(Quoted from Graphics Pro. Full article here.)
Most 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-sublimation 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 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″ max-width,” explains Sohil Singh, Stratojet USA. “The sign business requires a width wide enough to fit the final sign, typically 60″ or more. Also, in the sign business, the bottleneck is typically the printing speed; hence fast printers are paramount to the sign industry.”
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