Inkcups Wins Award for Helix Hi-Fi Direct-to-Shape Inkjet Printer

The 6-color Helix® Hi-Fi photorealistic digital rotary printer manufactured by Inkcups has earned a 2019 SGIA Product of the Year award in the non-flatbed, Direct-to-Shape Printers category.

Ideal for promotional and retail markets, the Helix® Hi-Fi prints multi-color graphics and photos on straight-walled cylinders, tapers, and objects with limited wall curvatures.

Inkcups Helix Hi-Fi digital rotary printer

The Helix® Hi-Fi uses UV LED ink and prints 360 degrees with a maximum resolution of 1200 dpi. The machine’s printable area is 8.6 inches; the system can print on items up to 12 inches in length with a diameter ranging from 2-5 inches.

The new Hi-Fi version of the Helix printer adds light cyan and light magenta inks to the CMYK and white inks on the standard model.

The two light inks enables the printer to produce realistic skin tones on cylindrical objects that will be personalized with facial images.

While the standard Helix® already delivers the best image quality in the industry, the addition of the light colors brings output quality to a new level. The benefits are most dramatic in printing skin tones where true photorealistic images are generated with smoother tone transitions, less graininess, and higher resolution edge effects.

Helix® Hi-Fi can import a series of unique image files and produce high-resolution photo gifts, such as glass candle holders and drinkware such as stemless wine glasses, stainless steel tumblers, and pint glasses.

A built-in programmable tilt system reduces product change-over time and eliminates the need to optimize print recipes for each SKU change.

The Helix® Hi-Fi is delivered as a turnkey package that includes software to integrate with web-based production solutions as well as warranty and service coverage.

The company offers multiple pre-treatment options, inks and other supplies, along with application testing and sample prints upon request.

Metals, glass, plastics, and ceramics are all validated for image durability from handling and washing.

“The Helix® Hi-Fi is unmatched in price and performance,” said Ben Adner, CEO of Inkcups. “The addition of these two inks are a game changer for customers looking to achieve high-quality personalized results. Inkcups has always had a strong business with promotional printing, and we are pleased to lead the industry in the personalization category.”

The Helix® Hi-Fi is engineered and manufactured in the U.S. It will be displayed at the 2019 Printing United show, Oct. 23-25, in Dallas, TX.

About Inkcups

Inkcups manufactures inkjet printing equipment, pad printing equipment, laser plate-makers and corresponding supplies. Their equipment is used in companies that serve the apparel, drinkware, promotional, electronics, medical, sporting goods and automotive markets.


Specialty Printer: Neopost Mach 6 for Direct Mail and Small Packages

Ongoing advances in inkjet printheads and inks have enabled manufacturers to design dozens of different types and sizes of printers for specific markets and applications. If you want to expand the range of products and services your print shop offers, you can find specialty printers for almost any type of application you can imagine.

In this post, we’ll look at the Neopost MACH 6.  Equipped with an 8.77-inch Memjet printhead that spans the width of the printing surface, the MACH 6 is a fast, thick-media printer for mailing, printing, and packaging applications.


You can use it to address and print traditional items such as envelopes, stationery, greeting cards, an special-event invitations. Or, you can choose to print on materials up to 3/8-inch thick, including stuffed envelopes, chipboard, corrugated cardboard, and folding cartons. The MACH 6 can print on 10 x 13-inch flat envelopes or mailers up to 10.5-inch wide and 17-inch long.

Unlike conventional inkjet printers in which the printhead traverses back and forth across the media, this system has printhead the remains in place as the media continuously moves beneath it. The “single-pass” system is about eight times faster than the conventional inkjet systems.

It can print as many as 8,000 standard No. 10 envelopes per hour.

Neopost MACH 6 inkjet printer

In the “normal” print mode, the MACH 6 runs at 60 feet per minute at a resolution of 1600 x 800 dpi (dots per inch). The “best” print mode runs at 30 feet per minute at 1600 x 1600 dpi for higher-output quality and deeper colors.

The printer features an electronic media thickness control and wide feeder path for larger envelopes and sheets of packaging boards.

The long-lasting printhead includes an automated cleaning and capping system to maintain print quality.

A stored-jobs feature can hold more than 60 GB of print jobs. To make additional copies of a stored job, you simply call up the print job via the printer’s 7-inch color touchscreen interface.

The optional mColor RIP and Workflow software is based on Harlequin RIP technology. It delivers the color consistency and accuracy required to match brand colors or Pantone colors. A variable data module makes variable-data printing fast and easy.

Other options include conveyor stackers, infrared dryers, a console table/cabinet, and a kit for handling small media (3.5-in. long x 1 in. wide).

About Neopost

Neopost is a global leader in digital communications, logistics, and mail solutions. Neopost USA provides hardware and software to mailers and shippers of all sizes. Neopost-branded solutions enables businesses to send and receive physical mail, digital documents, and traceable packages.

About Memjet

Memjet develops advanced inkjet printheads, modules, and ink technology to equipment manufacturers around the world. By developing solutions that are fast, simple, and affordable, Memjet is transforming what is possible in digital color printing.

Memjet’s original VersaPass technology platform is an aqueous dye-based, single-pass printing system that enables on-demand printing in a variety of markets, including: desktop labeling, mailing, and addressing; wide-format printing; and commercial printing.

Memjet’s DuraLink digital platform includes a new long-life printhead with 5x nozzle redundancy and durable aqueous pigment ink. DuraLink can be configured to provide single-pass inkjet printing in widths up to 100 inches (2.5 meters). Memjet’s DuraLink platform can be used in a range of commercial, packaging, and industrial printing applications.

Wallpen Vertical Inkjet Printer Applies Images Directly to Walls

The Wallpen E1 vertical inkjet printer by Wallpen GmbH uses Xaar inkjet technology and UV-curable inks to print large pictures and graphics directly on indoor and outdoor walls and other vertical surfaces. It prints in brilliant, durable and high-definition colors directly onto a wide variety of substrates including plaster, wallpaper, wood, stone, plastic, tiles, glass, metal and concrete.

Golden Gate Bridge image printed on wall with Wallpen
Image on wall printed by Wallpen UV inkjet printer. (Photo courtesy of Xaar)

The Wallpen can create colorful designs on walls up to almost four meters (about 13 ft.) high. The printable width is unlimited. The vertical printer can cover up to four square meters per hour at a resolution of 370 x 600 dpi.

Designed for easy transportation and set-up, the Wallpen can fit in a mid-size car. One person can set up it up in about five minutes.

Wallpen vertical large-format inkjet printer
The Wallpen vertical large-format inkjet printer is easy to move from site to site. (Photo courtesy of Xaar)

The Wallpen is the brainchild of Wallpen Managing Director Andreas Schmidt. He says the printer could be used to print eye-catching designs in public spaces such as shopping malls, or bring color to bland hospitals and municipal buildings. It could also be used to create museum displays or decorate hallways in office buildings. He believes the Wallpen printer will be used by painters, decorators, interior designers, sign makers, advertising agencies, graphic designers, and other professionals.

“Since the launch, we’ve had a great deal of interest in the printer from a wide variety of industries, and sales are already looking very healthy,” said Schmidt. Click here to view a video showing the printer in action.


The Wallpen printer was developed over two years and is underpinned by 15 patents.

The printer incorporates a four-color Xaar 128 print bar on a rigid, lightweight aluminum structure. To ensure the quality of printed image, an on-board laser system detects surface imperfections and undulations so the print arm can be automatically and continuously adjusted.

According to Schmidt, Xaar technology is playing a major role in the success of the Wallpen printer. In addition to their ability to jet UV-curable inks, the Xaar 128 printheads can be easily incorporated into a small and lightweight printhead unit.

The light and powerful Xaar 128 printhead has long been recognized as the leading 17 mm piezoelectric drop-on-demand printhead for the wide-format graphics sector. It is ideal for applications such as printing graphics on a range of surfaces as well as outdoor and indoor signage.


Direct-to-Object Printer for Bottles, Glasses, and Cups Debuts at Pack Expo


Engineered Printing Solutions (EPS), a leading manufacturer of custom industrial inkjet printers, is launching the Roto-JET direct-to-object inkjet printer at Pack Expo 2017, September 25-27 in Las Vegas.

The multi-color, UV-LED, high-resolution inkjet printer is designed specifically for decorating cylindrical objects – including bottles, tapered pint glasses, souvenir plastic cups, and flat-walled bottles.

The EPS Roto-JET is ideal for wineries, breweries, ad specialty companies, and other firms that produce promotional products. The printer can also add text and images to the cylindrical packaging used for cosmetics and health and beauty products. 

EPS Roto-JET industrial inkjet printer
The Roto-JET from Engineered Printing Solutions (EPS)


With average speeds of 800 parts per hour (pph), the Roto-JET features a synchronized printing and curing operation. It can print full CMYKWW. Optional printheads are available for applying primer and varnish.

The Roto-JET can handle glass, metal, or plastic cylindrical objects from 1.5 to 6 inches in diameter and up to 10 inches in length.

Easy to load and unload, the Roto-JET can accommodate either manual or automatic operation. The elliptical, racetrack-style transport system and vertical design keeps the printer within a manageable footprint.

The Roto-JET is built for continuous production, and provides four times the production capacity for twice the cost of competing devices.

“We developed the Roto-JET in response to customer demand,” comments Tim Scully, VP of Sales at EPS. “Several of our long-standing customers approached us separately, each requesting a solution designed to triple the volumes they are able to produce on their single feed systems at a manageable price point.”

For reliable operation, the Roto-JET uses the Xaar 1003 industrial inkjet printheads with Xaar’s unique TF Technology (ink recirculation). Ink is recirculated within the printhead directly past the back of the nozzle during drop ejection at the highest flow rates in the industry. This ensures that the Xaar 1003 operates reliably even in the harshest industrial environments.

“We are delighted to be launching the Roto-JET at this year’s Pack Expo show,” comments Eric Henzie, Director of Marketing at EPS. “This is a great opportunity to showcase our inkjet solutions alongside the major players in the packaging industry.” He said the Roto-JET is attracting interest from a variety of market segments. To learn more, visit

Next Dynamics Introduces a Desktop 3D Printer for Functional Electronics

Next Dynamics in Berlin has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a multi-material and electronics 3D printer called The NexD1.

The device is capable of printing fully functional circuits, opening the door for high-end electronics prototyping. The NexD1 is fast, precise, and fits on any desktop. It is available starting at $2,499.

The NexD1 uses a technology called DigiJet, which is similar to industrial PolyJet technology. DigiJet prints a wide range of materials at a precision of 10 microns, including special resins with nanoparticles and pigments. It prints fully functional low resistance circuits, by galvanizing a nanoparticle infused resin.

The nozzle and pre-heating system ensure a super precise flow and accurate deposition of the material that gets cured by a high-powered, wide UV laser after each layer. This results in highly conductive layers with a constant and low internal resistance.

“Unlike other 3D printer manufacturers that buy their printhead technology from big companies like Ricoh and Xerox, we have developed our own proprietary printhead,” said Co-Founder Ludwig Faerber. “This allows us to drastically reduce production costs, increase the capabilities of our printer and offer unrivaled value to backers.”

The NexD1 can print six materials at once and combine them for limitless characteristics. The cartridges can be hot swapped and materials can be changed on the go. This includes a large array of photopolymers and third-party materials with characteristics ranging from conductivity, transparency, flexibility, high strength, high temperature resistance, color and support materials.


Printed Electronics: Print 3D, low-resistance circuits
Wi-Fi: Connect with any smartphone, print from anywhere
Touch Screen: Easy and intuitive access
Ultra-High Resolution: 10 micron precision in xyz
Multi-Material: Print and combine 6 materials at once
Build Volume: 20 x 20 x 20 cm build volume
On-board slicer: Slice and print with the touch of your finger
Size: A compact 42 x 42 x 42 cm will fit your desktop
Smart Refill: Smart and easy swapping of cartridges
Support Material: Eco-friendly, non-toxic water-soluble support material
Silent: Silent operation for a noise-free environment
Eco: Cheap, non-toxic additive manufacturing

“We like to think of the NexD1 as a “start-up starter.” You can create and iterate almost anything. We hope that our tech will become a launching point for new businesses to explore the potential of 3D manufacturing,” said Faerber.

Next Dynamics’ Kickstarter campaign runs through January 12, 2017. For a full rundown of the pledge levels visit their Kickstarter page.

Durst Brings New Capabilities for Tau 330 Label Press to Labelexpo America

At Labelexpo Americas 2016, Durst will introduce the increased capabilities of its portfolio of inkjet label presses. Durst’s market-leading Tau 330 inkjet label press will be integrated with near-line pre- and post-press finishing solutions in cooperation with OMET, the world’s leader in flexographic printing presses.

For the first time in the U.S., Durst will show the new, economical single-pass Tau 330 E UV Inkjet Label Press. It features high-pigmented UV inks for reduced ink consumption and is especially designed for small and medium-sized label converters.

Durst also will demonstrate its own production workflow software designed specifically for label print production providers.

Durst Tau 330

Durst’s Tau 330 platform is a UV inkjet label press with more than 100 installations worldwide.  It features a 330 mm (13 in.) print width, up to seven colors (CMYKOVW), and printing speeds of up to 48 linear meters/min. (169 ft./min.) with up to 1,260-dpi print resolutions.  Thanks to the seven color stations, the Tau 300 achieves close to 90 percent coverage of the Pantone™ color gamut.

In cooperation with OMET, the Tau 330 series presents unlimited material flexibility for a vast range of applications.  Its new near-line primer station provides increased material flexibility and cost-saving potential, and its flexible post-press finishing options complete near-line label production needs.

Durst Tau 330 label press with in-line Omet pre-print and finishing equipment.
Durst Tau 330 UV Inkjet Label Press with near-line Omet pre-print and finishing equipment.
Durst Tau 330 E

The Tau 330 E is a UV inkjet label press featuring print widths of 200 mm or 330 mm, four or five colors, a printing speed of up to 48 linear meters/min. (157 ft./min.), and a printing resolution of up to 1,260 dpi.

This system has been engineered with particular attention to equipment cost while maintaining the proven speed and printing quality of the flagship Tau 330 printing press.  Its newly designed, high-pigment UV inkjet inks provide a noticeable cost reduction. The result is a system with an unmatched Total Cost of Ownership for the print provider.

Durst Tau 330 E label press
Durst Tau 330 E UV Inkjet Label Press
Durst Workflow Label

Together with the Tau 330 platforms, Durst will introduce its completely new Durst Workflow-Label. This modular, expandable prepress software can handle a variety of processes, including: order entry; prepress; print-file management (RIP); color management; ink costing; and production data management.

Durst Workflow Label offers an optimized workflow with specialized functions such as:

  • automated knock-out of non-print areas for lower ink consumption;
  • high-access, browser-based interface for immediate job costing; and
  • easy-to-use high-speed variable data functionality.


About Labelexpo

Labelexpo Americas 2016 takes place Sept. 13-15 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. It attracts: printers and converters of labels, flexible packaging, and folding cartons; brand owners; and label and packaging designers.

Durst will be showing the products in Hall F, Booth 5901.

About Durst Phototechnik AG

Durst Phototechnik AG manufactures professional digital imaging systems for graphic communications, signage, retail display, labels and packaging, textiles, and industrial applications.  Durst Phototechnik AG as headquarters in Brixen Italty and operates manufacturing facilities in Brixen and Lienz, Austria.

Durst also has major offices in the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia, Spain and Mexico, and partners with exclusive agents in 120 countries. Durst’s solid reputation for quality, precision, innovation and reliability spans more than 80 years.

SGIA Expo Preview: Industrial Printing Symposium

Industrial printing refers to functional or decorative printing that is part of a larger manufacturing process. For example, industrial printing equipment is used to decorate ceramic tiles, laminates, textiles, glassware, flat glass, packaging, and many different types and sizes of 3D parts.

SGIA-Expo2016Custom technologies and inks are typically required to meet the specific requirements of the product manufacturer.

For insight into opportunities and possibilities for industrial printing, register for the day-and-a-half SGIA Industrial Printing Symposium. It will be held September 13-14 in conjunction with the SGIA Expo September 14-16 in Las Vegas. The Industrial Printing Symposium will discuss technologies, processes, applications, and production strategies in key segments of this rapidly developing field.

Topics to be discussed each day are as follows:

Tuesday, September 13

  • Single-Pass Inkjet Developments as They Affect Industrial Printing
  • Why Screen Printing is Still Relevant in 2016
  • Developments in High-Production and Industrial Textile Printing
  • Utilization of UV Curing Technology for the Industrial Printing
  • Market Solutions to Production and Performance Problems
  • Ceramic Tile Production: Analog to Digital Changeover Timeline
  • Ink Performance Testing: Processes and Limitations
  • Promoting Long-Term Durability/Lightfastness/Fade Resistance

Wednesday, September 14

  • Exploring the Digital Decoration of 3D Surfaces
  • The Wide World of Process Measurement
  • Printed Packaging: A Technology and Progress Report
  • Exploring the Future of Industrial Printing

The schedule includes networking opportunities during a 7:30 am continental breakfast on both days and during a 5:00 pm reception on Tuesday, September 13.

Speakers will include experts from FUJIFILM Dimatix, Durst Image Technology, Nor-Cote International, Nazdar, Global Inkjet Systems Ltd, Meto-Grafics, SGIA, Expand Systems LLC, and other firms.

The sessions at the SGIA Industrial Printing Symposium run concurrently with the SGIA Printed Electronics Symposium.  Registrants can choose to attend sessions at either the Industrial Printing Symposium or Printed Electronics Symposium.

If you register before August 23, you can receive $100 off the full registration fee of $425 for SGIA members and $475 for non-members.

The Durst Rho Vetrocer is one example of some of the industrial inkjet printers introduced in 2015. This printer was developed by Durst Industrial Inkjet Application GmbH for the permanent decoration of flat-glass products such as glass doors, divider walls, and building facades. It uses a ceramic ink specifically formulated to print on glass. The inks are permanently fused to the glass during a post-print baking stage in an in-line infrared dryer.
The Durst Rho Vetrocer is one example of some of the industrial inkjet printers introduced in 2015. This printer was developed by Durst Industrial Inkjet Application GmbH for the permanent decoration of flat-glass products such as glass doors, divider walls, and building facades. It uses a ceramic ink specifically formulated to print on glass. The inks are permanently fused to the glass during a post-print baking stage in an in-line infrared dryer.

Epson Screen Print Editions of Two SureColor Printers Are Now Available

Epson Screen Print Editions

Earlier this year, Epson announced that they had worked with the screen-printing software experts at Freehand Graphics to develop Epson Screen Print Editions of two of their newest desktop and wide-format inkjet systems.

The 17-inch SureColor® P800 Screen Print Edition and the 24-inch SureColor T3270 Screen Print Edition were developed specifically for producing high-quality screen film positives for the screen printing process. The Epson Screen Print editions come bundled with AccuRIP Black Pearl SE™ software by Freehand Graphics and Epson Screen Positive Film.

Epson Screen Print Editions

For the Maker Generation

Epson recently announced that the two Screen Print Editions have begun shipping and can be purchased from screen-printing equipment resellers such as Garston, Graphic Solution Group, Lawson Screen & Digital Products, Nazdar Source One, and Ryonet.

This news should be welcomed by the many young artists, designers, and makers who are enthusiastically using entry-level screen printing equipment to make gig posters, T-shirts, and gifts items for sale on Etsy and at maker fairs.

When I wrote an article about the resurgence of “Old-School Screen Printing in the Digital Age” for the SGIA Journal, the owner of a co-op screen-printing studio told me that many young designers who grew up with computers and automated digital printing enjoy messing around with the inks and getting their hands dirty crafting prints that aren’t as slick and “perfect” as digital prints have become. With screen-printing, applying multiple layers of ink can result in prints that look and feel more like paintings.

But that doesn’t mean every step in the screen-printing process must be done manually. Younger artists who grew up using Adobe design software and professional inkjet printers for printing and proofing aren’t likely to revert to imagesetters and film-processing equipment. Some screen-printing start-ups I visited were using antiquated Epson Stylus Pro inkjet printers retrofitted with third-party ink systems and specialty software.

What’s a Film Positive for Screen Printing?

One key step in the screen-making prepress process is to make an opaque film positive for each color ink in the design. The film positive is placed on a screen coated with light-sensitive emulsions and exposed to UV light. The light activates the emulsions, which harden to become impermeable and form stencils on the screens. The stencils determine which parts of the print surface will receive ink as it is squeegeed through the screen mesh.

For optimal image quality, the density and placement of the black inks on the film positives must be properly controlled. This is particularly true when reproducing photos or complex designs.

The Epson Screen Print Editions

With Epson UltraChrome® HD Ink and UltraChrome XD pigment inks, the Epson SureColor P800SP and T3270SP produce high-quality solid and halftone films up to 65 lines-per-inch (lpi) with high UV opacity and an exceptional black density up to 4.0 Dmax.

The screen-printing studios who upgrade to these new “Screen Print Editions” can also use these film-positive printers to print full-color posters and graphics.

SureColor P800 Screen Print Edition

This 17-inch desktop borderless printer (MSRP: $1,795) is ideal for small screen-printing shops and maker studios that specialize in screen-printing small runs of T-shirts, tote bags, gig posters, and art prints.

The SureColor P800 uses Epson MicroPiezo AMC printhead technology with Precision ink drop control and eight colors of Epson UltraChrome HD ink. (Cyan, Yellow, Magenta, Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Light Black, Light Light Black, Matte Black and Photo Black). The density of pigments in the Photo Black ink is 1.5 greater than in Epson’s previous-generation inks.

The SureColor P800SP delivers resolutions of up to 2800 x 1440 dpi for outstanding clarity and sharpness.

SureColor T327o Screen Print Edition

The fast 24-inch T3270 Screen Print Edition ($3,495) can be used in screen-printing shops that use more automated equipment to produce longer runs of garments and posters. Its more robust print engine can output up to 40 16 x 20-inch  films per hour.

The SureColor T3270 uses Epson’s latest PrecisionCore TFP production-grade inkjet printhead with five colors of specially formulated Epson UltraChrome XD pigment ink (Cyan, Yellow, Magenta, Matte Black, and Photo Black).

The UltraChrome XD inks were formulated for the fast production of high-precision technical drawings on the Epson SureColor T series of wide-format inkjet printers.

UltraChrome XD inks deliver brilliant color and crisp lines on virtually any paper type and are extremely resistant to smudges and water. The UltraChrome XD inks are sold in three cartridge sizes: 110 ml, 350 ml, or 700 ml. Companies that primarily use black inks to make film positives can use 700 ml cartridges of black ink and smaller cartridges for the color inks.

Specialized Software and Film

The AccuRIP Black Pearl SE software that comes with the Screen Print Editions was developed by Freehand Graphics, a New York-based screen printing business that has been delivering prepress products for more than three decades.

AccuRIP Black Pearl SE software works with all Adobe PostScript design software and has been optimized to provide superior solids and halftone control for textile applications. The easy-to-use interface offers simple ink density controls and one-click pop-down menus for top-quality results with Epson Screen Print Edition printers and Epson Screen Positive Film.

“The team at Freehand is excited to be an integral part of delivering these special screen-print editions to users who appreciate the value of a fast, professional turnkey solution,” said Charlie Facini, CEO of Freehand Graphics.

Epson Screen Positive film is a dimensionally stable, 5-mil clear PET film with a microporous coating optimized for Epson UltraChrome HD inks. Even with the high ink densities required for the solid, opaque blacks in film positives, the inkjet printed films dry instantly.

This means the ink on the film positive doesn’t transfer or stick to the emulsion on the screen. It’s also possible to expose the screen as soon as the positive comes off the printer. Available in cut sheets and rolls, Epson Screen Positive Film delivers a DMAX over 4.0 for precise text and sharp edges, on even the smallet type.

While Epson’s Screen-Print-Editions will appeal to screen-printing start-ups and studios, the printers will also be used in well-established screen-printing firms.

Brad Nichols, art director for Insta Graphic Systems, says the Epson SureColor T3270SP is “an ideal printer that combines production speed, exceptional quality, and extraordinary simplicity —all at a great value.” He said the company had been seeking a quality, cost-effective system that could replace an outdated imagesetter and produce high-resolution film separations for custom print orders.

“Epson is committed to bringing the most advanced solutions to market for proofing, graphic arts, photography, and screen printing professionals,” said Matt Kochalowski, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “The new SureColor P800 and T3270 Screen Print Editions combine our most sophisticated graphics printing technologies with the powerful, intuitive AccuRIP Black Pearl SE software to create amazing proofs and exceptional-quality screen positives at incredibly fast speeds.”