Visual Impact starts today

Wide format printing expo Visual Impact opens its doors today, showcasing the latest in print, graphics, signage, display and laser.

Registration is still available online and at the convention. Visual Impact is at the ICC on Darling Harbour from October 11 to 13. The show will be open until 6pm tonight; tomorrow it will be hosting a late night event with drinks and food from 5.30 to 8pm with doors opening at 10am, and on Friday the expo will be open from 10am to 4pm.

There are some 100 vendors exhibiting, including Celmac, Trotec, AVS, Jetmark, Biesse, Starleaton, HP/Neopost, Mimaki, Yello Tools, Roland, Orafol, Graphic Art Mart, Multicam, Mutoh and Kiwo.

As well as the exhibitors themselves, VI Sydney will have a strong education focus, with a varied programme of interactive workshops themed around Inspiring the Future.

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There will also be a sizeable display from Re-Engineering Australia, an organisation which helps young people identify and pursue careers opportunities by providing advice, resources and linkages between schools, industry, the tertiary sector and parents.

Peter Harper, general manager, trade show and publications at Visual Connections says, “Visual Connections has formed a strategic alliance with REA which is aimed at engaging and inspiring students to take up career opportunities in the graphics, print and signage industries. Students will be encouraged to engage with exhibitors to secure graphics for their cars, and to find out more about careers in the industry, and will then race their finished models on-site, under the watchful eye of our special guest, motorsport champion Molly Taylor.”

During the three days VI will be holding a number of workshops for attendees with Graphic Art Mart and Avery Dennison presenting free vehicle and graphic training workshops, with three student and three trade sessions available throughout each day. These vehicle wrapping sessions will run on the hour for about 30-40 minutes, taking delegates through the basics and providing hands-on experience with wrapping techniques and tools.

Trotec Laser will run two introduction to laser basics workshop for students each morning, covering how laser beams are generated and used. The sessions will feature practical laser engraving and cutting demonstrations on a Trotec laser machine, highlighting the relationship between power and speed.

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Roland DG will run heat transfer workshops throughout the show, where participants will learn how to create customised clothing and accessories like hats, promotional items, bags and more, using the company’s print and cut technology, while ICFX Global and Tec-Know Signage will present morning workshops for students on LEDs and the Signage Industry, followed by 3pm sessions for professionals titled Think outside the sign box with LEDs.

The new CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2017 will be on display, which is the latest version of the industry’s favourite graphics solution.

Designed to maximise creative potential, the latest powerful version of CorelDraw offers a number of new tools and shortcuts to enhance productivity and workflow, and will be well worth a look at the show.

For additional information and maps head to the Visual Impact website. 

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