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New Educational 3D Printer From XYZprinting

Printer Industry Blog - Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:36pm

In the end of June, one of the leading 3D printer producers—XYZprinting—had announced its first education-focused 3D printer—the da Vinci miniMaker. The model is beginner-friendly and aims for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education.

The company continues to provide efficient solutions for further integration of 3D printing into the educational environments (from grades K-12 and beyond). The printer allows to print 3D models during the real-life educational process. It will help to develop collaboration and problem-solving skills in the above mentioned subjects, spur creativity and creative learning.

The new device is based on the da Vinci 3D printer product line and features:

  • Auto-calibration providing the highest quality output.
  • Compact, but still appropriate size of 5.9″ x 5.9″ x 5.9″.
  • Lightweight design.
  • Eco-friendly and safe PLA filament, which is bio-degradable, non-toxic, DEHP- and heavy metal-free for user safety.
  • Special solutions for many years of education.
  • Access to the extraordinary XYZprinting Educational Ecosystem including XYZmaker, XYZprinting STEAM, and the XYZ 3D Gallery. It contains all the necessary information teachers and students need to create, design, and learn in the classroom or at home.
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Printing Industry - Google Blog Search - Sat, 02/27/2016 - 12:00am
It was in 1909 when Henry Ford, master of efficiency and standardization, famously said that a “customer can have a car painted any color…so long as it is black.” While the First Industrial Revolution introduced machines to ...
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Custom Printing: Small Business Printing Clients - <b>Print Industry</b>

Printing Industry - Google Blog Search - Mon, 02/22/2016 - 9:25am
Let's say you're an individual looking to buy custom printing for a small but complex job. What do you look for in a printer? The Back Story I have been.
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Comdoc !!Warning!! - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 7:08am
Just a friendly warning to anyone in Ohio or surrounding areas. Make sure you are signing with Xerox direct, not a reseller. One if the largest dealers in the area is owned by the Xerox company and claim to offer the same services as Xerox. Well, a couple months after signing with them we started to see that there is a big difference. Their service response time is not even close to what was promised, in a few cases as long as 3-4 days. They actually tried to charge me $1200 for parts to fix a machine that was covered by a service plan. About a year into the contract they said out toner usage was sky high and they were dropping the contract. As of now the machine is broken down and sits in the back corner collecting dust but we are still paying the lease. It seems they can drop out of their part of the contract as they please but we have no way of getting out of the lease. So, when their sales guys come to your shop I would suggest you send them packing. They will lie in your face and tell you anything to get you to sign a contract but after that they will do anything they can to hurt you.
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Gordo and Erik are Good Men - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 8:02pm
I will be the first to say that Gordon Pritchard and Erik N. are very good men, truly.

Oft times we get into debates and contrary opinions amongst each other and the heat can get turned up past where we all want to go.

With that said, I admonish that their contributions are priceless to the Print Planet forums.

I respect these men and their contributions. Keep going guys!

D Ink Man
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For over ten years I edited every PDF with Illustrator. - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 3:51pm
Hello Folks,

I confess. It was me. I edited every PDF in Illustrator. When I hit a problem, I placed, flattened and outlined my way out of trouble. I wrote actions and scripts so I could do it when I was in another room or watching the telly.

What could possibly go wrong?

.... turns out ... quite a lot.
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Question for users of Apogee Prepress 9.0 - Imposition related - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:47pm
We are going through the painful process of evaluating workflow systems and a question has come up in regards to Agfa's built in Imposition software inside Apogee.

Are you using the built in Imposition software inside of Apogee or are you using Preps or another Imposiiton software?

We are being told by other vendors that nobody uses the built in Imposition sofware because it is no good. Now I know this is just posturing by vendors trying to steer us away from other vendors but I still wanted to see what users were doing.

If you are using it please let me know your thoughts.

If you are not please let me know what you are using and why.
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Vutek GS3250lx pro or Vutek HS100 pro - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 2:42pm
Thank you in advance for any info.

I was wondering if anyone has any first hand experience with either of these machines? Looking for the good, the bad, or the ugly.

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Eskofot-purup imagesetter , starting point of printing is not stable. Cairo, Egypt. - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 1:14pm
The starting point of printing is not stable…….usually it starts 55 Cm ahead although it cuts the film accurately (for example, 70-100 exactly when asked to do so) ……sometimes the unpleasant shifting becomes the opposite in which it starts printing after leaving 8 cm blank ……

After trying a huge number in the " measured offest " input the starting point of printing became good and a complete file of 106 * 70 was successfully printed. However, the instability is still a problem in which three or four films are ruined in every 10 ones printed. There is not certain constant pattern for the mistaken films; for example, It was once recorded as follows: 2 films shifted "55" cms , three ones good, one shifted, four ones good, two ones shifted.

Thanks for any comments or private messages to my email.
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Cutter death-match: Challenge vs China - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 10:57am
Hello there,
I am trying to decide between two paper cutters and would like a knowledgeable opinion. For context—it will be for a small risograph print studio operating mostly to make short-run art prints and books, and likely never operating on a full-time commercial scale.

The machines in question are (photos included in attachments):

HL-4708 (specs here)
$250 (local)

An older Challenge (not sure the model)
$350 + $100 shipping

Both are manual operated and cut up to ~18". I'm assuming the Challenge is a better quality machine, but wondering if it's worth the extra cost and what kind of differences I will notice between the two. The studio is also quite small so I'm somewhat concerned about size.

Thank you! Your input is much appreciated Attached Images
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PrintPlanet Software Upgrade Notice - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 10:31am
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NEW - MITSUBISHI - DB BRIDGE ROLLERS - OEM - Mitsubishi D3000LX - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 9:20am
We have six (6), Brand new Mitsubishi DB Water Bridge
(NON-oscillating) Rilsan rollers - for a Mitsubishi D3000LX -
part # KGB 3806

$500 each - plus freight

Please Call or Email with questions or for more information.

Located in North Springfield, VT

Jim Norman

Photos attached. Attached Images
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Parochial Adobe :-P - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 11:12pm
Chose to update to PShop CC 2015 today.
Clicking on "more information" in the Adobe Updater brought me to a web site where I had the choice of going to a US (optimized) website or a "Canadian" (unoptimized) website - which was French only.
So, either Adobe isn't aware that Canada has two official languages (English and French) and that the majority of Canadians speak English not French or it believes that English speaking Canadians are actually US citizens.
Backing up to try and go to the US website to get the update information results in the Adobe Updater app crashing. So I had to reboot my MAC.
But in the end it seems to be working even if I couldn't find out what the update was for LOL.
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Neat color vision test - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:29pm
Thanks to Michael Jahn for finding it.
Worth taking:

iGame | Free Eye Test
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Acrobat vs. Fonts - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 3:18pm
I have what seems like a confusing subject but really isn't if you pay attention. So I'm going to break it down...

There are two Macs on the same server. One is mine, one is my co-worker's. We'll call him Frank.
We both open the same PDF using Acrobat.
Now, there are 2 fonts in question here: Univers and Birds of Paradise.

When I open the PDF and look at it, everything looks right. When Frank looks at it on his Mac, the Birds of Paradise converts to some ungodly font that clearly, Acrobat has decided to replace.
My Mac has Birds of Paradise downloaded and installed, but does not have Univers, yet Univers shows up normal in the PDF.
Frank's Mac has neither font, yet only the Birds text shows up weird.

Anyone know what's going on here?
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Installing CC 2015 Apps - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 10:04am
Hi everyone,

When installing CC 2015 apps, you CAN keep older versions already installed (except for Acrobat). After clicking 'Update' next to the desired app, a second window appears. Choose 'Advanced Options' at the bottom and uncheck 'Remove Old Versions'. If you don't see this option, you may need to update the Creative Cloud Desktop app first.

Thought this might be of interest.

Best regards,
pd :)
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Heidelberg SM 74 6 or 5 Colour Colour Bar - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 6:43am
Hi All :-) do any of you kind print people have a 5 or 6 colour colour bar for the SM 74?

Thanks in advance

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Challenge Multi 2020 - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 12:11am
Wondering if anyone here is using a multi 2020 for cutting? I realize they're probably too small for a lot of shops, but I'm a small shop and feel it will be a good fit for my needs. Can anyone give me any information on them? Found one that I can get for just under $1000, and feel like it's a good price. Looks and functions perfect.

How much maintainence needs to be done on these machines? And are parts still available for them? Thanks guys any any input you have on it please say.
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Xerox 1000i Trail Edge Bleed (blurry print) - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 8:14pm
We're on our second 1000i (first was replaced as colour was very inconsistent and eventually corrupted system boards) but are still not happy with output in particular what Xerox are calling trail edge bleed.

For example text with a 80/60% tint appear to come across as a gradient on the trail edge.
Below are links to a few pics and as you can see the dots start to taper off on the right hand side.

It even seems to be happening on 100% Magenta

We've been told this is caused by speed these machines run at and 1000 users have had this for a while (apparently not this bad though).
We however upgraded from an 800 where we never notices this and would never sign up for a new piece of equipment which is a downgrade in quality.

Any who, we're pushing to get our machine downgraded to an 800i as that seems to be the best solution.

Anyone else noticed this problem on either a 1000 or 1000i?
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For 5000, What is the Ratio of......... - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 5:33pm
......the thickness of an offset ink versus that of an aqueous blanket coater and an aqueous roller coater?

Same sex couple is ENCOURAGED to reply, G&E.

All replies are appreciated from the know ledged ones. Thank you all in advance.

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