Cool art lesson

Preston-based Signs Express (Central Lancashire) has provided digital wall coverings, stained glass effect window displays and large-scale wall graphics on staircases and corridors at Moor Park High School and Sixth Form College. The designs and artwork were produced by Lancashire company CDM.

Aye, aye captain

Metropole, a Paris-based firm, 3D printed this life-size replica of the much-loved Corto Maltese - an Italian adventure comic book series named after the an enigmatic sea captain. It also produced the background graphics, printing the adhesive film on its HP Latex LX3000 printer.

Boxing clever

Plymouth-based Graphicomm Digital provided this shipping container wrap for a local businessman who wanted to make it blend in with the surrounding landscape. The company used Antalis Coala 2d Dynamic Polymeric Gloss White for the job, with Coala 2D Matt Laminate over the top to provide extra protection.

Fashion forward

This is the kind of thing that happens when an inkjet printer manufacturer teams up with a fashion designer. This outfit by Richard Quinn was printed by him onto fabric and Mylar foil using an Epson SureColor SC-F dye-sublimation printer.

Taking the triple

UK companies Augustus Martin, Signbox and Digital Plus all won gongs at his years Fespa Awards. Augustus Martin won the: POP - paper and board category (bottom); Signbox the Decals/printed labels/ fleet sector (top); and Digital Plus for the Glass/ ceramic/metal/wood category (middle).

The American dream

Antalis created this American diner inspired stand for Sign and Digital UK, where everything - from the walls through to light shades - was constructed from materials from its range visual communications media.

Best Digital runs Reebok job

PPB’s Allison Board wasused to create an attention-grabbing backdrop at an event to launch the new Reebok Crossfit Nano 7. 2m high 3D lettering to promote the Twitter hashtag #NANO7 for the new shoes, was created by Welwyn Garden City-based Best Digital. It built up the letters in layers to a depth of 96mm. After printing the sheets on its Screen Truepress 3200 HS flatbed, the layers were bonded together and faced off with a reverse printed 1mm Acrylic to give a premium feel.

Award winner

This exhibition stand put together by exhibition and modular display specialists Bell Stone Associates using the Tecna Display T3 Affinity system won the ‘Best at BETT’ award for Bloodhound's ‘Race for the Line’ project at the Microsoft Education Activity Stand at BETT 2017.

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.