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German printer beats the tattoo for music festival using Scitex LX600

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Written on 15/03/2012 | Posted 3 years 3 months 19 days ago

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The final installation measured 25 x 38 x 8m and was printed in ten days, according to o&h The final installation measured 25 x 38 x 8m and was printed in ten days, according to o&h

Output can reveal that German printer o&h Siebdruck und Digitaldruck has used its HP Scitex LX600, which features latex inks, to produce a 2,200sq m Decotex fabric resembling the Brandenburg Gate for an international music festival in Berlin's O2 arena.

Having photographed the landmark and stitched the images before sending files to the RIP, the company says that it relied on the LX600's ability to print rolls 100m long. "What was unusual in this case was having to print the cover for such a large structure in such a short period," explains company director Martin Roswag.

"It certainly wasn't a rushed job. We’d prepared everything down to the last detail and it all ran like a military operation," Roswag adds. "[But] as print production had to run around the clock, there was absolutely no room for error. It was clear from the outset that the only printer up to the job was the HP Scitex LX600."

The fabric is 25m tall and spans 38m across 13 tonnes of supportive scaffolding. The project, conceived as part of the Military Tattoo festival, featured 22 international bands and formation troupes.

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