interaction and without endangering or delaying the mission.

Oslo University's Robotics and Intelligent Systems research team has been investigating these possibilities for years, and has already developed three generations of self-learning robots. The first robot, affectionately named "Henriette," taught itself how to walk and jump like a chicken. When it lost a leg, it quickly adapted and learned how to hop on the other. 

The second generation, developed by Master student Tønnes Nygaard, was almost completely self-designing, using a simulation program that could calculate how the robot's body should be shaped, the length of its legs and the optimal distance between them.

The third and most flexible generation to date takes the simulation process one step further. Researchers can input their desired characteristics (such as the speed, size, energy consumption and capabilities of the robot) and then utilize the simulation program to run through thousands of possible configurations. The program suggests the optimal number of legs and joints, taking in a number of considerations.

Finally, the best possible models are selected through a process of artificial evolution. Ultimately, researchers are left with a set of proposals for different robots designed for optimal functionality, which can then be 3D printed and tested by real-world standards.

Image: University of Oslo/Robotics and Intelligent Systems

The 3D printers used by the University of Oslo cost between NOK 400,00 to 3,000,000 (roughly €47,000-€350,000), with the more expensive models capable of combining milling and layering techniques to ensure the highest level of precision.

Oslo University researchers have praised 3D printing as an invaluable technology that allows them to construct seemingly impossibly complicated structures as a single piece. Not only is 3D printing essential to creating robotic parts, it can also be built into the robots themselves as a self-enhancing tool, as in the staircase scenario described above.

In addition, 3D printing allows for a reduced timespan between the ideas stage to the robot-testing stage. Improvements can be made efficiently and with as little delay as possible.

However, the transition from simulated design to 3D printed robot is not perfect. The chief obstacle faced by the Informatics team thus far has been closing the so called "reality gap" between what the simulated robots can accomplish, versus their performance in the laboratory.

"Once the robots have been printed, their real-world functionalities quite often prove to be different from those of the simulated versions," explains researcher Mats Høvin, "We are therefore studying how the robots deteriorate from simulation to laboratory stage."

Image of Mats Høvin, member of the University of Oslo Robotics team Image: University of Oslo/Robotics

In order to close this gap and to create robots that are as good as, or even better than their simulated counterparts, researchers have set up obstacle courses to test how their robots can self-teach and self-adapt when confronted with new obstacles.

According to the researchers, real-world practice enables the robots' performance to be improved by 20 to 40 percent.

Ultimately, researchers hope that future models will be completely autonomous and, in fact, evolutionary. Much in the same way that our bodies send information to our brains, future robots will provide automatic feedback to the simulation program, enabling computers to create increasingly improved versions.

Despite the achievements made by the Robotics team in Oslo, further work is needed before the robots can be exploited commercially. "Our greatest challenge is to develop robust algorithms and a system which is able to make use of imprecise simulations," said Associate Professor Glette.

Nevertheless, given the possibilities and high turnover rate provided by 3D printing, it may not be long before these autonomous robots are sent where no man has gone before.


Source: University of Oslo

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3D Printing Posted 2014-11-20T03:53:44-08:00

TORONTONov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The new DPR Scorpio Plus Digital Label Cutting & Finishing System has arrived in Canada. This all-in-one finishing system laminates, digitally cuts labels to a precise size and shape (without requiring expensive dies), removes the waste matrix, and slits and rewinds labels. The Scorpio Plus is made in Italy and distributed through a network of distributors and resellers including DuraFast Label Company in Canada.

The DPR Scorpio Plus Digital Label Cutting & Finishing System offers everything needed to professionally cut and finish labels printed on modern Memjet and dry toner color label printers.

Its cutter management tool is powered by I-Mark software. The software and a camera work together, forming an integrated optical black mark registration system. Plotting technology makes it possible to cut any label shape on the fly without dies.

With its built-in slitter, wide roll (up to 8.86 inches) capacity, and ability to finish labels in a single process, the DPR Scorpio Plus Digital Label Finishing System saves time and money. Built for performance and value, the Scorpio Plus is ideal for use with continuous label rolls printed on digital label presses.

According to Michael Panzeri, Vice President of DPR, "Our production is mainly based on devices for label printers and labels in reel, as rewinders, unwinders, label dispensers, label counters and slitters. All our rewinders and unwinders can be used with all label printers."

With a retail price of just $29,995 CAD, the Scorpio Plus (or $25,995 USD for US Customers) is the lowest custom label finishing solution in the market. The DPR Scorpio Plus Digital Label Finishing System may be purchased directly from DuraFast Label Company. See this all-in-one label finishing system in person at the upcoming Pack Expo Montreal or PrintWorld Toronto exhibitions, or visit DuraFast Label Company'sToronto showroom.


DPR SRL is an Italian manufacturer that produces rugged, reliable accessories for the label production industry for over 10 years. Its products are manufactured at its factory in Barlassina, Italy. With demand for digital label printing products growing, DPR has expanded into Canada and USA. For more info, visit http://www.dpr-srl.it/ 

About DuraFast Label Company

DuraFast Label Company, a division of Sector Nine Distribution Ltd.,  is a specialty retailer of digital label printing products from leading manufactures such as Primera Technology, Epson, Afinia Label, and DPR. DuraFast Label Company is #1 in DIY label printing solutions in USA and Canada. DuraFast provides its customers with everything they need to bring label production in-house from digital label printers, label presses, rewinders, unwinders, dispensers, and applicators to digital label cutters and finishing systems, matrix removers, and label slitting systems. DuraFast also manufactures blank continuous rolls and pre-die cut label media for all leading digital color label printers.

For more information: http://www.durafastlabel.com/ 

or visit our new blog: http://blog.durafastlabel.com/ 

Basat Khalifa


SOURCE DuraFast Label Company

Courtesy: http://www.digitaljournal.com/

Labels and Packaging Posted 2014-11-20T03:52:07-08:00

After a successful inaugural FESPA Africa 2014, the exhibition organisers are set to enhance the 2015 edition to ensure a larger, more comprehensive event for the regional community.

Print solution providers are being invited to 'Ignite Your Print Potential' – the theme for FESPA Africa 2015, which aims to attract a wider array of exhibitors and cutting-edge technology, in addition to a variety of educational seminars to spark ideas that can be transferred to any print business.

The event will take place from 22-24 July 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Dyelan Copeland, organiser of FESPA Africa reports, "We are already on our way to creating a bigger event with over 4470 square metres of space booked. A large number of leading brands that will showcase their latest products include platinum sponsors, Roland and Avery Dennison, plus Agfa Graphics, Antalis, Epson, Fujifilm, Mimaki, Nutec Digital, Optimus, Pantone, Tulip Inks and Trotec SA, as well as distributors of Adobe, Anajet, Arlon, Brother, Canon, CorelDRAW, Hewlett Packard, Kip, Mutoh, Nazdar, Océ, Seiko, SwissQprint, Vista System and Zünd, amongst others.

The Continent’s economic buoyancy and FESPA’s brand recognition was evident at FESPA Africa 2014 which saw an 11% increase of attendees from outside South Africa compared to Sign Africa 2013.* Attracting visitors from nearly 40 countries, the top five international countries represented were Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The exhibition organisers, FESPA and Practical Publishing, are committed to enhancing the 2015 event by increasing international attendance, as well as unique visitor numbers through the development of its regional database and stakeholder relationships.

Additional activities to boost the visitor experience include engaging with new related markets to widen the scope of the expo and create suitable feature content for these sectors.

Marketing manager at FESPA, Lorraine Harrow comments, “FESPA Africa 2014 was a great launch event, gaining positive feedback from both exhibitors and visitors. We want to continually improve our exhibitions to serve the needs of the regional print community, by analysing last year’s event and doing market research, we have developed a targeted plan to deliver a bigger and better exhibition next year.”

Charnia Yapp, event organiser says, “Based on 2014 post-show attendance feedback we plan to provide more activities at the expo. Garment printing guru Charlie Taublieb's t-shirt printing corner was a major hit at the 2014 event and the popularity of the technology seminars means we will be extending the number of sessions and variety of content. These value-adds will be beneficial to printers in the region who are eager to learn new techniques and gather ideas for their businesses. We are sure a visit to the show will ignite their print potential.”

For more information about FESPA Africa and to register for free entry, printers should visit www.fespaafrica.com.

Courtesy: www.graphicdisplayworld.com

Event News Posted 2014-11-19T03:48:51-08:00

A new Canadian startup has launched their affordable, family-friendly home 3D printer Poieo3D on Kickstarter for as low as $649 for early backers. According to the manufacturers, Poieo3D is easy enough to operate that even small children can create their own 3D models and print them.

It seems like the only 3D printers being launched on Kickstarter these days are small, inexpensive printers. Unfortunately most of them are not especially attractive, have uninspiring specs and do little to encourage new buyers – the audience they are aimed at – to adopt 3D printing technology in their home. But the makers of Poieo3D are pretty actively looking to change that with their new affordable printer.

While the printer’s specs are average, they seem comparable to a lot of 3D printers on the market, many with a higher price tag. The Poieo3D looks to be a much more attractive and well-designed machine than most inexpensive 3D printing options. They say that it has been designed to look ‘at home’ in any modern home, with all of the wires and cords safely hidden away and an enclosed build envelope that protects curious little hands from touching something hot or fragile.

poieo_front 3d printer

It’s pretty clear that the printer is being aimed directly at the family, with both the design, the Kickstarter campaign and the promised simplified 3D design software. Poieo3D boasts that children as young as seven can design their own 3D printable objects with it. You can see their Kickstarter video here:

The Poieo3D is a FFF 3D printer that is optimised to use PLA 1.75mm filament with a nozzle diameter of 0.3. It has a partially enclosed build envelope of 200mm x 100mm x 100mm (7.8inch x 3.9inch x 3.9inch) and supports STL and Obj 3D file types.

poieo 3d printer_build_volume

Early backers can pick up a Poieo3D for $649, however once those are gone the price will be jumping up to $699. Interested schools can purchase a three 3D printer bundle for $1,999. And if you just want to help them out you can back them for $20 and receive a 3D printed snowflake ornament while backing them for $40 gets you the snowflake and a bookmark customized with your name in the color of your choosing.

The manufacturers of Poieo3D are looking to raise CAD$100,000 to start full production, but, we know how that can go. The crowdfunding campaign will end on December 31st, and if fully funded the printers will begin shipping as early as April 2015.

Courtesy: www.3dprintingindustry.com

3D Printing Posted 2014-11-19T03:44:07-08:00

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