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Demand Grows for Dye-Sublimation Digital Printing

One of the most visually appealing methods of digital printing is known as dye-sublimation. As the name implies, coloured dyes are printed onto a carrier paper and then sublimated into a textile material using heat and pressure. Sublimation in chemistry means changing from a solid to a gaseous state—exactly what happens in dye-sublimation printing.

Correctly done, dye-sublimation is an attractive, vibrant and durable method of textile, garment and product decoration that cannot be matched by any other digital process. Direct-to-garment methods exist and may well improve in the future. But for premium results, dye-sublimation is still the favoured process because it is tried and proven.

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Topics: Digital Print

What will the Graphics Shop of the Future Look Like?

Much has been written and debated about the “Print Shop of the Future” or “Graphic Services Business of the Future.” It’s as if the present is not good enough or that the almost $980 billion (AUD$1.3 trillion at .73 = USD$1) annual printing industry is destined for extinction or serious reduction. According to the respected research organization Smithers Pira (formerly Pira International) in its “Future of Global Printing to 2018,” nothing could be further from the truth: Growth is being driven by “packaging and labels, rather than graphic applications, and digital rather than analogue printing.”

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Topics: printing, Digital Print

What is the Big Deal with Wide Format Digital?

To begin, wide format digital printing, at print buyer level, is now in excess of a US$100 billion market (source: Infotrends-FESPA joint Worldwide Survey #4).

Wide format digital printing began earnestly in the early 1990s. In 1986, a bright final year UK university engineering student named Andy Cave had written the first PostScript RIP (Raster Image Processor) to enable him and fellow students to quickly print their theses exactly as they appeared on their computer screens. This was to become the famed Harlequin RIP, driving film imagesetters, revolutionizing typesetting and enabling complete pages to be output ready for making printing plates.

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Topics: Digital Print, Fujifilm Wide Format Printing

Printing Digitally: Technology Marches On

In approximately 15 months, the printing and graphics world will once again gather in the city of Düsseldorf, Germany, for the quadrennial (soon to be triennial) ‘drupa’ trade fair, the world’s largest and most important event for the industry. A portmanteau word short for ‘druck un papier,’ drupa – yes with a small ‘d’ – has evolved into the focal point for new technology launches, trend forecasting, networking and above all, change in the printing, packaging, paper, publishing and graphics sectors.

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Topics: printing, Digital Print

The Fabric of Digital Textile Printing

The march of digital printing methods continues to impact on every industry where there is a need to lay colour dyes or pigments down onto – or into – a substrate material.  

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Topics: printing, Digital Print

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