If the boot fits
This larger than life, 2-metre sports shoe was 3D printed by Dekom 3D Plus, based in Switzerland. Produced as a concept piece to demonstrate how 3D printing enables sports brands to add impact to their marketing campaigns, the shoe was printed in two pieces on a Massivit 1800 3D Printer in just under 24 hours. Once printed, it was filled with expandable foam and decorated with a combination of self-adhesive vinyl, textiles and paint.
Fifteen years after introducing PRO-DESIGN as a high quality paper for professional laser printers, International Paper has re-formulated it to provide the same quality on high speed inkjet printers, including office and production devices. ColorLok technology, incorporated into the paper during its manufacture, locks ink pigments to the surface, resulting in more vivid colours, bolder and sharper blacks, faster drying and reduced smearing. PRO-DESIGN is suitable for all finishing treatments, from stapling, perforating, folding and binding to laminating, varnishing, sealing and embossing.
DSales (UK) Ltd has introduced a new service to help customers secure their Develop ineo MFPs. With ineo SECURE UK, a trained service technician will configure the security settings of a customer’s MFPs to meet their specific needs and label the machines to show they are protected. Security features include HDD lock to prevent unauthorised access; an HDD encryption key so that data can be stored in a password-protected partition on the MFP hard drive; HDD overwrite to obliterate temporary data as soon as a print job is completed; and configuration of the HDD automatically to delete a job in specified user boxes, system boxes and folders.
Xerox has introduced a White Dry Ink for the fifth print station on Xerox iGen 5 presses. The new colour will enable print providers to add special textures and finishes to printed work, such as a snowflake with textured details, a book cover with a white horse on a dark stock or a clear vinyl window film with white text. Jim Hamilton, group director, Keypoint Intelligence InfoTrends, said: “Designers will love the ability to use white on coloured and transparent substrates to create promotional items like brochures, business cards, greeting cards and invitations, point-of-purchase signage, book covers and direct mail postcards and letters. The opportunities extend to packaging applications like folding cartons.”
Cloud-based access control
Workforce time management solutions provider hfx has developed a cloud-based Access Control solution that enables organisations of all sizes to manage staff time more effectively. hfx Access Control can be used as a standalone solution or be fully integrated with Flexitime Management, Vanquish T&A, Everyone Cloud and other third party solutions. Door access control devices can be used with biometric (fingerprint) or proximity readers, with details of who can pass through which door stored locally so that should the network fail, the doors will still operate. A copy is backed up in the cloud with location details for each member of staff, providing an accurate roll call in an emergency.
Konica Minolta has introduced a series of ‘simply efficient’ colour production printers for print rooms that are new to digital printing and for more experienced print providers with large, repeat print volumes. The AccurioPress C6085 (85ppm) and C6100 (100ppm) include a high level of automation, such as automatic colour adjustment, skill-less operation and constant control of gradation and front-to-back registration. Karl-Friedrich Edenhuizen, Product Manager, Production Printing Group, said: Graphic communication providers, CRDs and Print for Pay operations will all benefit from these simply efficient presses. The Integrated Color Care Unit overcomes some of the biggest pain points in digital print production, such as time-consuming front to back registration, extensive colour set-up and complex paper set-up operations.”