Here is a list of the advantages that come with sublimation printing
Sublimation is one of the very few methods you can print full colored images onto hard surfaces.It has a relatively low learning curve compared with screen printing.Almost unlimited colors to choose from. Thousands of colors can be produced with sublimation (even if you choose a 4 color printer). And it doesn't cost extra to add additional colors to your design.Same cost to print one item or 1000 items. So no need for minimum orders, and perfect for 1-up items and promotional items for small businesses, schools, charities, sports teams, parties, reunions, and many more!Complete customization! The advantage of digital sublimation printing is that no plates are required, so it is ideal for customizing designs with changing elements such as names, numbers, etc.Sublimation is quick and easy to produce, allowing for same day or same hour printing, as well as on demand printing that reduces risk and wastage.Disadvantages
With every printing method there will be disadvantages and so here are a few...
Substrates need to be polyester coated or made of polyester fabric.Substrates need to be white or light colored. You cannot print onto dark or black colored items.Printers tend to clog if not used for extended periods of time. With the introduction of Ricoh printers, the clogging risk has been significantly reduced. However we still recommend doing a nozzle check once a week.Sublimation inks are relatively expensive compared with OEM inks. This will need to be factored in when pricing your products.Color Management issues. With the installation of the PowerDriver, color management problems have been significantly reduced. As with all printers, color management issues will vary depending on the graphic/photograph.With all the advantages of sublimation, it's obvious why sublimation has become a very popular method with digital decorators!
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