Sign & Digital Graphics

July '16

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • July 2016 • 37 "One drawback of direct-to-fabric printing is that the margin of error is greater because the ink can sometimes bleed through the fabric and the impreci- sion of the ink dots are sometimes more noticeable. Both printing processes require a heat press that will enable the ink to set and bond with the fabric. Overall, both methods are effective for specic uses." Flying the Flag for Direct Printing Anderson says that perhaps the big- gest advantage to direct-print sublima- tion is in the production of ag and ag- type fabrics. "Using a dispersed dye to print directly on a ag fabric can allow some print through to the other side, which when sublimated, can give a bet- ter two-sided appearance to the ag over singled-sided transfer." "There is a whole market of coated polyesters and coated natural fabrics that can utilize a dispersed pigment to print directly to the fabric with good results," Anderson says. "This provides good results for soft signage and specialty markets." He adds that heat press tech- nology still relies on the fundamentals of heat, pressure and time to sublimate or set inks to fabrics in the most popular applications. Fabric Printing with Mutoh Anderson points out that Mutoh offers the RJ-900x, VJ1624WX, VJ1628X, VJ1638WX, VJ1938WX and the VJ2638X printers for dye sub applications and they have just released the VJ1938TX direct- to-textile 75-inch printer, that is designed for high-production textile printing. Anderson says that there are two major things to look for when purchas- ing a printer for this market—reliability and versatility. "Reliability is a big key. Dye sub can be an application where a printer that is a real workhorse is a major asset for an output provider. Versatility is also important. Many printer manu- facturers try to lock you in to a specic ink/media/ RIP combination. An open source machine allows you to custom- ize your supplies to match the needs of your particular business application," he concludes. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA) A world leader in way-finding signage • Curved or Flat • Small or Large • Let us do it your way-finding! Call now for a free media pack (800) 468-4782

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