Fancy trying a new versatile paper?

Did you know that our top selling ink jet dark paper is now compatible with sublimation inks?  It is already popular with many garment decorators and is now a firm favourite with sublimation users wanting to create designs on dark garments.

The photo quality print paper has a unique top coating and PET backing making the film extremely durable and machine washable up to 60°C.

The transfer has a matt finish and offers the capability of producing detailed long lasting designs. It can be used in conjunction with the Xpres Cut Plus system to produce breast pocket logos or full colour chest art work directly from an inkjet pigment or sublimation printer.

With sharp print quality and high ink-absorbency, you can create eye-catching transfers with this versatile transfer paper.

Why not give it a try- call the team today for a free sample and more information 01332 855 085.

Make the right Ink choice!

If you’re new to the print industry or an established professional, it may be possible you have already come across the question of whether or not to use third party inks.

As you already know quality, colour and durability of ink is essential in producing high quality graphics and long lasting prints. Hopefully after reading this you’ll be able to make the right decision for your business as to whether you should use manufacturer inks or opt for using the third party ones.

 

Here’s the facts:

-       Ingredients of some third party inks are unknown. These have been proven to cause damage to eco-friendly and high end substrates of which are being printed.

 

-       Third party inks don’t always have a print media profile suitable. This can result in more ink being laid down than needed, therefore costing more.

 

-       Manufacturer inks have been specifically designed with the specification of the machines in mind. Third party inks haven’t been specifically designed to fit and work with your particular machine and have a lower level of compatibility.

 

-       The lower compatibility level can result in faults and lasting damage to the machine. This in turn obviously would cost your business money and time. More often than not third party inks can void insurance warranties.

 

-       Third party inks can result in increased downtime, sometimes for head cleaning or general maintenance. These inks could contribute to the slow deprecation of the machines performance over time.

 

-       The use of third party inks can sometimes accelerate the need to replace your machines costly parts increasing overheads in the long-term.

 

With promised savings of up to 30% no wonder decorators consider giving these inks a try. But after considering all the facts. Is this really saving you money?

Unfortunately, there is very little educational material out there to warn of the potential downfall of using third party inks but hopefully this information will help to make the right decisions for your business.

Mimaki TS300P-1800

The revolutionary new Mimaki TS300P-1800 delivers cost effective dye sublimation printing while maintaining high quality and productivity. 

Perfectly suited to the creation of fashion, apparel, sportswear, furnishings and PoS, the TS300P-1800 uses state-of-the-art technology to set new performance benchmarks for the sector. 

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Soft signage start-up – All you need to know.

Are you a garment decorator thinking of breaking into the soft signage market?

It’s likely you already have some of the equipment you need to start supplying customers with soft signage. Perfect…. A lower initial investment!

A garment decorator starting out in soft signage will need a wide format printer (a minimum of 44 inch would be required to supply any soft signage of a decent size) in addition to a large format heat press or calendar unit.

Consumable products that need to be purchased consist of inks, paper and textiles.

The whole set-up is quite simple and cost effective. An entry level set up could start at as little as £8,500. This includes a 44inch wide printer, a large format heat press and a full set of inks. This kind of set-up would be perfect for decorators also looking to supply home décor products, cushions, curtains, tablecloths, throws etc.

Decorators looking to fully immerse themselves into the soft signage market and want to start producing large flags and display graphics should consider a slightly larger investment of around £25,000+. This would include a large heat press or calendar unit and a wide format printer.

The soft signage production process has some significant differences to garment decoration.  Garment decoration can often require pre and post treatment of the textile (DTG) or pre-cutting and weeding, all of which can prove time consuming.

Soft signage simply requires artwork to be printed on to rolls of sublimation paper and transferred to the textile using a heat source. Soft signage will require some additional finishing with trimming and hemming of the textile. However, this is dependent on the type of product being produced.

The transition from garment decoration to soft signage can be relatively straight forward if the decorator has previous experience with sublimation as the process is relatively similar.

So what are you waiting for? Soft signage is suitable for a number of markets in both private and public spaces. It is becoming increasingly popular for homes and offices to incorporate replaceable tension display graphics over traditional canvases.

Public spaces such as retail shops, museums and restaurants are utilising soft signage for several key factors including durability and the aesthetic qualities.

Time to think soft signage and diversify your business!

 

Take a look at our soft signage range at www.xpres.co.uk or call our knowledgeable team on 01332 855085 for more info.

Sublimation Printing – How does it work?

Sublimation is a printing procedure for transferring full colour graphics or photographs on to a wide selection of products. These products need to be either made from polyester or feature a polyester coating.

 

Dye sublimation is a printing process that relies on a specialised dye sublimation ink which when heated changes from being a solid dye to a gas, without passing the liquid stage. Images are printed on to coated heat resistant transfer paper in a reverse image of the design then heat pressed to a polyester substrate, usually at a temperature of between 180 to 210°c. This is the perfect temperature for the ink to change from a liquid to a gas.

As the heat is applied the gas ink penetrates the commonly white polymer fibres as it moves and dyes them.   The dyes simply transfer into the product, leaving a vibrant, durable image behind.

 

We offer a huge range of items suitable for sublimation transfers including bags, mugs, mouse mats and textiles plus many more making this a cost-effective way to expand your existing product offer and generate add-on sales.

 

Visit us online at www.xpres.co.uk.