Sign & Digital Graphics

July '16

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50 • July 2016 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S SPECIALTY IMAGING DIGITAL GRAPHICS tion lies in the OKI Data 920WT, a desk- top-sized digital color printer that uses toner transfer to create easy-to-apply heat-transfer graphics. By integrating white ink to a tradi- tional CMYK setup, the new machine— which is available from Graphics One as a professional model for about $7,500, while lower-cost, basic-use models can also be found at national electronics retailers—helps to create more vivid images. Better yet, it also produces impressive results on black or dark gar- ments, and is entirely compatible with cotton shirts, versus the polyester-only limits of dye-sublimation printers. The secret ingredient, Barefoot says, is special transfer paper produced by Italian company Shockline, which sepa- rates the white and the colored elements into a two-stage process, producing a long-lasting and wearer-friendly image that can be nished and afxed with a heat press. The pro version of OKI Data's machine will handle transfer paper as large as 12"x 18", and can also be used to print banners as large as 12.9" x 47.24". "The big advantage is the feeling—it's no longer that rubbery feeling you got with old heat transfers," he says. "The toners are made of polymer and they adhere to the T-shirt material, with a (Photos courtesy of STAHLS') (Photo courtesy of Coastal Business Supplies)

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