Article on Pad Printing, its limitations on Today’s fast paced digital world and Advantages of Digital UV printing over Pad Printing.
UV (Ultra-Violet) printing is a digital inkjet printing technology similar to sublimation. In the same way as sublimation printing, you can design the graphics without any color limitations. But remember, sublimation Ink will only work on 100% polyester fabrics or hard items like mugs that are coated with a durable clear polyester coating. On the other hand, UV-LED Printing can directly print on almost any material without coating or primer.
One major difference between UV-LED Printing and sublimation is that once the image is printed, the UV-LED light will soon cure it, therefore, the finished product can be used immediately. Whereas in sublimation, the transfer process of the image is complex, and maybe exhausting. Besides heat pressing is needed to cure the inks.
For Sublimation, printing on clear or dark substrates/backgrounds can be quite a challenge. On the contrary, UV-LED printers makes this process easy with its CMYK ink set along with a white and clear ink. The white ink component allows you to print a base coat of white ink underneath the color image. This is needed when you may be printing to a clear or a dark material. The clear ink component in UV Printer allows you to print a clear coat over your graphic; It gives a glossy appearance and more durability.
Sublimation is a single layer printing process. But UV printer can perform multilayer printing at the same time. The layered printing can produce raised images, texts and 3D effects. This creates textured finish that can be developed in several applications, such as printing a duplicate textured oil painting. Furthermore, it can be helpful in creating ADA signage along with printed ADA-compliant Braille signage.
Other advantages to consider with UV-LED Printing such as printing speed. These printers can perform much faster compared to sublimation process.
UV printing can be used to print on a wide variety of substrates of all colors, textures, shapes and sizes. It can also print on cylindrical or rounded objects like bottles. UV printing isn’t a replacement for sublimation or any other process, but a smart quick alternative to perform almost any job.
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PLAYPELI has selected Anajet as its Direct to Garment printer for its projects.
PLAYPELI located in Shanghai, whos specialized in designing, producing and marketing of different products inspired by popular brands like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, Temple Run etc.
Phyrex Ni, Business Development Director of PlayPeli stated they select Anajet mPower series after reviewing many other brands of Direct to Garment Printers. They found Anajet mPower series are most cost-effective compared to other brands like EPSON. Anajet printers mP10i and mP5i found most reliable DTG printer during Playpeli’s Testing period and they are extremely happy with their customer support as well
How to choose the correct sublimation paper weight?
There are four factors that you have to consider for choosing the right sublimation transfer paper.
1.INK LIMIT / CAPACITY
This is a very basic factor. The higher the ink limit (wet), the heavier gram the paper should be in order to accept the moisture from the ink without any problems like curling and warping of the paper.
2.HEAVY INK PATTERNS
This explains the printing of an artwork that has a very complex design that has a mixed heavy and light ink loading. You can face this in low gram papers, curling will occur and also shifting after pressing. To eliminate this the best solution is a 110gsm or more that accept heavy ink and also light inks.
3.ROLL TO ROLL OR ROLL TO SHEET
Calendar press loves low gsm papers. But on heavy ink, consider factor #1.
This is the equation:
Fast printing = lightweight paper
Slow printing = thick paper
According to the humidity of the working environment
Low humidity: In the humidity under 45% , It’s better to choose 80gsm . Because when in a low humidity , the paper will shrink, and the print side is hunch-up. During the printing , the paper absorb ink , the “hunch-up” will be more obviously. 100g and 120g paper are harder than 80g , so the “hunch-up” will damage the print-head . 80gsm is more softer , it could relief the “hunch-up” and protect your print-head from damage .
High humidity: In the humidity above 70% . It’s better to choose 110-120 gsm . Because the paper is very easy to become damp in a high humidity , it will become softer and stiffness is weak at the same time . If you use low weight paper, it will be very hard to print smoothly because of the stiffness and hardness go down . At this time , 110-120 gsm is your best choice
The presence of moisture in either the substrate or the transfer paper results in an adverse effect on the sublimation process. They can lead to issues like color shifting (losing colors accuracy), bleeding of the image, and uneven transfer of solid filled areas of a design.
Sublimation paper can retain an enormous amount of moisture. To minimize the effects of humidity, always keep your transfer paper sealed in a plastic bag in a dry place. If possible, store your sublimation paper in a temperature and humidity controlled environment.
If you suspect the transfer paper is exposed to humidity and have excess moisture, you have a couple of options. One is to set the paper on your heat press without closing it for a few seconds to warm them. The heat radiating from the press should help in evaporating the moisture.
If you’ve already printed a transfer you can place the printed transfer 2″ to 3″ below the heat platen for 30 – 40 seconds to eliminate the excess moisture. This may results in the transfer like missed color or fuzzy looking details.
However, an environment that is too dry isn’t any good either as it can cause print head nozzle loss issues.
The best environment for sublimation printing is one that has at least 45% humidity and is reasonably cool. If adjustments are needed, you can purchase either a humidifier or de-humidifier.
UV LED printer can print much faster compared to traditional printers at High print quality with sharp and clear images. The prints are more durable and resistant to scratches.
Compress iUV-600s UV LED printer can produce color brilliant 1440 dpi UV print at incredible speed. With a bed size of 600mm x 450mm, iUV-600s UV LED printer can print up to 100 sqft/h in production mode and 50 sqft/h in quality mode. iUV 600s is the fastest UV printer available in the market.
UV printer is flexible to print on different materials like wood, glass, metal, acrylic, plastic, ceramics, MDF, leather etc.
UV printer is able to print on different shapes and size products such as Phone case, posters, bottle, keychain, CD, Golf Ball, labels, signage, packaging etc. It can produce embossed prints as well.
Rotary attachment option helps in direct UV print to cylindrical items such as bottles, glass tumblers, candles, plastic cups, water bottles and more.
For continuous sheet, plastics and magnet materials are also compatible on the iUV600s with a non powered unwind devise using 3 and 1.5inch media cores.
Easy to load the material and print. Even non-technical person can easily operate the machine.
Auto cleaning and Auto circulation features prevents print head clogging.
Lowest printing cost compared to other UV printers in the industry
UV ink dries through photochemical process. When the UV printing ink are exposed to UV light the prints dries fast. iUV 600s have adjustable dual LED which can maximize or minimize according to the nature of material to control the speed of curing.
Direct printing on object, Large print area (600mm x 450mm), low ink cost, 300mm media height and printing speed makes it a best choice for gift printers.
The ability of printing on a variety of products range compared to sublimation solutions such as Pen, CD, Keychain, USB, Golf Ball, Labels, Business Card, ID card etc.
Because sublimation need special treated and coated items and to apply high temperature on the item itself.
Eco- Friendly Com-press inks emits less volatile organic compounds and Low odor . The Low noise iUV 600s UV Printing machine suitable for easy operation in office environment.
The machine can fit in a small room and avoids special tables or additional machine like rotary, sublimation machine or heat press.
UV Printing is a fast growing technology in the wide format printing industry. New UV LED printing technology improved the printing speed and the quality of printing and expanded its capabilities with direct printing option.
When we comparing the process of traditional printing like pad printing, screen printing and digital inkjet printing – the ink evaporate into the air and absorb into the paper. But in UV printer, the UV inks dries through photochemical process rather than the solvents evaporating in to the air. When the UV printing ink are exposed to UV light, they turn to a solid rapidly from liquid or paste. This happens because of less absorption of the ink into the stock and less evaporation of the solvents.
Advantages of UV Printing
- Flexibility of UV printing on a variety of substrates like glass, metal, plastics, acrylic, textiles, Leather etc.
- High Print Quality- Sharp and clear images with vibrant colors
- Durable prints – The UV print is more resistant to scratches, wear and tear, and sun light exposure.
- Fast ink cure – The UV printing ink dries immediately. This saves your time for waiting the ink to dry.
- No Odor – Eco- Friendly UV ink emits less volatile organic compounds and produces no odor.
- Cost effective
UV Flatbed Printer – iUV 600s
Selection of High Quality Digital UV Printing Machine is one of the challenging aspect .
The Compress iUV-600s is developed for fast on-demand color digital printing on a wide range of materials.This UV Printer can produce color brilliant UV print at an incredible speed.
iUV-600s UV LED printer provides a max print area of A2+ size(604mm x 450mm). It can print upto 100sqft/hour in production mode and 50 sqft/hour in quality mode. This UV printing machine has an adjustable media height upto 300mm which is the largest of any printer in its class.
- Eight independent color channels
- 604 x 450mm print area with 300mm media height
- Optional unwind / rewind for roll media
- WIMS white ink management onboard
- All steel construction
- Dual LED variable watt low heat lamps
- Inbuilt media height detection
- Ink mist extraction
- Fastest UV Flatbed Printer – Direct printing on Gift Items
- UV Printing on Post It Notes
- Fastest UV Printing on Golf Balls – UV LED Flatbed Printer
- Printing on Short-run boxes & Packaging Prototype
- 3D Textured Printing by UV LED i600s on MDF
- Printing on Pens by UV LED Flatbed Printer
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Melissa Lay owner of Sandilake Clothing and one of our customers launched her own t-shirt business back in April, only to discover that one of the largest retailers in the country was selling a nearly identical tank with her original graphic. The retailer: Target. The Shirt: A casual tank featuring an American flag with the phrase “#MERICA”.
“The meaning and importance of #shopsmall has never really hit my heart until today when it hit my home and my livelihood. #MERICA is one of our original 5 designs. We opened April 1st, 2014 and this tank launched us to levels we didn’t know we’re possible.” Lay explains.
“ This photo is me in @target wearing MY #sandilakeclothing original design and holding up the tank they made using the same one. They are identical. And I’m not alone with my story. Small businesses are being copied everywhere with no leg to stand on. I contacted Target Corporate and they gave me an address to mail a letter to! That’s it!!? Please share this story and others you hear of. We work incredibly hard to provide for our families, and dress you and your littles in a rad way that large companies can’t. Know what you are buying and where it came from. I am going to think a lot harder about every purchase I make…“
Lay sells her shirts on Etsy and has recently started selling her items on her own ecommerce shop www.sandilakeclothing.com. While Target has this top available for $12.99 Lay sells these hand printed pieces at $25. Ultimately, Lay’s goal is to receive credit for her designs because there is so much hard work placed into producing the shirts one by one. In response, Target has released the following statement: “Target has a deep appreciation for great design and it has always been our policy to respect the intellectual property rights of others. We are aware of this issue and have reached out to the designer.”
Lay’s story has been covered on numerous popular national media outlets. Here’s to coverage from the Today Show:
We hope things work out for Sandilake Clothing but also want to take this opportunity to remind all small business owners the significance of protecting your intellectual property. Here’s a step by step guide on How to License a T-Shirt design.
Printer and SoftRIP Setup
Dye-sublimation printing, like other printing, requires that the printer being used is in optimal condition to achieve the best results. In our testing, we have found the following steps should be taken to optimize the quality of the final print.
Perform any required media feed calibrations, unidirectional/bidirectional head alignments, and other printer specific adjustments.
Configure any printer specific settings necessary for the transfer paper that is being used.
The Mirror control in the Setup – Print Unit window in SoftRIP allows all jobs processed through a specific print unit to be automatically mirrored before printing. This eliminates the need to manually mirror each image that is opened in SoftRIP for dye-sublimation printing.
Be sure to store printed transfer images in a dry, dark and dust free area if you are not immediately pressing them onto a substrate. Extended exposure to fluorescent lights may cause a color change when the images are pressed. Also dust or oils from too much handling and other contaminants can affect the transfer process.
USING WASATCH SOFTRIP FOR DYE-SUBLIMATION WITH POLYESTER COATED ALUMINUM PLATES
This may include setting up a media type, heater settings, head height, and other printer/media specific settings. These settings can be found in Wasatch SoftRIP by selecting Setup under the Print drop down menu; select Edit by Imaging Configuration; then select the Info button.
Perform a nozzle check/test print before sending print jobs to the printer. If there are nozzles that are not firing properly, perform any required maintenance/cleaning to correct this.
Transfer of Image onto Polyester Coated Aluminum Plates In our testing we have found that the following steps should be taken to optimize the quality of dye-sublimation to polyester coated aluminum plates.
Dye-sublimation to polyester coated aluminum plates requires additional items for the heat press compared to dye-sublimation to fabric. In our testing we use the following layering of items inside the heat press from bottom to top:
- Nomex pad
- Two sheets of craft paper
- Polyester coated aluminum plate
- Transfer paper
- One sheet of craft paper
- Fabric (appropriate for heat press use)
This layering can reduce any artifacts caused by steam from the sublimation ink while transferring the image. The craft paper and fabric between the transfer paper and heat platen will absorb some ink and water during the transfer
process. This ink can transfer back to the substrate if sufficient ink has been absorbed. We recommend replacing the craft paper and/or fabric as needed to avoid transferring back from the paper/fabric back to the substrate.
The transparent protective film covering the coated aluminum plate must be removed before pressing. Removing the protective film from the substrate sheet needs to be done with care, as the edge of the substrate can be damaged or
Unlike dye-sublimation to fabric, coated aluminum plates do not always need to be pre-pressed to remove moisture from the surface of the substrate. In our testing, we have seen a subtle but noticeable shift in the color of the substrate
when the substrate was pre-pressed. Larger substrate sheets (larger than 16×20 inches) are more likely to need to be pre-pressed (to remove any moisture from manufacturing or storage) to produce the best results.
After the protective film is removed from the coated aluminum plate, remove any small particulate matter from the surface by using a lint-free cloth. Foreign material may be present beneath the protective film, which can result in the
ink not transferring to the substrate, which can produce ‘holes’ in the image. Also, the removal of the protective film can produce a static charge which may attract foreign material to the surface of the substrate.
When printing the image to the transfer paper, adding a ‘bleed’ (printing the image fractionally larger than the substrate) allows you to more accurately position the transfer paper on the substrate and significantly reduce the
chances of a white/un-transferred border occurring.
We do not recommend attempting to use an adhesive textile/thermal tack transfer paper with coated aluminum plates, as the texture of the transfer paper will be visible on the substrate. This will produce a cloudy or mottled effect
on the substrate.
To avoid ghosting/double-images, we recommend ensuring that the transfer paper is larger than the substrate that is being transferred to. This will allow the transfer paper to be secured to the substrate with heat-resistant tape. The transfer paper can either be folded around the edges of the substrate and taped to the rear of the substrate or secured at the edges of the substrate to the transfer paper. We recommend securing the transfer paper to two or three sides of the substrate.
Please note that as the coated aluminum plate is removed from the heat press, the plate is hot enough to cause potentially serious burns. We recommend the use of insulated/thermal gloves while handling the heated substrate.