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Which Printer is Right For Me? 

I have a product that I need to print - Which printer is the right one for me?

1. Printers for garments and fabric

There are three main types:

* Printers designed to print onto finished garments

* Printers designed to print ink directly onto fabric from a roll

* Printers designed to print ink or dye onto a transfer paper or film that is then heat pressed onto fabric


2. Vinyl printer & cutter

This machine prints full colour images and logos using liquid ink onto the surface of a white, flexible film which is commonly called vinyl but nowadays is made from polyurethane (PU) and not vinyl.   After printing the machine then cuts around the finished logos, and the unprinted areas of film are removed (weeded).    A transfer film is applied to the surface of the logos and they are then ready to be cut up into individual logos.   The backing sheet is removed and the logo is then heat pressed onto the fabric.

Uses: Can be used with special films for garments / textiles and with different, self-adhesive films for general signage for shop windows, trade vehicles, banners and more.


3. UV (ultra violet) printer

UV printers have surged in popularity because they can be used on such a wide variety of hard surface and some soft surface products. The UV ink is dried / cured almost immediately on contact with the surface of the products and so printed products can be handles as soon as they are finished.

Uses: There are thousands of products that can be printed including:

Glass, Ceramics, Wood, Plastic, Control panel films, equipment panels, Component parts, Glass bottles, Metal bottles, Mobile phone covers and many, many more.


A unique benefit of UV printers

Because the ink dries so very quickly, a UV printer can print multiple layers thereby creating what is called a 2.5D print. The print suface can have texture just like a braille sign.

There is one further advantage and that is full 3D printing in colour. 3D UV printers are now being used to print 3D objects in full colour. Examples include: Models, Signs, Prototypes, Replicas of human body parts used in anatomy classes and many more.


5. Dye Sublimation printing?

An ink jet printer is used to print liquid dye onto a special transfer paper or in some instances directly onto a pre-treated, white polyester fabric. When the water has evaporated and the print is dry it leaves behind a thin layer of dye.

The printed sheet is then placed face-down onto white polyester fabric or onto any dye sublimation receptive surface and is heated to 190 to 200 degrees C for about 60 seconds or more. The solid particles of dye turn directly from a solid into a gas and because they are being pressed firmly against the fabric, the dye is forced downwards into the fibres or polymer film, penetrating into it and changing the colour permanently.

Uses: Dye sublimation prints are used widely for polyester work wear, sports wear, cushion covers, coffee mugs, beer glasses and many, many more dye sublimation blank products.

Dye sublimation prints on fabric are especially popular because they are easy to do, the equipment is relatively inexpensive and because the prints have no detectible feel. They don't seal the fabric and are extremely wash-fast.

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