As technology in equipment, inks, papers and performance wear continue to improve, sublimation printing has continued to increase in popularity.
It is a great dye sublimation printing solution for short custom runs, photorealistic images, and the explosion of polyester-based fabrics and sublimatable products is making sublimation the preferred option for more and more applications.
Along with this increase in popularity has been a growing interest from within the decorated apparel industry for wide-format sublimation machines. Typically defined as units from 42 inches to 64 inches in width, with 44 inches pretty much the norm in our industry, wide-format sublimation printers have traditionally seen the greatest use in a sign and graphic companies.
But garment decorators are finding that the rising demand for all-over printing as well as production efficiencies (being able to gang more designs on a single sheet) are making wide-format sublimation a profitable investment. And of course, it also opens the door for T-shirt shops to expand into signage and graphic markets.
Cut and Sew:
Buyers like the feel of sublimation, and with wide format, you can print a roll of paper and apply it to a roll of fabric to be cut and sewn. Or it can be used for test printing before going into full production, without being cost-prohibitive.
Wide-format sublimation printers allow not only for larger images but also for more economical printing of smaller items as well as an expanded range of substrates. In addition to things like blankets, beach towels, and scarves, they make it possible to print flags, fabric or metal photo panels, signage, and decorative pieces.