The book finishing solutions for digital printing of Meccanotecnica have produced the famous Fedrigoni 365 calendars
Meccanotecnica has partnered with Ricoh and Fedrigoni to produce the 2021 edition of the famous Fedrigoni 365 calendars, an annual publication by Fedrigoni UK in collaboration with TM Studio, featuring the designs of UK-based creatives.
The main goal of this project was to exploit digital printing capabilities, variable data technology, and state-of-the-art finishing at their limits.
Participants were asked to contribute a design for a randomly assigned number. Each calendar was then composed algorithmically, with hundreds of separate designers’ images pulled at random and assign to a date. Every book is consequently produced with its combination and sequence of designs and in ten different colorways, matched to its unique cover also produced from a random placement of color gradients. The result is 4000 unique calendars. Ricoh’s data management solution used algorithms to ensure that no design was used twice within any single calendar and that each design appeared an equal number of times throughout the entire run.
Digital printing has enabled Print-On-Demand (POD) and Variable-Data-Printing (VDP) generating a new range of books and allowed opportunities unthinkable only a few years ago. Meccanotecnica offers printers and binders a complete range of book finishing solutions to exploit digital technology, allowing them to cost-effectively produce high-quality books in short runs.
UNIVERSE™ is the automatic book folding and sewing machine used to bind the Fedrigoni 365 books, while the back gluer INLINE and the automatic three-knife trimmer TRIMMING have completed the finishing.