Three-Dimensional Mannequins

Color Ink is pleased to announce our newest innovation in three-dimensional printing: introducing 3D corrugated mannequins. Lightweight with an unique look, these mannequins are perfect for indoor displays at retail outlets. Our mannequins can be made from a variety of materials (corrugated cardboard, foam core, etc.) and can be altered to any dimensions to fit your company’s specific preferences. Change everything from the height of the mannequin, thickness of the material, number of layers. . . you name it. Need a full body mannequin? No problem. We have the ability to shape and transform almost any object and turn it into a high quality, three-dimensional masterpiece.

Made of corrugated cardboard, these 3D mannequins are eye-catching additions to any store.

Made from several materials, including corrugated cardboard as shown above, Color Ink’s 3D mannequins are eye-catching additions to any store.

Let’s look at some alternate views:

The view from the top.

The view from the top.

A closer inspection of the corrugated cardboard used to make Color Ink's mannequins.

A closer view.

Interested? Looking for a quote? Please contact our sales reps at 262-246-5000.

How It Works: FunDeco Pub Table

Welcome to the How It Works series, a chronicle of each item offered from FunDeco furniture & decor. In the following weeks we’ll be covering the basics of FunDeco: the what, why, and how. Expect product descriptions, photos, and a breakdown of how each piece is constructed for use. The first in our series is one of the most versatile items produced by FunDeco – the Pub Table.

Portable and unbelievably lightweight, our Pub Table is ideal for your next tailgate, birthday party, or gathering of any sort. It features a 24″ diameter laminated top and stands 42″ tall. For a closer look, let’s examine…


The Pub Table comes in three pieces, as shown above.

Putting together the Pub Table literally takes less than thirty seconds! Just slide the two long pieces together as shown below…


After interlocking the legs of the table, you’ll have a solid base (which comes with four “feet” (not shown) to keep the table elevated off the ground and help prevent the bottom from scuffing).

The completed base of the Pub Table. (Notice the 4 strips of velcro for easily attaching the table top.)

The completed base of the Pub Table.

The top of the Pub Table is secured to the base with 4 velcro strips. All you’ve gotta do is simply ‘top’ it off!

The top of the Pub Table is equipped with velcro for easy attachment and is also laminated to help prevent spills.

The top of the Pub Table is equipped with velcro for easy attachment and is also laminated to help prevent spills.

Ten seconds later…


The finished Pub Table, minus optional white edging (included).

Be sure to check out all of our Pub Tables at!


Social media keys company growth

The wizard behind the curtain? Social media.

The success stories are abundant – go ahead, google it. Time and time again, social media has aided organizations and taken their achieved success to a higher level. But just how exactly can tweeting, posting, and pinning increase your company’s revenue stream?

The concept is simple: enhance your brand, establish reliability, and your following will grow. It’s been said, “If you build it, they will come.” In reality, that rule is actually more applicable in today’s business world than for fictitious baseball diamonds (see the Miami Marlins).

With social media, the marketing possibilities are literally endless. Take this Twitter QR code for example.

With social media, the marketing possibilities are literally endless.

Take Color Ink’s very own FunDeco furniture & decor for example. From humble beginnings, FunDeco has transformed into a well recognized, popular brand now seen in campus bookstores, Marquette basketball games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, tailgates throughout the United States, and even heard on ESPN Radio – all within a six month span. Over that time, FunDeco has seen its “likes” on Facebook rise from twenty-something to a whopping 2,490 and counting. Each “like” represents a unique fan who now receives FunDeco updates, promotions, deals, and games right in their Facebook news feed. As a result, FunDeco has enjoyed a dramatic spike in sales.

Interacting with individual customers via social media platforms is one of the best ways to get a leg up on the competition.  If you’re unsure about starting or improving your own social media efforts, we’re here to help! Please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re more than happy to discuss what our social media team can do for you!

Im”Press”ive: Color Ink adds Uvistar Pro-8

The Uvistar Pro8 from Fujifilm – a versatile printing monster.

Extra, extra! Read all about it! Color Ink has purchased an impressive press for their large format department – the flexible Uvistar Pro8 from Fujifilm. First introduced at the 2012 Specialty Printing & Imaging Technology SGIA Expo, the Uvistar Pro8 is one of the most versatile printers on the market. UV curing inkjet technology is rapidly progressing and is now the slam dunk favorite to print superwide graphics. UV inkjet offers instantaneous curing and is both clean and efficient. The Uvistar Pro8 specializes in poster and PoP materials, billboards, vehicle graphics, and backlight signage over 16 feet (5 meters) wide. The automatic rigid media system widens the range to also include exhibition graphics, PoP displays, graphic arts, and other indoor displays. Plus, printing on polyethylene for single skin posters is now available. It’s easier than ever to differentiate yourself from the competition! The following are the three most significant features of the printing monster known as the Uvistar Pro8.


Multi-file printing allows three different images to print simultaneously. The scale up function of the press makes it possible to magnify print files two to four times their original size while greatly reducing the RIP time of said files. In-line finishing utilizes cutters which trim and separate images on the go, saving valuable time. Plus, the Uvistar Pro8 features throughput speeds faster than 1,148 feet (350 meters) squared per hour, vastly cutting-down on production time.


Uvijet inks are the ‘life-blood’ of Uvistar. Made using their patented Micro-V dispersion process, Fujifilm is able to reduce pigment to sizes smaller than a human cell. Higher pigment concentrations mean stronger, more vibrant colors which pop off the page. Uvistar ink also adheres extremely well to most PoP materials while offering class leading quality and excellent spot color reproduction. It’s also great on heat sensitive substrates such as polyethylene.


Advancements in software technology have made it possible for Fujifilm to create an algorithm, Parallel Drop Size (or PDS), which allows jetting within the same print pass of small (20 pl) and large (40 pl) droplets without reducing speeds. This unique usage of smaller droplets smooths out images which have the tendency to appear grainy when viewed up close.

So if you’ve got large format printing needs, there is no doubt that the Uvistar Pro8 can fulfill them in the quickest, most efficient, high-quality manner possible.

Links to other press regarding Color Ink’s monumental purchase can be found herehere, & here.

Three Todd’s and a Uvistar: Reps from Color Ink and Fujifilm pose for a picture at the SGIA 2012 show. Color Ink purchased the Uvistar Pro8 to enhance their large format printing department. (From left: Mike LaForest, VP of operations-Color Ink, Todd Meissner, president-Color Ink, Tak Yanagawa, division president-Fujifilm, Todd Zimmerman, VP and GM-Fujifilm, and Todd Murphy, digital sales manager-Fujifilm.)

Marquette Golden Eagles

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In 2005 the Big East welcomed the Marquette Golden Eagles to their powerhouse men’s basketball conference – and for good reason. The men’s hoop squad, led by their legendary coach, the late Al McGuire, took home the 1977 National Championship and is currently ninth all-time in NCAA postseason appearances (45). After years under the radar, the Golden Eagles burst back onto the national scene in 2003 with a Final Four appearance thanks to two-time AP All-American Dwyane Wade’s triple-double against top-seeded Kentucky in the Elite Eight. However, Wade isn’t Marquette’s only star-alum. Small forward Jae Crowder was named the 2012 Big East Player of the Year, while fellow alumnus Doc Rivers has led the Boston Celtics to great postseason success, including a victory in the 2008 NBA Finals. With other NBA stars such as Wesley Matthews, Steve Novak, Jimmy Butler, and Lazar Hayward calling Marquette their alma mater, it’s no wonder the Golden Eagles are a national force on the court.


UW-Stout Blue Devils

The UW-Stout Blue Devils boast an impressive group of alumni, particularly in athletics. Stout has produced three NFL players, an Olympic gold medalist, collegiate basketball and football head coaches, as well as Joe Vavra, hitting coach for the Minnesota Twins. Vavra was even the pitcher for Justin Morneau when he won the ’08 Home Run Derby. As for the Olympian, Jon Peterson won the silver in men’s freestyle wrestling at the ’72 games in Munich and followed that up with a gold medal in Montreal during the ’76 games.