Sign & Digital Graphics

November '15

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SPECIALTY IMAGING DIGITAL GRAPHICS D ye sublimation has taken the tex- tile world by storm, but as it has increased in popularity, the demand for non-fabric applications also has increased. Dye sublimation uses the same pro- cess for textiles, metal, wood, stone, ceramics and other materials. Using heat and pressure, it transfers rich, full-color designs onto the chosen substrate. That N o N - F a b r i c S u b l i m a t i o N Another Piece of the Puzzle Using sublimation to add products for your customers b y P a u l a a v e N G l a d y c h Paula Aven Gladych is a freelance writer based in Denver, Colorado. She can be reached at pgladych@ gmail.com. could be mugs, mouse pads, coasters, placemats, glass, cutting boards or point of purchase displays. Tommy Martin, manager, textile and apparel business development at Mimaki USA, says that some of the biggest trends he is seeing in dye sublimation include pre-coated applications, like metal, bam- boo and stone pre-coated with the poly- ester needed for dye-sub printing. Mimaki has fielded more and more inquiries about using dye sublimation for different, nontraditional applica- tions, such as ceramics, metals, wood and glass. In doing research on using harder sub- 60 • November 2015 • S i G N & d i G i t a l G r a P h i c S (Photo courtesy of Conde Systems) Chromaluxe is one of the products that Conde sells. It was developed by Conde's partner Universal Woods and is an extra thick metal coating that glows. (Photo courtesy of Conde Systems)

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