Sign & Digital Graphics

March '18

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36 • March 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS It's in the rigid substrate category where recent growth has occurred. Kavanagh points out that "Hard signage applications are often overlooked. Metal panels are now designed to withstand outdoor conditions and UV exposure, which makes hard signage applications more versatile than ever. Metal photo panels easily turn into static menus. Table tops, ceiling tiles and large floor mats can be sublimated into promotional signs. POP signage applications are endless, as are the opportunities to create every sign a customer needs. Directional signs, identification signs, decorative artwork, promotional signs, even name badges— the list goes on and on." Ink and Software Many sign makers are already famil- iar with RIP software and the processes involved with bringing the design to the substrate. With sublimation, and an emphasis on heat and transfer, the opera- tion is a little different than with tradi- tional digital printing. "You will always want a heat press that is larger than the maximum dimen- sions of prints your printer can offer," says Kavanagh. "One of the advantages of these systems is that they usually have eight-color capabilities. This enables you to use application-specific inks (photographic, fluorescent, etc.) and Hard substrates, such as this mounted metal sign, present a great surface for dye sublima- tion. (Images courtesy of Sawgrass Technologies)

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