Countdown to Ft. Lauderdale: THE NBM SHOW Opens This Week

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center opens its doors to THE NBM SHOW and the Graphics of the Americas this week. 

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BROOMFIELD, Colo.-The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center opens its doors to THE NBM SHOW and the Graphics of the Americas this week, hosting three days of networking, education, and the latest products and services. The co-located event includes more than 200 exhibiting companies and features Training in the Hall and Training in the Classroom presented by industry professionals, including a class presented by Epson and Equipment Zone, “Being Successful with Epson Direct-to-Garment Printing: A Course for Owners and Would-Be Owners.” The class takes place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Feb. 15 and covers the direct-to-garment process for those new to the technology. The session discusses multiple topics related to this decoration method, including pretreatment tips, machine maintenance, artwork creation, and pricing.

The Fort Lauderdale show also features a Training in the Hall presentation by Melco entitled “Seven Things You Must Know About DTG Before You Invest.” The presentation takes place at Melco’s booth, number 2439 Feb. 16, 17, and 18 at 10:30 a.m. The session discusses how decorators can qualify if adding direct-to-garment is profitable and effective for their business. The presentation also provides attendees tips from professionals in the direct-to-garment industry.

Additionally, the event offers a wide variety of training opportunities in the apparel decorating market, including the following:

Feb. 16
The Ins and Outs of the Team/League Business
Presented by Augusta Sportswear Group
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
This session covers the importance of team and league apparel, and how to incorporate it into an overall business plan. Instructors discuss how to find business in these markets, and how to avoid common mistakes.

Mastering CorelDRAW
Presented by Action Illustrated
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
This class covers how to use the CorelDRAW graphics software program, and explains how to convert a raster image into a vector graphic. The class also demonstrates how to use popular tools in the program to save time and create high-quality artwork.

How to Get Started or Expand Your Business with Rhinestones, Heat Transfer Vinyl, and Vinyl Decals
Presented by The Rhinestone World
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Instructors explain how to create custom designs and cut vinyl and rhinestone templates in this educational course. The class also covers crucial techniques like setting up a cutter, marketing strategies, and completing finished decal and apparel products.

Screen Print with Just a Heat Press
Presented by Transfer Express
1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Suggested for beginners, this class explains how to create artwork with online design software, and how to print custom T-shirts with a heat press and transfer paper. The course also covers print options to make designs stand out like glitter and full-color.


Feb. 17
How to Boost Your Sales and Design Creativity with CorelDRAW and the TRW Design Wizard Software
Presented by The Rhinestone World
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
This class covers techniques for mastering graphics software for rhinestone decoration and offers tips on working with vector art.

Automatic Perfection: How to Maximize Efficiency and Quality in Automatic Screen Printing
Presented by Ryonet
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
This course discusses key points for running an efficient screen-printing shop. Instructors explain how to calculate costs of production, understand warranties, and ascertain equipment investments. The class also instructs attendees on best practices for shop layout.

Maximizing Productivity and Creativity in CorelDRAW for Apparel Decoration and Personalization
Presented by Digital Art Solutions
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
This class focuses on techniques for using CORELDRAW with multiple decoration methods including screen printing, embroidery, and digital printing.

What’s the Right Choice for Me? A Discussion on the Epson F2000 Direct-to-Garment Printer
Presented by IT Supplies
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
IT Supplies collaborates with Epson to discuss models of direct-to-garment printers and explains the advantages of the Epson F2000 printer.


Feb. 18
CorelDRAW for Embroidery, Appliqué and Monogramming
Presented by Digital Art Solutions
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
This class covers how to create vector art work to produce embroidery. The course explains how to convert graphics from vinyl cutting, digital printing, and screen-printing graphics into production-ready files for embroidery, appliqué, and monogramming.

What’s All the Stink About Water Base Ink?
Presented by Ryonet

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
This class discusses the process for water-based screen printing, and offers advice on how to print on different types of garment fabrics.

Price It Right: It’s a Business Not a Hobby
Presented by The Rhinestone World
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
This 90-minute class focuses on pricing products by considering key factors like operating costs and materials. The course also discusses how to price items for brick-and-mortar sales and online sales.


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Natalie Frels

Mike Clark

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