Sign & Digital Graphics

July '16

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O , technological advancements in equipment and media have continued to change the landscape of the fabric printing market. From innovative transfer and direct- print sublimation printer technolo- Bill Schiner is a freelance writer/editor based in Holbrook, New York. He has covered the imaging industry for 29 years and has reported on many evolving digital imaging technologies including wide-format print- ing and newer electronic digital signage. He was the editor for a number of imag- ing publications and websites. He can be reached at bschiner@optonline.net. S U B L I M A T I O N P R I N T T E C H N O L O G Y Subliminal Seduction Breakthroughs in printer, ink and fabric technologies provide a plethora of new textile print possibilities B Y B I L L S C H I F F N E R S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • July 2016 • 33 DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS gies to vastly improved ink disbursement systems as well as a new host of colorful lightweight fabrics to print on, these new development are also revolutionizing the entire industry as a whole and helping create new applications for output pro- viders to offer their clients. "The growing diversity of polyester fabric is quite interesting right now. Also, fabric signage—either reective or back- lit—is popular because it is lightweight and foldable (easy to carry/install and economical to ship), and the colors are vivid," comments Ryosuke Nakayama, product manager, Textiles & Apparel Business Development & Marketing, Mimaki USA. "These are desirable qual- ities that cannot be accomplished by printing on PVC and banner materials. The ValueJet 1938TX employs two heads for fast print speeds up to 914 square feet/hour. (Image cour- tesy of Mutoh America Inc.) B Y B I L L S C H I F F N E R

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