Like our name suggests, we have super-useful tips and tricks to help you with design projects, 3D production, vehicle wrapping and more. We also provide some excellent small business set-up and marketing advice as well as practical tips and tricks about our Roland software, print machinery and 3D milling products.
Roland DGA presents a host of customized gift and product ideas and promotions for the holidays and beyond. Turn generic gift items and product blanks into something personal and cool!
Here are a few of the many gift items that can be customized with Roland devices, including the cost of blanks and production, that we feel have that extra bit of sparkle and magic:
Before you start designing, you should size up the vehicle. Photograph the vehicle from all sides and take key measurements of the sides, hood, rear, roof and bumpers, then scale the photos accordingly in your design software.
Digital printing technology has improved rapidly, and as a result, it’s merged and diversified industries so that screen printers are now offering digital printing and sign shops are able to offer apparel. We saw this type of industry adaptation happen with the emergence of eco-solvent printers, and we can see it now with dye-sublimation printers.
A high percentage of the questions I receive from booth visitors at various trade shows are apparel related. This supports what I already know, that custom decorated apparel continues to grow in popularity. To answer some of the common questions I get at the tradeshows, here are some really useful pointers to help you efficiently produce quality custom clothing and accessories.
Roland VersaWorks offers a variety of helpful color matching settings, such as Prepress US, Max Impact and Sign & Display. These specialized settings allow users to quickly select the option that is most suited to the application at hand. The software also allows you to see a side-by-side comparison, which provides a visual benchmark for determining which setting to choose for the specific assignment.
Our VersaUV® line offers clear ink capability, which can be used to add special finishes, create realistic textures and even improve ink adhesion. It’s important to remember that the best process for printing with clear EcoUV ink will depend on the desired results.
The Roland Texture Library, included with Roland VersaWorks® RIP software, allows VersaUV® users to choose from more than 70 unique patterns and textures – all printed by layering clear ink. You can also create your own patterns by using a grayscale image as texture data.
In the past year, the Roland DGA corporate office underwent a major renovation and build-out that wrapped up last month. The construction left us with one VERY long hallway; 170 linear feet to be exact.
One of the greatest advantages of UV ink is its compatibility with a wide variety of substrates. Unlike solvent or water-based inks that react with the surface or get absorbed by the coating, UV ink sits on the surface and bonds to it just like an adhesive. A number of factors, including the finish and composition of the surface and the amount of ink being used, can affect the strength of this bonding.
Every package designer, flexographic printer, or converter faces a similar dilemma – how to produce a package prototype, quickly and economically, that looks and feels like the final product. The problem is magnified ten-fold when the client wishes to see several iterations.