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Press Release: August 30, 2017

ONYX Release v12.2 RIP Software Update

ONYX Release v12.2 RIP Software Update

The latest version of the World’s most popular RIP is now shipping! Onyx 12.2 gives you the tools to maximise your printer’s performance and ensure when you print you profit!

Available for the full ONYX software suite options and as a FREE upgrade for users with an active ONYX Advantage holders.

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Press Release: August 29, 2017

ArtSystems exclusive reseller event: Introduction to Industry 4.0

ArtSystems exclusive reseller event: “Introduction to Industry 4.0”

On 13th September specialist distributor ArtSystems will be partnering with its parent company, Westcoast, to host “Introduction to Industry 4.0”, an exclusive business development event for its resellers and channel members. Nottingham-based ArtSystems has a deeply rooted philosophy of customer service and support that underpins its success. Introduction to Industry 4.0 reflects that philosophy.

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Press Release: May 19, 2017

ArtSystems scoops two HP Accredited Graphics Service Partner awards

ArtSystems scoops two HP Accredited Graphics Service Partner awards

The technical support team of ArtSystems, the Nottingham-based HP trade distributor was the top performer at the HP Master Engineer event held in Barcelona this April. The team claimed two awards as a HP accredited graphics service partner: HP Inc GSS FY16 Award for first top performer in total customer experience (Net Promoter Score-sNPS and Customer) and HP Inc. GSS FY16 award for first top performer in elevation excellence.

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Press Release: May 1, 2017

Sihl expands their application centre come showroom

Onyx wins business solutions and software innovation awards

Onyx Graphics was recognized nationally this week at the International Sign Expo (ISA) for best Business Solutions and Software by a panel of industry experts in the sign, graphics and visual communications industry. ISA 2017 provided the first reveal of ONYX SiteSolutions, a portfolio of products that take a unique approach to giving business owners accurate information about their print jobs, costs and productivity across their entire site.

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Press Release: April 17, 2017

Sihl expands their application centre come showroom

Sihl expands their application centre come showroom

Sihl have expanded and rearranged the application centre, come showroom. With around 600 sqm, the production space has a complete representation across the band of current digital print technologies. Alongside the sections of ADVERTISING & POS, PHOTO & ART, DYE SUBLIMATION, HOME + OFFICE and INTERIOR DESIGN, April saw the introduction of two new sections FACESTOCK and DURABLES. Visitors can let themselves be persuaded by the high quality of materials, test the haptic, as well as experience the products in their given application and discover profitable market niches.

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Press Release: April 12, 2017

KYOCERA UK partners with ArtSystems, adding MakerBot 3D devices to its portfolio

KYOCERA UK partners with ArtSystems, adding MakerBot 3D devices to its portfolio

KYOCERA Document Solutions, one of the world’s leading document solutions companies, has furthered its commitment to 3D printing technology by announcing a partnership with ArtSystems, distributors of the MakerBot suite of 3D devices in the UK and Ireland.

The partnership will see KYOCERA Document Solutions UK join forces with ArtSystems to offer customers the award-winning MakerBot 3D devices, including the MakerBot Replicator Mini+, the MakerBot Replicator+ and the MakerBot Replicator Z18.

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Press Release: April 10, 2017

MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printer sets benchmark for Cardiff and Vale College

MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printer sets benchmark for Cardiff and Vale College

The prestigious Cardiff and Vale College has selected the fifth generation MakerBot replicator desktop 3D printer for use on its Product Design foundation degree course. Based within the College campus in Cardiff city centre, the 30-week course leads towards a Btec degree in 3D design and is carefully tailored to help students develop a range of design skills across many areas of product design, including: industrial; furniture; computer graphics; branding; set and prop design; and spatial design. It purchased its MakerBot 3D printer from Antalis, one of Europe's leading distributors of paper, packaging solutions, and visual communication products for professionals.

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Press Release: March 30, 2017

Onyx Graphics announces full support for the new Oce Colorado UVgel printer

Onyx Graphics announces full support for the new Océ Colorado 1640 UVgel printer

Continuing the company's push for innovation, Onyx Graphics stands prepared to drive the recently announced Océ Colorado 1640 UVgel as printers degin shipping later this year. Visitors to the Canon booths as the ISA Expo in Las Vegas, Apil 20-22 and at FESPA Digital in Hamburg, May 8-12, will be able to see how the new Océ Colorado 1640 printer uses ONYX Thrive software to deliver unprecedented productivity in roll-to-roll printing, matched with excellent output quality on a broad range of media for optimum application versatility. The combination of the printer's automation features and UV gel technology with the upcoming ONYX 12.2 release, results in low total cost of operation accelerating return on investment.

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Press Release: March 20, 2017

Introducing MakerBot MinFill

Introducing MakerBot MinFill: Print 30% faster using 30% less filament

Now you can bring your ideas to life faster for less with this major breakthrough in MakerBot Print. We’re proud to introduce MakerBot MinFill, a dynamic new Print Mode that is the first of its kind in 3D printing. Short for “Minimum Infill,” MinFill uses an intelligent algorithm to determine the absolute minimum amount of support needed for the inside of any 3D print.

As we’ve learned from professional users, not all prints need to be durable, dense, or heavy. When surface quality and print speed are more important, MinFill is a far more efficient option — especially for prints with a large internal volume.

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Press Release: March 6, 2017

Inventing the telescope of the future

Inventing the telescope of the future with MakerBot's professional solutions

Lockheed Martin is a world-renowned company with a long legacy of achievements in aerospace, defence, and emerging technologies. For this global leader, tackling complex challenges, pushing the limits of scientific exploration, and devising innovative solutions are all part of its DNA. So it’s no surprise that the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected an elite team of scientists and engineers from Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC) to create a potentially revolutionary design for a new, futuristic space telescope.

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Press Release: March 2, 2017

Pro tips using 3D printing in higher education

Pro Tips: Using 3D printing for STEM in higher education

Elana Reiser, Professor of Maths at St. Joseph's College and member of the MakerBot Educators program, has a passion for combining math with pop culture. So much so, she actually wrote a book on it: Using Movies and Television Shows as a Mathematics Motivator.

Her unique talent for increasing classroom excitement on classically intimidating math lessons inspired her to explore another tool – 3D printing. It has obvious applications for subjects like design and engineering, biology or physics, but what sort of value can a 3D printer offer to college level maths curriculum?

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Press Release: February 28, 2017

TinkerCAD connects to thingiverse to instantly publish 3D objects

TinkerCAD connects to Thingiverse to instantly publish 3D objects

TinkerCAD, one of the most popular in-browser 3D design and modelling tools, just introduced a new feature that allows users to easily publish designs straight to Thingiverse, the world's largest 3D printing community and file repository. This partnership is at the heart of both Autodesk and MakerBot's missions to broaden access to design tools and support creators of every age and skill level.

MakerBot is a long-time supporter of TinkerCAD as one of the leading tools for learning CAD and design thinking. It sets standards for ease of access and intuitive controls, and has been an essential component to MakerBot's education initiatives.

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Press Release: February 27, 2017

Learn how Benson walls creates unique office space and finds avenue for growth

Learn how Benson Walls creates unique office space and finds avenue for growth

Benson Walls, a design firm that specialises in customised wall murals, was searching for Latex printable wallpaper that not only produced excellent colours, but that was also easy to apply and environmentally conscious too. They turned to HP PVC-free Durable Suede Wallpaper, with a soft, textured feel of suede, to cover the walls of their company lounge, creating a casual relaxing space for their employees.

"Being able to customise it is amazing becuase I don't have to search for a particular image that I am trying to create. I am able to just create it myself, based off my vision. It's very exciting"

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Press Release: February 23, 2017

Passion for photography and large scale prints: Drew Dogget

Passion for photography and large scale prints: Drew Dogget

Searching for rarely seen subjects, US-american photographer Drew Doggett has traveled to remote corners of the world to photograph and chronicle people, animals and places that are truly remarkable.

Depicted in their natural environments, Drew’s photography captures indigenous cultures and communities through a modern lens; scaled, crafted and finally printed for the most compelling visual impact. Drew´s large scale - mostly black and white - prints on Hahnemühle Digital FineArt paper are works of art for photography lovers who decorate the homes and offices to be surrounded by outstanding images.

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Press Release: February 22, 2017

Calling all makers, TOM:NYC Makethon for disability challenges

Calling all makers, TOM:NYC Makethon for disability challenges

MakerBot us excited to announce our participation in the upcoming TOM: NYC Makethon. This innovative gathering will connect teams of designers and engineers to people with disabilities to create groundbreaking assistive technology devices. TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers) is a global community of makers that partners with local organisations - in this case Cornell University and the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities - to develop affordable and accessible solutions for everyday challenges.

The 72 hour Makethon will take place at the cutting edge fabrication facility, New Lab in Brooklyn, on April 21st to the 23rd.

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Press Release: February 22, 2017

Onyx 12.1 connects to Konica Minolta FD-9

Onyx 12.1 connects to Konica Minolta FD-9

Onyx Graphics and Konica Minolta are happy to announce the fully integrated support for the Autoscan Spectrophotometer FD-9 in ONYX 12.1 with immediate effect.

Onyx 12.1 software delivers accelerated speed and performance a simplified user interface and advanced finishing tools to do more in less time. This perfectly integrates with the fast and flexible fully automated chart reader Konica Minolta FD-9. ONYX users benefit from faster measurements of more compatible substrates.

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Press Release: February 17, 2017

ArtSystems supports innovation at Sign & Digital UK 2017

ArtSystems supports innovation at Sign & Digital UK 2017

Specialist distributor ArtSystems will be at Sign & Digital UK 2017, with representatives on a number of the company's supplier stands. On the Summa stand (G30), ArtSystems will help to demonstrate why the award-winning Summa F Series flatbed cutting system just got even better. ArtSystems' expert team will also be highlighting the new Onyx 12.1 Software RIP.

Additionally, ArtSystems representatives will be on Neschen's stand (H60) taking part in some 'corner shop' fun.

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Press Release: February 9, 2017

MakerBot Replicator+ wins prestigous iF Design Award

MakerBot Replicator+ wins prestigous iF Design Award

We're to announce that the MakerBot Replicator+ Desktop 3D printer has won the prestigious iF Design Award in the product category. The iF Design Award competition is put on every year by Germany's oldest independent design organisation, Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH. The 58 member jury of independent experts from all over the world selected the MakerBot Replicator+ as one of the winers from over 5,500 entries.

"The MakerBot Replicator+ stands out in the desktop 3D printing category becuase it is designed to seemlessly fit into the workflow of designers and engineers," said Mark Palmer, head of experience design at MakerBot

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Press Release: February 1, 2017

Aiming higher with the HF Router for the Summa F Series

Aiming higher with the HF Router for the Summa F Series

With the new High Frequency Router Summa has developed yet another tool for their renowned F Series flatbed finishing system. This new tool maker routing of rigid substrate smoother than ever before.

The new HF Router is equipped with a high-frequency spindle (rotating up to 60,000 rpm) and a more balanced milling motor, which provides a much smoother finishing of rigid substrates and less rapid wear of the bits. The highly balanced spindle together with increase power output (1kW) allows higher processing speeds of materials such as wood, MDF, ACP and acrylics.

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Press Release: January 26, 2017

How MakerBot's hardware and software teams collaborate under one roof

How MakerBot's hardware and software teams collaborate under one roof

On September 20, 2106, we revealed what's next from MakerBot. With the launch of the new 3D printing solutions for professionals and educators, we announced a new approach to product development at MakerBot that's based on carefully listening to our customers.

For everything that the launch revealed, what it didn't reveal was the intense collaboration behind the scenes thta made these solutions possible. By collaborating under one roof, we can create indusry-leading solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers. We will also continue to elevate the 3D printing process easier, faster and more effective.

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Press Release: January 25, 2017

Teaching life skills with MakerBot

How this MakerBot educator teaches life skills in her 4th and 5th grade science classes

Among the cacti and tumble weeds of Scottsdale, Arizona, Rancho Solano Preparatory Schools is an oasis of learning. At this private pre K-12 school, education is all about preparing students with the life skills needed to succeed in our ever-changing 21st century world. In fact, it's stated mission is to "cultivate in our students the ingenuity to thrive in a global society and to be architects of their future."

That's a mission that Shannon Feaster takes to heart in her 4th and 5th grade science classes. .

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Press Release: January 25, 2017

Announcing MakerBot Educators Program

Announcing MakerBot Educators: A new program for empowering teachers, students and schools

Building on MakerBot's years of work in education, we're proud to announce the launch of our brand new MakerBot Educators program at the Future of Education Technology Cnference (FETC) in Orlando, Florida at booth #2316 at North Exhibit Hall B this new program empowers educatos to promote the use of 3D printing in their classrooms by exchanging knowledge with other educators, participating in challenges and receiving support and guidance from MakerBot.

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Press Release: January 25, 2017

Innova Art and Fine Art Foto at the Photography Show 2017

Letting you in on the secret ... Innova Art and Fine Art Foto at the Photography Show 2017

It's no secret that Innova Art wins plaudits and prizes for its range of digital photo media and display solutions. The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) judges knew a great digital baryta paper - FibaPrint ® - when they saw it. The IK's Fina Art Trade Guild couldn't help but award JetMaster ® most innovative product when it appeared.

We’ll be showing visitors the new Editions range of fine art and photo media and offer the latest on the Pinchbook ™, GOframe and JetMaster ® display solutions. This year, our stand will feature live demonstrations for getting the very best out of digital photo technology and media.

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Press Release: January 20, 2017

How Peloton used MakerBot to prototype new commercial bike

Fast pedalling to market: Peloton used MakerBot to prototype new commercial bike

Every so often, a new product comes along and offers a new experience, something that goes beyond our imaginations. For HP, that was Sprout, a device that's part PC, part scanner and part projector, built around the idea that the physical and digital worlds can be blended to open the door to new possibilities.

Admittedly, the concept of merging the two worlds - a process we refer to as Immersive Computing - can be tough for users to comprehend, forcing them to think about real-life applications where the experience could have an impact.

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Press Release: January 4, 2017

Why HP targeted schools and businesses with immersive computing device revamp

Sprout Reinvented: Why HP targeted schools and businesses with immersive computing device revamp

Every so often, a new product comes along and offers a new experience, something that goes beyond our imaginations. For HP, that was Sprout, a device that's part PC, part scanner and part projector, built around the idea that the physical and digital worlds can be blended to open the door to new possibilities.

Admittedly, the concept of merging the two worlds - a process we refer to as Immersive Computing - can be tough for users to comprehend, forcing them to think about real-life applications where the experience could have an impact.

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Press Release: January 4, 2016

Doug Ferguson at Martin Sortun Elementary

MakerBot Educator Success Story: Doug Ferguson at Martin Sortun Elementary

Doug Ferguson had no idea what to expect when he was asked to become the STEM Integration Specialist at Martin Sortun Elementary School. The school created this brand new role, a first of its kind, to help advance the school's STEM curriculum. Ferguson, who taught 5th and 6th grade for ten years, had the freedom to define the role but only had one year to determine how he'd make and impact.

By the end of the year, Ferguson was able to empower STEM teachers, implement fun, standard-approved lessons, and advance learning outcomes using 3D printing. To mark his success, his term was extended another two years and the position was opened in other schools across the state.

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Press Release: January 3, 2017

New HP Sprout Pro goes commercial

HP@CES: New HP Sprout Pro goes commercial, delivers updates that schools and businesses want

When Sprout first hit the marketplace a few years ago, it was envisioned as a device for professional consumers, the creative types who design, develop, edit and consume multimedia content.

But once it hit the real world and users got the chance to explore this new concept of blending the physical and digital through a new form of computing, a slew of unexpected enthusiasts surfaced. Among them were educators, retailers and manufacturers who all recognised the far reaching potential.

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Press Release: December 22, 2016

How Biolite used MakerBot to meet impossible deadlines

How Biolite used MakerBot to meet impossible deadlines

Lean startups can save time and money on product packaging by post-processing MakerBot PLA filament.

Whether you're camping, glamping or just plain roughing it, BioLite wants to transform how we use energy off the grid. This Brooklyn-based startup redesigns traditional outdoor products, like stoves and flashlights, with high-tech, sustainable energy innovations so that each will work without fuels. Its advanced models can store power or even charge your mobile devices.

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Press Release: December 19, 2016

Durable wall decoration with many advantages

Durable wall decoration with many advantages

The photo wallpaper, known today as wallpaper, is bouncing back with all its power: more spectacular in effect, more individual in design - with innovative product features and easy application. Together with modern digital printing technologies new and exciting possibilities are becoming available in interior design and due has led to non-wovens or glass fibres often being chose as the base material for high quality printable wallpapers.

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