Hey Presto!

Presto Dimensions (Netherlands) created wide-format prints on its Mutoh machine to decorate 60 containers inside and outside. The company used Trespa panels wrapped with full colour prints to create this modular village at the police, fire and ambulance training center in Vught, Netherlands.

Set to shimmer


Shimmerdisc is the brainchild of Andrew Ainge. His Leeds-based company specialises in the production of sequined displays that use thousands of light-reflecting discs to produce graphics that appear to move as the light catches them. Each disc is individually printed on a Roland UV flatbed digital printer. Every module is reverse printed and optically clear to provide an animated display.

Who you gonna call? 

New York-based large-format print business Carisma created ten 3D printed graphics to promote Sony Pictures’ summer blockbuster, Ghostbusters, using its Massivit 1800 3D Printer.

The promotional campaign saw Carisma produce the ten 4.27m 3D printed images of the iconic ‘No-Ghost’ sign, which serves as the logo for the movie. 

The models were 3D printed in Dimengel material over ten days before being affixed as illuminated 3D printed wraps onto a fleet of double-decker buses and used nationwide during a month long campaign.

Inca show off

The versatility of Inca’s inkjet technology was on show at this year’s Royal Academy Schools Show in the shape of student Elliot Dodd’s sculptures - Ice Cream Man (Grabber) and Ice Cream Man (Daytona). The duo started out as hip hop video stills which Dodd captured, printed and moulded as a skin around 3D objects. He then photographed these and printed the resulting images onto steel sheets at Inca’s Cambridge demonstration centre using Inca’s Spyder X and Onset X wide-format flatbed UV inkjet printers. The final step was to mould these by hand into the finished pieces, which also incorporate PU foam and aluminium mesh.

Flower power to PressOn 

PressOn helped the Flower Council of Holland create this giant ‘living painting’ for outside the National Gallery in London this summer. The brief was to create a 6.2m tall x 4.6m wide piece of digital print that, when covered with real flowers, would recreate a Dutch Master painting by artist Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder. 

Nigel Webster, joint MD of PressOn, explained: “We needed to create a printed template that would sit on floristry foam to act as a guide for the florists adding the real flowers. We settled on wet strength blueback paper, printed with HP Latex inks on our HPLX3500. We made around 30,000 slits using our Kongsberg XP Cutter to enable the flowers to be added. Another section of the painting that was not covered in flowers was printed on canvas to help withstand the weather and then added over the top of the other covered sections.”

The final structure, which stood 8.2m from the ground, had a built-in water irrigation system to keep the blooms fresh over the summer months.

Up and away

For the rebranding of Mobistar and the launch of the brand Orange the company Pop Media installed a 600m² digital printed banner in Boulevard General Jacques in the Brussels city center. X-Treme made a inflatable hot air balloon shape in order to complete this 2D /3D combination. 

Food for thought

This is the café space that awaited those attending the Printeriors space at Fespa Digital 2016 last month – the aim of the project being to showcase the interior décor possibilities of large-format inkjet print. The rest of the images in this Think Bigger Gallery this month are of the stands that formed the Printeriors hotel.

Drink it in

Alvisual showed off its Frameless Bar concept for use in hotels and the like. It uses the Frameless fabric tension system combined with UV printed 100% polyester textile and an acrylic coating to provide a shiny look.

Italian style

The Fespa Italia association, in conjunction with a number of its members, developed various room sets for Printeriors, with printed soft furnishings, metal, wood, linoleum, vinyl etc. showing off the breadth of inkjet capability.

Shower power

It was all about mood on the PPP Nederland Printeriors stand, where this waterfall shower unit took pride of place as part of the company’s mission to explain that it can print onto a huge range of substrates, including glass panels.

Photo finish

A new collaboration between Southern Counties Glass and large-format photographic artist Richard Osbourne, coupled with the print capability of a new Mimaki JFX200 and JFX500 from CMYUK is resulting in some stunning – and practical – glass-printed art installations for interiors.

A door to the past

Agfa Graphics played a key part in the restoration of The Byodo-in Buddhist temple near Kyoto in Japan. The most famous part of Japanese National Treasure and World Heritage Site, and the only remaining original building, is the Phoenix Hall (Hoo-do) constructed in 1053. It’s the imagery and colours on the west doors to this that Agfa has restored using an Anapurna 2050i to print on the doors’ 400 year old Japanese cypress wood. As the 1.2m by 2.5m doors weren’t flat, a special technique was developed to print on the curved surface of the frames with the help of a special tool that was created with a 3D printer. In addition, a particular kind of white ink was used to imitate the original white parts of the door.

Bourn to run

Adam Bourn Creative clinched the Wide Format Project of the Year gong at the BSGA British Sign Awards. The company took the accolade for its ‘One Commercial Street’ job that required the comparatively small operation to produce over 1150m2 of self adhesive vinyl and install it at a development of retail, commercial and residential properties in the City of London.

Icon World Cup 2014 Fan Zone

For the fans

During the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, ICON installed digitally printed dye-sub fabric and hi-res vinyl throughout the purpose-built FanZone, where audiences could gather to watch live matches on the country’s largest LED panoramic screen. 

American Medium (photo by Vartivar Jaklian)

It's textastic

CATdigital, the commercial arm of the Centre for Advanced Textiles (CAT) at the Glasgow School of Art, creates customised and bespoke printed fabrics for the fashion and interior design markets.

This is an example of the kind of stunning work it can produce. The artwork here was produced by American Medium. (photo by Vartivar Jaklian)

flames of creativity

Fanning the flames of creativity

A d.gen Artrix GT digital textile printer and Wasatch SoftRip TX is allowing the Norwegian Opera and Ballet to create extraordinary costumes and accessories for its productions.

"We now can customise our costumes to exactly how we envision them," said Kari Alette Baekkevold, head of print and dyeshop. As this image shows, the printer/Rip combo allows the operation to produce rich vibrant colours on fine fabrics.