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October '14

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14 • October 2014 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S Color Ink Creates Unique 3D Olympic Bobsleds Working with a tight deadline and a challenging assignment, Sussex, Wisconsin-based Color Ink delivered its client several realistic 1:1 scale models of Olympic bobsleds in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The final bobsled models were created from lightweight 40mm white styrene wrapped around a one-inch Ultraboard curvature frame and printed on an the Inca Digital Onset Q40i UV printer. Century 21 Real Estate approached Color Ink through its ad agency asking if they could create a paperboard replica of a U.S. Winter Olympic bobsled needed for its promotional efforts. Century 21 is an official sponsor of the U.S. bobsled team and intended to display a handful of the replica bobsleds at various locations during the games, which took place in February 2014. The project presented multiple challenges. Color Ink had to come up with a structural design that would be lightweight for shipping, and have as few parts as possible so that it would be relatively quick and easy to assemble the model. In addition, they had to make sure that the material was durable enough so it would not sustain any damage during the shipping process—but it had to look as authentic as possible. IDEAlliance to Certify Wide/ Grand-Format Inkjet Systems IDEAlliance, Alexandria, Virginia, a leading certifier of systems, skills, materials, and facilities in media production, announces the addition of wide/grand format inkjet printing systems to its programs of system validation and certification. The IDEAlliance Wide/Grand Format Inkjet System Certification Program certifies original equipment manufacturers' roll-fed and flatbed large-format printing systems to established tolerances for quality and efficiency. Systems are evaluated for printing, production, and application qualities for a specific ink and media combination. Results of the program informs prospective and current users of large- format technologies on which systems meet their production and market needs, as well as how to achieve consistent quality from their printing systems. Submissions are tested for color accuracy, color gamut, uniformity, repeatability, registration, lightfastness, printing speed and ink consumption. Image360 Fabricates Pre-School Makeover Brian and Sue Meister—owners of Lauderhill, Florida-based Image360-Lauderhill (formerly Signs By Tomorrow)—recently completed a full-scale way finding signage makeover for Tree of Life Christian Academy Pre-school. Tree of Life Christian Academy Pre-school approached Image360 to fabricate distinctive identification signs for their classrooms that looked like colorful tree limbs, paying homage to the "tree" in the school's title. Image360's designers developed custom- routed, tree limb-shaped shingle hangers, which were wrapped in digitally printed vinyl graphics. From each colorful "limb" hung the sign identifying each classroom. Wrap2Wrap Battle Contest Graphic films maker 3M, St. Paul, Minnesota, is challenging graphics installers to showcase their unique talents and expertise by using 3M Wrap Film Series 1080 to battle it out in 3M's inaugural Wrap2Wrap Battle. Graphics installers are already competing in online knock- out rounds, which began Aug. 11, with the final two contenders sparring in a head-to-head competition. The Wrap2Wrap Battle is open to all installers of 3M Wrap Film Series 1080 in the United States (except where prohibited by law). The contest is an opportunity for installers to demonstrate their skills and compete against industry peers, with judges and the public helping to decide installers' fates each round. 3M invites interested installers to visit for official contest rules and round information.

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