Printform teams up to ROCK SGIA 2015 in Atlanta!

Printform has teamed up with Mimaki USA and Trotec Laser to create one-of-a-kind custom guitars for the 2015 SGIA tradeshow in Atlanta, GA.  Printform’s mass-customization software platform will drive the demo across geographically distributed design and manufacturing stations.  With the Mimaki UJF-6042 UV flatbed printer and Trotec Speedy 300 laser cutting machine, patrons will watch as their own custom guitar designs are created before their eyes out of nothing but clear acrylic, ink — and software.  Printform’s complete print workflow automation system will be used to create thousands of unique guitars for SGIA show attendees.

guitar customizer

“We can’t wait to have hundreds of attendees playing their own unique air guitars,” said Mark Abramson, CEO of Prinform.  “Last year we made hundreds of custom tote bags at the show.  That was a fun live manufacturing demo.  This year we are upping the ante with Trotec’s laser and Mimaki’s UV flatbed and will be able to make thousands of unique guitars.  Acrylic is such a great material to work with and the guitars will be a really great demonstration of a complete manufacturing solution.”

Each individual will create a guitar design using the Printform web-to-print customization site.  Printform’s order and workflow automation suite will control all of the manufacturing process to generate output-ready files, add all of the image data and metadata required for the laser, synchronize with the printer and deliver the right cut file to the laser.  All the while the Printform production manager will keep track of the status of each guitar and make sure every guitar gets to the right attendee.  Even if attendees forget to pick up their guitar, each item is unique identified in Printform and the automated fulfillment and label printing will make sure no guitar is left unaccounted for.

“I am excited to showcase a complete solution in our booth,” said Meredith Newman, Trotec Laser, Inc.’s Marketing Director. “Showing the complete workflow from design to printing to final cutting is a perfect demonstration of what is possible in today’s market.  We are excited to have Printform tying together all of the pieces, and are of course excited to showcase our Speedy 300 laser machine.”

You can find Printform’s guitar demo at SGIA 2015 in Trotec Laser at booth 2553 and Mimaki USA at booth 3144.

Printform’s Mark Abramson to speak at PrintFutures “Digital Print for Packaging Conference” Berlin

DPP_logoMark will be presenting at the Smithers-Pira Digital Print for Packaging Conference with a talk entitled “Digitally printed packaging for a launch product: risk or no-brainer? A series of case studies.” This talk is based on his experience helping companies go to market with new digital print products.

Digital Print for Packaging Europe 2015 will be taking place in Berlin, Germany in December.

The 2015  Digital Print for Packaging Europe conference programme will  provide delegates with  the tools to  successfully innovate in the rapidly growing  markets of packaging and digital  printing technology, via expert led  content  and outstanding networking opportunities. In attending the conference, delegates will  have access to a very open community of senior level leaders, from those brands  aiming to enhance their digital offering further or improve workflow, to those who  need help tackling initial barriers to get off the  starting block!

The 2015 conference will also  extend the learning offerings outside of the main conference room, with  solution demos, technology updates, and ‘Thought Leader Tables’ – a selection of themed roundtable discussion taking place over a three course lunch in the hotel restaurant on conference day one.

You can check out the full agenda on the site.

Mark Abramson of Printform talks digital textile printing


Mark Abramson describes the advances that his firm implemented in their creation of ThinFolio’s custom-printed wallet.

ThinFolio started with a very labour-intensive manual design and ordering process. ThinFolio is now almost entirely automated and this has reduced the labour to deliver orders by over 95%.

Mark will discuss the successes and challenges in each aspect of the process which includes acquiring images from the consumer, creating print-ready files and managing the production and shipment of a large volume of unique digitally printed products.

Learn more about the growth of DTP and catch up with Mark at the FESPA Digital Textile Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, held alongside FESPA Eurasia on the 5th December 2015, Istanbul.

PrintForm Heads to Milan, the Land of Digitally Printed Fashion

PrintForm Heads to Milan, the Land of Digitally Printed Fashion

Every year the grand daddy of all digital textile conferences brings the best tech and printing to the world. This year it’s in Milan.


We’re headed to FESPA’s Digital Textile Conference 2014. It’s one of the biggest screen, digital, and textile printing associations in the world, but you knew that. We’re extra excited because our own Mark Abramson will be there to present.


Milan is the center of fashion, and FESPA is the heartbeat of printing. Merging the two brings a fashion-meets-tech-and-printing focus this year. It’s an exciting time for the printing business.


The Tech Behind Digital Textile Printing

Printing has come a really long way. Any pattern can be printed on 100-meter-long fabric rolls in a single pass. Designers can create a new look and print onto a dress, shirt, or even tile in minutes.


Changes in technology bring changes in business. Speakers at the conference will talk about growing a printing business. There will be a dedicated talk on how to approach choosing your technology.


We’re extra excited to see Michael Schmidt’s talk about his 3D-printed dress. Billions of people have seen the dress in its new home at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC. He’s even printed on metal mesh with inkjet technologies.


The Business of Digital Textile Printing

Everyone at FESPA wants to know how digital textile can help their business. There will also be a fair amount of talk about how to better integrate printing into business operations. Several of the speakers will focus on this issue with firsthand knowledge and stories to tell.


Scott Donovan will talk specifically about “Growing Your Business with Fabric Printing.” His focus will be first on market segmentation and then positioning. How are you differentiating your business?


Ron Gilboa will talk about the growth and development within digital textile printing. His research focuses on the technical and market drivers in the business. He’ll present evidence of current market sizes and future projections.


Digital Textile Business Automation

This is a topic of great interest for everyone – especially us. You see the challenge with custom printing is one of logistics and labor. Everyone wants to allow customers to print unique designs. But how do you manage one-off and short-run printing at scale?


Enter PrintForm. Our CEO Mark Abramson will talk about his experience improving the processes at Thinfolio, his custom wallet business. He reduced labor time by 95% and he’ll be sharing how he did it.


Do You Want Know More?

Check out our next blog post to go in-depth on Mark’s talk at FESPA or contact us here.