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Tag: dye sub printing

The Difference Between Ink and Dye in Digital or Dye Sub Printing

How Ink Works in Inkjet Printing Versus How Dye Works in Dye Sublimation Printing

In an ongoing process to educate my readers, first let me say this is a good question, though I’m going to spend a bit of time on the terminology of dye sub printing.

The first term is the term ink. Now, to the eye, ink and dye appear pretty much the same. They are both liquid, and both are printed using an inkjet printer. In our industry, the printers are usually wide format, maxing out currently around about 124 inches, or just over 10 feet.

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Is Dye Sublimate Printing the Same Process as Laser Printing?

Dye Sublimation Printing and Laser Printing – Can Both Processes be Used to Print Cloth Fabric Banners?

Question: I was told by a vendor that dye sublimate printing is the same as laser printing.  Is this true?

Answer: If by laser printing, they were referring to inkjet printing, the answer would be partially yes, but it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Inkjet printers, such as those manufactured by Mutoh, Roland, Mimaki, Canon, or Epson, among many others, are generally known to print such items as vinyl (PVC) banners, vinyl stickers, and even fabric that has been treated to accept ink.

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Are Dye Sub Printed Fabric Banners Better Than Vinyl Banners?

Dye Sublimation Printed Fabric  Banners Versus Vinyl Banners – Which is Better?

Question: Can you tell me why you think vinyl banners or cloth fabric banners are superior?

Answer: Yes, and no. They are both superior in certain applications, and both inferior in other applications. It would be similar, I think, to ask whether a car or a pickup truck is superior. The answer would be similar. Yes. And no.

A pickup truck is great if you need to haul a bed or a couch or a dresser or a fridge,

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How Dye Sublimation Fabric/Cloth Printing is Used Commercially

Commercial Applications of Dye Sublimation Fabric Banner & Display Printing

Question: In what commercial applications are dye sublimation printed cloth or fabric used?

Answer: There are quite a number of applications for dye sub printing on fabric/cloth, most of which are commercial at some level, although some products like shirts end up on retail store display racks and shelves.

Commercially, though, where an end user is using the actual printed fabric, there are still a lot of applications we can talk about. However, for those who are new to this discussion, let me first re-explain what dye sublimation printing is and how it’s done.

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