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3D Printing: Next Generation Innovation
July 24, 2016 by Detroit Print Shop


Barely a decade ago, 3D printers were in existence but were expensive machines reserved for factories and well-heeled corporations. They were all but unknown outside the small circles of professionals that made and used them.

With prices dropping and ease of use increasing, 3D printing is heading mainstream.

Nowadays almost everything from aerospace components to toys are being built with the help of 3D printers.

Key Takeaways:

  • Many 3D printers are capable of printing with more than one material at a time, opening the way up for many complex technical applications of 3D printers.
  • 3D printing is profoundly defined by Digital Fabrication.

“Although 3D printers have only gotten popular and hyped recently, 3D printers were first invented in the late 80’s. They have been under development for quite some time. With the expiration of Stratasys’s patent in 2007 of fused deposition modelling technology (the cheapest type of 3D printing technology technology), a whole wave of 3D printer manufacturers was created, thus creating the hype we see today.

3D printing is an excellent way to translate an idea into a physical object. Fabrication is nothing new, but a 3D printer is a lot more practical, safer, and lower maintenance than a CNC mill or investment casting.”

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The Right Decision When it Comes to Printing
April 18, 2013 by Detroit Print Shop

Color management setBeing frugal is a key element today with the high cost of living, but sometimes cutting corners in the wrong area can deliver the wrong message, regardless of the savings.

A good example is printing. With the ease of computer use and the inexpensive color printers more people are printing their own business cards, invitations and flyers. But the downside is the quality can almost never compare to that provided by your professional printing company.

The same advances in printing techniques and inks allow your professional to reduce cost, increase efficiency and deliver a high quality product in just days.

Knowing how to put together the best combination of paper stock, letter fonts, colors and design is the forte of printing professional. The result is a quality product that presents the impression you want with your friends, business, and clients.

Choosing the Right Paper Stock to Fit Your Needs
October 20, 2011 by Detroit Print Shop

When preparing to buy new printed materials for your business, it’s easy to focus entirely on the design that goes on the page. Layout, lettering and print quality are all very important factors in getting great looking high quality business cards, full color flyers or any printed material, but they are not the only consideration. The strength, durability, and professional appearance of your printed materials depends on having the right paper stock for the job at hand.

Choosing the right paper stock can be difficult. There are so many different kinds, often with qualities that are not easily visible to the untrained eye. Relying on the expertise of a professional print shop can take the guesswork out of choosing your paper stock. Detroit Print Shop relies primarily on a 14-point UV-coated glossy paper stock that is ideal for many different applications. This versatile paper stock can be used for everything from printed postcards to business cards, and provides a great look at a low price. The 100 lb gloss cover is a very popular choice for flyers and brochures.

Detroit Print Shop also offers several other options for high quality business cards. Customers can choose from a 14 point premium uncoated stock or a 16 point Dull Cover with matte finish. Also, we offer a variety of choices for other applications. Brochure printing can be done on 80 lb Gloss Book or Recycled paper with aqueous coating, 100 lb Gloss Book or Gloss Cover with aqueous coating, or 100 lb Recycled Matte Cover with aqueous coating.

All of these choices can seem confusing and obscure at first. Detroit Print Shop’s free print samples make it easy to try several styles and choose what stock looks exactly right for your materials. Our cutting-edge Heidelberg Offset press makes sure that whatever stock you choose, the printing on it will look great.

Tips on How to Choose an Ornate Background
October 7, 2010 by Detroit Print Shop

The design element is crucial to any project regardless of whether it is a web site, print project or blog. One form of design that has been in existence for quite some time and often causes some confusion, is ornate patterns. So what exactly does it take to create a sound and beautiful ornate background? Here are a few tips.

First, it is vital to consider how it blends into the overall design – you should consider the overall color scheme. When downloading a pattern of some sort, there is no need to be leery or hesitant to edit and touch up the template. You are far better testing with the various color schemes to make sure it fits your purpose. A tight color scheme will drastically enhance the quality of the project.

The next area to focus on is the connotation of the pattern. It is of utmost importance the connotation of the pattern matches the overall theme of the project. After determining the primary imagery and feel, then you will be able to determine what kind of ornate is best to complete the design.

As mentioned above, few actually understand how to use ornate background effectively.  There are times when an ornate background is necessary and other times when it should be excluded all together. Think about the context and overall theme of the project. Does it fit the scope of the project or would it look better without an ornate background?

The final tip to take into consideration when choosing an ornate background is depth. The straight texture of this design technique is a starting point. However if you really want to choose something that will take the overall design a step further, you need to add depth to create a more intriguing and appealing visual aspect.

When used appropriately, an ornate background can do wonders for a web site, print project or blog. Just make sure to follow the tips listed above to ensure all goes smoothly.

For help choosing the perfect ornate background for your next project, call on the experts at Detroit Print Shop.

4 Tips for Promotional Printing
October 3, 2010 by Detroit Print Shop

How you go about promoting a business can determine the kind of success you will achieve. Most niches are extremely competitive today therefore, it’s very important to separate yourself from the crowd. Promotional printing do this, but it is vital you understand most of the details. Therefore, here are four tips to take into consideration to use promotional printing without breaking the bank.

First and foremost, you must have an aesthetic design that captures viewer attention. Regardless of whether it is a brochure, postcard, or something online, the design needs to be visually appealing. Using bright colors that stand out with graphics that are well balanced and intriguing will make a world of a difference.

Next, focus on the text that is within the promotional print. Graphics will visually appeal to people, but content will make a sale. It is vital you are short and to the point. Your goal is to get people to go to your web site, give your company a call, or do something to find out more information – a call to action. Give people just enough information to where they will want to find out more about your business.

Promotional printing can quickly become expensive if you are not careful. There are numerous aspects that must be taken into consideration when it comes to determining a final price for the print job. Everything from the size of the order, to the amount of color used, all affect the overall price.

Something else that you must consider is the paper quality. Think about how many copies you will be printing. If it is a reasonable, go with a better quality paper as this will bode well with the recipient. It shows that you really care about the product or company you are promoting. But if you need to print thousands of copies, this can quickly affect the overall price of the project.

This brings us to the last tip for cost effective and efficient promotional printing; print in bulk when possible. When printing through a professional company you will find most offer significant discounts for bulk orders. In the long run it can save you a great deal of money to pay upfront for a large order of promotional print.