Xeikon installs Wall Decoration Suite at K&< Wall Art
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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Print quality and output speed for printing wallpaper, posters and other wall decorations are pivotal for the Berlin-based print services provider
Eede, the Netherlands – It all started with computer-cut wall tattoos. Now, eleven years later, K&L Wall Art is one of the leading e-commerce platforms for personalised wall designs. The company produces home accessories at its 1,500m2 facility in Berlin, exclusively using digital technology. In May 2018, the company added Xeikon’s wallpaper system, the Wall Decoration Suite, to its production portfolio, including a Xeikon 8500 single-pass digital duplex printer.
“We needed to act, since we were no longer able to meet the demand for digitally printed wallpaper with our previous latex printers whilst remaining competitive. If you take a good look at the market, only Xeikon remains as a reliable and experienced supplier of digital wallpaper solutions,” explains Alexander Kunze, Managing Director at K&L Wall Art. The decision to purchase the Xeikon solution was driven primarily by K&L Wall Art’s expansion beyond personalised wallpaper for consumers to include a B2B customer base. Large companies, interior designers and shipyards not only request individual items, but often order larger quantities of up to 3,000 pieces. Kunze calculates that he is able to print five times faster with the new Xeikon machine than with two or three latex printers. This provides a huge boost to the company’s ability to meet the growing demand for digital wallpaper across all customer segments.
In addition, the Xeikon wallpaper system offers a complete solution that includes all upstream and downstream units. All configurations of Xeikon’s Wall Decoration Suite include a jumbo unwinder and a specially developed wallpaper rewinder with cutter and remover. This enables the production of a fully finished wallpaper roll in a single operation. The suite is powered by the industry-leading X-800 digital front-end that offers numerous productivity and colour management features to ensure high colour stability and a high level of printed output reproducibility. “What really impressed us about the Xeikon wallpaper solution is that it has been thoroughly thought out, from A to Z. We do not require any additional machines for assembly, and a single operator can easily operate the machine,” Kunze confirms.
“At Xeikon, we strongly believe in bringing our customers best-of-class solutions that can improve their productivity and profitability,” said Dimitri Van Gaever, Business Development Manager at Xeikon. “K&L Wall Art is a great example of a company looking beyond just the press to a total solution that offers a streamlined workflow. This holistic approach is the best way for printing companies to further develop their businesses and better serve a growing customer base.”
K&L Wall Art: Up-to-Date Technology
K&L Wall Art’s core business is wall decorations with wall tattoos, wall designs, wallpaper, posters, glass paintings, canvases and decorative letters. In total, the company offers more than 30,000 items. In addition, this print services provider holds licenses for about 50 well-known brands, including FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, the German national football team and many other Bundesliga clubs, as well as Asterix & Obelix, Porsche Design, and Diddle. The company employs about 50 staff, 23 of which are production experts. Most of the others work in IT, graphic design and marketing.
After Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where K&L Wall Art already has a high profile, its international business is focused on local language Wall Art platforms in England, the Netherlands, France, Denmark, Italy, the USA and Canada. Currently, the highest growth markets in terms of orders are France, Italy and England.
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Early applications of additive manufacturing were seen in aerospace, with the healthcare and medical sector also making innovative use of the technology. Now, most verticals are investigating the use of 3D printing from fashion and art all the way to the construction industry.
What are the different jobs in 3D printing? What qualifications do I need?
The 3D printing industry brings together hardware, software and materials know-how, and as such there are opportunities in additive manufacturing for professionals of many backgrounds.
Mechanical engineers have a wide range of career opportunities in the additive manufacturing sector. These range from application engineers who work with 3D printer technology, additive materials, data and processes and use technical and problem-solving skills to deliver end use additive applications. Application engineers may also be an important part of the sales process, educating potential customers and serving as a key point of contact for customer questions.
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3D Design Engineers are responsible for the important first step of 3D printing – creating the digital 3D model, and as such, can find work in many companies using additive manufacturing. Design engineers may work as traditional 3D designers, creating computer models using 3D CAD software such as Solidworks or Fusion 360. Mechanical design engineers may have responsibilities such as rapid prototyping and testing the mechanical components of 3D printed parts using a structured and analytical approach.
Other work for 3D designers includes converting concept drawings into computer 3D designs, translation of real-world parts into digital 3D models, and performing simulations of the 3D printing processes to optimise production and minimise failures. Designers are also in demand to work with medical data, for example DICOM, and prepare this for 3D printing.
Finally, Sales, Marketing, or Account Managers, and other business support roles in the additive manufacturing industry are increasing in demand just as the industry continues to grow. Business roles involve a wide range of activities such as product management, business development, analytics, marketing, sales, and account management. To successfully perform the different business functions, candidates should have a deep understanding of market trends in the AM industry in addition to excellent communication skills, analytical thinking, and ability to meet deadlines. This also includes knowledge of 3D printing techniques, materials, and software, and the capabilities of 3D printing technology.
Tips for applying
Professionals with 3D printing experience are in high-demand but also relatively rare. If you have worked with 3D printers before, you should make it stand out in your application. Including a portfolio of past work is also a great way to show off your capabilities.
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Italian 3D printer manufacturer Roboze has reportedly raised €3 million (the equivalent of $3.4 million) to boost the growth of its business.
This round is the first ever from the company since it was founded in 2013, and it follows the inauguration of a new state of the art headquarters in Bari, Southern Italy, from April this year.
Leading the round was Italian R&I fund Equiter SPA which specialises in infrastructural investment across research, assessment, acquisition, enhancement and transfer.
Roboze 3D printers
Roboze produces FFF technology 3D printers for the desktop, desktop professional and production markets.
In contrast to other 3D printers in this market, Roboze’s machines aren’t controlled by a belt. Instead, extruders operate across a hardened steel rack, increasing the precision across X and Y axes, and reducing potentially detrimental vibrations. Another advantage of Roboze’s 3D printers, is the use of a High Viscosity Polymers (HVP) extruder. In the higher temperature machines from Roboze (like the Roboze One +400 Xtreme) HVP extruders enable the processability of thick, engineering grade polymers like PEEK.
The ARGO 500 is Roboze’s latest 3D printers. Launched at Formnext 2017, the ARGO 500 is designed to 3D print metal replacement parts from high strength polymers including carbon fiber filled PEEK and Ultem. A production-grade system, works at extrusion temperatures up to 550°C on a build volume of 500 x 500 x 500 mm.
This year, the ARGO 500 has been succeeded by the XTREME Series of 3D printers, as Roboze continues its pursuit of more high-end engineering and end use applications.
An ambitious goal
With the added €3 million boost Roboze hopes to build on the momentum it has built over the past five years of business. So far, the company has each year experienced 100% year over year revenue growth since it launched the first Roboze One in 2015. By the end of 2019, the company hopes to increase this growth by a further 400% to 500%.
It’s an ambitious goal for sure. As noted by Ilaria Guicciardini, Marketing Director at Roboze, in our Trends in Additive Manufacturing for End-Use Production guest article series, “Despite the uncertainty given by innovation even at the earliest evolutionary stages, it is already clear that 3D printing is a far-reaching technology with very important economic and social implications.”
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Featured image shows Roboze’s the patented beltless control system. Photo via Roboze.
Canadian print industry leader Ekstein earns Lifetime Achievement Award from Printing Industries of America (PIA) - GlobeNewswire
TORONTO, Dec. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jeff Ekstein, a third-generation owner of 65-year-old Willow Printing Group, has been named the Printing Industries of America 2018 Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
PIA is the world’s largest graphic arts trade association, representing an industry with approximately one million employees and serving the interests of thousands of member companies.
Established in 1950, the Lewis Award recognizes business leaders who have made major, long-term contributions to the graphic arts industry and have been a significant force in shaping the business of printed communications. The award was presented on November 9 at the Ben Franklin Honor Society Award Dinner during the Fall Administrative Meeting of Printing Industries of America in Grapevine, Texas.
The award was presented to Ekstein by Canadian-born Michael Makin, who has been President and CEO of the Printing Industries of America since August 1, 2002.
“Being recognized with the lifetime achievement award from the Printing Industries of America is an enormous honour,” said Ekstein. “It was particularly meaningful to receive it as a proud Canadian from my colleague Michael, another proud Canadian. It’s been a real privilege for me to serve the North American graphic arts industry in various capacities over the years.”
Ekstein has served PIA for more than a decade, initially as a director, advancing to the officers’ ranks in 2011, and ultimately to Chairman of the Board in 2013. Additionally, he has served on countless committees and task forces. He was the Education Committee Chairman from 2009 to 2011, and is currently a PIA Finance Committee member and serves as a judge for the Premier Print Awards.
In 2016, Ekstein was named PrintAction’s Community Leader of the Year as part of the annual Canadian Printing Awards. Prior to that, he was named one of PrintAction’s Top 20 Most Influential Printers in 2010.
In addition to his involvement in PIA, he has served as Co-Chair of CPISC (Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council) as well as Past Chair, Government Affairs Committee Chair, and long-time Director of CPIA (Canadian Printing Industries Association). In 2007, Ekstein earned the CPIA Distinguished Service Award for excellence, achievement and dedication to the printing industry. He is the current Chair of the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund (CPISTF).
About Willow Printing Group
Willow Printing Group is a graphic communications company providing commercial and digital print solutions, database management, mailing services and fulfillment. Located just north of Toronto in Vaughan Ontario, Willow specializes in the home building, conference, tradeshow, event and not-for-profit sectors. To learn more about Willow please visit https://willowprint.com/.
For more information and/or to request an interview, please contact:
Name: Jeff Ekstein, CEO
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