Sign & Digital Graphics

November '12

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Within the specialty advertis- ing industry, there is a demand for customized products across many applications and substrates, including leather. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA Corp.) leather. The two- tone of the logo on this iPad cover was achieved by setting part of the logo at black and part at 60% grayscale. (Image courtesy of Wausau Awards & Engraving uses its laser engraver to image onto Wausau Awards & Engraving.) Marching to a Different Beat "In addition to leather, Infinium works a number of other substrates including wood. For example, when cus- tom drum maker, Bill Cardwell of C&C Custom Drums in Gladstone, Mo., was working on a major project of decorating custom drums for the closing ceremo- nies of this summer's Olympic Games he found out about our product," says Leto Cardwell was introduced to the material that would make this particular project work by Mike Bertram, a doc- tor with a drumming habit who's been working on a simple and efficient way to produce custom drum graphics. Cardwell got the images from Coca-Cola, one of the sponsors of the closing ceremonies, and Bertram had the images printed in reverse on LexJet Infinium and sent to Cardwell to apply to the drums. Cardwell says he applied the graphics with a drop of dishwashing liquid and water and it went on smoothly and easily. "Infinium is typically applied with heat and pressure for more permanent applications, conforming to the mate- rial to which it's applied and essentially becoming part of that material. However, since this was a temporary application and time was of the essence, a 'cold' application worked just fine," he says. Mimaki Looking at Flatbed Route Mimaki has long been a leader in the textile printing market with their line of textile printers, but now they are also creating a buzz in the leather market by employing their JFX line of LED-based UV-curing flatbed printers. "We have discovered that our JFX line Mimaki has been using its JFX line of flatbed printers with Mimaki's LF-140 flexible UV-curable inks to image onto leather. The successful results is drawing interest from many of the heavy hitters in fashion industry such as Coach and Ralph Lauren. (image courtesy of Mimaki USA) 62 • November 2012 • SIGN & DIGITAL GRAPHICS of flatbeds used with Mimaki LF-140 inks work very well for printing onto leather," McGovern explains. "These very flexible UV inks offer a rich gradation in six-color printing reducing granular appearance. The leather holds the ink's colors very well. In addition, the LED UV cure-lamps on the flatbed unit are very gentle on the leather material. We have had great suc- cess printing onto lighter Pearl leather. This type of material makes the colors really pop." SPECIALTY IMAGING DIGITAL GRAPHICS

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