Sign & Digital Graphics

March '18

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DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS D Y E - S U B P R I N T E R S Creation Sublimation A look at how dye- sublimation printing fits in the sign industry B Y R Y A N F U G L E R Dye sublimation onto fabrics can be used in very large projects such as these large hanging graphics inside Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta—Printed by CGS Imaging in Maumee, Ohio on a PrinterEvolution D3200 dye-sub printer. (Image courtesy of Global Imaging) M ost sign industry professionals are already familiar with screen printing and digital printing to some extent, but may not be fully up to speed on the ins and outs of the dye-sublima- tion printing process. Dye-sublimation printing is unique not only because of the nature of the printing process—binding the image to the surface—but also due to the wide Ryan Fugler is a free- lance writer and for- mer editor of Wraps magazine. He can be reached at rnfugler@ with ques- tions or comments. variety of substrates that can be used including fabrics, ceramics, metals and more. Another important point about sublimation is that this kind of printing can be used across other industries such as apparel or promotional markets. The difference with dye sublimation in the sign industry is that, "The apparel business requires more steps and more labor input to reach the final product and the promotional items are typically small items that fit in one hand. These two applications need a printer that is typically 50-inch max width," explains Joe Garcia, managing director for the Americas, at StratoJet USA. "The sign business requires a width wide enough with S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • March 2018 • 33

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